Sibelius
Sibelius
2018.6

3.9

Sibelius free download for Mac

Sibelius

2018.6
20 July 2018

Music notation solution.

Overview

Sibelius is the world's best-selling music notation software for Mac. It is as intuitive to use as a pen, yet so powerful that it does most things in less than the blink of an eye. The demo includes example scores and a demo user guide summarizing the main features of the program.

What's new in Sibelius

Version 2018.6:

Note: to view upgrade and renewing options, go here.

Sibelius - A New Single Installer:
  • We now have a single application called "Sibelius" that will run with the features based on the license you have activated. In the past, we’ve had separate applications for all the different flavours of Sibelius that would run with different features based on the version you had installed.
BUG FIXES:
  • Empty text boxes no longer remain after removing multiple items of text with undo
  • Multiple cursors are now displayed when entering expression and technique text across multiple staves
  • Keyboard focus is now brought back to a text object after changing the size of it in Text > Format > Size
  • As well as several improvements to grace notes, Sibelius will now retain the spacing correctly when copy and pasting passages. This saves the extra step to reset the note spacing.
  • When the Quick Start is disabled, the blank score that is automatically created used Version 2 voice spacing instead of Version 3
  • Several rare problems entering lyrics and chord symbols have all been resolved. This even included a crash and issues with the Undo queue
  • A lyrics extender line now no longer reappears after saving and reopening a score. This would only happen if there were empty bars between two lines of music that contained lyrics.
  • In rare cases, Sibelius would crash when working with text
  • You can now enter multiple pieces of text or lines using a very short lasso selection
  • When entering multiple hairpins onto a minim followed by a minim rest, it no longer results in a hairpin under the rest
Deleting the first bar of a score no longer deletes the time signature:
  • Continuing the improvements from April’s release, where we added the ability to delete the first bar of the score without losing your Title page and other blank pages, title, composer and other text etc.. In today’s release, the Time Signature is no longer lost. This works in such a way that it retains the Time Signature that was in the first bar of the score, as you would expect, however Sibelius will now check to see if the next bar contains a Time Signature change, and places that in the new ‘bar 1’ after the deletion. For example, if you’re deleting bars 1 to 5, and there’s a Time Signature Change in Bar 6, Sibelius will now display the Time Signature that was in bar 6, rather than retaining the initial Time Signature that was in bar 1. If you’re used to being cautious of deleting bar 1, try it now - it’s really quite liberating!

Requirements for Sibelius

  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later

17 Sibelius Reviews

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lemon-kun
23 November 2012

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Since nobody else has written about version 7 of Sibelius and the recent events about the developers and Avid, I feel I should comment about it. The new in version 7 isn't so much the features, it is the interface. Sibelius has the ribbon now, known from MS Office. The ribbon was implemented strictly: no way to turn it off or customise it. Since the developer had to sign the MS rules of interface design, that means the OS X menu bar doesn't contain any stuff anymore. Basically, in order to bring Sibelius' interface in line with MS Office, the developer has decided to abandon Apple's human interface guidelines for OS X. Well, some users may like that, some don't. It's really a matter of taste. Personally, I find the ribbon better than the (not customisable) tool bar Sibelius had before – you know, the one with big icons for "New document", "Save" (a floppy disk), "Print", etc. etc. etc.. Still: I feel a typical (customisable) OS X toolbar, menu bar and inspector would have been a better solution than the ribbon. Some use this app for engraving music, some use it for composing – many different processes, and each one of us has his individual style to use the app, so customisation would allow to reduce clutter. Still: you have to give the devs credit to have the courage to change something in the UI – compare that with Finale, which is still stuck in a sort of Classic Mac OS UI (ok, not the worst of all possibilities). Other notable new features of Sibelius 7: it runs in 64-bit and it got a new sound library included (which sounds quite ok). Anyway, here the more important part: in July 2012, Avid (which bought Sibelius in 2006) announced it is "streamlining operations". That means they closed the Sibelius headquarters in the UK and the whole programmer team was laid off. As far as I know, Avid has communicated that Sibelius will be developed by a new team in the Ukraine. I am not sure what this will mean for the software – but usually that is the beginning of the end… so I can well imagine that version 7 is the final act for Sibelius (Jean Sibelius composed 7 symphonies, by the way). One can read at the "Save Sibelius" Facebook-page that now the whole Sibelius team was hired by Steinberg/Yamaha in England – to write a new music notation app? However, given the uncertain situation I would advise not to invest 600$ in Sibelius 7 right now. If you want to get seriously into music notation (play-in rhythmically with a MIDI-controller, Repitch-Tool, etc.) and composing, get Finale. It much more user-friendly than it was 10 years ago, and at this point, I think it's the better app than Sibelius (I have licenses for both). Then there is the new Notion 4. If Finale has it strengths more at notation, this app certainly has its strengths at composing. Very easy to use interface, and the best sounds you can get for the money (sounds better than Finale or Sibelius, in my opinion). Also, it comes with an iPad app, which is very nice. Notion 3 was a bit buggy sometimes, but I haven't tested version 4 yet, maybe it is a more mature app now. If you want good print quality with little learning curve, go with MuseScore, it's free/open-source and a great, great project. Of course there is other good software for the mac, like "Harmony Assistant" and "NoteAbilityPro". Both are capable and have good, well, even some great features, but regarding print quality I'd still suggest Finale, Sibelius or MuseScore (or LilyPond, if you are a coder). Although for composing these two may also be interesting; you really have to try what fits you best. The situation with Sibelius is very unfortunate for all of us who depend on music notation apps. In the short-term, you can still use Sibelius of course; also, you can get Finale quite cheaply if switching from Sibelius. And now you can export your projects using the MusicXML format. So, at the moment it's not a huge problem. Still – if Sibelius becomes abandonware, we loose all: it is (or was) good to have a strong competitor for Finale, so the devs were forced to do development. Sibelius was/is a very strong competitor. Many features (ease of use being one of them) in Finale are probably only there thanks to the competition. Anyway let's hope Sibelius doesn't get abandoned; or let's hope the old Sibelius dev team can write an even better new notation program at Steinberg/Yamaha.
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Version 7.1.2
Leesa
11 September 2016
Ho MacUpdate - Sibelius is up to Version 8?
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Version 7.5.1
pluwen
30 June 2016
8.4 is out
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Version 7.5.1
Turquoise
19 January 2016
8.0.1 is out :-)
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Version 7.5.1
MikeChip
11 September 2015
Since Avid has bought Sibelius the product keeps falling apart. Version 8 has been released and they have switched to a monthly renting model which I detest or a yearly usage fee of 90$.

I like to own the products I pay for. There's a trend in software to this odd model (MS, Adobe, Avid) but other companies stick to a better model. It's great to see Affinity Photo wash away Photoshop. It's much cheaper and has great customer support and is not software that the user has to rent.

It seems the old players are out to squeeze as much money out of their products as possible but don't give a damn about user Feedback.

There isn't an option to report a bug in Sibelius to Avid. They have an expensive phone support on a per case basis and an ideas page (http://sibelius.ideascale.com/) but that Feedback page is just ignored.

Sibelius 8 appeared and none of the old long-time standing bugs has been fixed. But new ones have surely been introduced: In Sibelius 8, OS X Quickview isn't even working anymore. (press spacebar when sibelius file is selected in finder)

Avid outsourcing programming to Romania full force or what? All user can now do, is to hope that the new Steinberg notation software, on which part of the old Sibelius crew are now working on, is not too far away.

Notation software is in a really sad state if your main choice is between Sibelius and Finale.
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Version 7.5.1
Monkeyjunkey
06 August 2014
7.5.1 is out: http://www.sibeliusblog.com/news/sibelius-7-5-1-update-released-with-many-improvements/
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Version 7.5.0
Wts
15 April 2014
Actually this is a negative comment about MacUpdate ( which is why I've stopped giving up $20 to them each year ): I've had version 7.5 away back when it first came out and yet MacNEVERuptodate is just telling us about version 7.5 now. What????????????
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Version 7.5.0
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-M-S-
-M-S-
15 April 2014
Thanks for the feedack, Wts. Tracking 10,000s of listings as we do with a very small team is no trivial task. Some developers proactively work with us and notify us of updates, but most do not. In those cases we rely on internal tools we've developed to manage so much content and version changes. We also rely in part on terrific members of our community. If you ever find any listing out of date on MacUpdate, feel free to shoot an email to updates@macupdate.com or tweet us @macupdate
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Turquoise
Turquoise
20 September 2015
@Misha - Why not adding a button with a small window on each app page notifying you there is an update and what version it is ? It is much easier to notify on the page than twitt or send an email.
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lurkingremlin
15 April 2014
According to Avid's requirements for Sibelus 7.5 on the Mac, it should now be compatible with OS X 10.6.7 through 10.9. Had to leave a rating for posting this comment (only reviews allowed from here) so deservedly 4,5 stars ;)
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Version 7.5.0
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-M-S-
-M-S-
15 April 2014
You can leave a "Comment" instead of a "Review" by choosing the appropriate option from the pull-down menu :)
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lurkingremlin
lurkingremlin
15 April 2014
Thanks - I was using an older version of IE under WinXP at my working place ;)thanks for removing the doublette btw.
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-M-S-
-M-S-
15 April 2014
Ah-ha! Shockingly, perhaps, we do not test our site with IE for WinXP anymore ;)
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lurkingremlin
lurkingremlin
15 April 2014
I'd not by any means allow that software on my Mac ;)
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Monkeyjunkey
23 March 2014
Sibelius 7.5 is out: www.avid.com/products/sibelius
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Version 7.1.3
Monkeyjunkey
21 November 2013
Mavericks has been available to developers for many months. It's been officially out and released since a month tomorrow. Avid official stance on 10.9 support is: "Avid currently states that Media Composer 7, Pro Tools 11, and Sibelius 7 are NOT supported with Mavericks. They will announce support for the new OS with future releases." Are they in-able to take proper care of the products they sell?
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Version 7.1.3
lemon-kun
23 November 2012
Since nobody else has written about version 7 of Sibelius and the recent events about the developers and Avid, I feel I should comment about it. The new in version 7 isn't so much the features, it is the interface. Sibelius has the ribbon now, known from MS Office. The ribbon was implemented strictly: no way to turn it off or customise it. Since the developer had to sign the MS rules of interface design, that means the OS X menu bar doesn't contain any stuff anymore. Basically, in order to bring Sibelius' interface in line with MS Office, the developer has decided to abandon Apple's human interface guidelines for OS X. Well, some users may like that, some don't. It's really a matter of taste. Personally, I find the ribbon better than the (not customisable) tool bar Sibelius had before – you know, the one with big icons for "New document", "Save" (a floppy disk), "Print", etc. etc. etc.. Still: I feel a typical (customisable) OS X toolbar, menu bar and inspector would have been a better solution than the ribbon. Some use this app for engraving music, some use it for composing – many different processes, and each one of us has his individual style to use the app, so customisation would allow to reduce clutter. Still: you have to give the devs credit to have the courage to change something in the UI – compare that with Finale, which is still stuck in a sort of Classic Mac OS UI (ok, not the worst of all possibilities). Other notable new features of Sibelius 7: it runs in 64-bit and it got a new sound library included (which sounds quite ok). Anyway, here the more important part: in July 2012, Avid (which bought Sibelius in 2006) announced it is "streamlining operations". That means they closed the Sibelius headquarters in the UK and the whole programmer team was laid off. As far as I know, Avid has communicated that Sibelius will be developed by a new team in the Ukraine. I am not sure what this will mean for the software – but usually that is the beginning of the end… so I can well imagine that version 7 is the final act for Sibelius (Jean Sibelius composed 7 symphonies, by the way). One can read at the "Save Sibelius" Facebook-page that now the whole Sibelius team was hired by Steinberg/Yamaha in England – to write a new music notation app? However, given the uncertain situation I would advise not to invest 600$ in Sibelius 7 right now. If you want to get seriously into music notation (play-in rhythmically with a MIDI-controller, Repitch-Tool, etc.) and composing, get Finale. It much more user-friendly than it was 10 years ago, and at this point, I think it's the better app than Sibelius (I have licenses for both). Then there is the new Notion 4. If Finale has it strengths more at notation, this app certainly has its strengths at composing. Very easy to use interface, and the best sounds you can get for the money (sounds better than Finale or Sibelius, in my opinion). Also, it comes with an iPad app, which is very nice. Notion 3 was a bit buggy sometimes, but I haven't tested version 4 yet, maybe it is a more mature app now. If you want good print quality with little learning curve, go with MuseScore, it's free/open-source and a great, great project. Of course there is other good software for the mac, like "Harmony Assistant" and "NoteAbilityPro". Both are capable and have good, well, even some great features, but regarding print quality I'd still suggest Finale, Sibelius or MuseScore (or LilyPond, if you are a coder). Although for composing these two may also be interesting; you really have to try what fits you best. The situation with Sibelius is very unfortunate for all of us who depend on music notation apps. In the short-term, you can still use Sibelius of course; also, you can get Finale quite cheaply if switching from Sibelius. And now you can export your projects using the MusicXML format. So, at the moment it's not a huge problem. Still – if Sibelius becomes abandonware, we loose all: it is (or was) good to have a strong competitor for Finale, so the devs were forced to do development. Sibelius was/is a very strong competitor. Many features (ease of use being one of them) in Finale are probably only there thanks to the competition. Anyway let's hope Sibelius doesn't get abandoned; or let's hope the old Sibelius dev team can write an even better new notation program at Steinberg/Yamaha.
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Version 7.1.2
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Monkeyjunkey
Monkeyjunkey
24 November 2012
Wow. Awesome review with great insights and knowledge of this area of software. I too hope, version 7 isn't the last version of Sibelius. But outsourcing the core development to people who maybe have no knowledge of music and only do coding might be a very bad idea. Aw, Avid, which you'd never had bought Sibelius.
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chris-com
chris-com
25 November 2012
Thank you for the very informative writeup and assessment of Sibelius' current state of affairs. I'm curious about your argument that moving the project to Ukrainian programmers is "usually" the "beginning of the end." What has occurred in the past that would lead one to make such a statement? I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just missing the back story, I guess. Also, what is it about Ukrainians that make them less capable of musical knowledge, so much so that they necessarily would destroy the product? I'm not trolling here... I just want to understand the premise behind the uproar.
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lemon-kun
lemon-kun
25 November 2012
Argh, sorry my English: I didn't want to say anything bad about Ukrainian people or musicians – in my orchestra there are three Ukrainians, all of them fantastic musicians! Well, what I wanted to say, I am not sure how Sibelius develops in the future. It really depends on how much interest Avid has to further develop it; Avid also sold M-Audio this year, stating they want to focus on their main products. I hope Sibelius is one of those. Regarding the outsourcing, I think the main problem is that the managers see the source code as an asset, but the people who have actually written and designed the software are just a tool for them. My statement "usually the beginning of the end" was generally meant: when Steve Jobs was kicked out of Apple, that wasn't very good for the mac, wasn't it. In software we remember Lotus 1-2-3 or Wordperfect, which became obsolete after being outsourced (at least I read so). In the case of Sibelius, there is Daniel Spreadbury, who was a similarly dominant figure for the Sibelius software as Steve Jobs was for Apple. It is that background that makes me concerned. Avid says things like "we are committed" and "Thank you, Sibelius community – you make us great!", and somehow that doesn't sound really good to my ears. I fear they will just try to milk Sibelius for as long as they can. Of course, I could be wrong and everything gets even better, but usually it is the end of a product if you replace the lead team of designers, engineers, the people with the big idea behind it. Jobs would say: "the sales-person has taken over". Anyway, this is the reason I advise to wait before buying in into Sibelius at this point. PS. The Avid management is doing a great job: they are reporting losses every year, still their CEO quadrupled his salary to $4.8 million per year ;-)
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Mikett
Mikett
25 November 2012
Great points and useful information. One addition: don't forget Overture from SonicScores, it has about the same print quality as Finale IMO.
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