Please note: the music images on this page were created with Mozart 8.
The quality of engraving provided by the current version is much improved in many respects.
- The screen display now gives a much clearer
indication of the pagination and shows much more music when fully zoomed out. Pages are drawn on the screen to fit as many as possible
in the music window. If more than one complete page will fit across the page, then more than one page is drawn side by side,
as shown here in miniature.
- Non-printing characters may be shown/hidden at all screen magnifications with a single command.
- Tablature for plucked string instruments has been introduced.
The illustration on the right shows an example for guitar. Showing the stems is optional.
- Tablature is supported for various instruments including: Guitar, Electric Bass, Tenor Banjo, G Banjo, with various tunings.
- Changing the stave type converts music from one format to another - eg chord symbols to explicit stacks of notes, or tablature to
standard notation and standard notation to tablature.
- Copying and pasting from a tablature to a standard stave (and vice versa) also converts the notation enabling a dual representation of
the music as seen here.
Classical and Jazz ornaments
Trill ornaments now have the option of starting on the higher note and
being shown as extending with tr~~~~~ over a number of notes.
Various big band articulations including falls, smears, doits, bends, shakes, and flips are now available. Some are shown in the above
- Staves may now be hidden on individual systems where an instrument is not playing.
(See illustration right where the vocal line only enters on the second system after a short instrumental introduction.)
- Each stave on the score may now be spaced by an arbitrary amount from the ones above and below (for example allowing for many leger lines above a
flute part without spacing other staves by the same amount - see illustration below).
- A command to optimise spacing of notes on the stave has now been introduced. Longer notes are thereby given more space following them than shorter ones.
- The anacrusis is now much neater, and minimises the space required in the first (part) bar.
- The new big band articulations including falls, smears, doits, bends, shakes, and flips also play back.
- Mozart now makes more intelligent guesses about the play-back dynamics required in a repeat bar. This means i.a. that hairpins going under many repeated bars will be respected.
Improved user-interface features
- The duration of the piece is now shown when you use the "tune properties" command.
- Alternative keyboard shortcuts may now be added to the commands which previously didn't admit them - including NoteEnter.
A few commands (also including that one) still do not permit reassignment of their default shortcuts. (This is deliberate.)
- Spin controls in dialogues (such as the key signature selector) now respond to the up-down arrow keys, making these dialogues fully usable without the mouse.
- The PrintSetup command has been replaced by the more standard PageSetup command.
- A new, friendlier, method of editing the page layout has been introduced and it is now much simpler to see what you're doing.
The new layout-editor tool highlights the part of the layout on which it is acting and shows the changes while you make them. The illustration
on the right shows it as applied to the system depth being increased or decreased by manipulating the (shaded) system spacing area.
- Margin sizes are now shown more accurately, and include the non-printable margins of the page.
- Up/down arrow keys on a tab stave move to the next string; Shift+up/down moves between the strings and outside of them to allow
placement of text items and dynamics.
- The on line help system has been brought up to
date in the form of "HTML help" (as illustrated here) with a synchronised contents list. This should make finding help even easier.
Changes to defaults
- The default shortcuts to the multiplet commands are now Alt+2 Alt+3 and Alt+7 instead of Ctrl+2 Ctrl+3 and Ctrl+7.
(Number keys with Ctrl now refer to fret numbers on tablature staves.)
- The default screen colour system has changed slightly. But of course you can always set it back if you preferred the previous colour system.
- Shift+up/down arrow keys no longer warn about the pull command having changed as that was now long ago.