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Scan And Edit Your Music

With SharpEye, you can scan music scores and transfer them in Pizzicato. You can modify, transpose, listen to, arrange or print them easily, without the need to rewrite them completely in Pizzicato.

You may download SharpEye at:

Once installed, it can be used one month for free. You can test it even with Pizzicato demo, scan your music and import it in Pizzicato.

SharpEye only works on Windows. For Mac users, there is another software, see the editor's site at:

The Various Steps

  • If you do not have Pizzicato yet, download the demo version at and install it by double-clicking the downloaded file.
  • With your scanner, scan a music score of one page for your first test. Scan it in black and white, in TIFF or BMP file format. To have a correct result, the original score must be of good quality. A handwritten score will not produce good results. The lines of the staves must be clearly visible in the scanned music sheet.
  • Start SharpEye (Start, Programs, Visiv, SharpEye 2).
  • Select article "Open image..." from the "File" menu and select the previously scanned music sheet (Tiff or Bmp file format).
  • Select article "Read" from the "Read" menu. The conversion begins. A percentage shows the progression of the work, in the low part of the window. Wait until the score appears in the main window.
  • Select article "musicXML... Save" from the "File" menu and give a name to your score (with the XML extension).
  • Start Pizzicato (Start, Programs, Pizzicato, Pizzicato). At startup, select the Professional demo mode if you do not have a license yet.
  • In the "File" menu, select "Import a musicXML file..." and select the XML file previously saved. Only Pizzicato Professional, Notation and Composition Pro have that function.
  • Validate the dialog box that appears and the score is displayed. You can listen to it with the little yellow triangle button, in the tool bar of the window.

The above procedure explains the main points. The quality of recognition of music symbols may not be perfect and according to the complexity of the score, there will be some little errors to correct. But in general, the time saved can be important, compared to rewriting the score completely.

For more information, see the Pizzicato lesson on using MusicXML files at

MusicXML, NIFF Or MIDI Files ?

Older versions of Pizzicato Professional 3.0, 3.1 and 3.2 import only NIFF files. The principle is similar, but use the NIFF menus.

If you use Pizzicato Pro 2 or Beginner 2 or 3 or other versions that import MIDI files, you may however also import scanned sheets of music from SharpEye (or SmartScore), but you must use a MIDI file to do the transfer. The MIDI file contains all the notes but not the way in which the measures are assembled in a page. Use the same procedure as above, but replace MusicXML by MIDI. The time saved is still an advantage, because the notes are there.


With the combination of SharpEye (or SmartScore) and Pizzicato, you may scan your sheets of music, modify them and listen to them. The scanning makes it easy to obtain a new score without spending much time to encode it.

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