FLOSS Friday: MuseScore
Today we look at a software tool for a more specialized audience: MuseScore. For those who need to create musical scores for distribution, education, or simply composition, you know that the world of score editing software offers many expensive solutions. For you, I present MuseScore.
MuseScore is cross platform, and has installers/executables for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. I’m not a musician, and can’t read music, but based on the screen shots the software looks feature rich and capable of producing nicely formatted output.
Here, for instance, is the main screen:
Simply having screen output is not sufficient, so you’ll want to have many options for the printed output. Here are the print settings:
And, to make creating new scores easy, there’s a handy wizard interface. Below is just one step of those available in the wizard:
With FLOSS, it’s important to have a community that can provide help with problems, whether installing, using, or configuring the software. MuseScore has an active forum section, as well as a respectable end user document in both HTML and Adobe Acrobat (aka PDF) formats.
As is pretty much a requirement for software these days, MuseScore allows for plugins. The plugin library is not extensive, but what’s there seems really useful.