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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 & older versions

Minimum Requirements

forScore requires iOS 11 or later (iOS 13 for iPad is called iPadOS and is fully supported). All models of iPad Pro and iPad Air are supported, as well as iPad (5th generation) or newer, iPad mini 2 or newer, iPhone 5s or newer, and iPod Touch (6th generation) or newer. We do not make forScore for any other platforms, such as macOS, Windows, or Android.

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:

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
iOS 9: version 10.5.7 if purchased prior to April 9, 2019
iOS 10: version 11.0.4 if purchased prior to September 19, 2019

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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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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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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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 the File Sharing panel. To access your files stored in the cloud, use Apple’s file browser to access your iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, or many other accounts (available for users running iOS 11 or later).

If you’re just starting to build your digital music library, get up and running in no time with our in-app purchase storefront and its collections of works by popular composers. When you’re ready for even more, Musicnotes, Noteflight, and Virtual Sheet Music are the best places 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. 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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How to purchase forScore

forScore is available exclusively on the App Store for a one-time fee that includes free updates for life. It is available for iPads, iPhones, or iPod Touches running iOS 11 or later (including all versions of iPadOS). Learn more about forScore’s minimum requirements here.

forScore Pro is an optional, auto-renewing annual subscription within forScore. It is available via in-app purchase and offers advanced functionality, priority support, and exclusive content like additional stamps and app icons. It is not required for normal use and all current benefits are outlined on this page.

As of April 2020, forScore costs $14.99 USD (one-time purchase) and forScore Pro is $9.99 USD per year. Pricing varies by region and currency and may include additional taxes or fees. Prices are subject to change at any time; this article may not always reflect the current price as listed on the App Store.

We typically avoid sales and promotional pricing, so the price you see today on the App Store is generally the best price you’ll find. Since we’re constantly working to make forScore better, its price may increase periodically 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, restarting your device and/or logging out of the App Store and logging back in again may help. Otherwise, you’ll need to contact Apple Support directly since they manage all transactions and App Store processes on our behalf.

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About Transactions, Accounts, and Policies

Per Apple’s policies, apps made for most Apple devices—including iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch—must be sold and distributed exclusively by Apple; they keep 30% of all sales and do not permit developers to distribute their software any other way. Mac apps sold through the Mac App Store are also subject to these policies, although in this case Apple does allow developers to sell or distribute their apps outside of the Mac App Store if they prefer (as we do with our free forScore Backup Utility). All of our paid apps are currently subject to these policies.

Apple handles all transactions and distribution of our apps using your AppleID, without any involvement from us whatsoever. We do not maintain any user accounts, transaction records or receipts, and we receive no personally identifiable information about you from the sale of our apps. While we do offer technical support for our apps, we do not have access to your AppleID and we cannot assist you with questions or concerns regarding your transactions, payments, app installation, family sharing, or your Apple account information.

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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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