The initial registration window for early access to SP5 has passed. However, given the musical caliber of many wishing to upgrade to the preview app, we'll be sending out invitations on a rolling basis, up until the official release date!
Participating will of course allow you to:
- Take advantage of the many new features outlined below
- Contribute to a reliable release by sending feature suggestions and bug reports
- Help craft the editor-of-choice for every serious composer with an iPad – sooner rather than later!
After entering your name & email below, along with a short sentence about your background, your submission will be considered within a few days. If accepted, you'll receive an install link to download Version 5 via TestFlight.
Those with a post-secondary background in composition or performance (student or otherwise), or individuals practicing music professionally, are particularly encouraged to enter. You'd be very likely receive one of the limited installation codes if that applies.
About the Upcoming Release
* New in Symphony Pro 5
Below is a partial overview of what to expect. We plan to offer the following as part of a free update, and available out-of-the-box to all customers ;)
- Editing enhancements for Apple Pencil (see next question)
- Navigation shortcut gestures for instant commands like undo/redo
- Significantly improved sampler instruments, playback of score expressions, and playback customizability in the written notation
- Seamless shortcuts for editing instruments & parts
- Borader, more customizable expression & annotation tools & features
- Context-aware interface to expedite percussion notation in the most elegant way possible
- Seamless improvements for tablature, customizable numbers of strings
- Professional quality engraving by adhering to common standards & texts / vector-based rendering for exported scores
- Improved MusicXML / MIDI interoperability with notation as well as DAW software
- iPhone Universal app enabled for all Symphony Pro licenses – meaning you'll soon be able to install SP on your iPhone to view & edit compositions
- Expression/text shortcuts/gestures
- More convenient file management, including searchable projects
- Multi-language translations
* Will there be handwriting recognition with Apple Pencil?
Handwriting recognition won’t be offered in the initial 5.0 release, as more time is necessary before it's a truly reliable feature. We're aiming for mid-2017 to provide handwriting with Apple Pencil as an integral part of our application.
5.0 still takes significant advantage of the Pencil through supporting its precise input hardware. This will allow for easier interaction when adjusting score elements, notes, and most other symbols.
The initial release will also recognize several intuitive gestures with the stylus, which save tremendous time with inputting & editing notes or score expressions.
About the SP5 Public Preview
* Is there a complete feature overview?
A complete overview will be included with the invitation email a few days after you register
* When will the public preview be available?
After signing up, you'll be notified within a few days if selected, and we'll try our best to invite most applicants.
* How will applicants be selected to test?
Your chance of being invited depends on the limited email slots determined for this event. Applicants will be selected based on their background (see first paragraphs), but if we have enough resources to handle more emails and bug reports, you may receive an invite regardless of that detail.
* How will I be notified that I'm invited to test?
Look for an invitation email (containing an install link & instructions) within a few days after submitting the form at the bottom of this page – if your submission gets approved.
Caveat: we sometimes overlook submissions by accident, even though you have an academic or professional experience. Please send an email to remind us about your submission in that case.
* If invited, how will I be able to install the beta?
Installation requires an iPad or iPhone running iOS 10 or later, and with TestFlight installed. TestFlight is available for free download on the App Store.
To download the Symphony Pro 5 preview on your iPad after it's available, first open the invitation link from iTunes that will be sent to your email, then open TestFlight from the Home Screen. If a prerelease update is available, there should be an Install button next to SP Beta, and under the "Testing" heading.
* When will the official release of Symphony Pro 5 become available?
The updated ETA for official release is Q2 2017.
* Limitations and disclaimers
- If you already have Symphony Pro on your device, installing the beta application will replace the existing installation, but will keep all of your documents in-tact.
- Note you can revert back to the latest Version 4 release by reinstalling SP from the App Store. Doing so will also preserve your documents and data, though we make no guarantee that Version 5 projects will be openable from an earlier installation.
- You don’t need to own a copy of Symphony Pro to register, nor is feedback required. However, the public preview will only be active for several weeks, up until the official launch.
- For complete instructions on how to install, test, and update beta software on iOS TestFlight, please refer to the Testflight FAQ.
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