As I said before you do need to try a demo version of the programs you're interested in to make sure they do exactly what you wantModerato wrote:I'm especially interested in this feature because so many of my transcriptions have sections which are repeated but the repeated sections don't have any fingering/position notations. Presumably because you should have remembered them from before but nevertheless, I'd find it easier to sight read and not as easy to make mistakes when playing if the fingerings are kept intact for me as a guide, even in the repeated sections.
I'm not sure there's one program that will do all these things as scanning and editing are usually handled by different programs. SmartScore is the closest to a combined scanner/editor, but its editing capabilities are quite limited and I don't think (though I am not sure of this) it will manage the copy/paste task you mention. For scanning, both SmartScore and PhotoScore are pretty good (and IMHO the best two of the bunch), both enable you to scan printed music or PDFs and PhotoScore enables you to scan hand-written music (providing it is neat enough). Unfortunately, though, both scanner programs are relatively poor at recognising the text elements of scores and they hardly recognise guitar fingering at all! I think their "native" graphics format is TIFF and if you 'import' a music PDF into these programs you are effectively scanning it rather than importing it directly, so you do have to go through it and correct errors (as you do with music scanned from a paper copy). The number of errors depends on the clarity of the original both in terms of printing and layout, but generally there aren't too many errors. An alternative is PDFtoMusic Pro which allows you to convert a PDF file, providing it is the direct output of a notation software program, to Music XML (or MIDI) which can then be imported into notation software.Moderato wrote:Is there one program that will alow me to: Scan in music for editing, Import in PDFs and other files types for editing, copy & paste whole sections keeping fingering intact and just have all the most used features a good guitar transcription would have?
A lite version of PhotoScore is bundled with Sibelius and a lite version of the SmartScore functionality is built into Finale, so if you buy either of these programs you may get a sufficiently powerful combination for most of your needs. I personally use Sibelius 5 and PhotoScore Ultimate for all my scanning/arranging. The main thing I would like Sibelius to be able to do better is import MIDI - most MIDI files need quite a lot of "cleaning up" before they can be used. Finale is better than Sibelius at producing "clean" layout from MIDI, but far from perfect and I am yet to find an inexpensive program that will do this well (though the newest version of the high end music production software ProTools does this like a dream!)
Hope this helps