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Full MusicXML support on Sibelius with Dolet 4

updated 07:20 pm EDT, Wed September 3, 2008

MusicXML for Sibelius

Recordare has unveiled the newest version of its Sibelius plug-in, Dolet 4. The plug in now allows users to save notation in the open MusicXML 2.0 format for sharing with other programs including Finale and Cubase. Previously, users could import MusicXML to Sibelius but not save as that format. The XML music format allows levels of notation detail much closer to a written score compared to MIDI files, which do not support many of the intricacies.

New symbols are supported, including cue-size notes, multirests, double note tremelos, cautionary accidentals, beaming, and chord symbol diagrams. With one action, an entire folder can be translated into MusicXML. Dolet 4 will work with Sibelius 5, on Windows or Mac, available from Recordare. The price for new users is $150, or upgraded from version 3 for $100.

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  1. vasic

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2005


    If it works....

    If the result is a complete score with all the markings, this could be very helpful. I have to admit that Finale has consistently been delivering better engraving than Sibelius, but I just can't keep wasting time re-learning Finale every time I need to use it. Sibelius is infinitely more intuitive and faster to work with. Its score output is usually perfectly adequate for most purposes, but not quite for professional publishing, where Finale has been the undisputed king.

  1. webraider

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2004


    More Intuitive

    This is simply not true.. (anymore) I'm an avid Finale User.. I took an introduction to Sibelius and they call pallette's different names..but You have to do things almost exatly the same way in Sibelius as you do Finale. I didn't see one example that was any different in the way that you enter basic music. I saw nothing that was any easier, or any "more" intuitive. Things were in different menu's or called something different, but it wasn't any better or faster. I do have to say over the last 5 years, Finale has looked more like Sibelius in your defense, but One program is no longer "More" intuitive than the other. The difference is that Finale still gives you more control in the end, but those options no longer get in the way of just simple composition. Competition between the two products has really helped Finale in this way.I'm not knocking Sibelius, but It is not any more intuitive than Finale.

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