New Features – April 2014

New Instruments in Crescendo

Many people have been asking for better electric guitar sounds on Noteflight since we introduced them, and we’ve just included three new high-quality guitar samples from Sonivox that we think will be very popular indeed. These are all available only in Noteflight Crescendo and other premium versions of our service. Rickenbacker is a clean, beautiful recording of the well-known guitar in its 6-string incarnation.  Stratocaster is a hot lead sound from a Fender Strat, including palm mute samples available via the x notehead.  Les Paul is a classic distortion-laden lead guitar sound from the eternal Gibson Les Paul; the harmonic noteheads will give you a variety of open string harmonics.

A number of other long-standing instrument requests are now available include Harpsichord, Banjo and Celeste.

New Percussion Staff Features

A number of changes have been made to percussion instruments and drums, allowing the use of one- to three-line percussion staves with the standard double-line clef.  Also the drum instruments now use the internationally accepted Percussion Arts Society staff setup, and all Crescendo score templates incorporate these new instrument definitions.

New HTML5 Editor features

    We continue to move the HTML5 version of the Score Editor towards feature completion with these new features:

  • Mixer
  • Individual Part Display
  • Version History
  • Filter Selection
  • Score Annotations
  • Transpose
  • Document Layout
  • Embed/Link Shared Scores

We’re currently busy working on Zoom and audio/video sync, which will complete the HTML5 Editor functionality.

Rehearsal Letters and Boxed Text

You can now create rehearsal letters (A, B, C, etc.) using the Symbols palette, or place a box around any text using the palette that appears when any text is selected. Rehearsal letters will appear on any combination of parts, if you’re using Crescendo to work with separate parts.

New Sharing User Interface

We’ve introduced a brand-new approach to sharing that appears in “Score Details”. A single consistent Sharing approach is now used for both the Flash and HTML5 score editors to control sharing, linking and embedding of scores. One of the best new features of this new interface is autocompletion of user names when sharing with individual users in Crescendo, so you can be sure you’ve typed it correctly. Also note that changing the Sharing settings will no longer save a new version of your score — only the Sharing will change.

Control Copying of Your Scores

In the new sharing interface mentioned above, you now have the ability to prevent other users from copying your scores when you share them. This disables the “Save A Copy” and “Export” features for those viewing your score, as well as the ability to use Copy/Paste to copy parts of the score elsewhere.

Auto Save No Longer Requires an Internet Connection

When a score is autosaved in the Flash editor, as opposed to using the “Save” button, an Internet connection is no longer required. Instead, a backup copy of your score is created on your local computer or mobile device that can be accessed the next time you open the score. This operation is faster and more reliable than saving over the network. A local backup copy is also made if an attempt to Save a score to the Noteflight server fails for some reason.