PhotoScore/AudioScore - Compatibility

 

 

  COMPATIBILITY

File Formats Saved by PhotoScore & NotateMe Ultimate 8 and AudioScore Ultimate 8:

Format

Export Limitations

PhotoScore (.opt)

PhotoScore files contain all notation information picked up by PhotoScore/created by AudioScore.

MusicXML (.xml)

Information about guitar chord diagrams (guitar frames) is not stored, in addition to the position of absolute text (e.g. title, composer, lyricist). Only the first instance of absolute text is stored. If a measure is split across two systems, i.e. there is no barline at the end of the first system, it is output as if it were two separate measures. Fingering markings, repeat endings, codas/segnos and cross staff notes are not stored.

NIFF (.nif)

NIFF files contain all notation information picked up by PhotoScore/created by AudioScore. If a measure is split across two systems, i.e. there is no barline at the end of the first system, it is output as if it were two separate measures. Fingering markings, repeat endings, codas/segnos and cross staff notes are not stored.

MIDI (.mid)

(Almost all music programs can import this format)

MIDI files are primarily designed for playback and not notation. There are certain types of musical features that cannot be stored as distinguishable objects. Instead these are intelligently simulated by PhotoScore/AudioScore and include articulation marks, accidentals, clefs, time signatures, key signatures, ties and dynamics.

WAVE (.wav)

(Almost all audio based music programs can open this format)

Wave files contain audio information in the same way that a CD does. They are useful if you want to create MP3s or CDs from music scanned into PhotoScore/created by AudioScore. Note that they contain no notation or page layout information and most notation based music programs are unable to open this format.

Music Software Importing these File Formats:

Software Tested*

Recommended Format

Import Limitations

Acid Pro

MIDI

AudioScore

PhotoScore

Cakewalk

MIDI

Cubase/Cubasis

MusicXML

Digital Performer

MIDI

eJay Studio

MIDI

Finale 2000 onwards

MusicXML

(Use the Dolet plug-in in Finale 2005 and earlier. Finale 2006 and later support MusicXML opening from the File menu)

Percussion staves – incorrect vertical note placement on 2- or 3- line staves.

FruityLoops

MIDI

G7

PhotoScore

(direct transfer also supported)

Click here for compatibility information.

Igor 1.7

NIFF

Does not import guitar tab staves, guitar chord diagrams, guitar chord symbol text, absolute text, small noteheads or cross noteheads. Key signatures become incorrect on transposed instruments. It is necessary to manually configure instruments, and assign parts to those instruments. So for percussion staves, it is necessary to manually select say ‘Bongo drums’ and assign the Bongo part to that instrument. Even then, there is no guarantee that the default number of staff lines for that instrument is the same as that in the original score. Igor only appears to support 1-line percussion staves.

Lime 8.12

NIFF

Guitar chord diagrams and guitar chord text are not imported. Does support 1- / 2- / 3-line staves, but notes imported onto wrong staff lines.

Logic Audio

MIDI

Mozart 8.0.7

NIFF

Tab staves, small noteheads, cross noteheads, guitar chord diagrams, guitar chord text, hairpins, slurs and lyrics are not imported. Grace notes are not imported. 1- / 2- / 3-line staves not supported.

MusicEase 8.1b

MusicXML

Small noteheads, cross noteheads, tab staves, guitar chord text, slurs and lyrics are not imported. Only title absolute text is imported. Some problems with multiple voices. No percussion staff support. Serious staff alignment problems. More importantly, the version we tested only had limited ability to import MusicXML files and the results may not be useful

Overture 4

MusicXML

Untested

Personal Composer 2.1

NIFF

Limited tab staff support. Guitar chord diagrams are not imported. Single grace notes do import, but are displayed vertically aligned with the note they are supposed to precede. Percussion staves – incorrect vertical note placement on 2- or 3- line staves.

PhotoScore

PhotoScore

PowerTracks Pro Audio

MIDI

QuickScore Elite Level II v12

MusicXML/NIFF

Both NIFF & XML: Some problems with grace notes. Does not properly interpret runs of grace notes (adjacent grace notes are superimposed on one another).
NIFF: No absolute text (title etc).

Score

NIFF

(MidiScorWrite NIFF importer required)

Untested

Score Writer 4

MusicXML

Untested

Sibelius

PhotoScore

(direct transfer also supported)

Click here for compatibility information.

Sonar

MIDI

TaBazar 3.1

MusicXML

Small noteheads, cross noteheads, hairpins and slurs are not imported. No percussion staff support. Does not support multiple voices. No grace note support (import as normal notes).

Toccata 1.2.3

NIFF

Does not import absolute text, small noteheads, cross noteheads, tab staves, guitar chord diagrams or guitar chord text. Imports grace notes but not cue notes. No percussion staff support.

Turandot 1.0.0.18

MusicXML

Cross noteheads cause Turandot to crash. Timing errors cause bad alignment. Tab staves, guitar chord text, small noteheads and absolute text are not imported. Percussion clefs cause it to crash on import. No percussion staff support.

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