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Cue 1.4

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We’re very excited to announce the immediate availability of Cue 1.4, the latest update to our standalone remote control app. This update includes some helpful improvements and fixes, but the big news is the addition of Dual Page mode, a new feature that lets you view two pages of a score on two separate devices using Cue with forScore 10.2 or forScore mini 3.2.

Cue not only retrieves and displays the second page (complete with read-only annotations), it also displays fully interactive links and buttons so you can work with your score naturally on both devices. You can even tap or swipe to turn pages from Cue, so you don’t have to worry about which screen you’re reaching for while you play.

It’s an amazing new feature you really have to try to appreciate. Cue 1.4 requires iOS 8 or newer, and it’s available now on the App Store as a free update for all existing users or just $1.99 (USD) for everyone else.


forScore Cue

Available now for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch on the App Store.


forScore Music Box

Get our four utility apps or complete your collection with this app bundle.

Nocturne 1.0

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We’re very proud to announce the immediate availability of Nocturne 1.0 on the App Store. This new app—our first that’s completely independent from our work on forScore and its utilities—is the product of our own needs and our passion to create the best possible environment for capturing musical ideas as they happen.

We think it’s going to be a big help to a lot of musicians, so we’re pricing it aggressively to get the word out: Nocturne is available for just $1.99 (USD) and there are no in-app purchases, so head over to the App Store now to check it out!


Nocturne

Available now for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch on the App Store.

Announcing Nocturne

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Today we’re very excited and proud to announce something brand new: our first app that’s completely separate from our work with forScore. We call it Nocturne, and it’s a single-track MIDI recorder that’s designed to make recording several takes of your song as quick and straightforward as possible. Our new detail page has much more information, so be sure to check it out.

We’ve actually been working on Nocturne off and on for over two years because it was an app we wanted for ourselves. A few iOS bugs kept us from finishing it until now, but we think it’s finally in the right place and we need beta testers to help us get it all the way to the finish line. If you have a MIDI controller (and a compatible adapter or interface, if necessary), consider helping us out by trying it and telling us what you think.

If you’re interested, sign up here to become a beta tester. Otherwise, stay tuned right here or follow us on Twitter for more news as we get closer to releasing Nocturne on the app store!

Sneak Peek: forScore 10.2

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We’ve been hard at work, and today we’re tremendously excited to be unveiling the latest update to forScore, version 10.2. Beginning last year with the debut of forScore 10 and the big foundational improvements it introduced, we made the deliberate choice to continue building on it for a while and let the point releases serve a much bigger role. We kicked things off with 10.1 late last year, but 10.2 takes things up a notch. The feature list could’ve easily added up to an 11.0, but we’re sticking with our plan and pushing forward aggressively. Our mission—to make forScore the best sheet music reader it can be—won’t fulfill itself, after all.

There’s too much to cover here, so be sure to head over to our new in-depth page explaining most of the big changes. And, if you’re interested in helping us get it ready for a full release consider becoming a beta tester. We can’t do it without you, so thanks as always for your support, your enthusiasm, and your music.

iOS 10.3 Beta

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Note: The specific issues in this article have been resolved, but this information applies equally to any current or future beta releases.

Last week Apple released iOS 10.3 public beta 2, causing forScore and forScore mini to immediately crash on launch. Most people don’t run beta versions and didn’t encounter this issue, but for those who did we wanted to take a moment to discuss what happened and how to avoid it in the future.

First and foremost, iOS 10.3 is an unfinished, pre-release beta version. It’s not the latest version of iOS (that’s iOS 10.2.1), and it’s by definition a buggy mess. If you have it on your device and you’re not a developer or an Apple employee, it’s because you joined Apple’s public beta program at some point (you can unenroll here). This process is full of explicit, repetitive warnings, so there’s no way you can sign up accidentally.

These betas exist to give developers time to get their software ready, and the beta period is typically many weeks or months long. It’s meant to expose issues so that they can be corrected by the time Apple releases the update worldwide. Sometimes these issues are just plain bugs, and other times they’re purposeful changes that we need time to adapt to.

We cannot provide a bug- or crash-free experience if you’re using these betas. Even when we are able to create an immediate fix, Apple’s review process means it can take days or even weeks for that release to get to our customers (sometimes by then the iOS bug has already been fixed with a new beta version). More importantly, it pulls resources away from the work that benefits all of our customers and creates opportunities for instability and errors.

There are plenty of reasons why people choose to run iOS betas. As long as you know what that entails, then we sincerely appreciate and applaud your willingness to help make iOS (and forScore) better for everyone. If, on the other hand, you didn’t expect and can’t accommodate these kinds of bugs, please reconsider being a part of this program.

We are absolutely committed to providing the best possible experience for our users on all supported versions of iOS—that will include iOS 10.3 just as soon as it’s finished. Until then, know that we hear you and we’re still working incredibly hard to make forScore the best app it can be.

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