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Ukraine

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Last week, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in earnest, we removed forScore from sale in Russia. We do not condone the actions of the Russian government and will not participate in the Russian economy, no matter how small our impact. We will continue to support our Russian-speaking users worldwide just as we always have, and we will continue to include and update Russian localizations in our app, but forScore is no longer available on the Russian App Store.

This action is both insignificant and punitive, but we believe that punitive measures are now necessary. Removing forScore from sale in Russia won’t hurt those in power, but it will put pressure on the people of Russia who must be the ones to lead their government to as prompt and peaceful a resolution as possible. Not all app developers have the economic freedom to do the same thing we’ve done, but we can—and therefore feel that we must.

We support the Ukrainian people and we believe that music has a unique ability to express our shared humanity no matter our background or spoken language, and we hope that we can continue to serve musicians worldwide again in the future.

AirPods Gestures

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Last year with forScore 12.0.5, we added a feature that allows you to turn pages using head movements while wearing AirPods Pro. Now, we’ve learned that this feature also works with AirPods Max and AirPods 3.

Ultimately, which devices support this functionality is up to Apple and can change at any time—either with a firmware or OS update—and since they don’t publish this information publicly we have to rely on hands-on testing to find out what does and doesn’t work. If you’ve got AirPods Max or AirPods 3 be sure to check it out!

Soundry

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We’ve had a huge year, but—to borrow a phrase—there’s just one more thing. Today we’re very excited to announce the immediate availability of our latest app called Soundry: a MusicXML to PDF converter for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12. It features the ability to customize page size, orientation, zoom and transposition, and it integrates beautifully with the Shortcuts app so it can be used from just about anywhere.

Soundry can be downloaded for free on the App Store for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. Due to an unfortunate impasse between us and the App Store’s review team Soundry won’t be available immediately on the Mac App Store but we’re hoping to change that as soon as possible. In the mean time, we’re making a beta version of the app available as a direct download for macOS 12 so everyone can use it right away.

These kinds of side projects are a treat to work on and we hope they’re useful to people. Be sure to let us know what you think!


Soundry

Available now

forScore 13 for Mac

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We’re happy to announce that forScore 13 is now available for macOS, bringing great features like multi-window support, page flagging, and iCloud Syncing to the Mac. Of course, forScore 13 is fully optimized for macOS 12 Monterey with full support for the new Shortcuts app, so it’ll be ready on launch day (Apple has announced that macOS 12 will be available as a free update beginning on Monday, October 25th).


forScore 13

Available now for iPad, Mac, iPhone, and iPod Touch

SharePlay Updates

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Today we’re happy to announce that with our first free update for Piano with Friends, SharePlay is now available for devices running iOS 15.1 or iPadOS 15.1. We’re still waiting for more information on when SharePlay will be coming to macOS, but a similar update will bring this exciting feature to the Mac as soon as possible. Thanks very much to everyone who has bought it so far, we appreciate your support for our newest app and this great new collaborative experience.

Piano with Friends

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Our latest app, Piano with Friends, is available now for iPad, Mac, and iPhone as a one-time Universal Purchase. Designed around Apple’s SharePlay feature, this standalone piano app features a resizable and tunable keyboard with fun animations and MIDI support. It also supports fully customizable keyboard typing and custom shortcuts so you can play with a standard computer keyboard.

Piano with Friends is available now for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. SharePlay support requires iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1, and will be coming soon to the Mac with a free update.


Piano with Friends

Available now

forScore 13

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Today we’re very excited to announce the immediate release of forScore 13 with multi-window support, page flagging, iCloud Syncing, a significant design refresh, themes, integration with the Shortcuts app, and a whole lot more. All of this comes to iOS and iPadOS, including optimizations and enhancements based on new features and capabilities Apple added with today’s major updates to both platforms. Coming soon also to the Mac, forScore 13 is fully optimized for macOS 12 Monterey and will be released as soon as Apple allows us to do so.

It has been a big, busy year for us and there’s still more to come, so thank you all once again for your incredible support, feedback, and passion. Thanks especially to our beta testers who helped us get here today, we sincerely appreciate it!


forScore 13

Available now for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

OS Updates

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Apple’s latest major OS updates are arriving soon, and we know some of you are trying to decide whether to install it immediately or wait a little while instead.

As always, our general advice is this: if you can deal with a few weeks of instability and occasional bugs, and you don’t rely on forScore professionally, upgrade whenever you like. Otherwise, you might want to consider holding off for a few days or weeks until things settle down. Like Apple, we extensively beta test our updates but a few issues inevitably slip through. With that said, here’s where things stand right now with our apps and each of Apple’s platforms:

iOS 15 & iPadOS 15

We’ve been working hard on our next update to forScore, version 13.0, which adds dozens of new features, has been optimized for these latest OS versions, and takes full advantage of their new capabilities. We’ll be releasing it on Monday, September 20th alongside iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. At this time, we’re not aware of any major issues with forScore 12.1 running on these OS versions, but generally speaking if you’re planning to install these system updates it’s best to update forScore as well.

Things can still change between now and Monday, but as far as we can tell there are no issues with any of our other apps running on iOS 15 or iPadOS 15, so you should feel free to upgrade whenever you’re ready.

watchOS 8

Although we just barely got our first look at the new Apple Watch Series 7, we built and tested our one and only watchOS app (Pitch, Please!) with Apple’s latest tools and device simulators and everything appears to be working beautifully. Barring any last-minute changes, it should be fully compatible with and optimized for watchOS 8.

macOS 12

Apple didn’t mention macOS this past Tuesday, which likely means their latest major update won’t be coming until next month. All of our apps are already compatible with this release or will be updated for it as soon as Apple allows us to do so.

Pitch, Please! 3.1

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Today we’re happy to announce the release of Pitch, Please! 3.1, the latest update to our pitch pipe app. Featuring a refreshed design, this version is ready for all of Apple’s latest devices—including the new iPad mini and Apple Watch Series 7—and has been fully optimized for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8 (an update for Mac will be coming along with the release of macOS 12 later this year). It’s a free update from all previous versions.


Pitch, Please! 3.1

Available now

Sneak Peek: forScore 13

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Today we’re very excited to give you a sneak peek at forScore 13, coming later this year along with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12. Featuring a significant design overhaul, page flags, iCloud syncing for everyone, Shortcuts, and multi-window support that showcases a brand new interface built from the ground up using the latest technologies and standards, it really raises the bar and helps you get the most out of your digital music library.

forScore 13 will be released later this year along with Apple’s major OS updates, but you can try it out for yourself today by becoming a beta tester. Otherwise, be sure to check back soon as we head into the most exciting time of the year!

forScore 13 Sneak Peek