Sunday, August 14, 2011

Fun Upgrade Project and Linux Rant

Woo!  So I finally got Ubuntu Studio in a working state on my computer.  The details are a bit fuzzy, because of how long it's been since I've done the project, but here are some points of discussion
  • Linux: Long on features; short on usability
  • MS and Apple: Why no FLAC or OGG support?
    • Why is iTunes so bloated?
    • Can't we all agree on a better system than FAT (or NTFS) as the lowest common denominator?
  • Why won't Amarok compile on my Mac?
This is a really short post because I forgot what all I wanted to put on here, but these are some points that I may discuss further if I get comments on here.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Suggestions for Improving MuseScore

Note: I originally started this post in February, but got busy with my study abroad and forgot about it.  This is mostly based on MuseScore 1.0 and some complaints may have been long fixed in the development branch.

Since I discovered MuseScore last year, I've been back in the digital composition world. In the before times, I used Finale PrintMusic, but when I got my own computer, I couldn't take the program with me, being a Mac and the program for my family's PC, so I took my .mus files and sat on them, hoping to use them again someday. Eventually I found Muse and the earlier betas of MuseScore and did not enjoy using them that much because they crashed all the time on Mac OS. I came back the the program about 6 months later and was impressed at how it actually worked this time. I've been using it since then to write new music, re-imagine music I made under Finale, and arrange music.
After using it fairly heavily this past year, I have a long list of tips and suggestions for future development and users that I hope will be found to be constructive. I know I should submit all these to the bug tracker and/or feature request forums, but I'm a college student short on time, so here they shall reside until I can get time to atomize this long list into separate posts.

Although nothing can compare to LilyPond when it comes to printing music in a high-quality manner, MuseScore has impressed me, even more so than Finale. Without more exposition, here are the suggestions for you to browse and enjoy.