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forScore 2 Arrives

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forScore 2 has been officially released, and is available immediately for $4.99 or as a free update for existing users. With features like half-page turns, Bluetooth file sharing, and bookmarks, it’s a huge leap forward that will delight musicians everywhere.

This release is accompanied by a complete overhaul of our site as well a minor update to forScore Mac (now version 1.1). This update adds the ability to embed difficulty and rating information directly into PDF files for use with forScore 2 or later.

We’re very proud of the work we’ve done with these updates, and we couldn’t have done it without the tremendous support of our customers. Thank you all!

If you’re a member of the press interested in covering forScore, please contact us so we can assist you.

Update: Bluetooth Foot Pedal

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Earlier this week AirTurn announced that their upcoming iPad-compatible page turner, the BT-105, is being targeted for a mid-November release.

We’ve been working with Airturn since May to ensure that forScore would be fully compatible with the BT-105 at launch. With our exclusive and custom response engine built from the ground up to work with forScore’s innovative features, we haven’t just added compatibility to our app—we’ve taken the lead as pioneers in a quickly evolving ecosystem. In portrait or landscape mode, with half-turns enabled or disabled, the BT-105 will allow you to navigate between pages with a tap of your foot.

The BT-105 adapter starts at $69, with higher price points when bundled with foot pedals. It features a USB-rechargeable battery and will also work with Bluetooth-capable computers. We know many people have been very excited for this, and we’re sure that the BT-105 will be topping holiday wish lists this year!

Edit: The BT-105 will be available starting November 19th.

Sneak preview: forScore 2

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Things have been quiet around here for a few weeks, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve stopped working hard to make forScore the best sheet music reader available. We’ve been rethinking some of the basics, making our code more efficient, and delivering on dozens of common feature requests. Now that it’s almost complete, it’s our pleasure to give you a sneak peek at forScore 2.

The biggest change in forScore 2 is the removal of built-in scores. Instead, these are now offered as free downloads via the all-new forStore, making the app’s overall footprint dramatically smaller and the code required significantly simpler. Download all of the files previously included in 1.x versions at once, download all of the scores by a particular composer, or browse individual scores to preview and download them à la carte.

With features like Bluetooth file sharing, VGA output, half-page turns, bookmarks, and keywords, forScore 2 is a huge leap forward and still just $4.99, or absolutely free for existing users. We’ve worked very hard on forScore 2, and we think our customers are going to fall in love with it all over again.

Here’s the full rundown of what’s new in forScore 2:

Bookmarks
• Add bookmarks to create virtual sub-scores from your files
• Full metadata and setlist independence
• Bookmarks are listed in the main score menu just like any other file
• Bookmark name and relative page number are listed in the skip-to-page bubble
• A new bookmarks menu adds quick navigation and bookmark creation/management

Zero Scores Included
• All scores are now optional downloads via the new, free web store
• Simplified code and greater stability
• Dramatically smaller app footprint

Menus
• A new centralized “Tools” menu gives you quick access to forScore’s functions
• A new, simplified menu layout with integrated search and filter
• Difficulty is now a submenu sort type along with Title and Rating

Navigation
• Half-page turns
• Subviews now act like temporary setlists
• Navigate between pages while annotating

Metadata
• Add and search by keywords
• Globally rename the “Genre” category to better suit your needs
• The batch edit picker shows all scores or just those in the last-viewed submenu
• Redesigned drop-down lists refine their suggestions as you type
• Global PDF data fetching (destructive and non-destructive)
• Improved self-cleaning mechanisms

Search
• Subview search shows results from the current submenu, all files, or by keyword
• Main menu search: quickly find a particular composer, setlist, keyword, or genre

Miscellaneous
• Direct file transfer between iPads via Bluetooth
• VGA output (separate adapter required)
• White marker preset for covering up unwanted PDF elements
• Web browser bookmark support
• Setlist creator shows you when a score already exists in the current setlist
• Email setlists (text only)




Announcing forScore 2

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MGS Development Announces forScore 2, The Music Reader For iPad

Portland, OR, October 16, 2010 — MGS Development today officially announced the upcoming release and pricing of forScore 2, exclusively for iPad.

ForScore 2, the first major update to the acclaimed music reader for iPad, will be available in late October through iTunes and the iPad App Store. Building on a hugely successful foundation of features like the visual metronome, annotation, and robust metadata support, forScore 2 adds even more capability with bookmarks, half-page turns, wireless file sharing between forScore users, and dozens of other additions.

“We’ve heard from thousands of customers in our first six months, some of whom say that forScore is the reason they bought an iPad,” said CEO Isaac Watson, “but they are also emphatic and engaged, sending us invaluable feedback and hundreds of great suggestions. With forScore 2, we think we’re going to make them very happy while also setting the stage for a whole new generation of musicians who enjoy and rely on forScore every day.”

ForScore 2 will be available in late October for $4.99, and is a free upgrade for all existing forScore users.

(iTunes, iPad, and the App Store are trademarks of Apple Inc.)

MGS Development | forScore.co

1.6 Arrives

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Today forScore version 1.6 was released, bringing a few often-requested features. In all, 1.6 includes:

– On-page text annotations with auto-wrap and full formatting
– Quick scroll for long table views
– Access the metadata panel directly from the main screen by tapping the title
– Fetch title, composer, and genre metadata from PDF title, author, and subject
– Auto-bookmarking of user files is now optional
– Bug fixes

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