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Minimum requirements & older versions

Minimum Requirements

forScore is compatible with iPads running iOS 12.4 or later (aka iPadOS 13 or later), iPhones or iPod Touches running iOS 12.4 or later, and Macs running macOS 11.0 or later. We don’t make apps for any other platforms such as Windows or Android. (Why not?)

Supported devices include the following models or newer: iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air (all models), iPad (5th generation), iPhone 5s, iPod Touch (6th generation), MacBook (2015), MacBook Air (2013), MacBook Pro (late 2013), Mac mini (2014), iMac (2014), iMac Pro (all models), and Mac Pro (2013).

Some features require hardware components or OS updates that are not available for all of the models listed above.

Older Versions

We can not sell or provide older versions of forScore to new users whose devices do not meet the current minimum requirements. Existing customers who purchased forScore before certain dates can still re-download and use these last compatible, unsupported versions of forScore if needed:

OS Version forScore Version Purchased Before
iOS 5/6 5.1.5 October 7, 2013
iOS 7 10.0.4 September 13, 2016
iOS 8 10.2.6 September 19, 2017
iOS 9 10.5.7 April 9, 2019
iOS 10 11.0.4 September 19, 2019
iOS 11 11.2.6 September 16, 2020

Apple is solely responsible for allowing users to re-download previously purchased apps—we do not offer any kind of support for these versions and we cannot assist customers trying to do so. If you need help re-downloading a previously purchased app, please see this Apple support article or use Apple’s support services.

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Displaying your music on an external display

In forScore 12, the legacy “TV Output” feature was replaced in order to provide better picture quality, greater flexibility, and independent display options. To access options and enable video output, first connect your display using the appropriate cable, then double tap the center of the page in forScore’s main view to show the Display Options overlay. (If you’ve changed the double tap gesture in the Gestures section of forScore’s panel, double tap with two fingers instead.)

To enable or disable video output, tap the switch next to the words “External Display.” Once enabled, use the buttons in that section to change the secondary display’s page fit mode, toggle two-up mode or the sepia effect, rotate the page, or adjust the zoom level to compensate for overscan.

Note: the External Display section is hidden or shown automatically when forScore gains or loses access to an external display. If you don’t see it, disconnecting and reconnecting your monitor may help.

To use AirPlay Mirroring instead, disable forScore’s external display support first and then use the directions on this page to activate this system-level feature.

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Freezing, Crashing, & Resetting to the Quick Start Guide

A system bug in iOS/iPadOS 13.4 or later can cause forScore to freeze and eventually crash, either at launch or at any time while using the app. If this happens, forScore will close all tabs and revert to displaying the quick start guide upon relaunching (a general safety measure intended to protect users from repeated crashes).

With forScore 11.2.5 we introduced an opt-in workaround avoids this bug by limiting forScore’s communication with the system’s shared music playback framework. If you haven’t enabled this workaround and experience this bug, forScore 12.0.2 or later will automatically enable the workaround temporarily the next time it launches, preventing ongoing issues.

Note: based on this bug’s severity and Apple’s inability to address it for over a year, forScore 12.1 enables this workaround by default for all users. Unless you need to use specific functionality that is limited by this change, we recommend leaving it on until further notice.

If the situation above does not apply to you, please contact us directly so we can diagnose the issue further.

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Understanding Display Modes

forScore 12 introduces a new page rendering and layout engine that features three different display (or page fit) modes:

Standard fit mode uses a common aspect ratio across all devices to ensure that you’ll see the same thing on any screen size, even if doing so creates gaps on the left and right side or bottom of the page. In most cases this is identical to how previous versions of forScore have always worked and emphasizes compatibility and consistency.

Best Fit mode is the best choice for most people. It makes each page of music as big as possible without clipping it, although some annotations, links, or buttons may be partially or completely clipped if they fall outside of the page’s bounds. Depending on your screen size and page aspect ratio, this may be indistinguishable from Standard mode.

Zoomed mode is similar to the “Display Zoom” feature that was previously offered exclusively for the 11-inch iPad Pro in older versions of forScore. It uses the same common size as Standard mode but zooms in to fit the height of your screen, even if doing so clips the left and right edges of your music or annotations. This offers an easy way to make your music even bigger, especially if it has larger margins, but may obscure your music in other cases. In some situations, such as when using two-up mode, this may be indistinguishable from Standard mode.

In summary, Standard shows everything, Best Fit shows the whole page but not necessarily the whole annotation canvas, and Zoomed makes the annotation canvas fit the height of your screen no matter what gets clipped.

Switching Modes

To switch display modes, double tap the center of the page to show the Display Options overlay. The fit modes are presented from left to right in the order described above. (Note: if you’ve changed forScore’s double tap gesture setting, you can still access this overlay by double tapping with two fingers instead.)

Display modes affect how your annotations are presented on screen but do not alter your annotations. If you make edits while using these display modes, drawings that you’ve previously made outside of the visible area will not be lost.

Cropping

Note that once you’ve cropped a page, forScore assumes that the placement you specified offers the best possible view of your sheet music. In these cases, fit modes will have no additional effect.

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About forScore for Mac

With the release of macOS 11 in November 2020, we brought forScore to the Mac and introduced a whole new sheet music reading experience. Learn more about forScore on the Mac below:

What are the minimum requirements?

forScore 12 requires macOS 11 Big Sur (a free update for most Macs). It runs natively on all Macs that support macOS 11, including both Intel-based models and the newer Apple Silicon-based models first introduced in late 2020.

How is it different than the iOS and iPadOS version?

forScore on the Mac was designed to be nearly identical to the iOS and iPadOS version. Whenever possible, its features and tools work exactly the same way across devices, but there are some differences and limitations:

  • There are several APIs that Apple does not currently offer on macOS, including ARKit (used for face gestures), AirPods Pro motion sensing, and automatic document scanning (though the camera and image inputs are still available through forScore’s Scan feature). If these APIs are updated in the future, forScore will be able to utilize them just as it does on iOS and iPadOS.
  • The AirTurn framework is not currently used on macOS: to connect your page turner directly to your Mac, open System Preferences and pair your device within the Bluetooth section.
  • Due to major unresolved issues with Apple’s Media Player framework on macOS, audio playback using the Music app is currently not available—though in most cases forScore can use its own audio engine to play these same Music library tracks directly while offering advanced functionality like speed and pitch adjustment. This limitation currently prevents forScore from playing songs that are streamed from the cloud or DRM protected.

How do I get it?

forScore 12 is a universal app, so you only have to purchase it once using your Apple ID, then you can download and use it on all of your personal devices authorized for use with that same Apple ID at no additional charge. That means you can buy it once (exclusively on the App Store) to then use it on your iPad, Mac, iPhone, and iPod Touch. If you’re a forScore Pro subscriber, use the “restore” button in the forScore Pro interface to activate your membership on each device.

What if the App Store prompts me to pay again?

This is an occasional App Store issue that can be easily addressed—please see this article for more information.

How do I transfer my content to the Mac?

If you’re a forScore Pro subscriber, you can use iCloud Syncing to automatically keep your content up to date between devices (this feature will be coming to all users with a future update). Otherwise, consider using forScore Backup Utility to archive your iPad or iOS device’s library directly to your computer, then launch forScore on your Mac and drag the resulting 4SB file into the Backups panel and click on it to restore its contents.

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About iCloud Syncing

Introduced in version 12.1, forScore’s syncing feature uses iCloud to automatically keep your content up to date across all of your personal devices. It uses your AppleID and iCloud storage quota, and is currently available as an Early Access feature offered exclusively to forScore Pro subscribers (this feature will be coming to all users with a future forScore update).

How It Works

Once enabled, forScore uses Apple’s iCloud storage service to automatically update your content between devices. It does not facilitate sharing content between users or accounts, and it is not a cloud storage service—a complete copy of your library is stored on each device and files cannot be offloaded or downloaded on demand. Unlike some apps that use Apple’s “Documents in the Cloud” infrastructure, forScore communicates directly with Apple’s servers to manage changes promptly rather than waiting for the system to perform background transfers at its own pace.

Although iCloud Syncing provides an easy way to transfer your content to a new device, it does not offer any sort of recovery feature or previous versions of your data. Once something is deleted or edited, that change is permanent. Therefore, it’s essential that you regularly back up your data using Apple’s whole-device backups and/or forScore’s manual backup feature. You can learn more about iCloud storage and backups in our user guide.

Requirements

iCloud Syncing is currently offered as part of forScore Pro and you must have an active subscription to access it. If you’re subscribed and don’t see “Sync” listed in the Tools menu on a particular device, this likely means your Pro subscription hasn’t been unlocked on that device—use the instructions found on this page to restore your subscription.

Note that iCloud Drive must also be enabled in your iCloud account settings to use forScore’s syncing feature; this is usually indicated by an error message in forScore’s Sync panel that begins with “Could not connect to your iCloud account.” For instructions on enabling iCloud Drive, see this Apple Support article.

Troubleshooting

If you encounter an issue with syncing not covered in the previous section, there are several things you can do to resolve it. Some issues are intermittent, like Apple’s servers being temporarily unavailable, and simply require more time to sync successfully. In other cases, a change you’ve made on one device may not sync successfully to other devices—in this case, making any change to the good copy (like reordering two items in a setlist or making a small change to a page’s annotations) will cause forScore to sync it again.

Depending on your internet connection, forScore typically syncs changes within one minute. If needed, you can open forScore’s Sync panel and drag downward until the refresh control begins spinning to attempt to sync immediately—note that this may not always be possible, such as when another device is currently syncing, iCloud is being rate limited, or if Apple’s servers are temporarily unavailable.

If the issue persists, be sure to contact us directly so we can help. If needed, forScore provides a logging tool that can help us identify and troubleshoot issues. This tool maintains a limited record of syncing-related tasks and their status (but not your actual data) and you can use the “report a problem” button to send a copy of this log to us, if we request it.

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Dual Page mode with the Cue app

When using Dual Page mode with forScore 12.0.4 or later, pages sent to the Cue app use either Standard or Best Fit display mode (depending on your current forScore settings). Due to the way aspect ratio is handled, this can cause certain landscape-oriented pages to appear smaller than normal when you’re using Standard display mode. Switching to Best Fit mode ensures that you’ll see similar results as before; learn more about display modes and how to switch between them on this page.

Note: we highly recommend using Best Fit display mode in general, even when not using Dual Page mode. It’s currently the default display mode for new users and will become the default choice for all users in the future.

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