AirPrint Update

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Today Apple released iOS 4.2, confirming that AirPrint does not currently work with printers shared on your local network, unless they are one of a handful of models designed specifically for AirPrint.

Fortunately, Ecamm has created a piece of software for Mac called Printopia which brings back this feature: install it on your Mac running OS X 10.5 or later, and you can use any shared printer on your network to print directly from forScore. We’ve tried it and were pleasantly surprised with the results and the simplicity of the app. If you were as excited about AirPrint as we were (and subsequently as disappointed at this last-minute change), this ten dollar app might be just what you need: Printopia

forScore 2.2 Out Now

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We’re happy to announce the release of forScore version 2.2. This update brings several great new features, while also fixing bugs and improving overall stability. We’ve added new features like Page Peek, which lets you preview scores from the main menu by tapping and holding them, and also shows you a preview thumbnail of the destination page while using the skip-to-page bar.

The all-new annotation snapshots feature let you create and restore from up to 24 different saved states, while the redesigned page notes feature is now much more prominent and accessible, allowing you to take notes without necessarily needing them to be visible right on the page at all times.

Here’s the full list of updates:

• Tap and hold any score in the menu to preview it
• See a thumbnail of the destination page while using the skip-to-page bar
• Backup and restore from multiple annotation snapshots
• Redesigned page notes, score title now ends with an asterisk if any page notes exist
• Adds a rotation setting for VGA Output
• Allows file deletion from search results
• Backup/Restore function now has the option to include settings
• Backup file email and import
• Setlists no longer ignore “Flip Between Scores” setting
• File/Bookmark metadata control now disappears properly when choosing audio tracks
• Bluetooth share button now disappears and appears appropriately
• Bug Fixes

Version 2.2 is available for just $4.99, or free for all existing users.

BT-105, Promotion!

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The AirTurn BT-105 is available immediately, and while supplies last we’re offering a special promotion—buy the BT-105 with this link and get a free copy of forScore! Check out our promo page for more details and to enter, but don’t delay, supplies won’t last long!

BT-105 Delayed

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Citing production delays, AirTurn today announced that they are expecting to begin taking orders for the BT-105 Bluetooth page turner this Friday, November 19th, instead of today as originally planned. According to AirTurn, the BT-105 will ship beginning Monday, the 22nd.

Even at this stage, without any orders having been taken, it appears as though demand for the BT-105 will be extraordinary, so be sure to check back in this Friday morning to get your order in early! If you can, please consider helping support forScore by using our specific affiliate link when placing your order.

2.1 Available Now

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forScore 2.1 is available now, and includes the following changes:

• iOS 4.2 compatibility
• AirPrint support (with or without annotations)
• Adds the ability to duplicate setlists
• Adds a setting to disable tap controls for navigation
• Adds guitar notation stamps for right hand (p, i, m, a)
• Displays current and total time to the media box during playback
• Adds a warning when attempting to download the full forStore collection more than once
• Allows a greater range of BPM values (1-300) when typed in manually
• Skip-To-Page bar track now disappears when viewing a single-page score
• Improves menu auto-resizing measurements and animations
• Bug Fixes

forScore 2.1 is still just $4.99, and available free of charge to all existing customers.

iOS 4.2, AirPrint [Updated]

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With the upcoming release of iOS 4.2, we wanted to take a moment to talk about our next update, forScore 2.1. This update, which we submitted to Apple for approval last week, is fully tested and compatible with iOS 4.2.

This update also adds support for AirPrint, which allows you to print files directly from your iPad to an AirPrint-compatible printer. You can choose to either print the original PDF file itself, or you can print a series of screenshots that also include your annotations.

Version 2.1 also adds new features like the ability to duplicate setlists, includes new stamps for guitarists, and further refines many of the dozens of features that were introduced in forScore 2.

We don’t have exact timing for the release of forScore 2.1 and iOS 4.2, but we’re expecting both of these updates to be available very soon.

Update: Apple appears to have removed the ability for AirPrint to utilize shared printers connected to Macs running 10.6.5 or PCs with iTunes 10.1. We are obviously disappointed that this feature will no longer be available for the vast majority of our users and hope that Apple has postponed it instead of canceling it entirely. Until Apple chooses to notify us about this change, the status of AirPrint is purely speculative, but we’ll update this article as soon as new information becomes available.

2.0.1 Available Now

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Version 2.0.1 is now available and is recommended for all users of forScore 2. This update resolves issues with setlist navigation and reorganization, and improves recovery routines.

forScore 2 Arrives

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forScore 2 has been officially released, and is available immediately for $4.99 or as a free update for existing users. With features like half-page turns, Bluetooth file sharing, and bookmarks, it’s a huge leap forward that will delight musicians everywhere.

This release is accompanied by a complete overhaul of our site as well a minor update to forScore Mac (now version 1.1). This update adds the ability to embed difficulty and rating information directly into PDF files for use with forScore 2 or later.

We’re very proud of the work we’ve done with these updates, and we couldn’t have done it without the tremendous support of our customers. Thank you all!

If you’re a member of the press interested in covering forScore, please contact us so we can assist you.

Update: Bluetooth Foot Pedal

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Earlier this week AirTurn announced that their upcoming iPad-compatible page turner, the BT-105, is being targeted for a mid-November release.

We’ve been working with Airturn since May to ensure that forScore would be fully compatible with the BT-105 at launch. With our exclusive and custom response engine built from the ground up to work with forScore’s innovative features, we haven’t just added compatibility to our app—we’ve taken the lead as pioneers in a quickly evolving ecosystem. In portrait or landscape mode, with half-turns enabled or disabled, the BT-105 will allow you to navigate between pages with a tap of your foot.

The BT-105 adapter starts at $69, with higher price points when bundled with foot pedals. It features a USB-rechargeable battery and will also work with Bluetooth-capable computers. We know many people have been very excited for this, and we’re sure that the BT-105 will be topping holiday wish lists this year!

Edit: The BT-105 will be available starting November 19th.

Sneak preview: forScore 2

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Things have been quiet around here for a few weeks, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve stopped working hard to make forScore the best sheet music reader available. We’ve been rethinking some of the basics, making our code more efficient, and delivering on dozens of common feature requests. Now that it’s almost complete, it’s our pleasure to give you a sneak peek at forScore 2.

The biggest change in forScore 2 is the removal of built-in scores. Instead, these are now offered as free downloads via the all-new forStore, making the app’s overall footprint dramatically smaller and the code required significantly simpler. Download all of the files previously included in 1.x versions at once, download all of the scores by a particular composer, or browse individual scores to preview and download them à la carte.

With features like Bluetooth file sharing, VGA output, half-page turns, bookmarks, and keywords, forScore 2 is a huge leap forward and still just $4.99, or absolutely free for existing users. We’ve worked very hard on forScore 2, and we think our customers are going to fall in love with it all over again.

Here’s the full rundown of what’s new in forScore 2:

• Add bookmarks to create virtual sub-scores from your files
• Full metadata and setlist independence
• Bookmarks are listed in the main score menu just like any other file
• Bookmark name and relative page number are listed in the skip-to-page bubble
• A new bookmarks menu adds quick navigation and bookmark creation/management

Zero Scores Included
• All scores are now optional downloads via the new, free web store
• Simplified code and greater stability
• Dramatically smaller app footprint

• A new centralized “Tools” menu gives you quick access to forScore’s functions
• A new, simplified menu layout with integrated search and filter
• Difficulty is now a submenu sort type along with Title and Rating

• Half-page turns
• Subviews now act like temporary setlists
• Navigate between pages while annotating

• Add and search by keywords
• Globally rename the “Genre” category to better suit your needs
• The batch edit picker shows all scores or just those in the last-viewed submenu
• Redesigned drop-down lists refine their suggestions as you type
• Global PDF data fetching (destructive and non-destructive)
• Improved self-cleaning mechanisms

• Subview search shows results from the current submenu, all files, or by keyword
• Main menu search: quickly find a particular composer, setlist, keyword, or genre

• Direct file transfer between iPads via Bluetooth
• VGA output (separate adapter required)
• White marker preset for covering up unwanted PDF elements
• Web browser bookmark support
• Setlist creator shows you when a score already exists in the current setlist
• Email setlists (text only)