Noteflight Release 1.2

It’s been a long, cool, rainy summer in Boston…. but the good weather has finally arrived at the very end of the season, and along with the bright sunlight comes a new Noteflight release.

What’s in this one?  Let’s hit the highlights:

  • MIDI File Import. At long last, you can import standard MIDI files from your computer directly into Noteflight.  MIDI import means that Noteflight has to do a lot of extra work to turn a musical performance back into notation, such as guessing the intended rhythms and figuring out what instruments to use.  These challenges are tricky and we expect to continue improviing this feature over time, but we think it’s best to put our best foot forward and get something out to our users sooner rather than later!
  • Figured Bass and Enhanced Chord Symbols. Many people have wanted to use traditional figured bass notation in Noteflight, and now it’s possible.  We’ve extended our easy-to-use chord symbol feature to let you enter figured bass notation in the same simple way (“6/5/b3″, for example, does exactly what you would expect).  The same approach also now allows you to use “stacked scale degree” notation for jazz chords (“C6/9″).  We’ve also switched to a clearer sans-serif font.
  • Noteflight Newsletter. We’ve introduced a new, monthly email newsletter for our members.  Along with the newsletter has come the responsibility of keeping track of who wants to hear from us, and who doesn’t.  You can control this setting by going to your “Edit My Profile” page.

If you’re feeling like there should have been more — well, we always feel the same way!  There are a lot of things to do, and we never feel like we’ve quite done enough.  There are a number of key features that we’re working on that are not ready for release yet, but which are actively being developed.  The most important of these are:

  • Playback of repeats, endings, codas, D.S./D.C. instructions
  • Slurs
  • Score comments, plus other kinds of social connections between people and music

And as always, don’t forget to vote for (or add) your favorite feature requests at our feedback site.

9 Responses to “Noteflight Release 1.2”

  1. Jacob Says:

    it looks cool!

  2. pete whitfield Says:

    Import midi is a major breakthrough! Thank you so much for this – a fantastic app!

  3. JohnH Says:

    Wow! This is a game changer. Very elegant. I’ve been waiting for something like this for a long time. I wonder if you could elaborate a bit on what you mean in the About page when you say, “Empower developers to build a new world of musical and educational applications.” Because exactly! I’m inspired! And would love to try my hand at implementing your software into my own site/application. Imagine a cross betwwn NoteFlight and Ning, drag-and-drop musical communities.
    But besides that, Thank You! NoteFlight is COOL!

  4. Joshua Lamprecht Says:

    Sounds great! I am also very pleased to hear you are working on score comments; that has been on my mind ever since I joined, as a drawback to what you can do on here. Keep going, you’re doing excellent!

  5. Ryan Says:

    Crescendos and Decrescendos would be nice! … Just saying…

  6. joe Says:

    We should get crescendos (hairpins) working along with slurs.

  7. Alex Says:

    When will this be taking place?

  8. joe Says:

    It already took place on Sept. 5.

  9. Chrishanta Says:

    Midi File Import is a good thing. I’ve already sequenced a a whole lot of stuff using other software so this will make it a lot more fun.

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