New in Mozart 10
Mozart 10 was released in November 2009.
It introduced the following new features.
Please note: the music images on this page were created with Mozart 10. The quality of engraving provided by the current version is much improved in many respects.
Speed of response
- Mozart 10's reaction when drawing the screen is much faster than Mozart 9, resulting, for example, in an improved rate of scrolling and faster response to some commands.
Rallentando, Accelerando, Rubato, Pause (=Fermata)
- All of rallentando, accelerando, rubato, and pause/fermata can now be used in the play back.
These are implemented in the form of a "virtual conductor" whose job is to keep all parts together on play-back. The conductor line above the stave is usually hidden but it can be made visible for editing, as in the illustration on the right.
In the illustration:
- The conductor strand extends the rests in bars 1 and 2 marked with a pause.
- In part 1 the durations of the notes marked in green exactly match the conductor part, and these will be extended in the same way.
- In part 2, two or four notes (shown in blue) fall in parallel with the pause. In each group, all of the notes will be extended equally to match the pause duration.
- In part 3 the red notes in parallel with the pause end after, and/or start before, the pause and extend through it.
These notes will also be extended by the appropriate amount.
- If a
start of an accel/rall passage is entered in the music, it extends to the next tempo marking and ends with that tempo; the
piece can then jump to a "following" tempo immediately after the rall/accel section.
- All accidentals
(, , , ,
) can now be put on all notes in all keys.
(N.B. Mozart can still be used in the old mode which only allows entry of single-semitone accidentals.)
- Courtesy accidentals may now be put in parentheses, as long as there are not too many on one stack of notes!
Other music elements
- Dotted ties are now supported.
1st-, 2nd-,... time bars may now be configured to allow
play-back to re-use a bar bracket and go through them in different orders.
- Octave markings on clefs now provide the option of writing for a 4' choir as if it were an 8' choir (eg showing no octave marking on a descant
recorder and showing the tenor recorder as sounding an octave lower than written).
- Redirections (DC, DS, etc.) attached to barlines may be moved up
to avoid high notes.
Rehearsal marks are now offered in a choice of 4 styles: letters in sequence (A B C D E...); numbers in sequence (1 2 3 4 5...);
roman numerals in sequence ( I II III IV V...); or bar-line numbers.
A start-of-repeat bar may now be entered at the very start of the music.
Key signature changes may be drawn with cancelling naturals, (upper example on the right) or without
cancelling naturals (lower example)
by checking/unchecking "cancel old key signature" in the key-change dialogue
- Staccatissimo is now supported, with the option of placing the accents on bulbs or stems.
- Reiteration multiplets are now supported.
- Alternative styles are available for multiple bars' rest.
- Lute tablature is now available, in addition to modern guitar tablature.
- Mozart will now create multiplets under all circumstances: for any note value in any time signature.
Mozart now gives each text item a "text style" and associates a font with that text style.
This means that if a set of directions such as "Moderato", "Andante", "Allegro con brio" are all given the same style,
then editing the style once will change
all of them to match.
- All text in Mozart is now stored and processed in Unicode format. This allows individual text items to contain any characters. The example on the right shows titles in Serbian using both Latin and Cyrillic alphabets.
Examples: Ctrl+' e é Ctrl+/ o ø Ctrl+u a Ctrl+@ c © Ctrl+& b Ctrl+& =
For example, the Welsh language uses the letter ŵ ( unavailable in any ASCII character set) which is available as Ctrl+^ w, allowing:
Bar numbers and 1st/2nd-time labels now have their own user-editable text font styles.
- Additional text substitutions have been introduced:
- &K &k are replaced by the concert pitch key interpreted as major or minor
- &V &v are replaced by the visible key interpreted as major or minor
- &E is replaced by the instrument's transposition key
- &I/&i is now the instrument name (long/short)
- &J/&j is now the strand label (long/short)
- &g is the stem of the file name (ie the file name without without the ".mz").
- A hard page break is now supported.
- You can now have a panoramic view,
scrolling left to right with no line breaks. Commands on the View Menu switch between panoramic and paginated views.
- There is a macro capability. (See the "Floating Tools" section below.)
- There is a new
set of commands for moving the caret up and down to specific items and to points on the stave.
These are on a new toolbar. They are particularly useful in defining
- A new pair of commands, designed particularly for use in Macros: CaretMarkSet, CaretToMarkedPitch, allow the macro to remember a (chromatic) pitch and to return the caret/current-note to that pitch.
- There's a "Repeat Previous command" command on the edit menu. Default shortcut is
F4 to duplicate Microsoft Office's convention.
- The mouse wheel sensitivity is now adjustable.
- Entering a multiplet now puts the digit above or below according to where you put it last time.
The appearance of selected blocks has improved.
The "select whole piece" command does not now select all strands automatically.
- When Mozart launches it sets the "one strand selection" instead of the "all strands."
- A magnification toolbar
has been added, now making changing magnification very fast indeed.
The toolbar shows the magnification, and has zoom out and zoom in buttons,
as well as buttons to zoom to sizes 1, 2, 2+, 3, 4, 5 (for which there are also menu items).
- A more powerful paste command
now allows you to paste selected bars onto parallel staves, comprehending key
and tempo changes.
- Courtesy accidentals may now be added before the main note.
- The label of the active stave is now drawn
in the active stave colour for easier identification. This illustration exaggerates the effect for purposes of demonstration - you
can, of course, choose your own colour scheme!
- There is a new Full Screen (toggle) command on the View menu.
In full screen mode the main frame is maximised and the tool bars are suppressed.
Going into full screen mode also sets the magnification of the active music window so that a full page is visible,
and makes page up and down commands go to the top of a page. This is to facilitate using
Mozart with a foot
pedal page turner such as those found at http://www.bilila.com/pagescore_turner/
- There is now a "tools" menu and some of the old commands have been moved there.
- A new command now saves the raw MIDI (i.e. un-quantised) which has been played in from an external MIDI instrument.
- Mozart 10 will save files compatible with Mozart 9, so if your friends have Mozart 9 you can still send and receive files.
- In addition to the usual toolbars "docked"
at the edges of the window, there are four "large tools" which are able to remain open and float independently, allowing you
to use them with any active window, without being shut down. These are :
- the piano tool,
- the chord symbol selector,
- the finder,
- the macro list.
- By popular
request, the piano keyboard tool is now bigger.
- Find and
FindNext commands make navigation around the music much quicker.
- The macro tool lets you
define and use macros. (A macro is a sequence of commands which you can
execute as a single command, allowing you to apply a complex operation
- The chord symbol tool is now a
"modeless dialogue box", allowing you to move around the music without closing
- There is
now a toolbar for showing/hiding
the floating tools.
- The Help System has been renovated and revised to be more user-friendly: it now includes
The sample music files are now indexed in the Help System and can be accessed
directly from it.
- The index is now easier to use, being smaller and better targeted.
- A list of commands complete with user-defined keyboard shorcuts can now be accessed from the help system and printed out for reference.
- The Tutorial Manual has been re-written, presenting a clear, task-related
and illustrated, course of instruction for new users. It is now in the
same format as the Help System and is fully integrated with the program, the
Help System and the tutorial exercise files
- Score templates in an arbitrary place can now be dragged-and-dropped into the templates list presented in the File/New dialogue.
This copies them into your Mozart templates folder.
- The baritone and tenor ukuleles are now supported.
- Tablature notes are drawn more clearly.
- An option is provided to switch font smoothing (anti-aliasing) on and off. Anti-aliasing, if used, now also applies to lines including beams. (See right.)
- Other aspects of the drawing of the music have been refined to improve the appearance of the music in the following ways (see right):
- accents, specifically staccato and tenuto, are drawn more conventionally;
- slurs appear nearer the note bulb;
- beams on semiquavers and shorter notes are drawn with less spacing.
- Dialogue boxes are presented in XP/Vista styles on XP/Vista systems. The updated appearance is reflected in the help system.
- Menus contain bitmaps.
- On computer systems which support them, proper
(etc.) signs can be used in dialogue boxes, giving B, which is much nicer than Bb. (You may need Windows
Vista to take advantage of this.)
- The ViewGlobalPreferences and ViewKeyboardShortcuts commands have been renamed
MyGlobalPreferences and MyKeyboardShortcuts as they are no longer on the View menu, and they are both to do with personal configuration.