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View Poll Results: What is your pipe music engraving software of choice?
Bagpipe Music Writer 6 27.27%
LilyPond 1 4.55%
CelticPipes 3 13.64%
PiobMaster 1 4.55%
Finale/Sibelius 4 18.18%
Musescore 2 9.09%
I write scores out by hand. 1 4.55%
Other 8 36.36%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 22. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-07-2020, 07:14 PM   #1
Joseph Diodato
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Default Choice of pipe music engraving software?

I'm wondering what software folks are using to engrave their pipe music? I'm personally a huge fan of LilyPond and the bagpipe.ly package, but I get that LilyPond isn't everyone's cup of tea (some folks preferring a more visual tool, feeling more comfortable with other notation systems, etc.). Please feel free to include a blurb about your tool of choice or how your preferences may have changed over time. Apologies if I missed a certain option in the score.

LilyPond appeals to me for a few reasons:
  • Cross platform and open-source
  • Free (!)
  • A logical markup system that makes sense to me (Granted, I do have past experience with other markup languages).
  • Complete control over asthetics and options in the final output.
  • LilyPond is an incredibly powerful tool that goes far beyond pipe music. As someone who dabbles in other areas where it's helpful to write out sheet music notation, this is invaluable.

Looking forward to seeing what others think!
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Old 04-07-2020, 08:01 PM   #2
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Default Re: Choice of pipe music engraving software?

ABC notation via EasyABC

1. Free
2. Everybody else (folk anyway) also and already uses it (easy adaptation to highland pipes and vice versa)
3. Stupid easy “language”
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Old 04-08-2020, 04:18 AM   #3
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Second vote for ABC. Very logical system to learn and very readable in ABC form. I'd like some more modern software to deal with it, but hey.
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Old 04-08-2020, 09:27 AM   #4
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I use Sibelius mostly plus Lime and MuseScore, primarily because I also write and arrange for other instruments and voice.
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Old 04-08-2020, 02:28 PM   #5
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Plain TeX, plus the MusicTeX macro package written by Daniel Taupin, and the bagpipe.tex macro package written by Walt Innes, and nearly 400 additional macros which I wrote myself.
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Old 04-08-2020, 04:35 PM   #6
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Finale is expensive, difficult to learn, and not designed for bagpipes. That said, it gives, in my opinion, by far the easiest to read and attractive sheet music. I've used Finale since the 90s, and I won't be using another program, if only for the quality of the its finished product.
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Old 04-09-2020, 06:57 AM   #7
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I’m using this.... because it’s what my Instructor uses.

http://www.bakedbean.co.nz/EPFeatures.htm
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Old 04-09-2020, 09:28 AM   #8
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I use Sibelius mostly plus Lime and MuseScore, primarily because I also write and arrange for other instruments and voice.
I use Sibelius also. It's the most powerful music notation/engraving software and it has an amazing bagpipe notation plug-in (which I think was developed with the guidance of Jim MacGillivray). But, since it's gone to a subscription, I've stopped recommending it (unless one likes software as a subscription).
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Old 04-09-2020, 04:41 PM   #9
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Has anyone tried Dorico? I can't use it as I don't have a Windows or Mac install that works, but it might be worth investigating. It's a Sibelius/Finale type program created by the team that originally built Sibelius.
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Old 04-10-2020, 04:22 PM   #10
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I'm very fond of bagpipetex.
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