Should I Update?

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Later today, Apple is expected to release iOS 10. As with any notable iOS update, we’ve started to get questions from customers about whether or not they should install it. The short answer is: if you have a recent, complete manual backup of your library and you don’t depend on forScore professionally, then go ahead and update.

The longer answer is that iOS 10 is a brand new operating system, and the version released later today will be slightly different from any version we’ve tested since the first beta back in June. There’s always a chance that something can go wrong, even though at this point we have no evidence of issues with either the current version of forScore (10.0.4) or the next update (10.1) that’s due for release later today.

Perhaps better questions to ask are these: is there anything in iOS 10 that I need or want to try today, and could I live without forScore and my iPad for a few days? If not, wait a week and let us and others kick the tires before you jump in.

Pitch, Please! 2.5

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Today we’re happy to announce the immediate availability of Pitch, Please! 2.5, an exciting and totally free update that adds a brand new Apple Watch app and updates the widget for iOS 10’s beautiful new style and sizes.

Since the original Apple Watch announcement we knew the wrist could be the perfect place for a utility like this, but unfortunately Apple’s frameworks didn’t do what we needed until now. That’s why Pitch, Please! for Apple Watch requires watchOS 3, due for release tomorrow. Of course, if you’re part of Apple’s public beta program you can get an early peek right now.

Get Pitch, Please! 2.5 today, free for existing users and just $0.99 (USD) on its own. Or, for an even better deal, get the whole Music Box for $3.99 (pro-rated for any previous purchases).

Pitch, Please!

Find your starting pitch with our universal app, widget and watch app.

forScore Music Box

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

iOS 7

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When iOS 7 came out, it was a striking pivot from every version that came before it. Its redesign ended the era of realistic imitation and ushered in the stark, layered interface we’ve all become so familiar with. Love it or hate it, it made its mark.

It’s hard to believe that iOS 7 was released almost three years ago now, and although we know there are still people out there who are using it, we cannot continue to support it effectively. Later this month, when we release version 10.1, forScore will require iOS 8 or later.

There’s no perfect time to end support for older versions of an operating system, and we appreciate that there are valid reasons to not want to upgrade. Sadly, Apple’s latest developer tools (the ones required to support iOS 10) cannot compile and run code on devices using iOS 7 or earlier, so we’d be selling a product we can’t test. We won’t take that risk.

Fortunately, every device that can run iOS 7 can also run iOS 9 (and most will be capable of running iOS 10 as well), so we’re not ending support for any iPad hardware. Older versions of forScore will continue to run as is, of course, and Apple will even allow users who purchased forScore 10.0.4 or earlier to re-download and install that version on their iOS 7 devices at any time.

We’re excited to continue pushing forward, to take advantage of all the latest and greatest features, to benefit from critical security and stability improvements, and to support incredible new hardware on day one. Closing the chapter on iOS 7 lets us do exactly that.

Sneak Peek: forScore 10.1

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This summer’s release of forScore 10 has been a tremendous success, and we’re extremely grateful for all of the acclaim and positive feedback we’ve received from both customers and the press. After months of hard work it’s incredibly rewarding to finally see the real-world impact of each new feature and improvement. You might even think we’d be headed out for a long vacation.

We’re a restless bunch, though, so of course we immediately jumped right in to begin crafting the first big update to forScore 10, version 10.1, and today we’re giving you a sneak peek at what’s to come. Although we don’t usually spend much time talking about “minor” point releases, make no mistake that 10.1 is going to really take things up a notch.

In fact, thanks to the major foundational improvements we made in forScore 10, we’re going to stick with it for a while and let these point releases serve a much bigger role. Focusing on them will give us more flexibility and let us release interesting features when they’re ready instead of artificially delaying them until the next major update.

So without further ado, you can read all about forScore 10.1 here.

Music Video Sightings

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Long-time user, frequent contributor, and honorary employee Alan Steinberger has shared a few music videos with us featuring him playing from his iPad with singer Matt Forbes. There are a few shots of forScore sprinkled throughout several of them, most prominently in a cover version of Rod Stewart’s “Some Guys Have All The Luck” as seen below:

Learn more about Alan here, and check out all of Matt’s videos on his Facebook page.

forScore 10

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Today we’re very excited to announce the arrival of forScore 10 and forScore mini 3 on the App Store. These huge updates are absolutely free for all existing users, as always, and they include some incredible new features and enhancements that really take so many of forScore’s key functions to the next level. From brand new annotation tools and powerful audio track adjustments to setlist folders and the seriously upgraded Darkroom, they make everyday tasks easier, faster, and better.

Thanks to everyone who supported us and helped us get here, all the way up to version ten and beyond! We love working on forScore and appreciate the continued opportunity to bring you our latest ideas and improvements. And, of course, a very big thank you to our tremendous team of beta testers: they volunteer their time to try out our rough drafts, help us hone in on issues, and give us their feedback on all the changes we make. Thank you all.

forScore 10

Available now for iPad

forScore mini 3

Available now for iPhone and iPod Touch

Beat Keeper 3.2

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Today we’re proud to announce the immediate availability of Beat Keeper 3.2, a free update to our standalone metronome app. This update adds plus and minus buttons for making precise BPM adjustments (which will also be coming to forScore 10 later this summer). Beat Keeper is now also a universal app, so it’ll run on your iPad as well as your iPhone and iPod Touch. It supports Slide Over and Split View too, allowing you to use it while you work with other apps.

With today’s update, all of the apps in our Music Box are now universal. That means our utilities can be nearby no matter which device you’re using, and we think it’ll be a great introduction to the forScore family for iPad users who haven’t yet taken the plunge. Get Beat Keeper 3.2 today, free for existing users and $0.99 (USD) on its own, or get the whole Music Box for $3.99 (pro-rated if you’ve bought any of its apps already).

Beat Keeper

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.

Sneak Peek: forScore 10

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After many months of hard work, today we’re very excited to give you a first look at our next major update, forScore 10. In lieu of our typical series of smaller sneak peeks, we’ve put together a huge preview page that gives you a great look at much of what’s coming later this summer.

It’s hard to believe we’re here putting the final touches on the tenth major version of forScore, and we couldn’t have done it without the tremendous support of our customers. As always, thank you.

NYTimes: When Classical Musicians Go Digital

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This Sunday’s print edition of the New York Times will feature an article discussing the shift from paper to digital sheet music, but a version of the article is already available online. We were interviewed for the article, and while none of our comments made it into the final piece, it’s a great look at the transition and especially the impact it can have on annotation.

Image by Michael George for The New York Times

Beta Testing

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Today we released forScore 9.4 and forScore mini 2.4, kicking off the start of what’s sure to be a busy summer for us. We’re working hard on a big new update and, with Apple presumably set to announce and start publicly testing iOS 10 next month at their annual developer’s conference, there’s a lot to get excited about.

Of course, it takes a lot of work to refine a beta version and turn it into something that’s ready for release. Often the only way to find and fix bugs and usability issues is to get it into the hands of as many people as possible. That’s why we use TestFlight—Apple’s beta testing service—to work through those problems. Beta testing is more than just getting a sneak peek at new features and updates, it requires attentive and communicative users who are passionate about helping to make forScore the best app it can be. If you’re up to the challenge, consider becoming a beta tester. Our beta testers provide invaluable feedback and their participation is sincerely appreciated.

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