Introducing MuseScore Connect
With the MuseScore 1.1 release , a new feature is being introduced: MuseScore Connect. It basically connects MuseScore with the two MuseScore websites, http://musescore.org and http://musescore.com. Technically, MuseScore Connect is a panel in MuseScore which goes online and pulls in content from both websites.
The initial driver to implement MuseScore Connect was that many people download MuseScore from other websites and thus, they were never introduced to our websites. This is a pity especially for first time users since musescore.org now hosts a serious amount of videos, tips and tricks which can help them through the steep learning curve. So a task (#8263: Exposing musescore.org to (first time) users) was submitted in the issue tracker and we started to brainstorm how to implement it.
The first question was what we wanted to expose. The video tutorials and the news stream were obvious candidates. But also a editorial pick of scores made with MuseScore that are being uploaded on musescore.com. That was already good enough to get started. If we wanted to include more later on, this would always be possible since MuseScore Connect is basically web content so it can be altered at any moment.
Once you click Start, MuseScore goes online and fetches the connect.html from the MuseScore servers. That file is hosted on a CDN so serving time is extremely fast. Currently, you will find three tabs: Sheet Music, News and Learn & Support. Currently this content is not translated yet, but that will soon become possible via the translation server.
Enjoy this new feature!