Sibelius Ultimate iPhone Tablet Laptop

Sam Butler

From concert halls and scoring stages to sheet music stores and classrooms, more composers, arrangers, publishers, and educators use Sibelius—the world’s best-selling notation software—than any other. With its sophisticated yet easy-to-use tools and Sibelius Cloud Sharing features, Sibelius makes it easy to create, arrange, print, and share your compositions. And now it’s available for desktop and iPad/iPhone in three tiers to meet every need—Sibelius Ultimate for professional music composition and education, Sibelius Artist for aspiring composers and hobbyists, and the free Sibelius First for those new to music notation.

Every new Sibelius license comes with access to the latest software updates included for a period of time. Some of the benefits of staying current include:

  • Access to the latest features, bug fixes, and compatibility
  • The ability to unlock features in our FREE iPhone/iPad app, so you can compose and review scores on the go
  • The ability to share music online using Sibelius Cloud Sharing
  • Access to online technical help (Sibelius Ultimate only)

Sibelius is always getting better with new features and improvements—here's an overview of the features we've introduced over the past few years:

NOVEMBER 2022

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MusicXML Import—bring your MusicXML files from other music notation apps to continue your music creation in Sibelius

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SEPTEMBER 2022

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We’re pleased to let you know that a new version of Sibelius for desktop is now available in your Avid account.
The Sibelius 2022.9 update includes the following new features and enhancements:

  • New staff names—add player and section numbers to each staff in your score, and get complete control over the instrument and staff names with a new text style and Magnetic Layout options
  • Select next object—get enhancements that allow you to navigate to the next object of the same type in your score
  • Over 20 improvements and bug fixes—work faster and more easily across Windows, Mac, iPhone, and iPad

For complete details, please check out the blog.

To get the latest update, download your Sibelius software from your Avid Account now!

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July 2022

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  • Dynamic Guitar Staves—write music in either notation or guitar tab, and all input and changes will be auto-applied to the other
  • New instruments—Add suspended cymbals, horn transpositions, bass clarinet in A, a solo tuning double bass, and more to your orchestrations
  • Access all available instruments for your Sibelius tier in the mobile app to create fully on the go
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May 2022

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  • Add new headers—create separate text on different pages using the Section End command
  • Create pedal markings more easily—pedal lines are no longer too long
  • New selection extension commands—Speed up your workflow
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April 2022

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  • Transposition on mobile—You can find the new Transposition feature within the More (...) dropdown menu
  • Notation improvements—New manuscript papers and pedal line positioning
  • Support for Spanish—Sibelius for mobile is now in Spanish. ¡Hola!
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March 2022

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  • A new look and feel-Sibelius now has a flat and modern look across its Quick Start, Ribbon tabs, and File menu
  • Engraving improvements-Compose with all-new Manuscript Paper templates, which offer better defaults
  • Official macOS Monterey and Windows 11 support-Run Sibelius on the latest computer hardware
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January 2022

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  • Dynamic Parts—Generate and update instrumental parts from your score automatically, with an experience optimized for mobile
  • Moveable Keypad—Move the floating Keypad anywhere you want
  • Better search—Find commands and features more easily, without having to know the exact names
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December 2021

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  • New cloud licensing system that enables easy activation and the moving of licenses from one computer to another
  • Percussion note input gestures to quickly enter notes on percussion staves
  • New command for pickup/upbeat and irregular bars to easily create bars of any length (desktop only)
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November 2021

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  • Step-time note input on iPad and iPhones using wired and wireless MIDI keyboards
  • New bar transformation tool for pickup/upbeat and irregular bars on iPad and iPhones
  • Improved keyboard integration with touch and Apple Pencil through standard modifier keys on iPad and iPhones
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October 2021

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  • Sibelius for mobile app is now available for iPhone so you can carry your entire music portfolio in your pocket
  • View a score on iPad or iPhone in Panorama View, enabling you to scroll through the music horizontally as a single system instead of viewing multiple pages on the screen
  • Effortlessly download entire scores with the new Sibelius | Cloud Sharing download feature
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September 2021

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  • Multidimensional gesture support to enter notes on the score directly using just the Keypad
  • Pitch Correction and Chord Input Tools have been added to the Keypad that make adding and editing notes in chords easier
  • Search Galleries and Plugins by name in the appropriate Ribbon Tab and sort the results by category
  • ManuScript Access to Style Commands (Sibelius | Ultimate only)
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July 2021

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  • Introducing Sibelius for mobile on iPad
  • Work on music scores anywhere
  • Advanced Apple Pencil and iPad touch workflows
  • Seamlessly move from desktop to tablet and back without any interruption
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February 2021

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  • “Command Search” replaces “Find in Ribbon” to find any command in Sibelius and instantly execute it
  • New Commands gallery on the Home tab of the Ribbon lists all commands in Sibelius
  • Hundreds of new ManuScript commands to create scripted plugins to execute any sequence of commands (Sibelius | Ultimate only)
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December 2020

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  • Intelligent Sibelius Import enables you to combine several Sibelius scores together by simply importing them into an open score with complete control over what is imported
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September 2020

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  • Focus on Staves enhancements so you can use both “Hide Empty Staves” and “Focus and Staves” at the same time, unlocking new score layout capabilities
  • Accessibility improvements for screen readers, adding the ability for text to be readable as it is being edited
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June 2020

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  • Customize the color of the four voice colors, notes out of range, and the color of the Staff and System selections to help whole range of sight loss
  • Accessibility improvements for screen readers, including names of range-selected staves, navigating the menus, and the Inspector is now screen reader accessible
  • MusicXML file import straight into your template or existing score, and have the musical structure preserved
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March 2020

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  • Native L.V. Ties with full control via the Inspector
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January 2020

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  • Auto-Optimize automatically adjusts the space between staves, making sure your music always looks perfect
  • New Accessibility preferences to control verbosity
  • Film Score Time Signatures are available in Engraving Rules
  • New Tie Styles: dashed, dotted, and tie into repeat structures
  • Revamped Manuscript Papers to produce great looking scores
  • Improved Import House Style features for better control of the layout of the score
  • Wildcards are included in all system text right-click word menus
  • System Object navigation via keyboard shortcuts
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December 2019

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  • Greater accessibility and contextual detail
  • Improved Printing and PDF Export
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September 2019

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  • Vastly improved MIDI import
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May 2019

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  • Playback & Loop enhancements including built-in latency compensation when looping

 

April 2019

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  • Annotate, Comment and Highlight while in Review mode, making marking up your score easier and faster than ever before
  • Scrub offers you a new way to audition notes and chords in your score
  • Streamlined sound-loading for the Sibelius Player
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January 2019

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  • Review mode offers you a brand new way to navigate your score without making any unintended changes to text, staff spacing or any other part of the musical notation
  • Half Speed playback—particularly useful for composing, arranging and teaching with Sibelius
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November 2018

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  • Sibelius UI optimized to support higher-resolution displays
  • Updated video playback engines to sync a video (or audio file) to a score
  • Accessibility improvements to how screen readers read and describe what’s happening on the screen
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June 2018

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  • Improved writing of grace notes across multiple voices in Sibelius
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April 2018

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  • Multi-edit workflows: adding text to multiple notes or passages at once
  • Complete overhaul of note spacing, especially when writing in multiple voices or when adding and deleting objects
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January 2018

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  • Multi-edit workflows: marking up your score with slurs, ties and other lines at once
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November 2017

  • Improved key signatures and instrument changes
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September 2017

  • Sibelius | Cloud Sharing enables you to send Sibelius scores to the cloud for rendering that can be displayed in any web browser, posted on social media, and embedded in webpages and blogs
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