MuseScore 3 is coming soon, and you can check out the Beta pre-release right now!  See https://musescore.org/en/download for download links.

MuseScore 3 has been a long time in the making, and there are a lot of new features and improvements compared to the previous versions.  For some preliminary documentation, see https://musescore.org/en/node/278908.  Also, check out this video series I am producing to introduce the most significant changes:

Here is a summary of everything you can look forward to in MuseScore 3:

Improved score layout

  • Automatic placement, layout, and spacing means your scores are ready to print with almost no manual adjustments required
  • Generate parts from individual voices so you can combine instruments on a single staff
  • Take control of your layout with manual overrides, above/below placement settings, temporary and cutaway staves, mid-score staff type changes, and more

New notation features

  • Handwritten font for music notation
  • Noteheads with pitch names
  • Automatic system dividers
  • New articulations, expression text, clefs, accidentals, augmentation dots, capo changes, and more

Improved usability features

  • Tours to provide help as needed
  • Timeline and single page view for easier score navigation
  • Score comparison tool to identify differences between versions
  • Timewise insert and delete to provide more editing freedom
  • Search facility to help you find palette elements
  • Improved Style and Inspector tools for control over appearance and behavior of score elements

Improved playback controls

  • Improved Mixer for easier control of instrument sounds
  • Improved Piano Roll for fine control of individual notes
  • Improved Play Panel for faster access to playback controls

One thought on “MuseScore 3 Beta

  1. Thank you Marc

    I found especially the “New Features – Summary” you linked to, very informative

    To anyone else finding this page in December 2018 or later:

    The original MuseScore 3.0 Beta 1 has as of this writing, been superseded by MuseScore 3.0 Beta 2 (called MuseScore 3 Beta Update (December 7, 2018)) on that page. To find the latest releases, Beta or otherwise, see
    https://musescore.org/en/handbook/developers-handbook/release-notes

    To download the latest Beta, see
    https://musescore.org/en/download
    this page will always link to the latest Beta download released.

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