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Before You Buy

Transposing and music playback

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.

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Minimum Requirements

forScore requires iOS 9 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 before certain dates can still download and use these last compatible, unsupported versions of forScore if needed:

iOS 5/6: version 5.1.5 if purchased prior to October 7, 2013
iOS 7: version 10.0.4 if purchased prior to September 13, 2016
iOS 8: version 10.2.6 if purchased prior to September 19, 2017

forScore mini requires iOS 9 or later, which is compatible with the iPhone 4S or newer and the iPod Touch (5th generation or newer). Existing customers who purchased forScore mini prior to September 19, 2017, can still download and use forScore 10.2.6 with their devices running iOS 8.

We do not make forScore for any other platforms, such as Mac OS X, Windows, or Android.

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Compatible file types

PDF Scores

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.

Additional Formats

forScore supports many popular audio file formats so you can import tracks and associate them with specific scores for easy access. Audio track support is determined by Apple and is subject to change at any time, but generally includes MP3, AIFF, AAC, ALAC, WAV, and M4A files. As of version 10.2, forScore also supports importing comma-separated values (CSV) files for use with the Bookmarks menu’s Indexes feature. Finally, forScore’s custom 4SB format allows you to create and restore from backups of forScore’s metadata, setlists, settings, annotations, and more.

Transport Formats

Some files can be imported by forScore but are not stored and used as-is. For instance, forScore 7 added the ability to import TXT, RTF, DOC, and DOCX files which are then automatically converted to and stored as PDF files.

forScore also uses two custom formats to share information with other forScore users: 4SC and 4SS files. 4SC files contain a PDF file and additional forScore-specific metadata, editable annotations, and more. When you import a 4SC file into your forScore library, the PDF file is saved to the app’s Documents directory while the other information is stored in forScore’s database and private directories. 4SS files contain setlist information and may include scores as well. Like 4SC files, 4SS files are unpacked and their contents are stored in various locations within forScore.

More detailed technical information regarding forScore’s file type support can be found here.

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Where do I get content?

If you have an existing collection of PDF sheet music on your computer, the easiest way to get started is to transfer your files using iTunes’ file sharing panel. You can also use forScore’s Services panel to upload and download files using iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or Box.

When you’re looking for something new to play, is the best place to find high-quality, fully licensed scores across a wide range of styles, instruments, and difficulty levels. All of your purchases can be accessed through the Services panel and downloaded directly into your forScore library as standard PDF files.

Many apps also allow you to share a PDF file and copy it 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.

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Displaying your music on an external display


Connect your device directly to most external displays using the appropriate video adapter (sold separately at Apple retail stores and many other locations). The contents of your device’s screen are mirrored automatically, and no further setup is required.

AirPlay video mirroring is built into iOS and can be used to wirelessly display your device’s screen on any compatible device on the same network (such as an AppleTV). Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access Control Center, then tap the AirPlay icon to choose a video-capable device.

TV Output

The following legacy feature has been retired and is hidden by default as of forScore 10.4 and forScore mini 3.4. For most users, mirroring provides a better solution for displaying music on an external display.

If you have an iPad 1 (which does not support mirroring) you can enable an alternate video output system by selecting “TV Output” from the tools menu. Note that this feature is heavily outdated and relies on older technologies to display your music. It is incompatible with features like half-page turns and it offers poor performance compared to mirroring. Its usage is discouraged.

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Hands-free page turning with foot pedals

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.

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forScore vs. forScore mini

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 9 or later.

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How to purchase forScore

forScore is available exclusively on the Apple App Store for iPads running iOS 9.0 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 exclusively on the App Store for iPhones or iPod Touches running iOS 9.0 or later. It currently costs $6.99 (USD) and its price may also increase over time as major new features are added.

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Troubleshooting App Store or Apple ID issues

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.

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Do I need an account to use forScore?

No, forScore does not use accounts and does not collect any information about you. Some of the system features on your device require an iCloud account from Apple, and forScore’s Services panel allows you to access content from third-party cloud storage services and content providers. If you choose to use these features, information essential to their use will be transmitted to servers we don’t control. Read our complete (and short) privacy policy here.

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Education pricing

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.

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Bulk Purchasing

If you manage a large music group and would like to deploy forScore across all your players, you might consider enrolling in Apple’s Volume Purchase Program for Business. Learn more at Apple’s Website.
Looking for educational pricing? Learn more about Apple’s Volume Purchase Program for Education.

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