Sibelius 7.5

Read blog post here.

I am disappointed to see what Avid has done with Sibelius over the past few years. In my opinion, 7.5 does not appear feature heavy enough for a paid upgrade, but I guess they have to pay the bills. What is upsetting is that they have apparently been slow on development partly due to their concentration on the iPad app, Scorch, which dropped years ago. It has always been a clunky mess and hasn’t seen many decent updates since its release. On a side note, I wonder how long it will take to get iCloud support for saving PDF and .sib files. Syncing between Sibelius on Mac and Scorch on iPad would be a dream and might convince me to stick with Sibelius for the foreseeable future.

The Sibelius 6 interface was simple and smooth with lots of power behind it.

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The 7 interface is a clunky, hideous, purple disaster. Why Avid would borrow the style of Microsoft Office’s 2010 ribbon interface, I don’t know, but I hope Sibelius 8 brings some fresh change.

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In the meantime, I can’t wait to see what these guys turn out in the next few years.