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forScore 2.7

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We’re happy to announce the immediate availability of forScore version 2.7. This update brings the implementation one of the longest-running feature requests we’ve had. Now, in addition to the score-wide margin adjustment tool that zooms in towards the center of all pages at once, you can crop individual pages by moving them around and resizing them to make the most of your iPad screen’s real estate.

We’ve also added the ability to import bookmarks from a PDF’s table of contents, included a way to edit entire categories with just a few taps, and more. The full list is below, and thanks to everyone for their incredible support and feedback!

• Pages can be cropped individually and off-center
• PDF table of contents information can now be imported as bookmarks
• Categories can now be edited directly from the score menu
• Optional scaling of text annotation font sizes when adjusting margins or cropping
• Metronome accuracy improvements
• Improved VGA out performance with iPad 1
• Performance improvements
• Bug fixes

2.6 Arrives

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We’re happy to announce the immediate availability of forScore 2.6, a huge update bringing great new features and important fixes. Here are a few of the highlights from today’s update:

First off, we wanted to solve a problem that’s been bugging us since many popular iPad-compatible page turners came to the market. Technically, page turners are very similar to keyboards, so when the iPad detects that one is connected, it assumes that you’re using a Bluetooth or wired keyboard and hides the virtual on-screen version. Normally that’s a great feature, but for people who are using page turners it means that searching, browsing, and editing metadata are all off-limits while using one of these devices. Well, we’ve managed to find a way of using both at the same time, and we’ve added an option in the settings panel to force the virtual keyboard to appear no matter which external device is connected. We think this is an important change, and one that our competitors are still scratching their heads over.

Next, we made an important change to forScore’s bookmarking feature. One request we got very often was to allow bookmarks to overlap. We’ve done this in 2.6, but with a caveat—since one page can potentially be a part of multiple bookmarks, the app no longer inherits bookmark information automatically. If you want to use a bookmark and all of its related metadata (audio track binding, zoom, etc.) then you’ll first have to select it from the main menu or from the bookmarks menu itself. We’ve also got other features coming soon that depend on this behavior, so while it was a difficult choice to make, we think it’ll be the right one ultimately.

We’ve also taken some time to consider how we can improve overall workflow. To that end, we’ve added a centralized search panel to the app that lets you find scores, composers, genres, keywords, actions, and setlists in seconds. More importantly, you now get to choose which gesture you’d like to use to open it: a two-finger tap, or a tap & hold gesture. Both of these are configurable to a number of different tasks through the settings panel, so you can find the combination that’s right for you.

We’re not stopping there, though—version 2.7 is already in the works and brings just a few (but very important) features that we’ve been working to get right since we started last April. Thanks to everyone for your support, and for your feedback. We couldn’t do it without either!

Version 2.5 Live

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After an unexpectedly long approval cycle, version 2.5 has gone live and brings a ton of great improvements. New settings, improved table views and animations, and setlist refinements make this the best version of forScore yet. Here’s the list of changes that 2.5 brings:

• Table views have been rewritten for better performance and smoother animations
• Setlist creator category view now includes search and keyword/genre lists
• Menu secondary controls have been lowered for improved accessibility
• Includes the ability to view setlists in their actual order or alphabetically
• Scroll to the top of most menus by tapping their title
• Menus can now re-open to their last scroll position
• Adds an optional two-finger tap in the middle of the screen to open the score menu
• Adds an option to show bookmarks in the main score menu
• Adds a debounce setting for better compatibility with some page turners
• Adds a setting to always open the score menu to the category view
• Adds support for PDF keyword fetching
• Lowers the Quick Scroll threshold to 25 entries from 40
• Improves Page Peek performance
• Extends undo/redo support to text annotation creation
• Helps prevent text annotations from being created off-screen

We’ve worked hard on this update, and also on version 2.6 that’s coming up next, so stay tuned for an exciting month of March!

2.4.3 Live

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The last maintenance release in our string of 2.4.x updates, version 2.4.3, is now live and resolves a timing issue with auto-turn for landscape files. We’re also working hard on version 2.5, and we’re hoping to finalize it for release later this month. We know maintenance releases aren’t very exciting, but we also know that by taking the time to weed out these bugs we’re providing a strong foundation for the many features to come. We think you’ll agree when 2.5 ships, and we appreciate the support and feedback that makes it possible!

2.4.2 Update

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forScore 2.4.2 has just gone live, fixing some minor bugs related to the metadata view’s auto-suggest functions, as well as resolving an issue where the browser could not properly detect PDF files hosted on a small number of websites. Thanks to everyone who submitted feedback allowing us to fix these nagging bugs!

2.4.1, Maintenance Releases

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forScore 2.4.1 has gone live, fixing an issue with BT-105 recognition after editing certain types of metadata. This minor update is recommended for all users of the BT-105, and will be followed up by another maintenance release next week with several more minor bug fixes and refinements.

In fact, the 2.4.x series of releases will all be focused on small fixes and refinements, rather than the addition of any major new features. It’s not as glamorous, we know, but these fixes will help provide a solid foundation for 2.5 and beyond. Thanks to everyone who has submitted feedback, allowing us to discover and correct these issues!

Apple Retail Featuring forScore

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Apple retail stores recently updated their window displays, which now feature forScore prominently amongst a number of other iPad apps in a mobile-like setup for their 300+ stores worldwide. Our app is featured twice, actually, and we couldn’t resist stopping by our local store to snap this shot:

Special thanks to reader Matthew for sending us the tip!

forScore 2.4, Custom Signatures

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We’re very proud to announce forScore version 2.4, which brings several new enhancements and some important fixes. It’s available immediately for just $4.99, or absolutely free for existing users. Here’s a look at a few of the changes in this version:

With the 2.3 series of updates, we focused heavily on performance optimizations, and sadly some of these changes had unforeseen consequences. One casualty was the video output feature, so with the 2.4 update we took the opportunity to not just patch it up, but to complete rewrite it from scratch. All of the features and options are exactly the same as before, but the output is now a true mirror of the iPad’s screen, rather than just a particular view. More importantly, it’s far more stable than before, and we apologize for any inconvenience this process may have caused.

Version 2.4 includes a few other notable additions, such as custom signature support. Add a PNG image to forScore via iTunes file sharing (use 360×45 pixels for best results), and the image will be used for the composer by the same name. A signature file for “John Doe” would be named “John Doe.png”, for instance. We’ve added a PSD template to our extras page to give you a better idea of exactly how your signature image will look in forScore. You can also read more about this feature here. [Updated March 2018: custom signatures are no longer supported by forScore.]

This version also implements several ideas based directly on feedback from our users, so thank you all for your continued participation and support.

2.3.2, BT-105 Available

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Hot on the heels of our 2.3.1 update, we’re happy (and a bit surprised!) to announce the immediate availability of forScore 2.3.2. This update addresses some minor issues introduced in version 2.3.1, as well as the following:

• Resolves an issue with the bookmarks menu for larger files
• Faster score deletions
• Improved new file detection

Updates have typically taken upwards of a week to go through Apple’s approval process, so we’re delighted to see this timeframe improving and hope that it is indicative of future updates, since ultimately we believe that a greater ability to respond to unexpected issues benefits our customers.

Also, AirTurn has now resumed shipments of the BT-105, and our promotion will be continuing into the new year, so don’t forget to check out our promo page or pass it along to a friend!

2.3.1 Released

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Version 2.3.1 is now live, and includes the following changes:

• Bookmark page numbers can now be changed at any time
• Bookmarks are now saved with an explicit “save” button
• Improved bookmark creator validation
• Link view now defaults to the current page for both source and destination
• Performance optimizations
• Minor interface changes
• Bug fixes

forScore 2.3.1 is just $4.99, or free for existing users. Get it here.

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