All product releases for the MidiIllustrator range are
listed in the table below with details of new features and improvements.
|MidiIllustrator Player Version 3.00|
|Free MidiIllustrator Player||Updated to support all the new features in scores created using MidiIllustrator Virtuoso and MidiIllustrator Maestro Version 3.00|
MidiIllustrator Virtuoso Version 3.00
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MidiIllustrator Maestro Version 3.00 (see Maestro only functions below
|New composing feature: Slurs||Slurs are quick and easy to add and
unlike other composing software, MidiIllustrator automatically manages the path of each slur you create in the score
making them easy to "set and forget" as you add and edit notation around each slur.
Automatic recalculation of the slur gives you the best looking notation in the
|On-Screen Guitar Fretboard||
The On-Screen Guitar Fretboard will highlight notes and chords from the current
score. It can be used as an aid to reading and playing the score allowing you to
quickly and easily visualize chord shapes and fingering.
The On-Screen Guitar Fretboard Colors are fully customizable and can be configured with the Fretboard Options tab in the Program Options dialog.
|Speaking Metronome||When the Speaking Metronome is enabled, the metronome will count the beats out loud using a human voice instead of the Metronome Instrument. This is especially useful when learning rhythm.|
|Display Solfege Note Names||Displays Solfege names for instruments and score note names.|
|Copy Chord Names to Lyrics||This much requested feature will allow you to copy
any chord names to the
lyrics of the first staff in the score.
In some cases it is desirable to show chord names beneath the staff in this way but moreover it is possible to export these new chord lyrics by saving the score as a MIDI file, as the MIDI format can store lyrics but not chord information. Other music software programs and some advanced digital keyboards can then display chords (in the lyrics) generated by MidiIllustrator, when importing a MIDI file.
|Beat Marker Numbers||A major improvement to the existing beat markers, Beat Marker Numbers are small numbers ‘on the beat’ above the top staff. If, for example, the time signature is 4:4, then four beat marks (or the numbers 1 to 4) will span the top of each measure. These numbers are hidden as the cursor passes them.|
|Performing Hands Now Displayed in Step by Step Mode||Performing Hands can also be shown in Step by Step Mode when finger numbers have been created for the score. This can help with studying hand positions.|
|Step by Step Mode Shows Incorrect Input||Step by Step mode now shows notes on the score are they are input from a device to help see mistakes and find the correct position.|
|Step by Step Mode New MIDI Shortcut Keys||New MIDI Shortcut Keys for synchronizing the playback position to the current Step Position.|
|Step by Step Mode New Keyboard Shortcut Keys||New Keyboard Shortcut Keys for synchronizing the playback position to the current Step Position.|
|Improved Metronome Intro/Lead-in Options||The Metronome lead-in options now includes a swift two beat intro option for playback, for recording and also for Practise Sessions at start of first playback or between loops.|
|Step by Step Mode improved in Practise Sessions||If you are using Step by Step Mode in a Practise Session, when you enter the last notes in the practise range, the Step by Step entry cursor will move automatically back to the start of the practise session.|
|Highlight Rests During Playback||This much demanded feature will optionally highlight rests during playback as well as notes to help with counting.|
|Save/Restore Session||You can now Save/Restore the entire last session of scores you were working on instead of just the last score when opening/closing MidiIllustrator.|
|Per Score Tempo||The "Master tempo" is now adjustable and remembered individually for each open score, allowing you to have different tempo adjustments for each open score. This tempo is also saved with the score on closing MidiIllustrator and restored with the session.|
|Performance Recording New Shortcut||Alt-R now starts/stops MIDI device recording.|
|Zooming Shortcuts Improved||Added standard Ctrl+, Ctrl-, Ctrl0 zoom keyboard shortcuts for better useability and standardised with Internet browsers and other applications. Original shortcuts continue to work as they did with previous versions of MidiIllustrator.|
|Highlight Middle C||Middle C is now optionally highlighted on the On-Screen Piano Keyboard for easier orientation.|
|MidiIllustrator Player Version 2.00|
|Free MidiIllustrator Player||Updated to support all the new features in scores created using MidiIllustrator Virtuoso and MidiIllustrator Maestro Version 2.00|
MidiIllustrator Virtuoso Version 2.00
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MidiIllustrator Maestro Version 2.00 (see Maestro only functions below
|Finger Numbers and Automatic Fingering Analysis||Now you can assign finger numbers to each note
either manually or in a single step with MidiIllustrator's
Automatic Fingering Analysis.
Fingering analysis is customizable to help you assign the right finger numbers easily and quickly for a selection of notes or the whole score.
Once you have assigned finger numbers to notes several new features become available:
|Enrich your score with Rich Text Content||
The following MidiIllustrator rich text items can store and display rich text
and OLE objects in your score:
Lyrics, Bookmarks, Chord Names, Free Text (New), Expressions (New), Staff Names and Instrument Names (Staff Namings) and Score Titles
Here are just a few of the formatting features supported by the new rich text items:
Easily add objects such as images and other multimedia content to your score.
Performing Hands are an animation feature of the On-Screen Piano Keyboard. Performing Hands can be used both as a learning tool and when composing to see how the hands move when fingering your keyboard compositions.
Alternatively you can simply enjoy watching your score performed on the keyboard by MidiIllustrator's talented hands which can perform even the most technically challenging pieces!
|Expressions which Control Playback (e.g. Dynamics, Metronome Tempos, Articulations etc.)||Expressions are rich text
which can be customized to suit your needs.
Expressions differ from other rich text objects (such as Free Text items) as they can be associated with MIDI events such as Tempo, Volume and Pan which alter the performance of a piece during playback. Common expressions include:
|Measure Endings||MidiIllustrator now supports endings as part of its
comprehensive barline functionality.
Endings can be used with bar repeats to create very efficient scores where only the ending of a particular passage varies from one verse to the next. You need only score the common part of one or more verses once and then add any different "endings" for each verse.
Naturally, MidiIllustrator can observe ending behavior as well as nested repeat instructions in the score during playback.
|Quick Print Parts/Instruments/Staves||Print any combination of parts, instruments or staves in a single command, without having to modify the score at all. The new quick print dialog saves you time when printing.|
|Fully Customizable On-Screen Piano Keyboard Colors||The colors used to display
On-Screen Piano Keyboard can be
configured with the Keyboard Options tab in
the Program Options dialog.
With this feature you can change the colors of various parts of the keyboard as well as the Keyboard Highlighting Colors used to show which keys are being pressed during playback.
|Score Starting Tempo||As well as saving a modified master tempo with a score, you can now set the starting tempo for any score.|
|Completely New Program Interface||The entire MidiIllustrator application has been
overhauled with a completely new interface providing greater layout control and
By default, each program in the MidiIllustrator series uses a different theme.
|Context Menus||Key commands are now available as right-click context menus, providing easier access to the commands you need most often. Extended Clipboard Actions have also been added to the context menus.|
|Better Printer Management||MidiIllustrator's new printer manager stores
information about your preferred printer and also stores print setup details
with each score, such as:
|New Ways to Show Individual Note Names||Individual note names can now be displayed along with finger numbers (new) in, alongside, above or below each note or chord in the score.|
|Once assigned to notes in the score, finger numbers can be displayed on the top of each key during playback.|
|New Dynamic Tempo and Volume Controls||The Volume and Tempo toolbar has been integrated into the brand new MidiIllustrator Status Bar.|
|Extended Clipboard Actions||The clipboard now supports the copy and paste for lyrics, bookmarks, chords, frets, free text and expressions.|
|Tabbed Documents/Scores||MidiIllustrator scores are now arranged as 'tabs' much like popular applications such as Firefox and Internet Explorer. Tabs provide easier access and management of your open scores with more than one score open at a time.|
|Interface Improvements||Many interfaces have been improved through redesign
and new features for example:
Apply Now buttons which update your score instantly when you make changes to dialog controls (without requiring you to close the current interface dialog) are now available on the following dialogs:
Staff Manager also has a new layout.
|New Program Options||The Program Options dialog includes new tabs:|
|Extended Insertion and Item Shift functions, with Keyboard Shortcuts||Lyrics, bookmarks, chords, frets, free text and expressions can all be shifted backwards and forwards in the score using new menu commands and Keyboard Shortcuts.|
|Free Text Items||Free Text Items are rich text
objects which can be positioned anywhere in the score providing a great
alternative to Lyrics and Bookmarks.
Moreover these objects can be anchored to the measure, page or staff so that they move relative to the score as it changes.
|New Metronome Light Options||
|Support for MidiIllustrator running on Linux with WINE||We have confirmed that MidiIllustrator runs on Linux using the WINE emulator.|
|Staff Manager, Staff Copy Functions Improved||The Copy Staff command in Staff Manager now copies Lyrics, Free text and Expressions as well as the rest of the staff notation and properties.|
|Hide Upper/Lower Voice Rests||MidiIllustrator intuitively handles the display of rests in the notation. This option gives the composer greater control to optionally hide all automatically drawn upper/lower voice rests allowing for a more streamlined score.|
|Improved Score Layout||Better management of staff systems based on clef size and notation content means that staves are even more compact making even better use of your screen real-estate.|
|New Program Icons|
|Fixes and Improvements||
|MidiIllustrator Maestro/Virtuoso/Player Version 1.02|
|Fixes and Improvements||
MidiIllustrator Virtuoso Version 1.01
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MidiIllustrator Maestro Version 1.01
|New Score Samples||Three new complete score samples are included with
each MidiIllustrator installation program.
These scores exploit some of MidiIllustrator's many scoring features and formatting options, including the use of textures, fonts, lyrics, chords and notation learning tools such as individual note naming.
|MidiIllustrator is now
compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista.
Several interface improvements mean that all MidiIllustrator programs run perfectly on the new Microsoft Windows operating system.
|New Program Icons and Graphics||New images have been incorporated into the different MidiIllustrator products for those customers who have more than one MidiIllustrator product installed at a time. It is now much easier to associate various music file types with a given MidiIllustrator application.|
|Trial Printing||Printing is now fully enabled in the trial versions of MidiIllustrator Maestro and MidiIllustrator Virtuoso, allowing musicians to print complete scores whilst auditioning each program.|
|MIDI Device Volume automatically set||Some programs erroneously reduce the master volume
of the "Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth", which is the default MIDI device used
for playback on many Windows systems. If the Windows 'master' volume for
this device has been set to zero, then no sound will be heard during playback of
any scores which use the device.
MidiIllustrator now checks to see if the Wavetable Synth is the playback device each time playback begins. If it is, and the current volume is zero, MidiIllustrator automatically increases the volume to 50%. This action simply reproduces the result you would see if you manually increased the "MIDI" or "SW Synth" volume value in the Windows Mixer dialog (also know as "the Windows volume control").
|Fixes and Improvements||
|MidiIllustrator Player Version 1.01|
|Free MidiIllustrator Player||
With MidiIllustrator Player, you can open, view, print and
playback scores created with any MidiIllustrator product (.mil files).
You can also change the presentation of the score to suit your needs, for
example changing the notation size, or varying the score playback tempo.
MidiIllustrator Player is a free product, and includes a small part of the functionality offered by other products in the MidiIllustrator range.
The MidiIllustrator Player installation program can be freely distributed among musicians - this is a great way to share your scores with musicians who do not yet have access to the full versions of MidiIllustrator Virtuoso or MidiIllustrator Maestro.
Read more about Player in the MidiIllustrator documentation.
MidiIllustrator Virtuoso Version 1.00
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MidiIllustrator Maestro Version 1.00 (see Maestro only functions below
|Program Modes||To support a broad range of functionality, MidiIllustrator now has
three distinct 'modes' for working with your scores in very different ways.
Each mode offers a set of particular commands, whilst temporarily hiding other
functions to help you focus on the task in hand.
You simply switch seamlessly between
modes depending on what you want to do with the program.
|Hide Traditional Staff Notation / Show Stave Timeline||
MidiIllustrator can hide traditional staff notation on the score and instead show staves as a much more compact timeline.
This option is very useful for producing and printing song sheets and 'fake books' which contain only song lyrics, or perhaps chords and guitar frets. You can dramatically reduce the number of pages in a score if you do not need to see any staff notation or melody lines.
Score Titles are customizable text entries in the score. You can apply fonts and colors of your choice. The following 'titles' are available:
'Fields' are special text strings which can be inserted into Score Titles. Fields are automatically populated with updated score information when titles are displayed or printed (such as page count, file name, date and so forth...).
|Page Textures and Score Backgrounds||Add texture and quality to your score manuscript using score textures which color the page beneath the notation. Custom score backgrounds allow you to add a personal feel to your MidiIllustrator working environment.|
|Launch Screen||The MidiIllustrator 'launch' screen allows you quick and easy access to the program's most common activities.|
|AutoSave and Background Saving||MidiIllustrator will periodically save changes and make backups of your open scores, and can save your scores in the background so that you can continue working uninterrupted.|
|Store Adjusted Tempo||If you have adjusted the Master tempo of the score you are working with, you can store the new tempo with the score when you save it.|
|Undo/Redo more powerful and easier to use||The new undo/redo system allows a virtually unlimited number of commands to be undone/redone. Furthermore, MidiIllustrator now attempts to retain the current zoom, view and mode when undoing/redoing to a previous/future state (rather than restoring the zoom/view/mode of that other undo state).|
Several new features have been added to the List Bar:
|Easier Text Object Entry and Improved Layout (Lyrics, Chords, Bookmarks)||Text entry has been redesigned such that:
|Improved Performance||MidiIllustrator Maestro and MidiIllustrator Virtuoso operate more efficiently than earlier versions, with better memory management and faster operation times especially on large editing operations.|
|Better MIDI Device Management for Musicians with Removable MIDI Devices and/or frequent MIDI System Changes||MidiIllustrator has a new system for remembering and restoring
your MIDI IN and OUT device preferences. This means that you can swap MIDI
devices (such as USB MIDI ports/adapters) in and out of your system between
MidiIllustrator sessions and MidiIllustrator will still be able to play saved
songs with the device they were originally configured to use, even if the
Windows MIDI device configuration has changed or been reordered.
MidiIllustrator will only reset to the default Windows devices when
the system changes if the MidiIllustrator preferred defaults are no longer
Furthermore, a new option for setting staff/track MIDI Playback (MIDI OUT) devices allows you to keep your saved song playback devices in sync with your program devices. Simply set each staff to use the "default playback device" and whenever you change default playback device, your songs will use the latest default playback device automatically.
|New Score Views||New Scroll View viewing mode is designed especially for easier editing of scores allowing you scroll horizontally through the score one measure at a time.|
|New Playback Cursor Options||New cursor display option allow you to hide the cursor altogether during playback, but still have pages turned automatically.|
|Audition Current Measure||Plays just the current measure and then returns the cursor to the pre-playback position. Very useful if you are making "trial and error" changes to the notation.|
|Play Imported MIDI Notes as Originally Performed||Optionally play imported MIDI songs as they were originally
performed, rather than adhering to the notated times displayed on the score
(where the notation may have been 'tidied' for easier reading).
This has always been the default behavior in earlier versions of MidiIllustrator.
|Advanced Note Selection...||The new Advanced Note Selection Dialog allows you to make note selections in the score using many different criteria (for example selecting only the upper or lower notes in a range of chords).|
|Improved Navigation||A host of new navigation and selection commands allow you to move easily around the score and work with the notation. New object deletion commands have been added.|
|New Keyboard Shortcuts||Extensive Keyboard Shortcuts support all the key commands, including:|
|Playback Latency Configuration - Synchronizing Sounds and Screen Updates||If you find that when playing scores there is a small delay between when you hear notes and when you see them highlighted on the score, or if the cursor appears to move just before the beat, then you can use this feature to correct for any MIDI Out device "latency" and synchronize the sound and screen events.|
|MIDI In Latency Configuration||Customize MidiIllustrator to work with any MIDI device latency you experience with your MIDI system setup.|
|Editing Options||A new group of options allows you to configure your editing
|Auto-Correct Manually Entered Chord Names||MidiIllustrator can automatically make corrections to common spelling and format errors in chord names.|
|Auto-Add Frets to Manually Entered Chords||When manually editing chord names, the corresponding fret for the modified chord name will be automatically added/updated when chord name editing completes.|
|Barline Dialog and Repeat Display||The barline dialog has replaced the barline toolbar commands. Repeat count on repeat sections can now be shown or hidden.|
|Improved User Interface||New Time Signature, Clef,
Key, and Transpose Dialogs
for faster, easier changes.
Previewing changes is now easier with the "Undo Changes" dialog button which immediately removes any changes to the score made using the "Apply" button, without having to close the dialog and hit "Undo".
Furthermore, many dialogs now remember how they were 'last used' so that common tasks are easier to perform as dialog options are automatically configured when the dialog is opened.
Time Signature Dialog new features:
Transpose Dialog new features:
Clef and Key Dialogs:
|Import Options||New options to control how MidiIllustrator manages MIDI tracks (staves) during import or editing.|
|Playback Options||Playback Options are now program specific and no longer score specific.|
|New Horizontal Scroll Bar||New Horizontal scrollbar allows horizontal scrolling in Page View (as well as page number changing in Window View).|
|Menus and Toolbars||Menus and Toolbars have been reorganized to allow easier orientation of the program. All the commands from previous versions of MidiIllustrator are still available but some have relocated to new menus/toolbars/screen positions (for example, the 'Setup' menu is now the 'Tools' menu!).|
|MidiIllustrator Maestro Version 1.00 ONLY|
|Composing and Editing with Edit Mode||
Beyond the 'single-step' smart notation power of MidiIllustrator
Virtuoso, MidiIllustrator Maestro introduces a
suite of composition commands:
|Power Edit Mode||Power Edit Mode allows you to quickly edit large areas of the notation, applying changes to whole measures or beats, and moving or copying multi-staff selections of notation from one part of the score to another with drag/drop operations (or to another score altogether using Copy/Cut/Paste Clipboard Functions).|
|Score Templates and the quick start Default Score Template||
Score templates contain all the foundations necessary for creating a new
score in one step. You can easily create a template with your favorite
properties in order to save time in the future when creating new compositions.
The MidiIllustrator installation package contains some basic templates to get composers up and running.
|Record Your Performance||The record tool allows you to capture a real time performance from a connected MIDI device. The performance is instantly converted to notation using your Recording Options rules and is added directly to your score.|
|Note Entry via the On-Screen Piano Keyboard||This tool allows you to enter single notes or whole chords directly into your score using the On Screen Piano Keyboard.|
|Chord Entry via a Connected MIDI Device||Enter single notes or whole chords directly into your score using a connected MIDI device.|
|Tap In Rhythms with the PC Keyboard||This tool allows you to enter single note rhythms into your scores using the computer keyboard. You can quickly and easily capture the rhythm of a tune without having to worry about playing the right notes or assigning complex note durations individually.|
|Copy/Cut/Paste Clipboard Functions||Use the MidiIllustrator clipboard to cut, copy and paste notation from one part of the score to another, or even to another score.|
|Copy Complete Staves||Make identical copies of the selected staff (including staff name, instrument, MIDI properties etc).|
|New Entry Item Toolbar||The Entry Item toolbar forms part of the Editing Palettes and is for setting note and rest entry qualities.|
|Recording Options||Recording options determine how MidiIllustrator transcribes live MIDI performances recorded into the program. You can also determine metronome settings for the recording session.|
|Accidentals, Enharmonic Spelling and Individual Courtesy Accidentals||
Note accidentals as well as enharmonic spellings can be set for each note, and
individual courtesy accidentals can be chosen (as well as the global 'Show
Courtesy Accidentals' option of earlier versions of MidiIllustrator).
Courtesy accidentals are now bracketed for clarity.
|Tuplet Note Entry||MidiIllustrator has always identified tuplets accurately when generating scores from MIDI files. MidiIllustrator Maestro also supports the entry of several tuplet types.|
|Voice Guide Rests||
In general, MidiIllustrator automatically fills all the silence in a measure with rests. Virtual voice 'guide' rests are shown to facilitate multi-voice note entry.
|MidiIllustrator Version 2.01|
|MidiIllustrator Version 2.00|
|List Bar||The List Bar contains four powerful tools for managing and working with your music, including:
|Smart Page Scrolling||MidiIllustrator can turn the pages of the score using special graphical effects to scroll, split and fade the screen as the music is played out, showing both the current passage and the next passage (from the next page) at the same time. You need never take your eyes off the score when reading ahead; better than sheet music!|
|Full Screen||See more of the score in Full Screen Mode! Maximize the use of your screen and fill it with the score - and nothing else.|
|“Listening” Step by Step Input Analysis||The new “Jump to User Input” option enables MidiIllustrator to closely monitor your input from a connected MIDI Instrument. When you move around from one passage to another whilst playing a piece,
MidiIllustrator will automatically move the Step by Step cursor to the new input position.
Furthermore, you can play through mistakes, and MidiIllustrator will still know the exact position you are reading and playing from, and will automatically show that part of the score, turning the pages as necessary.
|6 New Clefs||MidiIllustrator now supports the following clefs:
|Edit the Time Signature||Intelligent time signature editing allows you to make changes to the underlying time signature of the score without accidentally distorting the score layout.|
|Editable Barlines including Repeat sections||Decorate your score with many different barline styles, including nested repeat sections which can be applied by MidiIllustrator during playback.|
|Print Scores to Image Files||Print your scores to bitmaps and share them with others, or open them in other applications.|
|Split Measures||Allows you to split the current measure in two (or, insert a barline).|
|Join Measures||Allows you to instantly join the current measure to the next measure.|
|New Toolbars: Editing Palettes||Context sensitive toolbars: only those editing toolbars which are useful at a particular time are shown, leaving room for more of the score to be shown on the screen.|
|MIDI Instrument Routing||Create powerful rules stating which MIDI playback device and channel you would like to use for the different instruments in your songs. Routings are applied automatically when you open a song, saving you time.|
|MIDI Shortcut Keys||Access many of MidiIllustrator’s functions quickly and easily using your connected MIDI instrument (such as a MIDI keyboard) as a ‘remote control’.|
|Print Options||New printing options:
|Adjustable Step by Step Playback Position||As of version 2.0, you can now set a different playback starting position when you want MidiIllustrator to accompany you during Step by Step Mode.|
|Improvements to Tasks: Convert Score to 'Two Hand Piano'||This popular task has been improved to automatically handle drum staves and non-piano instrument staves. The new Tasks Options tab in Program options allows you to configure task behavior for better task results.|
|New Interface Optimized for Windows XP||New toolbar buttons and improved interface layout in version 2!
The latest version of MidiIllustrator also supports Windows XP Themes (for those running MidiIllustrator on Windows XP), integrating MidiIllustrator fully with the look and feel of the XP environment.
|Individual Note Names||MidiIllustrator version 2.0 introduces a new way to show the name of each note on the score. You can now choose to have the note name placed inside the note instead of to the left. Under different circumstances (such as printing vs. window view), one layout may be easier to read than the other.|
|Show Individual Note Accidentals||You can choose to have the signature repeated for each and every note on the score, making it much easier to remember to sharpen or flatten a particular note when performing a piece.|
|Full Support for Foreign Language Characters||MidiIllustrator can now display lyrics and other text in all languages, including special characters and accents.|
|Backwards Compatibility||MidiIllustrator version 2.0 is completely compatible with earlier versions of MidiIllustrator and can seamlessly open, edit and save scores generated in MidiIllustrator version 1.xx.|
|Show all staves Command||Shows all staves instantly (even empty ones).|
|Hide Empty Staves||Hides all empty staves instantly.|
|MidiIllustrator Version 1.02|
|MidiIllustrator Version 1.01|
|MidiIllustrator Version 1.00|
First public release.
|View the Help Contents Page. Visit the MidiIllustrator Website at http://www.MidiIllustrator.com.|