Sibelius
Sibelius 7.5.0
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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
Version 7.5.0:
  • Unrivaled expressiveness and feel - With the unique and fully redesigned Espressivo 2.0 feature, Sibelius 7.5 gives you complete control over and customization of the rhythmic feel of any individual part to produce more expressive and realistic musical phrasings. And because the software can now better interpret such notation distinctions as tempo markings, metric emphasis, grace notes, mordents, caesuras, and breath marks on playback, you can hear every nuance of your score--the way you intended it to be heard.
  • Accelerated navigation - With the new Timeline window, you get a quick view of the entire structure of your score--no matter how large or complex--enabling you to navigate to any part fast for editing or playback. Simply click on any bar, in the timecode ruler, or on any landmark--the important objects that make up your score, including rehearsal marks, repeat structures, comments, key signatures, tempo, and more--to jump immediately to that section.
  • Easy collaboration and sharing - Get all of the score sharing and social media features of Sibelius First in Sibelius 7.5, enabling you to collaborate more easily with others and distribute your compositions for the world to hear. Share scores through email, upload and publish them as sheet music on ScoreExchange.com, and even share your composition as a video or audio file on YouTube, Facebook, and SoundCloud.
  • Export video of your composition - Save a video file of your score to share your work with others on a DVD or online. Sibelius can export in a variety of resolutions--up to 1080p--in QuickTime format (.mov) on Mac or Windows Media Video (.wmv) on Windows, enabling others to see and hear your work without requiring Sibelius.
  • Full Scorch app integration - Export Sibelius scores directly to Avid Scorch on your iPad (available on iTunes) for fully interactive playback, practice, performance, and publishing. Sibelius automatically optimizes your score for iPad display, paying special consideration to page orientation, number of staves, margin sizes, and more.
  • Localized for Brazil and Russia - If Brazilian Portuguese or Russian is your native tongue, Sibelius 7.5 offers new native support for these languages in addition to English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese.
Version 7.5.0:
  • Unrivaled expressiveness and feel - With the unique and fully redesigned Espressivo 2.0 feature, Sibelius 7.5 gives you complete control over and customization of the rhythmic feel of any individual part to produce more expressive and realistic musical phrasings. And because the software can now better interpret such notation distinctions as tempo markings, more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.7 or later



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Wts reviewed on 15 Apr 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????????????
[Version 7.5.0]

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Misha replied on 15 Apr 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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lurkingremlin reviewed on 15 Apr 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 ;)
[Version 7.5.0]

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Misha replied on 15 Apr 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 replied on 15 Apr 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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Misha replied on 15 Apr 2014
Ah-ha! Shockingly, perhaps, we do not test our site with IE for WinXP anymore ;)
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lurkingremlin replied on 15 Apr 2014
I'd not by any means allow that software on my Mac ;)
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Monkeyjunkey commented on 23 Mar 2014
Sibelius 7.5 is out: www.avid.com/products/sibelius
[Version 7.1.3]


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Monkeyjunkey reviewed on 21 Nov 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?
[Version 7.1.3]


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lemon-kun commented on 23 Nov 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.
[Version 7.1.2]

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Monkeyjunkey replied on 24 Nov 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 replied on 25 Nov 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 replied on 25 Nov 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 replied on 25 Nov 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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DirkTheMenace reviewed on 10 Nov 2011
Why pay for just a score reader if you can get the same with a full blown sequencer as Cubase?
Yes, it handles more complex scores but for 99% musicians it is not needed.

Way too expensive imo
[Version 7.0.3]

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lemon-kun replied on 04 May 2012
Well, Sibelius is an app for pros. It is expensive because 99% of musicians don't need it. However, there is the 1% (composers, music teachers, orchestrators) who really need it, and those gladly become Avid's customers (or buy Finale, for the same price).

But since you describe Sibelius as "just a score reader", I feel you probably didn't get what this app is about anyway.
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Aargl reviewed on 08 Sep 2011
Amongst the "complex" scoring programs outthere, this is the simplest one.
I'm a computer engineer by school, but never succeeded in managing Finale! Sibelius is ok.
(I mean: the best program for a given purpose is the one where you have to dig the less possible into the manual, and this is one)
Due to the high price, I can't advise it for simple scores — my reference, there, is old Cubase 4.0 in OS9, and the closer to it is Logic, even if I cry everyday for the lost simplicity of my old Cubase... :-(
So there should be a Sibelius Lite for normal human beings who don't need to rule a philarmonic orchestra; us, poor composers simply can't afford those overpriced monsters...
Except for the price, it's a must-have.
[Version 7.0.2]

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Aargl replied on 08 Sep 2011
I should add that it's another company who abandon ppc users, but now being part of Avid/Digidesign trust, it's not very surprising...
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Hkim replied on 08 Sep 2011
I use and recommend Overture (Genisoft) which is easier to use, faster and supports the use of sample players better than Sibelius. I've prepared orchestral scores with Sibelius and though it works well enough, it is not very easy to use since I have spent more time trying to get what I need out of it and I disagree with it being intuitive as well.
Despite my preferences, if one is prepared to put in the time required to learn its functions, Sibelius can be useful and productive.
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lemon-kun replied on 04 May 2012
Just for the record, there is a "Sibelius Lite"… It's called "Sibelius First" and costs 120$. Download on the developers website only.
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Bobster reviewed on 30 Sep 2009
Been working with Sibelius 5.2 for a little while now. Quite the leap from Guitar Pro! Of course, GP is a lot less expensive, but it just can't touch Sibelius, the "kitchen sink" of notation programs.

Ease of use was immediately apparent - though there are some features that require tutorials/help files, still I find it a very intuitive program to use.
[Version 6.1]


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MMD, LTD reviewed on 23 Oct 2007
Well, version 5 is not ready for prime-time. I've been a user for several years starting with version 2. Each upgrade up until v. 5 added features without adding significant bloat. Not so with 5: it's pokey to start up, sluggish on anything older than the latest Macs, crash-prone, and worst of all, they've changed drop-down menus and dialog box functions so that one has to do extra clicking with a mouse (excessive trips to the mouse was one peeve I had against Finale). I waited to review this as I wanted to give tech support a chance to help me resolve issues, but they've been unable to do much. I also was waiting for a 5.1 update that might address these nagging issues (I recall a quick release of 4.1 last time), but it's been several months since 5 was released. Now that the developers have a good chunk of the market share, I'm sensing the complacency that plagued Finale: new versions are bloatware that have a few features heaped on rather than being a more efficient tool for musicians. I may look elsewhere for my notation needs, specifically for a developer who is still hungry for market share!
[Version 5.0]


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nicolasd reviewed on 05 Jan 2006
sibelius came to mac os x first and best. finale is like the quark or pro tools of it's market. it was too lazy for too long thinking it had a monopoly. i dropped it in favor of the eager development team and friendly support behind sibelius and i haven't regretted it for a second. good riddance finale!
[Version 4.1]


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Tranceman0007 rated on 08 Jan 2014

[Version 7.1.3]



Lasconic rated on 07 Feb 2011

[Version 6.2]


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Date:15 Apr 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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