MuseScore lets you notate and compose music easily with your keyboard, your mouse, or a MIDI keyboard. You can print beautifully engraved sheet music or export it as PDF or PNG. You can play your score, transpose it, and save it as audio or MIDI file. MuseScore also supports MusicXML to let you share your composition with other scorewriters. MuseScore is often advertised as a cost effective alternative for Sibelius and Finale.
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A new jazz font was added. The creation of lead sheets was made much easier. The program now embeds a Twitter stream for the latest news and YouTube tutorial videos to learn about the software. It features sheet music shared by the MuseScore community, which can be downloaded for free. Last but not least, more than 60 bugs have been fixed and MuseScore is now translated into 43 languages.
MuseScore 1.0 builds further on the foundation of MuseScore 0.9.6 and the three bugfix releases released since June 2010. The focus of this release was stability by reducing bugs. Only a very limited set of new features were added. Several new translations were added.
This is the first stable release for Mac OS X 10.4 and above. Scores can be saved as sound files in WAV, OGG, or FLAC format. Plugins can be used and created. Notes that are out of the pitch range for an instrument are now marked in yellow for amateurs and in red for professionals. Over 30 crashes were fixed.