Get 1.2 now!

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Update 1.2 is here, bringing loads of updates:

Setlist creation and management, a revamped skip-to-page bar, pen styles for annotation, screen-height tap zones, and bug fixes/performance enhancements.

Free for existing users, or just $4.99 for newcomers, get it here.

On proportions and orientation

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Until now we’ve been careful to specify that any files users import into forScore should be 8.5x11in. It was a restriction that we knew would be temporary, and we’re now happy to announce that the upcoming 1.2.1 update, which will be submitted just as soon as the 1.2 update becomes available, will allow for intelligent scaling of all aspect ratios and overall sizes.

This also means that you can now use landscape-oriented files with forScore. In portrait mode they’ll look a little silly, filling up only the top half of the screen, but turn the iPad sideways and you’ll get a full view of the page.

A word of warning, though, is that if you’ve gone ahead and used non-standard file sizes before now, the exact placement of the notes will likely shift somewhat. Annotations will no longer be exact, so any important information should be saved elsewhere before updating. If you’ve been using 8.5x11in files, everything should continue to work just like you’d expect.

Timing is always uncertain with the app store, but we’re expecting 1.2.1 to be available late next week.

A sneek peak at 1.2

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Our 1.2 update has been submitted to Apple, and should be available shortly. We wanted to take a moment to discuss the new features and others still to come.

Setlists: Our most-requested feature, you can now create and edit lists of songs on the fly.

Settings: We’ve created a dedicated settings area so you can turn off animations, page gradients, and keep the skip-to-page bar visible at all times.

Skip-To-Page Bar: A great idea just got a whole lot better, with a slider mechanism instead of a series of buttons. A popup now shows you exactly where you are, much like Apple’s iBooks app.

Tap Zones: Another highly requested adjustment- the page turn touch zones now extend all the way up the screen.

There are plenty of performance enhancements and bug fixes, too, including an issue with filenames containing foreign characters. That’s not the end, though, we’ve got much more planned for our next release. (Please note, this is all tentative for now!) The number one thing on our list now is better user file management. We’re working to add a way to input metadata for your files, and then use that data to organize them more intuitively. We’re also going to be looking at setting up forScore as a file handler, so you can open PDF files from anywhere and import them directly into the app. We’re not resting for a moment, and will continue to work hard at making forScore the best app it can be!

Version 1.1 now available

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Version 1.1 of forScore is now available on the app store, a free update for existing customers or still just $2.99.

The latest version of forScore includes the ability to draw annotations right onto the page, giving you an experience that rivals the real thing. Version 1.1 also includes much faster page turns, better metronome accuracy, a skip-to-page bar along the bottom for quick navigation, and more. We’re delighted to provide all of these features free of charge for existing customers, and there will be many more to come!

forScore Updated To Version 1.0.1

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Today Apple approved the 1.0.1 update to forScore, which is available for download immediately. This very minor update was submitted on the day we launched forScore, and fixes an issue that allowed users to turn past the last page in a non-bundled file. It also includes some optimizations and other tweaks, but we’re almost done with the 1.1 update that will bring much more!

For version 1.1 we’ve added hand-drawn annotation, significantly improved the response time for page turns, and fixed an issue where files with capitalized extensions were not recognized by the application. We are planning on submitting it by the end of the week, and it should be live a few days after that.

Thanks to everyone for their support and interest! We’ve gotten plenty of feedback that we’re going to use for more updates and more features just as quickly as we can.

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