July 2011

As forScore's first birthday came and went, version 3 began to take shape. The iPad 2 had just been released, and the difference in speed was incredible. For the first time, we felt like we had the breathing room to think bigger and create things that no one had ever considered.

The first feature we created was Versions, a tool that allowed users to create and switch between different sets of annotations and metadata for a single file. We envisioned music teachers using a different version for each student, or a musician using two sets of annotations—one for practice and one for performance.

Page turners like the AirTurn BT-105 were getting more popular, and while Links offered easy handling of repeats, it required a free hand. To solve this problem, we created Rearrange, allowing users to reorder, duplicate, or remove pages easily.

With the new iPad's camera, we also had the opportunity to bring Darkroom—a feature that began as an indepent iPhone app—to the big screen. The updated hardware also inspired us to rewrite our metronome for much greater accuracy. We gave it a completely new design and added a pitch pipe and piano keyboard to round out the musical toolset.

The most requested and anticipated addition, however, was Dropbox integration. Although iTunes' basic file sharing feature works most of the time, it has some serious drawbacks. Dropbox finally helped us offer ubiquitous, wireless, easy file sharing.