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Sheetmusic writing app
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For reading sheetmusic, Mobilesheets is great. However, I like to (re)write some music to once in a while.
On my PC I'm using Capella which, combined with CapellaScan, works fine.

I was wondering whether there are apps available for Android with which music can be written. I already found Zap's ABC; this however is too limited in its possibilities.

Anyone know an app which has the basics of Capella, Sibelius or Overture?
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#2
I use Finale PrintMusic ... currently still have ver 2009. Works pretty well .. can transpose, etc.
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(05-01-2012, 10:33 AM)Oom-Pah Wrote: I use Finale PrintMusic ... currently still have ver 2009. Works pretty well .. can transpose, etc.

Is that an app on Android or do you use it on your PC?
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#4
I think that's a PC/MAC app. I've used PrintMusic on the PC in the past. I've never seen an app for writing music equivalent to that for Android. There's an android app called Songbook with which you can create/read/edit/transpose chordpro files, but that's quite limited since all it shows is lyrics and chord names - through handy if you play guitar/uke etc...and that's all you need.
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#5
https://play.google.com/store/apps/detai...stro&hl=en

there is this one, I do not have it. I see that the last time it was updated was a year ago.
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#6
Also check out musical notepad in beta but looks more promising.
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#7
Notate Me
http://www.neuratron.com/notateme.html
handwrite ('fingerswipe'?) the notation on the stave and it converts it. Notation, chords, dynamics; musicXML, midi and PDF export. It is gradually improving its interpretation engine of what you write. I have not tested this, but a clear (see-thru) stylus point like Adonit's range of Jot pens would probably be useful as you can see exactly where in the stave you are placing note heads (etc.)
http://adonit.net
Its more fun for me than for anything serious (I still use score paper initially!)

Android (and iOS)
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#8
I've just been trying a browser app, noteflight.com, and I'm very impressed. You need to use a mouse or a midi keyboard, but the program works very well, and it's free for up to 10 scores (scores are stored on their web site). The printed output looks very professional, and the app has many, many options. I haven't used Finale for a few years, but this program seems to operate better and easier. You can get unlimited scores and a few more (unneeded) options by paying a monthly fee.
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(05-21-2014, 06:41 AM)mikepo Wrote: I've just been trying a browser app, noteflight.com, and I'm very impressed. You need to use a mouse or a midi keyboard, but the program works very well, and it's free for up to 10 scores (scores are stored on their web site). The printed output looks very professional, and the app has many, many options. I haven't used Finale for a few years, but this program seems to operate better and easier. You can get unlimited scores and a few more (unneeded) options by paying a monthly fee.

i've used this on my PC with great success (the free version) do they have a version for android tablet?  if so,  can you buy it in the google store?
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#10
I've just started using the MuseScore app for android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/detai...lite&hl=en) and windows (http://musescore.org/en).   Not fully discovered all the features and would love to hear any comments.
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#11
Windows 8 related—Staffpad app for notation
http://zubersoft.com/mobilesheets/forum/...p?tid=2466
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#12
(03-06-2015, 10:19 AM)isa4031 Wrote: I've just started using the MuseScore app for android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/detai...lite&hl=en) and windows (http://musescore.org/en).  
Not fully discovered all the features and would love to hear any comments.
I've used MuseScore for Windows for several years and am really happy with it.  Windows is completely free- open source.  The Android app is like $5. 
Like all notation applications I've used it took me a while to get the hang of the user interface but I think it's the best of the several I've used, including most recently Finale PrintMusic.  It seems to have substantially all the functionality of the big scorewriters (Finale + Sibelius) and of course the huge advantage of being open source + free.

They've just come out with a major version upgrade from 1.3 (I believe) to 2.0.  2.0 is a big step forward - I haven't yet upgraded, but I used a beta of V2 for a while and was pretty pleased with what I saw.

I think the Android app has huge potential, but it seems to me to be relatively low on the maturity curve.  You can't write a score on the Android app- it will play the score, but to me the HUGE advantage is that you can transpose a score live on the fly in MuseScore on Android.  The current version renders it pretty roughly, but as it gets better, this is a game-changer in a jam situation (jazz, folk, etc) when somebody calls a song I sort of know and have on the tab, but they call it in Ab instead of F, or whatever.
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#13
I started using Finale Print Music. About a year ago they offered a low-cost upgrade to the full Finale, and I did it. That was a MAJOR improvement. But the big surprise is how well it does importing music from TIFF files (which I get from PDFs via the Mac's Preview app). As I often want to collapse a 4-staff choral part into two staves so I can play it better, this is a big win.

Finale prints directly to PDF, which I load into MobileSheets.
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#14
Update on MuseScore 2.0 and accompanying MuseScore Songbook for Android:

I've been using MuseScore 2.0 for a month or 2 now and I'm very happy with it indeed.  It seems to me that this open-source project is really matured beautifully with this version.  It behaves very well on Windows XP, the user interface is both flexible and pretty easy for me to understand, and renders beautiful scores to PDF which I load into MobileSheets.

For me the BIG upside to the Musescore + Songbook combo is that, on the tablet, Songbook can transpose the piece into different keys on the fly,  on the tablet.  You load the MuseScore *.mscz files onto the tablet, and import them into Songbook's library.  Songbook renders the Musescore 2 files beautifully, and transposing is a snap, accurate, and rendered very nicely.  For the jam session / improvisational environment in which I often play, this is a big win.

Songbook lacks the library functions of Mobilesheets- collections, setlists, metadata; and lacks things like annotations, cropping, file+ page ordering flexibility etc etc etc.  But the ability to transpose on the tablet is huge for me.  In many cases I've put a song into Mobilesheets in 3 or 4 different keys and Songbook makes that unnecessary and provides unlimited transposition flexibility.

I also keep an old copy of PrintMusic around that has SmartScore, the TIFF music notation recognition ability built into it.  My old version is very useful but somewhat error-prone.  I'm sure today's version is much less error-prone + I'd like to upgrade for that better performance, but not so much as to put $85 into it, as least not yet. Maybe when I finally replace the XP machine.
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