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Why switch to LilyPond?Text-based input LilyPond takes ASCII input, which you can produce in your favorite environment, quickly and comfortably. No more futzing with the mouse. The input contains all the information, so there is no need to remember complex command sequences. Simply save an input for later reference. No fiddling Don't waste time with tweaking the output; LilyPond gets the formatting correct right from the start. It determines spacing by itself, and breaks lines and pages to provide a tight and uniform layout. Clashes between lyrics, notes, and chords are resolved and slurs and beams are sloped, automatically! Excellent classical engraving All style settings, font designs and algorithms have been inspired by the finest hand-engraved music. LilyPond output has that same strong and balanced look as a classical score. (Read more) flat-design Mix music and text Put fragments of music into texts with without cutting and pasting pictures. Integrate music into LaTeX or HTML seamlessly, or add music to OpenOffice.org with ooolilypond. Even better than part extraction! Parts and score are made from the same source file, so every change always gets into both score and parts. (demo). In addition, LilyPond can combine staves in scores and insert cue-notes from other parts. Free software LilyPond can be downloaded free of charge! Yep - It's free. Get it from the download page. It's also free (as in "speech") software. It comes with source code, and permission to change and copy it. So, are you irritated by a bug, or yearning for a feature? Simply add it yourself, or persuade/pay someone else to do it for you.Extensible design All settings can be changed to suit your personal typographical taste. If that still is not enough, there is always the built-in scripting language, a dialect of the powerful language LISP. Settings, variables and functions are all documented in the comprehensive program reference manual. lilypond on MacOSExcellent support LilyPond runs on all popular platforms: Linux, MacOS X, and Windows. LilyPond comes with a 300 page user manual and over 400 example files. There is an active user community answering questions on the Lilypond user mailing list, while the development team makes sure that problems are solved quickly. Features of LilyPondAutomated high-quality formatting * Automatic spacing, line breaking and page breaking. * Handling of polyphonic collisions for notes, dots, and rests. * Automatic placement of accidentals, beams, slurs, ties, based on optimal scoring algorithms. * Users don't need typographical expertise to produce excellent notation. * No user interaction necessary during running. Running the program can be automated which is convenient for mass converting databases of digitized music and printing algorithmic compositions. * The Feta font has been tailored especially for LilyPond, and was designed carefully mimicking the finest hand-engraved scores. It is available as a scalable font, but also as a Metafont.Special notation * Accidental cautionaries and suggestions, classic and modern styles * Ambituses * Arpeggio signs * Balloon texts (teaching) * Beamlets * Blanking arbitrary notation elements (teaching) * Chord names, in English, French or Italian * Cluster notation and rhythmic grouping signs * Coloring of arbitrary notation elements * Cross staff beaming * Cue-notes (automatic) * Dashed or dotted bar lines * Drum notation * EasyNotation note heads * Falls and doits * Feathered beams * Figured bass * Fingerings, including guitar right-hand fingering * Fret diagrams * Glissandi * Grace notes, acciaccatura and appoggiatura * Hairpin crescendi and decrescendi, also with circled tips (al niente) * Harmonics * Laissez vibrer ties * Ledger lines, including automatic shortening for tight spacing * Lyric extenders, hyphens, melismata * Measure repeats (“Percent style”) * Mensural notation * Microtones * Metronome markings * Nested analysis brackets * Orchestral scores with automatic part combining * Ornaments; mordents, pralls and combinations thereof * Ottava brackets (octaviation) * Part extraction: see Orchestral scores * Piano pedals * Polymetric notation * Proportional notation * Quarter tone accidentals * Quoting of other music fragments, including transposing * Separator slashes between systems * Shaped note heads * Starting and stopping staves anywhere * Staves, tunable number of staff lines, individual positioning of staff lines * Stemlets * String numbering, also on chords * System separators * Tablature notation * Tie formatting for chords * Transposing * Tremolos, both for single notes and chords * Trills, also running and explicit pitches * Tuplets in arbitrary ratios, nested, broken with customisable endings * Vertical staff spacing using a skyline algorithmFor details and music samples, follow the chain of NEWS entries and have a look at the regression tests.Robust design * No arbitrary limits: unlimited number of staves, voices, measures, lengths of texts, etc. * Pluggable output backend: output in EPS, PDF, PNG, PostScript, MIDI, SVG. * Lyrics in any language. * Text-based input with versatile music language. * Programmable and extensible with built-in LISP interpreter.Excellent support * Works with Unix, including MacOS X and Linux, and Windows (native and Cygwin). * Active user community. * Extensive documentation. * Supported by many other programs RoseGarden, NoteEdit (surpassed by Canorus), Canorus, PowerTab Tools, Denemo, OpenOffice.org plugin. * Imports ABC, ETF (Finale), MIDI, Music XML, Noteworthy Composer. * Editors with special LilyPond support Emacs, Vim, JEdit, WordPress.
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