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Old 04-24-2007, 04:11 AM
Mark Walsen (markwa)
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Default Hello Notation Composer and Mu

Hello Notation Composer and Musician Users:

Version 2.1 of Notation Composer and Musician has now been released. You can get a free update (patch) to version 2.1 from any version of Composer or Musician 2.0 through 2.0.4 at: or

Version 2.1 is a major maintenance release, with these overall goals:
  1. Completely new setup program that promises higher reliability.
  2. A new automatic software update feature. Just choose the Software Updates command in the Help menu, and Composer will visit Notation Software's web site to see if an update is available. If so, it will download and automatically install the update for you.
  3. Tested for Windows Vista.
  4. Forward file compatibility for Notation .not files. If in a later version of Composer, such as 2.1.1 or 2.2, you save a Notation .not file, another Composer user running a prior version, such as 2.1, will still be able to open the Notation .not file. The only data that will be lost will be the new types of data that were introduced in the later version. (Versions of Composer prior to 2.1 will not be able to open files saved by 2.1 or later; but this is the last time there will be such a problem.)
  5. Several new features.
  6. Improved usability.
  7. Bug fixes.
New features:
  • The Layout tool now supports a fixed number of measures per line! This has been one of the most requested features, especially by jazz musicians. To use this feature:
    • Choose Layout in the main toolbar.
    • Click the Page Layout button, which icon includes a lock, arrow, and red spring.
    • Click the Number of Barlines Per Line button, which icon shows "1234/5678" to suggest 4 lines per line.
    • In the Number of Bars Per Line menu, specify how many bars per line you want. And you can specify this for just a range of lines if you don't want to do this for the entire song.
  • For transposing instruments, chord names are automatically transposed.
  • A new Solo All Instruments command in the Part menu turns on playback for the track(s) in the current part and mutes all of the other tracks. An alternative short-cut is "qsolo". Or even easier, just Shift+Click any staff Solo button.
Improved usability:
  • In Window View, the vertical scrollbar correctly grows as you add notes and music symbols, so that the bottom-most staff is not partially hidden out of view.
  • If you change the default MIDI playback device, you now have the option to automatically reassign it to Notation .not files that were previously saved with track assignments to your old default MIDI playback device.
  • The accent mark tool in Add Mode now adds only one accent at a time. It was too confusing that it tried to support adding two accents with a single click.
  • In the Staff Setup window, duplicate MIDI channel assignments are now highlighted in yellow only for staves assigned to the same MIDI device and channel.
Bug fixes:
  • Staff Setup.A warning for duplicate MIDI channels (displayed with a yellow background behind the channel number) was incorrectly reported for two staves assigned to different MIDI devices but using the same channel number.
  • Page Layout.In switching from Page Layout view to Window View or normal Page View, some layout objects incorrectly remained displayed in the window. Also, the "unfreeze layout" (Default) command incorrectly left some layout objects displayed in the window even though they were actually removed.
To send feedback or report bugs for this version 2.1 release, please visit this forum topic on the version 2.1 release, or send email to

-- Mark
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