MuseScore 3.6 Release Candidate Is Out!
We are pleased to announce the release candidate of MuseScore 3.6, the largest (and last) of our updates to version 3. This is our 'engraving release', which addresses many of the biggest issues affecting the layout and appearance of your sheet music and is the result of a massive collaboration between our community and internal team. It is the first big step towards the type of world-beating engraving capability that we aim to achieve in the future.
Two of the most notable additions in this release are Leland, our new notation font and Edwin, our new typeface. Leland is a highly sophisticated notation style created by our head of product, Martin Keary and our engraving expert, Simon Smith. The aim of Leland is to provide a classic notation style that feels 'just right' with a balanced, consistent weight and a finessed appearance that avoids overly stylised quirks. We will be releasing a video about how (and why) Leland was created to coincide with the official launch of 3.6. Our new typeface, Edwin, is based on New Century Schoolbook, which has long been the typeface of choice by some of the world's leading publishers, chosen specifically as a complimentary companion to Leland. In addition, we have provided new default style settings (margins, line thickness, etc) to compliment Leland and Edwin, which match conventions used by the world's leading publishing houses.
Equally as important as our new notation style is our new vertical layout system. This is switched on by default for new scores and can be activated on older scores too. It is a gigantic improvement to how staves are vertically arranged and will save you hours of work by significantly reducing your reliance on vertical spacers and manual adjustment. We have also created a system for automatically organising the instruments on your score to conform with a range of common conventions (orchestral, marching band, etc.). In addition, newly created scores will also be accurately bracketed by default. You can even specify soloists, which will be arranged and bracketed according to your chosen convention too! These three new systems are the result of a wonderful collaboration between Simon Smith and our community member, Niek van den Berg.
We have also greatly improved how we display the notation fonts: Emmentaler and Bravura, which more accurately match the intentions of the original designers and have included a new jazz font called 'Petaluma' designed by Anthony Hughes at Steinberg.
Lastly, we have made some very useful improvements to our export process, which now includes a new dialog containing lots of practical, time-saving settings. This work was implemented by one of our newest community members, Casper Jeukendrup.
We have lots more to do to improve the engraving capabilities of MuseScore, including important overhauls to our horizontal spacing and beaming systems. MuseScore 3.6 may be a massive step but there are many more steps ahead!
You can install the 3.6 Release Candidate version alongside the version you have currently installed. Please be aware that we have disabled uploads to MuseScore.com for this release candidate. This is a necessary precaution due to the significant alterations made to engraving and score organisation. It will be enabled for the official stable release of MuseScore 3.6
Additional Engraving fixes
- Overhauled style defaults, both general and Leland-specific
- Added feature to indent initial systems of sections
- Improved adjustment of stem lengths on chords outside the stave
- Improvement to the appearance of tremolo and buzzrolls markings
- Correct interpretation of beam spacing and ledger length settings in SMuFL fonts
- Improved positioning of flags, honouring their orientation and design in their respective fonts
- Bracketed accidentals can how have customisable padding inside their parentheses
- Improvements to placement and spacing of accidentals with regard to ledger lines
- Improvements with spacing involving invisible items
- Uploads to MuseScore.com have been disabled. The will be enabled again for the official stable release of 3.6
- There is an issue with some Music XML imports, which do not always accept our new defaults without some manual work. Depending on the source of the file, font faces and sizes may be specified locally for each text item. A dialog will be presented when importing an XML file to ask if you wish to apply the text font Edwin to the file or not; this will force the font change but may not affect size or other attributes. It may be possible to reset styles more comprehensively by opening Format → Style and selecting the 'Reset all Styles to Default' option on the bottom left corner of the dialog. After that, you may also need to choose 'Format > Reset Text Style Overrides'. Ultimately, it may be necessary to reset some text items manually
See also the handbook page for the new changes and features
Full release notes are available here
Download MuseScore 3.6 Release Candidate
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