New in Symphony Pro 5

Introducing professional sound quality, PDF vector support, Handwriting Recognition, and now available on iPhone.

Handwriting with Apple Pencil

Swift & seamless with Apple Pencil to write or edit, and now supports touch and capacitive stylus. As the only paid feature in Symphony Pro, the upgrade is a one-time purchase with free updates in the future.

  • Instantly convert pen strokes into all fundamental note objects, including stems, rests, beams, ties, and augmentation dots
  • Lasso selection of notes and other musical elements
  • Common articulations and phrase marks
  • Tuplets and meter changes
  • Edit using any of the existing touch-based interactions & gestures with the feature enabled

Playback & MIDI

  • Professionally sound-designed replacements to 36 of the orchestral, wind, and drum set instruments, as well as the piano
  • Bluetooth MIDI devices can now be connected with the app by navigating to Playback Options > MIDI / Recording Options > MIDI Connections > Bluetooth Setup
  • When starting playback mid-score, preceding score dynamics & tempo changes (i.e. crescendi, metronome marks) are now pre-simulated, meaning the performance is always consistent no matter where you begin playback
  • Tap any location on score to reposition playback cursor in real-time
  • MIDI Import Options: dialog to customize how to interpret a MIDI file into notation. (Appears at start of import process)
    • Note values imported correctly
    • All instrument channels imported correctly
  • Improved expression playback, including tremolo, trill, glissando, crescendo, and more

Score Expressions

  • Customize Rehearsal Mark text: just double-tap the label in the score, then choose Edit Section Text
  • As a fun extra, you can now double-tap many of the existing expressions in SP, then choose the 'Playback' menu item to customize the dynamic or other playback qualities such as tempo.
  • Glyph typography updates, with Bravura as SP's standard font model

Score layout & Notation

  • View & edit the with infinite vertical scrolling. To enable, go under Score Menu > Score View Mode
  • Use the Select Special dialog to filter desired dynamics/articulations or chord symbols/text elements within a Region Selection (illustrated)
  • Edit the typeface/font of chord symbols and lyrics by selecting either element, then choosing the ‘Font’ or ‘Typeface’ menu item
  • Customize vertical and horizontal page margins by going to Score > Display Settings > Page Sizes > Margins
  • Staff Side Panel can now be found in any of the three Score View Modes

More Features


Gesture Shortcuts for Touch & Apple Pencil

  • If the Apple Pencil is your input device, SP now takes advantage of its improved precision across existing touch-based editing commands
  • Two-finger swipe left or right anywhere to undo or redo respectively
  • Two-finger swipe up or down to toggle between Pencil and Select mode

Score Symbols

  • Favorited Score Symbols allows you to include expressions of your choice under the new Favorites category for quicker access to commonly used articulations, dynamics, expressions, and text elements
  • Anchor text boxes at the top of the staff: simply select the element and choose Make System Text

Qwerty Keyboard Shortcuts & Accessibility

  • Use the new search bar in Shortcut List (Option+K) to filter commands by keyword
  • New shortcut commands:
    • Command-Shift-G to jump to a specific bar number
    • Extend selection by entire measure: default combination Cmd-Shift + Left or Right arrow
    • Move to next or previous highlighted note using Option + Left or Right arrow

Configure Meter & Customize Beam Groups

  • Symphony Pro now allows you to define how beams are grouped by default by specifying a custom meter. First open the Measure Dialog, the navigate to Time/Key > Configure Meter: read more under the Full Release Notes link below.

Part Management

  • When exporting to PDF/AirPrint, an ‘All Parts’ option allows you to include each instrument as a separate score within the same PDF
  • Part names/labels, Score Title/Composer, and Subtitle are customizable in font/color by going to Score Menu > Display Settings > Part Labels
  • Create a new movement by choosing an ending bar-line under Measure Dialog > Bars

iPhone Universal app

  • As of the official launch of SP5, both existing & new customers who’ve purchased Symphony Pro are able to download SP for free for their iPhone
  • View, edit, and playback SP projects just as you would on iPad
  • Intuitively designed interface for the smaller touch screen
  • Import & Export in all of the supported formats, including SYM, MIDI, PDF, and MusicXML

Drum Set Notation

  • Intuitive access to all percussion samples, which also provides a customizable interface:
    • Use the MIDI map to automatically create MIDI key bindings that align intuitively with the layout of your customized Drum Kit layout
    • HUD displays staff positions of each mapped drum sample if entering notes with On-Screen piano


  • Notation to Tab conversion when copying & pasting: See the full release notes for details
  • Guitar tabs now support customizable numbers of strings. To edit this track property for a tablature staff, go to Instruments > Instrument Properties > Tuning / # of Strings

Read about earlier features offered free, to existing & new owners.

In Version 5, Handwriting is the only In-App Purchase to enable the complete app, and we're offering the Version 4 Complete Features Bundle as a free IAP.

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