Welcome to the April release for Sibelius for mobile. It’s been nine months since we first released Sibelius for mobile, and in that time, we’ve allowed the app to evolve and grow with new features and improvements based on your feedback. Today, we’re excited to share that Sibelius for mobile now contains two of the most popular user requests: Spanish translation, and Transposition. The 2022.4 update is now available on the App Store, and all the details are right here. Read on!
If you’re new to Sibelius on mobile, it’s our free companion app to Sibelius on desktop, and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for both iPhone and iPad. This will run with the Sibelius | First features, and you can unlock more features within the app by either starting a new 1-month trial, or if you have Sibelius on desktop already, by signing in with your account. If you have a current subscription or support plan for Sibelius on desktop, you can unlock the features within the mobile app at no extra cost. For a full list of features, see the comparison here.
Onto what’s new in this release:
The team is pleased to announce the immediate release of this update to Sibelius for mobile. In this build, you’ll find a good collection of new features and music improvements, as well as a slew of bug fixes.
You can find the new Transposition feature within the More (...) dropdown menu. If your score is locked in Review Mode, the option will be hidden from the menu (just like Document Setup). Just like Sibelius on desktop, the new Transposition panel allows you to transpose a selection of the score, or the entire score (if there is no selection prior to opening the Transpose menu). You can transpose by key or by interval, and for each category, you have the choice of transposing the pitches upward or downward:
To set the transposition you need, swipe up and down on the spin controls to set the key or interval, and whether you’d like it to move up or down.
Consistent with Sibelius on desktop, transpositions made on system selections (i.e. purple) will add a new key signature to the score (except when writing with an atonal key signature), whereas non-system passage selections (i.e. blue) will transpose the notes within the current key signature. We’ve added this behavior when transposing by both key and interval. The Transpose menu can be accessed directly via the SHIFT + T shortcut (just like on desktop).
We've also exposed the "Transposing Score" option within the Transpose panel as well. This toggles between concert pitch and transposing score, and is available in both mid-tier Sibelius and Sibelius | Ultimate.
In our release last month, Sibelius for desktop included a new set of Manuscript Papers, and we’ve brought these across to mobile. To access these, start a new score from the file browser and scroll down.
We’ve also been in the process of improving the default placement of certain types of lines. In the new update, you’ll find that the improvements to octave lines from our March release (2022.3) have been brought over, and we’re introducing improvements to pedal lines. These now finish correctly at the end of a bar (rather than carrying into the next bar or system) so there’s no need to nudge these back into place. You can see the new end placements in the figure below:
The change has been made to when these lines are entered into your score, so your existing scores will look exactly the same as before, and you can enter the lines with better spacing into existing scores, too.
¡Sibelius for mobile is now also in Spanish! We’re pleased to bring our iPhone and iPad apps to our Spanish-speaking users. The Getting Started tutorials, in-app sign-up pages, menus, dropdowns, and so on have all been translated into Spanish. We’re looking forward to hearing how you get on.
As with every release, we aim to fix a good number of bugs, and this update is no different. They are:
- You can once again see the ghost note accidentals when using Pencil Tilt gestures
- The ghost note’s notehead now matches the note that is being entered into the score on percussion staves
- You can now enable/disable iCloud functionality for Sibelius for mobile (in the Apple Settings app), and we believe that users should no longer see multiple “Sibelius” folders being created after updating the app.
- Enharmonic changes are no longer broken in dynamic parts after octave shift
- System lines now respond to Align in a row and Reset position
- Z tremolo is now retained when changing voice (this fixes a long-standing bug paired with the tremolo fix included in 2021.12)
- When deleting articulations (e.g. fermatas) that are attached to a rest, the rest no longer gets deleted with it
But wait, there’s more for perpetual license holders of Sibelius
Back by popular demand, we’re pleased to announce the reintroduction of upgrades. After a successful promotion back in December last year, we’re bringing back the upgrades for perpetual license users who have older versions of Sibelius. These are now priced as follows and are available from the Avid.com online store, and from your local reseller:
- Sibelius: $79
- Sibelius | Ultimate: $149
This gets any perpetual license holder current with the latest versions of Sibelius across Windows, Mac, iPad, and iPhone, and includes the following:
- Software updates for one year
- Ability to unlock features in Sibelius for mobile iPhone/iPad app
- Sibelius Cloud Sharing
This forms your Update and Support plan, which is renewable annually for $49/y or $99/y for Sibelius and Sibelius | Ultimate respectively.
We look forward to hearing how you get on with the hundreds of improvements we’ve made since the last time you were current with Sibelius. If you need a reminder of some of the improvements, check out this list.