MuseScore 3.1, a score creator in AppImage format

About MuseScore 3.1

In the next article we are going to take a look at the MuseScore Score Creator, you just released your version 3.1. At the moment for Ubuntu, we will only find this version available as .AppImage. It is an update of the program that it offers to users some performance improvements and fixes making this a better program. It is a free and multiplatform software that we can find available for Gnu / Linux, Mac OS and Windows.

The program offers the user a editor with full support for playing scores and importing or exporting MusicXML and standard MIDI files. The musical notation system is represented in its entirety by: figures, rests, dots, ligatures, clefs, bars, alterations, etc.. This software also has support for drum notation, as well as direct printing.

Related article:
MuseScore 3.0, a new version of this music notation program

Some changes in MuseScore 3.1

Notation with MuseScore 3.1

Among the changes and improvements that we can find in MuseScore 3.1, we can find:

  • Single note dynamics.
  • Major improvements in the automatic layout and placement. Automatic placement no longer prevents the user from moving items.
  • We are also going to meet various improvements to the fretboard diagrams. These include; Multiple points per chain, multiple and partial bars. In addition to different point shapes, the ability to customize the spacing between strings and frets or the chord symbols for diagrams.
  • Other changes can be found with the new commands, in Edit> Paste Half Duration y Edit> Paste Double Duration. We can also find as a novelty Tools> Display repeats.
  • This new version of MuseScore now will play crescendos and diminuendos on individual notes. Also Fortepianos and other dynamics that change in volume after the beginning of a note or dynamic articulations. Previously, a note could only play a single dynamic for its entire duration. This new feature is made possible by a MuseScore general sound source update and a significant amount of programming that lets you control dynamic playback while a note is still playing. Not only are volume, timbre, and other subtle effects affected, they can also change based on dynamics.

These are just a few options or features in this version of MuseScore. If you want check all the news, you can do it in the official statement about the version 3.1 changelog.

MuseScore 3.1

MuseScore 3.1 Portable .AppImage

We will be able to find this open software available for different systems such as Windows, Gnu / Linux, Mac or BSD. To get hold of this program, we only have to access the MuseScore download section and choose our operating system.

It has to be said that We will only find version 3.1 of this program available for Ubuntu as .AppImage. But if you want to install this software, in a previous version, you can do it using the Ubuntu software option, its corresponding snap package or Flatpak.

Download as .Appimage

MuseScore 3.1 .AppImage Download Page

This program offers us the official executable file like .Appimage file, that is not installation, to launch MuseScore 3.1. The file can be found available for download from the project website.

After the download is finished, it is important to remember to right-click on the file. Then you have to go to the option "Properties"And check the box "Allow to run the file as a program". Once this is enabled, the .Appimage file can be used to start MuseScore 3.1.

Install as snap package

For installation in Ubuntu, of a previous version, we can use the official snap pack that they propose from the official website. To use this package, in a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) you just have to write:

Install MuseScore as snap

sudo snap install musescore

If you would like to download a number of extras from MuseScore, in the same terminal, you just have to write:

sudo snap connect musescore:cups-control

sudo snap connect musescore:network-manager

sudo snap connect musescore:alsa

In case of doubts when using the program, you can use the tutorials about this software. These are available to users in the project website.


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