PhotoScore Ultimate 7 reads virtually all markings in printed music, and most in handwritten music, including (handwritten capabilities highlighted in bold):
- 5-line staves (normal and small), 4- and 6- line guitar staves, 1-, 2- and 3-line percussion staves.
- Notes, chords (including stem direction, beams & flags) and rests (including multirests) in up to 4 voices per staff
- Appoggiaturas (grace notes), cue-sized and cross-staff notes
- Accidentals and articulation marks
- Clefs, key signatures, time signatures
- The format of the page, including the page size, staff size, margins, and where systems end
- Slurs, ties and hairpins
- Text including lyrics, dynamics, fingerings, instrument names, tempo and technique markings
- Guitar chord diagrams
- Various other markings such as codas, segnos, ornaments, pedal markings and repeat endings
- 64 staves per page
- 400 pages per score
Once the music has been PhotoScored with Ultimate you can…
- Extract parts
- Reformat the score
- Print out
- Play back (using Espressivo™ technology licensed from Sibelius for astonishing realism!) – Guitar chord diagrams/frames are not played back, although guitar tablature staves are.
- Send directly to Sibelius
- Save as a MusicXML or NIFF file* and open in Finale or another music program
- Save as a MIDI file and open in Pro Tools, Cubase, Sonar or another sequencing program*
- Save as a WAV (Windows) or AIFF (Mac OS X) file for burning to CD or converting to MP3
- Use the performance mode to easily read music off the screen whilst you are performing
Read more about music scanning…
The difficulty with scanning music or text is that by scanning a page, a computer does not ‘understand’ it. As far as the computer is concerned, scanning a page merely presents it with a grid of millions of black and white dots, which could be music, text, a photograph or anything else
The process of actually reading or interpreting music, text or pictures from this grid of dots is extremely complex and poorly understood. A large part of the human brain, containing many millions of connections, is devoted solely to solving this ‘pattern recognition’ problem.
For this reason, only a handful of music scanning programs have ever been developed, and past attempts have generally been very slow, very inaccurate, or unable to recognize many standard musical markings.
PhotoScore represents a significant advance being able to read a wide variety of music with high speed, accuracy and a good range of music symbols.
PhotoScore is able to read virtually all markings on a page and is the only product available capable of reading guitar tab and percussion staves.