Before You Buy
Since forScore relies on user-supplied pdf files that could come from any source (scanned, exported from another program, or even handwritten), it doesn’t have the ability to detect notes on a page, so it isn’t able to transpose the music or play back the notes for you.
You can view virtually any PDF file with forScore, and use a wide range of free applications for every major platform to convert other files to the PDF format. forScore also works with password-protected PDF files, and will prompt you for the password the first time you open it, then store that password in your iOS Keychain so you don’t need to enter it every time. Note that some PDF files are restricted and require special software, so we can’t guarantee compatibility.
As of version 7.0, forScore can also import TXT, RTF, DOC, and DOCX files and automatically convert them into PDFs for you. In addition, you can import audio files in MP3, AIFF, AAC, ALAC, WAV, and M4A format and store them locally to link to scores in your library for playback.
forScore’s uses the following “4S” formats that can be shared with other forScore users:
- 4SB: a backup file that contains all annotations, metadata, setlists, and settings from your library, but not the PDFs themselves
- 4SC: a score file that contains the PDF file and all annotations and metadata in a single package
- 4SS: a setlist file that contains the setlist data, and optionally includes the referenced PDFs and/or 4SC data
forScore requires iOS 8 or later, which is compatible with every iPad except for the original iPad 1 (models A1219 and A1337). All other iPad models, including iPad Air, iPad Pro, and iPad mini are currently supported. Existing customers who purchased forScore prior to October 7, 2013 can still download and use forScore version 5.1.5 on devices running iOS 5 or 6, and those who purchased forScore prior to September 13, 2016 can download and use version 10.0.4 on devices running iOS 7.
forScore mini requires iOS 8 or later, which is compatible with the iPhone 4S or newer and the iPod Touch (5th generation or newer).
We do not make forScore for any other platforms, such as Mac OS X, Windows, or Android.
The easiest way to get started with your existing digital sheet music collection is to transfer your PDF files from a computer using iTunes’ file sharing panel. You can also use forScore’s Services panel to upload and download files via FTP, WebDAV, and your Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or Box accounts.
When you’re looking for something new to play, our in-app purchase storefront is a great place to find free and paid scores that have been optimized specifically for the iPad (not available in forScore mini). Many apps also offer an “Open in…” function that sends a copy of a PDF file to your forScore library. For example, you can use Safari to find a score online or use Mail to save an attachment that someone has sent you. Since forScore keeps its own copies of these files, you don’t have to worry about having an internet connection when you’re ready to play.
AirPlay video mirroring is built into iOS 7 and up, and you can use an Apple TV on the same network to display what you’re doing in forScore. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access Control Center, then tap the AirPlay icon to choose a device.
You can also use the appropriate video adaptor to connect the device directly to an external display of your choice.
If you need more control over the display or prefer to show only the music instead of mirroring everything on your device’s screen, you can enable an alternate video output system by selecting “TV Output” from the tools menu.
We’ve released over a hundred updates to forScore for iPad, and we’ve never charged an upgrade fee or used in-app purchases to unlock additional features. Because of this and the unique challenges we faced when creating forScore mini, the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch versions of forScore are sold separately.
If you have an iPad (including an iPad mini), you’ll want to check out forScore. If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you’ll want to take a look at forScore mini instead. Note that both forScore and forScore mini require iOS 8 or later.
If you want to avoid tapping the screen to turn pages and the Autoturn and Replay options aren’t right for you, consider purchasing a foot pedal that allows you to turn pages without moving your hands from your instrument. You can find several available options listed on our Extras page.
If you’re having trouble getting the app to install or authenticating with your Apple ID, there are a few things you might try to troubleshoot the issue:
- Log out of your Apple ID and log back in
- Restart your device
- Check iTunes on your computer for the update, download it, and install it by syncing your iOS device with your computer
Otherwise, you may need to contact Apple Support directly, since they manage all transactions and App Store processes on our behalf.
forScore is available on the Apple App Store for iPads running iOS 8.0 or later. The current price is $9.99 in the US (international pricing varies), though keep in mind that the price may increase as major new features are added.
forScore mini is also available on the App Store for iPhones or iPod Touches running iOS 8.0 or later. It currently costs $6.99 (USD) and it’s price may also increase over time as major new features are added.
forScore is a great tool for classrooms of any size, and we’ve made it available for discounted educational pricing through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program, which they manage on our behalf. More information about the program can be found on Apple’s website. Or, if your institution is already part of the volume purchase program, contact your program administrator for details.