Doug Rogers, the originator of the MusEdit software for writing guitar scores and tablature, has decided to open-source this software. Over the next couple of weeks, he will be making changes to the MusEdit website to reflect this. As this is no longer commercial software, I am assuming there is no problem posting these links. Doug gave me permission to post these links here, and he welcomes the guitar community to share them.
This program has been a favorite of many people for a lot of years, but Doug's other interests have kept him from updating it. Moreover, he has been in Vietnam, and that has been quite a distraction for him. He finds maintaining this software to be pretty exhausting, and after 15 years of doing so, he is ready to move onto another stage in his life.
Here is a bit from an email Doug sent me, which is pretty much word-for-word what he sent the Yahoo MusEdit group a few days ago:
Please note this important announcement:
I have been upgrading and supporting MusEdit for nearly 15 years now, but I'm sorry to say I won't be able to continue supporting MusEdit as I have in the past because I will be travelling throughout Asia over the course of the next year. For this reason I am planning to make MusEdit "Open Source" by mid-March, 2011. This means the MusEdit source code will be free and open for anyone to use and modify as they wish under a standard "open source" license. This also means MusEdit will become free for anyone who wants it. I'm also hoping programmers interested in improving MusEdit by fixing bugs and adding new features will work on MusEdit and take it to a more advanced level. I hope this will be of great benefit to the entire MusEdit community. (MusEdit is written in C++, so if you or any programmers you know are familiar with this computer language and are interested in working on the MusEdit source code, please let me know).
This software has been a big part of Doug's life, a time which has presented him with many challenges and difficulties. Doug has made a beautiful gift to both the classic guitar community and the open source community. He is offering a download link for this program.
- Here is a link to the upgrade notes for the latest version, 4.02. The banner incorrectly identifies this as version 3.95 notes.
- Here is a link to the upgrade notes for version 3.95.
- Here is a link to the upgrade notes for version 3.94.
And here is a link to the installation file, along with instructions, of the latest version, 4.02. If you're installing it for the first time, scroll down the page a bit.
As far as I can tell, the phone number and email address at the bottom of the page do not work. I expect that in a few weeks, Doug will update his email information. He often cannot get email, and I suspect he has very limited phone access in Vietnam.
I am sending Doug a link to this thread, and if you wish, you can express your appreciation here for this generous sharing of an important part of Doug's passion in life. If you wish to help in programming the open source MusEdit and know C+, send me a PM and I'll forward it onto Doug. Unfortunately, I cannot provide support for the program through PMs. The help file has the full manual.
Regards y saludos