Experiences with ScanScore anyone?

• May 11, 2019 - 16:08

Does anyone of you know ScanScore? Is it worth the money? I just received a $20 voucher for it, but I don't know if it's a good deal. The product demo looks nice and it seems to do the job. But in the demo you can't export, so I don't know if it would work with musescore. https://scan-score.com/en/


If you do decide to buy it, let us know how you get on. I assume from the name that it is music OCR that creates MXL from visually scanning a sheet, yes? And yes if it will export MXL or XML, MuseScore can import that, with varying degrees of success. I googled it: It looks like they have tiered pricing from 29 Euro to 149 Euro. I couldn't find a list of features that you get for each of those prices. So it's something I'll keep my eye on.

In reply to by Tixrus

I went ahead and tried it! My favorite feature is that it allows you to edit the scores once they're scanned in. So I can fix any mistakes before exporting. (And yes, it exports just fine! Works okay with musescore.) The big difference between the tiers is the number of staves you can do at once.

Don't bother, I just tried it and like every other music scanning OCR program I've tried it only gets you about 80% there. There are always errors to correct after scanning. Unfortunately the last 20% is very time consuming and in the end you can do it faster by manually transcribing the music into your favorite music notation program.

In reply to by Jdtrumpeter

I'm not so sure about that. I also tested different MusicOCR programs (Audiveris, Smartscore and Photoscore)
After many tests my choice was Photoscore for which I bought the full version, five years ago, for 269 €!!!!
As you say "it" leaves mistakes but once well mastered I think it saves time for those like me who don't play the piano and therefore can't use the midi keyboard input connected.
But that's just my opinion:)
That said, the 392 scores I published on MuseScore were made using this technique.

I purchased the application and really tried to like it. I'd say it's pretty good, but it's no where near perfect.

My biggest issue with it was after scanning (30 seconds) then massaging and correcting (4+ hours) and getting the music perfect in scanscore, i exported the file and imported it into both MuseScore and Dorico. Both applications had errors in the scanscore generated musicxml. Once bypassing the error, the issues were pretty big. Like the other person commented, it gets you about 80% of the way.

I purchased Scanscore Melody 2 days ago and they never emailed me my password or License Key. I have tried reaching out to their customer support leaving several messages and have not had a reply!! They have already charged my credit card through PayPal. I have gone onto their website and tried using the "reset password" and "Lost License" buttons and I get the message that Password reset and License Keys have been sent to my email but I get nothing. I have verified that the email address is correct. Very frustrating for sure!!! Has anyone else experienced this lack of support for something as basic as being able to use the product that was purchased?

In reply to by [DELETED] 31878440

Hi. Same experience as you. Purchased today but only got PayPal payment confirmation and no activation key.
PayPal payment message refers to a company Lugert Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. When you google this company, you find this is a music teaching publisher in Hamburg. Their shop has no such program as Scan-Score.
I eventually received the activation key after a couple of rhours and a request for Lost key. Seems to work now.

I have been using playscore (on ipad) so far, but now bought scanscore because I thought that it did a better job when testing scanning some score. The trial version doesn't let you safe the result to musicxml as already mentioned, so I bought the ensemble version to do further tests (there is a 30 day money back guarantee).

The scores I wanted to convert I tried so far, doesn't really give a better result than playscore.
Scan-score shows the original and the scan side by side and that looks reasonably good (I'm used to having to correct voices and adding notes).
But.... when I save the scan to musicxml, apart from the staff-layout error which still exists, the result doesn't look like at all like what is shown in the scan-score program. Playscore gives a much better result. (but afaik that doesn't run on windows).

I'm sending some files to scanscore to see what they have to say about it.

Beste Regards,

I've had some success with it and quite a bit of frustration. My latest complaint is that after scanning a two violin and piano arrangement of Clair de lune, it says it cannot work with more than four staves and throws me out of the program. As far as I can tell, two violins and one piano is 4 staves, so what's the deal!

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