Coming soon: Version 4.0 of forScore for iPad

Posted: July 8, 2012 in annotation, apps, forScore, iPad, sheet music, tablet

Credit: forScore

MGS Development recently announced that version 4.0 of forScore, the PDF score reader app for iPad, will be released in the next few weeks.  Improvements include faster page turns, more responsive annotations, better workflow, setlist sharing, annotation font styles, and more.

They are also adding an in-app purchase storefront for scores and are looking for partners to provide content.  Composers and publishers take note!

Note that some users of the current forScore version have reported issues with the annotation controls in iOS 6 – so tread cautiously when upgrading iOS and/or forScore if you might be affected.

This is the primary score reading app that I use, so I’m excited to get my hands on the upgrade and try it out.

Read the full announcement about forScore here.

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  1. Regarding iOS 6 compatibility–iOS 6 is still a beta that is intended for developers to use to both make sure their apps are fully compatible and to look for bugs. The public release of iOS 6 will be in the fall…likely September. So most iOS users do not have iOS 6 at this point (and shouldn’t).

    forScore may or may not be addressing the current “problems” with iOS 6, because there is a chance that Apple will change something in the next beta release/

    At the same time, it’s a good reminder that iOS upgrades have caused some temporary problems in some of my favorite apps; but the developers work very quickly to address those issues. With PDF readers, I suggest having a “back-up” app, just in case. That list includes forScore, unrealBook, Deep Dish Designs GigBook, or The Gig Easy.

    • Tech4Singers says:

      Thanks for pointing out that, at this time, iOS 6 is only suitable for developers (and maybe other bleeding-edge technology addicts) until its public release in Fall 2012. The back-up app idea is a good one. Which of those apps besides forScore do you think is best for classical solo/choral singers who are mostly working with vocal or P/V scores and have pretty typical singer workflow needs (annotating in rehearsal, listening to practice tracks, creating/navigating setlists & bookmarks)?

  2. The most fully featured program other than forScore is unrealBook. unrealBook is actually better for set lists and interacting with on-device audio than forScore. Each app has its own strengths and weaknesses, but I don’t hesitate to recommend either to new iPad users.

    At $4.99 each, these two apps are probably the best bargains on the App Store in terms of value given to a musician.

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