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NoteWorthy Composer 2.1 Beta 19
WARNING: This beta has been replaced by NWC 2.1 Beta 23.

NoteWorthy Software is pleased to announce the availability of a new beta test edition of NoteWorthy Composer. An installer for Version 2.1 Beta 19 is attached to this topic. This installs the latest NoteWorthy Composer 2.1 Beta test edition into your currently installed copy of NoteWorthy Composer 2. You must be a licensed user of NoteWorthy Composer 2 in order to install this test edition. The files installed in this test edition are covered by your existing NoteWorthy Composer 2 license. Your existing copy of NoteWorthy Composer 2 will not be altered by installing this test edition. You can, and should, run this test edition side by side with your current copy of NoteWorthy Composer 2. You can start testing the new features in this release by running the program icon titled "NWC Test Edition" that can be found on your computer's desktop.

New Additions/Changes
  • New staff label panel in the editor, with tooltip for current clef, key, and time signature
    This area supports "click to select/double click to select all" functionality. When a group of staves are layered, you are prompted to select the intended new active staff.
  • New persistent selection when changing the active staff
    You can Page Up/Down and the selection will be preserved in the new staff, if possible. If you use the new staff label panel to activate a staff, the current selection will be maintained, and no automatic scroll will be done, even when the insertion point is currently out of view.
  • Expand editor background color control to support full RGB palette
    You can now use any color as the editor background. White is the current default, but you might find a softer color to be more pleasant to use. You can change this from Tools, Options, Color, Editor Background.
  • Show Staff Labels option moved from Tools, Options to the View menu and the Right Click menu of the new staff label panel
  • Fixed mouse click functions for active, lower layered staff (broken in beta 18)
  • Remove the focus rectangle mechanism, replaced by the new staff label panel
  • Fix the piano's focus key octave wrap around in the lower octaves


What's New in Version 2.1
  • New interactive piano bar, with significant editor integration
  • New "Viewer Mode" for in place editing of the printed view of the work
  • Color highlighting for noteheads with a new quick access tool palette
  • New backup mechanism for handling .bak files during save
  • New staff label taskbar in the editor, with tooltip for current clef, key, and time signature
  • New persistent selection when changing the active staff
  • New multiple document selector in the status bar
  • Play/record indicator in the document selector
  • New current bar/measure shown in the status bar
  • A file changed indicator in the editor window's title bar and Window menu selector
  • An origin indicator in the editor window's title bar and Window menu selector for unsaved editor windows from imported or backup sources
  • The undo facility now recognizes when the editor matches the originally opened version of your work
  • New "Fake" items in user tool clip text provide reliable play context for smaller clipped sections
  • A command line program, nwc-conv.exe, is now included for converting *.nwc files to and from various other formats
  • New "Show/Hide Rest" option for RestChord objects
  • New line drawing techniques to help work around buggy print drivers
  • Tools->Windows Volume Control support in Windows 7 and Vista
  • MIDI import safeguards when encountering null tempos
  • Audit bar line handling of double dots at bar boundary
  • Leger lines now always print in matching color to the staff
  • Leger lines are drawn consistently for staves with custom number of lines
  • Improved default folder for "Song Files" and "Auto Save/Recovery" file locations when not set by the user
  • Improved tempo variance handling for adjacent grace notes
  • Improved triplet bracket positioning for starting or ending rest
  • Improved notehead alignment for split stem chords
  • Allow larger notation from File, Page Setup, Fonts
  • Slurs ignore hidden rests in a RestChord
  • Accept MIDI notes down to C-1
  • Use standard notation octave indicators (C-1 to G9) in MIDI import instructions
  • Play/record tool show status after being clicked, and support click off
  • Expand editor background color control to support full RGB palette

Upon successfully installing this beta test edition, you will see an additional desktop icon titled "NWC Test Edition." You can use this icon to start up the new program. Any files that you save in this new version are backward compatible with the original NoteWorthy Composer 2 program, but you will not see any additional features that you enable from the test edition if you go back to using the original NoteWorthy Composer 2 release.

If you customize your toolbars in the beta release, any tools that you add that are specific to NWC 2.1 will be shown as unknown in the original NWC 2.0. Make sure that you do not try to customize again in NWC 2.0 or you will lose your NWC 2.1 customizations.

Support issues relating to the use of this beta should be posted in the Back Stage area (you must have upgraded your membership in order to to view and post in this area).

WARNING: This beta has been replaced by NWC 2.1 Beta 23.
  • Last Edit: 2010-02-13 04:22 am by NoteWorthy Online