PhotoScore Ultimate
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Musical equivalent of a text OCR program.   Demo ($249.00)
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PhotoScore Ultimate is a music scanning program - the musical equivalent of a text OCR program.
  • Scans and reads printed music - even percussion staves, guitar tablature and chord diagrams!
  • Highly accurate and quick
  • Automatic scanning and recognition - removes the hard work of choosing scanner settings
  • Transposes all scanned notation
  • Plays back scanned music with astonishing realism using the Espressivo feature licensed from Sibelius
  • Prints scores in high quality
  • Results can be used in almost any music editing program. Send directly to Sibelius or G7, or
What's New
Version 7.0.1:
  • Enhanced and automatic handwritten music recognition no need to describe to PhotoScore the style of handwriting being scanned
  • New PDF engine including ability to tell PhotoScore which pages to open within a PDF
  • Batch PDF opening each PDF is automatically placed in a separate score
  • Copy and paste multiple notes on the same staff
  • Improved printed text recognition
  • Automatic saving of scores and edits subsequently made to them (only for scores automatically read by PhotoScore)
  • User interface usability improvements
  • Scanned images displayed in grayscale for clarity when checking for mistakes
  • Various bug fixes
Version 7.0.1:
  • Enhanced and automatic handwritten music recognition no need to describe to PhotoScore the style of handwriting being scanned
  • New PDF engine including ability to tell PhotoScore which pages to open within a PDF
  • Batch PDF opening each PDF is automatically placed in a separate score
  • Copy and paste multiple notes on the same staff
  • Improved printed text recognition more...
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 or later







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  • PDFtoMusic
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PhotoScore Ultimat... User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 7.x:
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eatout commented on 13 Dec 2007
v5.5 seems to work very well...
[Version 5.5.1]

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Drhmd replied on 05 Oct 2010
I thought the programme was bad enough in Windows, for example the huge number of 'bad timing' errors produced when the programme read what I consider to be high quality scores. Each of these errors would need to be corrected before exporting to Sibelius, which meant it was almost quicker and certainly less frustrating to bypass the programme and simply write the music out in Sibelius.

Now I'm using a Mac, the problems seem compounded as Photoscore seems prone to crashing every few minutes. So I'm unlikely to persist with it any more... which hurts given the price I paid.
Youtube has some interesting reviews of the programme. Haven't come across any positive ones yet!
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mondele commented on 25 Feb 2007
There might be another game in town, depending upon your needs. OMeR (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/9468) is an add-on for Melody Assistant or Harmony Assistant which attempts to do the same thing. I haven't had much luck with it - it claims my scores are too dense, but it does work to a point. (Actually, that's all I can say for any OCR software). The price for OMeR is $20, and Melody Assistant is another $20 - which gives you some fairly nice music score editing tools. Worth a look for those feeling bound.
[Version 4.1.2]


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woolie reviewed on 24 Aug 2006
This is a bad piece of software. It isn't Universal, as a matter of fact it isn't even Mach-O yet!!!

The interface is just plain awful and updating the thing is such a pain. The software does not offer anything in the way of auto updating and their website is amateurish at best.

They are pretty much the only game in town and so can get away with their prices.

Unfortunately their piece of software does not work that well.
[Version 4.1.2]


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Wiggus commented on 03 Mar 2006
I think this sounds really interesting, but is way out of my price range. I follower the link to their site for more info and found there is a Lite version that claims to be 50% off for a short time. I followed the link for ordering and pricing and the price shows up as $199. I don't know any musicians that make the kind of money to justify this pricing. Don't you think if the price was $40 they'd sell 10x as many copies?
[Version 4.1.2]


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Holypoly rated on 22 Dec 2011

[Version 7.0.1]



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Smedsta rated on 04 Oct 2011

[Version 7.0.1]


Downloads:12,265
Version Downloads:7,515
Type:Multimedia Design : Author Tools
License:Demo
Date:27 Jul 2011
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $249.00
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PhotoScore Ultimate is a music scanning program - the musical equivalent of a text OCR program.
  • Scans and reads printed music - even percussion staves, guitar tablature and chord diagrams!
  • Highly accurate and quick
  • Automatic scanning and recognition - removes the hard work of choosing scanner settings
  • Transposes all scanned notation
  • Plays back scanned music with astonishing realism using the Espressivo feature licensed from Sibelius
  • Prints scores in high quality
  • Results can be used in almost any music editing program. Send directly to Sibelius or G7, or save MusicXML and NIFF files for Finale and other notation products. Save MIDI files for MIDI sequencing programs such as Cubase and Sonar. Save WAV or AIFF files for burning to CD.
  • Opens PDF files
  • Reads text from score in up to 40 different languages. Windows version can even read Greek and Russian.
  • Uses the most advanced music scanning technology available


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