March 19, 2013 Release
- Account history and Account status support in 3.0
- Add all server- and client-side mechanics for changing email, username and password.
- Add more complete support for generating static asset packages that load local NPS assets a la Rhinegold.
- Add support for locale testing on client side via /test URL.
- Added markdown tips for comment and post editing.
- Added missing resource data-bind for comment button text.
- Added support for comment and forum post actions (e.g. delete, flag) for touch devices by changing the UI from tiny little icons that appeared on mouse over to context menus that appear on click/tap.
- Aligned the menu arrow of the user avatar menu with the other menus in the editor - my visual OCD is feeling much better now.
- Autosave in editor now displays a one-time alert pointing out that Private Browsing has disabled autosave.
- Change to allow IE8+ to view 3.0 by avoiding loading assets from CDN for IE8/9.
- Final account pages styling.
- Finish up UI for Identity & Password section of Account.
- Internationalize all API error messages in 3.0.
- Internationalize the 'Try HTML5 Editor' message
- Prevent unwanted vertical scrollbar on the page content region from appearing next to flash editor.
- Support for editing of score description in the social panel.
- Updated Liz Gazda's picture and bio.
- Fix Bug 1791 - Deployment - Resources.properties files are getting cache-busted on every load with a mod time query arg. This should improve general responsiveness during loading since resource files are now cached.
- Fix Bug 1884 - No downgrade alert. Also add more verbose downgrade text from R2 downgrade notice.
- Fix Bug 1928 Score Editor does not load in iOS if Private Browsing enabled in Settings.
- Fix Bug 2004 - Carriage returns are lost in 3.0 forum posts
- Fix Bug 2005 in which Flash Editor failed in 3.0 under IE.
- Fix Bug 2011 - Initial display shows resource IDs rather than actual content on v slow connection.
- Fix Bug 2036 - Forums can be easily spammed with bogus discussions. Forum discussion creation is now throttled by a pair of constants prescribing a time interval and a maximum count of discussions that can be created within that interval before the present (currently 5 per hour) in any given forum by a free user.
- Fix bug 1971 - no caps for email address input for reset password on iOS.
- Fix bug 1973 - new layout for score editing palette on iPad in portrait mode.
- Fix bug 2007: Page order is not numerically collated for PDF viewing
- Fix bug 2018 - template score listings should now show the correct set of scores.
- Fix for bug 1991 - you can now access the user guide and info from both the html and flash editors.
- Fix reference to nonexistent resource for "loading…".
New in Release 2.10.1
- Scores can be viewed and played on iPads and other mobile devices (Crescendo only).
New in Release 2.10
- Scores may now be placed into named collections to organize them (Crescendo only). A score can belong to any number of collections.
- Users belonging to multiple Noteflight sites can now freely copy scores between their accounts.
- The forums are now searchable: use the search box at the top of any forum page.
- Users can now change their own email addresses.
- Vocal parts and instrumental groups can now be set up to break barlines on the Instrument popup.
- A new Lyricist field is available on the left side of the score, opposite the Composer field.
- A lowercase "o" now allows specification of diminished chord symbols.
- A system break or end of score will now balance the preceding couple of systems to avoid overly dense or sparse measures.
- Chord symbols can now optionally be kept from overlapping, and can also be centered over the corresponding notes. Settings are on the Document Layout popup.
- Number ranges (like "1-3.") are now supported in repeat endings.
New in Release 2.9
- There are now forums for Noteflight.com members to communicate with each other.
- There are now forums for private educational sites to allow teachers and students to communicate.
- The 'My Profile' page has been moved into the 'My Account' area.
- Users can now flag inappropriate comments on a score.
- All new scores will use automatic vertical spacing of staves and systems. This feature can be turned on in old scores using the View > Document Layout panel.
- Pages in the score with empty space will now spread the music out vertically to avoid a gap at the bottom of the page.
- Word extender lines in lyrics (showing the last syllable of a word is sung over multiple notes) are now supported -- just type "_" while entering any lyric.
- Performance text can now include coda or segno signs for more explicit musical form directions.
- Staves can be hidden for any section of a score.
- Repeats can be played any number of times by including text like "4x" or "Repeat 5 Times".
- Multiple voices can come and go within a single measure, by hiding rests for voices that are not being used (Crescendo only)
- Add stem direction-changing feature and MusicXML option to preserve stem direction on import.
Minor Features and Bug Fixes
- Dynamics will now display properly when mixed with other directions (e.g. "subito mp").
- Long sections with Ped. notation will no longer produce broken audio playback.
- Individual notes on a chord can be marked as cue-sized.
- Tempo markings have been made smaller and moved to the the left of the first measure of a score.
- Slurs are now defaulted to lie above tuplet brackets to avoid collisions.
- Rests in beamed groups are positioned correctly to avoid collisions with beams.
New in Release 2.8
- New Beta feature: Automatic vertical spacing of staves,
lyrics and systems. Noteflight can now make sure that notes, text,
lyrics, chords and other symbols don't collide! To try this feature
out for a specific score, go to the Document Layout command on the
View menu and check the box. It's also on by default for MusicXML
- We've got a new plan for classroom teachers named (no surprise!) Noteflight Teacher. This plan supports up to 5
- A trill's upper note is now performed taking the scale and key
signature into account. You can also apply any desired accidental to
the trill symbol itself to control the upper note's pitch.
- Key signatures can now have an associated scale such as Major,
Minor, and other modes. This does not affect the written notation,
but it does changes the labeling of the key signature
choices. Noteflight may make use of this scale choice in future
features, to display the key of a piece.
- The curvature and positioning of slurs is now automatically adjusted to account for notes within the slur.
- For guitar tab, Noteflight now shows an opaque backdrop behind the fret numbers for greater readability.
- The Symbol palette now includes breath marks and caesuras, two very frequently requested features in vocal music.
- Tied notes now show more space above/below the note head for positioning slurs and articulations.
- We've extended the Noteflight Client API to support many new and powerful ways to control the embedded viewer.
- Lyrics are now always positioned below each notes to avoid positioning.
- We've made many important improvements to our MusicXML translation.
New in Release 2.7.1
- Measure numbers are now available on the View menu. If enabled, they are shown at the start of each system in Page Layout mode.
- Synchronized audio can be optionally turned off to hear the internal Noteflight playback of a score.
- Comments and prompts now support emphasis and hyperlinks.
New in Release 2.7
- Scores can now be synchronized with YouTube videos, or with any downloadable MP3 on the web. To make a synchronized score, drop the URL of your video or audio in the new Synchronization panel, play it back, and tap your mouse or Enter key to indicate where the measures start. When your score plays back, the audio or video will provide the soundtrack and the visuals, synchronized with the score. This feature is available in all versions of Noteflight.
- In Noteflight Crescendo and premium editions, notes can now be added to the staff using any standard MIDI controller. This feature requires download and installation of our new Noteflight MIDI Adapter application, available on both PC and Mac at
- Guitar and bass tablature are now available in the free version of Noteflight.
- Noteflight Crescendo is now available in a convenient monthly subscription, for those who
prefer to pay for the service on a shorter-term basis -- see
our plan comparison for more information.
- The 250-score limit for Noteflight Crescendo and premium editions has been lifted, allowing the number of scores per user to be effectively unlimited.
- Noteflight score embeds can now be customized directly within Noteflight with respect to embed size as well as a number of other embed features like scripting and editing.
New in Release 2.5
- Our menus have been reorganized to be shorter and simpler. Many of the commands on the Score menu have moved into a new Staff menu, and a couple of commands (Transpose, Enharmonics) have moved into the Edit menu.
- Full Screen mode is now available from the View menu. Note that keyboard shortcuts are not available in full screen mode due to Flash Player security restrictions.
- The Score Editor size is now automatically adjusted to make it easier to use on an Android tablet browser.
- Many features for musical forms have been added: Coda, Segno, Fine, DS/DC directions and better support for repeat endings. Please read the online help for details, and take a look at the new buttons on the Symbols Palette for these features.
- The new System Text feature allows you to create text directions that are independent of any part. In Crescendo this is especially useful since the directions will appear on all individual parts.
- Double-dotted notes are now supported on the Symbols Palette.
Fixes and Improvements
- The process of setting up a site with Noteflight Classroom or District has been made clearer.
- Rests in measures with multiple voices are automatically positioned to lie out of the way of the other voice.
- Bugs in lyrics and tuplet layout have been fixed.
- Playback volume has been adjusted to be more consistent in different scores and situations.
New in Release 2.4
- A new set of Noteflight premium products now allows our customers to create and administer their own private Noteflight websites with their own users. These products include Noteflight Classroom, Noteflight District and Noteflight Studio.
- Noteflight now refers to various Noteflight sites that users belong to as "Sites" rather than "Communities". The community name of the site is now constantly visible in the header area.
Notation Features (Both Free and Crescendo)
- Tenor treble clef for mid-range vocal parts now available (like treble clef, but sounds one octave lower).
- MusicXML import now allows exact system breaks to be retained from the original score, and offers an option to optimize the import for piano/vocal/guitar charts.
- Most score listings can be sorted by the number of favorite votes.
- Common time and cut time signatures are now supported.
Fixes and Improvements
- The Share With Individuals feature is now available in all educational Noteflight products.
- Chord and analysis symbols are automatically placed below the staff on the last staff of a system.
- Numerous fixes and improvements to MusicXML import, particularly for text handling, cue parts, hidden rests.
- Problem causing truncated WAV file export has been fixed.
- The playback volume for scores was generally too low; it is higher now, expecially when there are fewer parts.
- The Annotation feature has been considerably improved and placed on the main palette.
New in Release 2.3
Notation Features (Both Free and Crescendo)
- Grace notes and appoggiaturas are now fully supported and are performed during playback.
- MusicXML import now supports various options, like keeping the original system breaks from the imported score.
- Additional voices can be removed by deleting their whole-measure rest.
- Text notations can be moved sideways using Ctrl/Command-Left and Ctrl/Command-Right arrow keys.
- Chord symbols and figured bass can now be placed in parentheses consistently.
Fixes and Improvements
- Instrument loading no longer blocks score viewing and editing.
- Add Crescendo demonstration score.
- Fix mouse-wheel/two-fingered mouse scrolling in Firefox/Mac.
- Add full screen access help message for when browser window too small to use.
- Fix problems with Undo failing to restore certain slur and line positions.
New in Release 2.2
Fixes and Improvements
- Improvements to the rendering of ties, slides, and bends.
- Tempo indications can be deleted.
- Chord symbols may be dragged horizontally to beats on which no notes or rests exist.
- Fixes to the performance of swing 8ths.
- Introduction of server-side API for beta use.
New in Release 2.1
- Individual Part Extraction and Printing
You can now work with individual parts from a score without
changing the score in any way. Crescendo's Individual
Parts feature lets you view, edit or print any combination of
parts from a full score, with a shortcut command to quickly print
out all parts on separate pages. Parts have their own separately
controlled staff size.
- Audio Mixing Panel
Crescendo now lets you change the volume and stereo position of
each individual part. You can also mute and solo parts to hear
any desired combination.
- Guitar Tab Goodness
In Crescendo, you can now add string bends, releases, slides, hammer-on/pull-off,
muted strings and numerous other guitar effects and articulations.
- Colored and Hidden Notes
Crescendo's new color palette lets you apply colors to notes
and symbols, or hide them completely.
- String Instrument Techniques
Crescendo now supports arco, pizzicato and spiccato techniques
for bowed string instruments, as well a string/palm muting for
- Editing Palette Changes
We've split the advanced palette into several different pieces
to make room for the new features introduced in this release.
This provides for a cleaner, less cluttered design with more room
- Tempo Changes
At long last, you can change tempos during the course of your
piece. Noteflight supports metronome markings with variable
beat units and beats per minute.
Noteflight now supports many different kinds of line notations
spanning multiple notes and measures, including 8va/8vb, piano
sustain pedal, trills, and more.
- Stemless Notes
- Cue Notes
- Single Note Tremolos
Tremolos on a single note are now available. They're good for
drum rolls, among other things.
- Copyright Footer
Fixes and Improvements
- Mouse wheel support on Macintosh
- Much faster initial score display, score pages now only laid out when shown or played.
- Major improvements to mouse-based note entry in situations where staves and other controls are positioned close to each other.
- Improvements in MIDI file export.
New Features in Release 2.0
- Playback of Repeats and Endings
Music with repeats and multiple endings is now played back
with the correct musical form. This is the first part of a series
of changes that will support other form-related notations such as
coda, segno, and others.
- Playback in instrument panel
It is now possible to try out instrument sounds from
within the popup that offers a choice of instruments,
making the selection process much easier.
- Crescendo Instruments
In Noteflight Crescendo, we now have over 50 instruments
covering a wide range of instrument families. These
instruments include a number of guitars and basses,
available in both standard notation and tab.
- Guitar Tablature (Noteflight Crescendo only)
Crescendo supports guitar and bass tablature, opening
Noteflight up to a wide variety of new creative purposes and a
- Optional rhythm display
Noteflight can optionally show flags, beams, dots, rests and ties
in tab notation, resulting in a type of tab that conveys more information
and is intermediate between simpler forms of tab and conventional notation.
- Copy and paste between regular and tab notation
You can easily move music back and forth between regular staves
and tab staves, making it a breeze to create scores that use either
or both formats.
- Easily shift string and fret positions of any note
It's very easy to move notes on a tab staff to different strings
while preserving pitch, or to simply change frets or octaves on any note.
- Noteflight Crescendo Sharing Features
- Share with Individuals
Crescendo allows you to share a score with only the
users you want to be able to see it, and with the exact
access that you specify for each person.
- Activity Templates
Crescendo gives you the ability to create a special type of score
that is automatically copied when other users open it. The copies are linked
to the original so that you can look at them and collaborate or communicate
with these other users' work.
- Noteflight Crescendo New Score Templates
In Crescendo, you can pick from a library of common score types when you
first create a score including typical ensembles and combos.
- Login by User Name
- Parts Menu Rearrangement
- Sound engine improvements
Our new playback engine is much faster and supports some
important features that are not released yet but are on the way,
like mixing and panning.
- Flash Player 10 Requirement
New Features in Release 1.4
- Slurs and Hairpin/Wedge Dynamics
- Slurs or phrase markings may now be applied to passages. They
affect playback. The position and shape of each slur can be
altered to place the slur exactly where desired.
- "Hairpin" or "wedge" dynamics may now be applied to passages.
Unlike slurs, hairpins do not affect playback. The position and
slope of hairpins can be altered to place them exactly where
- Pickup bars are easier to work with.
- We've improved the way that pickup bars (anacruses) work, so
that it's a less cumbersome operation. Creating a pickup bar no
longer generates extra bars that have to be deleted, and it
automatically trims off the start of the full bar from which the
pickup is created.
- Score text notation improvements.
- Performance text used to only belong to the top staff in a
score. It can now go anywhere, and can be cut, copied, pasted, or
dragged and dropped.
- All flavors of text objects including performance text,
expression text and dynamics may now be dragged in any direction to
fine tune their position.
- Improved playback of dynamics and accents.
- A number of problems with dynamics and accents have been
resolved. Dynamics on a grand-staff instrument such as piano
now affect the correct set of staves depending on their
placement. Also, a bug resulting in the omission of
marcato-accented notes has been fixed.
- Interval transposition affects entire score by default.
- Transposing by an interval now affects the whole score if
nothing is selected, since this is a sensible default.
- Improved support for AOL browsers.
- Noteflight now aggressively disables page caching for AOL, a
problem which caused some customers to be unable to access their
scores after logging in.
- Detection of score document transmission errors to server.
- The Noteflight server now checks that saved scores are
valid, so as to detect and report a common problem caused by
Mac OS Parental Controls in conjunction with Firefox.
New Features in Release 1.3
- We've changed our navigation system a little bit.
- Instead of My Scores, you'll see My Home, under
which are tabs for Scores, Favorites
and Profile. Other users' member pages have changed in a
similar way, but without the Profile tab (since you can only
change your own).
- Instead of Browse Scores, you'll find Browse,
under which are tabs for All Scores and Top Scores. The Top
choice shows the scores with the most favorites that have been
created in various time ranges.
- Users can choose scores as "favorites".
- When looking at a score by someone else that has been
published for searching and browsing, you can make this score one
of your "favorites". This puts it in a special list of favorites
that is available on your home page.
- When you are looking at a score that already has favorites,
you can see which other users liked it. Clicking on a user's name
takes you to their member page.
- When looking at another user's member page, you can see their
favorites list to find out what they like (and they can see
- The new Top Scores pages on Noteflight show which scores are
the favorites of the most users in various time periods.
- Users can add comments to scores.
- Scores can now have any number of textual comments attached to
them, separately from the music. You can always comment on your
own scores, and you can delete any comments in your scores. You
can also delete comments that you make in other users'
- Other users can't add comments to a score unless you allow
this, by using the Sharing Panel to enable comments. Users must
be signed in to comment, so that you can tell who made each
- User profiles now include Facebook and Twitter user names.
- We're not going to reinvent social networking! Instead, we're
now allowing our users to share their Facebook and Twitter
user names on our site to make it easier to get in touch with
each other, and to share info about what they're doing on Noteflight.
- We're thinking about how to best integrate with services like
these in the future for activity feeds, messages, and so on.
- Everyone now has a default avatar.
- Along with all the other changes, user images or "avatars" are
now defaulted to a Noteflight logo if you don't supply your own.
- Noteflight Learning Edition customers can now make an existing
score into an activity template using the Sharing Panel.
Significant Bug Fixes:
- Improvements in playback audio performance.
- Improvements in overall website performance and scalability.
New Features in Release 1.2
- MIDI files may now be imported into Noteflight.
MIDI type 0 and type 1 files can be imported into Noteflight. Rhythms
are quantized, and users can control various aspects of quantization
and interpretation via a set of options. Time signatures and key signatures
are handled correctly. Unsupported features include triplet quantization,
inferred key changes when no key signature is present, and tempo changes.
- A set of important enhancements and extensions have been made to chord symbols:
Figured bass/basso continuo is now supported in regular chord
symbols, which can now occupy more than one line of text. For
instance, "6 b3" or "6" followed by "b3" on the next line will
produce a figured bass of 6 and flat 3. Accidentals may be used
standalone as one would expect, e.g "b" is a single flat. Note that
this approach winds up supporting musica ficta and fingering
- The same syntax can be used within a jazz/pop chord to produce the
familiar "stacked scale degree" notations. So "C6 9" or "C7(b9
b13)" do what one would expect. Slashes can also be used here:
- Chord symbols placed in a bass clef of a grand staff automatically
appear below the staff, not above it.
- The Tahoma font is now used for all chord symbols for increased
clarity in the smaller sized scale degree numbers and accidentals.
Significant Bug Fixes:
- Fixed assorted bugs in MusicXML import/export concerning nested tuplets, chord symbols and anacruses.
- Fixed bug in WAV export that affected Windows Vista.
- Fixed layout problems associated with lyrics in multivoice staves
New Features in Release 1.1
- Scores can now be exported as MusicXML.
- Add horizontal drag gesture that permits duration to be controlled
directly during mouse note entry, without using the object palette.
- Viola, cello, clarinet, bassoon, oboe and trombone have been added to the instrument
- Improved Page View layout to prevent final systems from containing a single bar by itself.
- Major improvements to layout and editing of multiple voices on a staff
Significant Bug Fixes:
- Fixed problems with duplicate usernames during registration.
- Fixed assorted bugs in MusicXML import.
- Added missing European language characters to sans serif character set.
- Fixed MIDI export to include correct General MIDI instrument patch numbers.
- Chord symbols are now shown in correct transposed pitch during editing, when
in non-concert-pitch mode.
- Improved administrative UI for Learning Edition communities
New Features in Release 1.0
- Release 1.0 supports all Noteflight Learning Edition features.
- Drag-and-drop editing of individual notes, entire passages and
entire score sections is supported. Any selected notes, staves or
measures may be dragged horizontally to move them to a different
point in time, making editing of rhythmic placement for notes and
melodies much easier. Passages on a single staff may also be
dragged vertically to move them to other staves.
- Noteflight now supports export of MIDI files. These may be optimized for
either musical performance, or for import into another notation
- Noteflight now supports export of audio files in the WAV format. These audio files
are identical to the performance of scores played within Noteflight.
- The Noteflight text character set now includes characters for nearly all European languages
including Greek and Cyrillic.
- Many aspects of MusicXML translation have been improved.
- Text in scores may now contain multiple lines.
Significant Bug Fixes:
- Saving after session expiration is now handled by providing popup to log in again.
- Problems with asymmetrical printing margins have been corrected.
- Problems with mangling of transposed chord symbols have been fixed.
New Features in Beta Release 3
- The new "Import" command allows MusicXML files to be imported into Noteflight, for Flash Player 10 and up.
- Parts for transposing instruments can optionally be displayed and edited in their transposed keys.
- Selected notes and passages can be transposed by named intervals, and enharmonic changes applied.
- Cut/copy/paste work across different documents, including multiple windows open at the same time.
- The new "Save As Copy" command permits a copy of any document to be saved.
- Lyrics may be added to notes, including support for multiple verses.
- Performance instruction text can be added to the score at any note, rest or barline.
- Dynamics or arbitrary expression text can be added at any note/rest. Dynamics affect score playback.
- If one or more staves are selected during playback, only those staves will be heard. This allows one to more clearly hear an individual part.
- Swing eighth notes are supported, with any desired degree of swing.
- Scores are automatically saved during editing to avoid possible loss of work.
- Flexible layout adjustments can be applied to any measure by dragging barlines from side to side.
- The keystrokes ( and ) work identically to [ and ], so that European keyboard layouts have a workable shortcut for rhythm change edits.
- New playback speed adjustment works independently of tempo changes, allows non-authors to vary playback tempo.
- Violin sound added
- Object Editing Palette retains new relative position after being dragged
- Approximately 200K smaller initial download.
- Legacy audio playback mode available for situations where new FP10 Sound APIs do not function optimally
New Features in Beta Release 2.1
- Automatically detects and makes use of Flash Player 10 Sound APIs, enabling steadier and smoother
playback on all platforms.
For more information on other features, please see Noteflight Help
New Features in Beta Release 2
- General improvements to chromatic transposition, including support for chromatic
passage dragging with Shift key.
- Better control of playback cursor during silent passages
- Support for pickup bars
- Show editing palette for changes to score and staff selections.
New Features in Beta Release 1
- Tuplets: triplets, 4-against-3, quintuplets, etc.
- Multiple voices per staff. Divisi parts and 4-part harmony in grand staff are now possible.
- Selection of score and staff ranges by dragging mouse
- Playback starting from any measure by clicking in measure marker
- Auto-scrolling to maintain view of score during playback.
- Draggable chord symbols
Known issues and limitations
Very large MusicXML scores don't import properly, or at all
We're working on improving Noteflight's ability to handle scores with
many parts or many measures. At the time being, very long scores or scores with
over 20 parts may not import properly from MusicXML.
Some keyboard shortcuts do not work in Internet Explorer
On Internet Explorer for Windows, the Ctrl key is not correctly
detected in combination with certain keys that correspond to browser
menu commands on the File and Edit menus, specifically C (Copy), X
(Cut), V (Paste), S (Save), Y (Redo) and Z (Undo) . As a workaround the
mouse may be used to select the menu items in question.
Only one paper size and format is supported
Only US Letter size paper and portrait orientation is available for printing.