Here is a list of corrections and new functions that have been added
since the release of version 3.0. Please let us know of any problem you
may encounter. We correct Pizzicato on a regular basis so that it is as
efficient as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.
02 JANUARY 2022 : Pizzicato Beta 4.0.5
- About 15 various fixes. On Mac, the application did not launch
properly on Mac OS 64 bits. It seems to work now, at least on our
26 JULY 2021 : Pizzicato Beta 4.0.4
- About ten various fixes concerning: deletion of a symbol in graphic
zoom, bitmap images of custom tools, New palette, graphic offset on Mac
(depending on screen), wrongly saved audio configuration, insertion and
edition of a graphic on a page, Modification of MIDI data.
01 JULY 2021 : Publication of Pizzicato 4.0.3 as a preliminary version
("beta" version) - Test and adjustment phase. If you like to experiment
and explore, you can download version 4 right now. It is installed
independently of current version 3.6 , so you can use both. If you are
more careful or want a stable and completed version, then it's better to
wait until the testing phase of version 4 has been completed. It will be
announced here, as well as the intermediate corrected versions.
- Pizzicato 4 implements user's most requested feature since the
existence of Pizzicato: the possibility to use sound banks in VST3
format. The richness of the many sound banks of the market can now be
used in combination with Pizzicato's innovative composition tools.
- Pizzicato 4 is now fully 64-bit software and will therefore run on new
versions of Mac OS, including Macs with M1 processor.
- Pizzicato's graphical environment has been completely reviewed.
- See the full description of Pizzicato 4.0 here : Pizzicato
4 Quick Guide...
15 JANUARY 2017 :
- Use of the display technology of Direct2D and DirectWrite from
Microsoft to smooth out the display.
- Several crashing bugs corrected during development
2 SEPTEMBER 2016 : Corrective release, version 188.8.131.52, for Mac OS X and
- Bug corrected: Problem with the opening of some old files
- Bug corrected: Some cases of crash in the use of smart links
- Bug corrected: Temporary view of scores sometimes truncated, notably
when used with 2 screens
- Bug corrected: MusicXML import : some cases of unproperly encoded
beams are better imported
- Bug corrected: Crash when deleting a staff in linear view
- Bug corrected: Influence of rests inside the smart links
- Bug corrected: Behaviour of the tuplets now better matches their
description in the user manuals
22 APRIL 2016 : Corrective release, version 184.108.40.206, for Mac OS X and
- Bug corrected: Calculation of the exact duration of an octava symbol
(or other) in the presence of time signature changes in that duration
- Bug corrected: In some cases, the instrument window disappeared
outside the screen to become inaccessible
- Bug corrected: Interference of the "r" shortcut (MIDI cursor) with
- Bug corrected: Some text blocks could not be edited anymore
- Bug corrected: Stem optimization sometime occurred even when disabled
- Bug corrected: Crash in the Harmony & Counterpoint module when
using disonnances and delays
- Bug corrected: Volumes of the Papelmedia virtual instruments not
initialized properly when loading a score
- Bug corrected: MusicXML import of drums, stem direction not forced up
- Bug corrected: Some MIDI file export not recognized by Windows Media
- Bug corrected: Real time arranger (score groups with harmonic spaces)
not working with virtual instruments.
- Bug corrected: Crash when deleting a visible score from the conductor
31 JANUARY 2016 : Corrective release, version 220.127.116.11, for Mac OS X and
- Correction of bugs that were producing a crash of the application,
mainly on Mac. Other small corrections.
31 MAY 2012 : Intermediate release of version 3.6.2, for Mac OS X and
- New major function: The new Harmony and Counterpoint module is part of
the Composition Light, Composition Pro and Professional versions of
Pizzicato. It can also be purchased as a standalone module and/or can be
combined with any other version of Pizzicato. It gives you the power of
being able to compose or arrange accompaniments according to the rules
of classic harmony and counterpoint. The results may be use with much
advantages in all styles of music. It can also help you to find common
errors in harmony and counterpoint exercises (parallel and direct fifth
- New major function: Developed with the collaboration of Christian
Pörksen, specialist in alternative music notation systems, the
Alternative Notation module helps you explore non conventional musical
notation systems based on ciphers. The HMN-Jianpu (HMN = Hamburg Music
Notation) is implemented through the use of 12 symbols (digits and
letters), making it easier to learn, to read and to transpose. The
traditional Jianpu system can also be used, as well as a few others that
can be customized. The software lets you display any existing score
already written in standard notation. You can enter the music directly
in HMN-Jianpu, in Jianpu and in customized configurations. It displays
the music in both standard and ciphered based notation, next to each
other. This module is not part of any of the Pizzicato versions, but can
be purchased as an independent module, that can be used alone or in
combination of any other of the 11 Pizzicato versions.
- New function: A rhythmic variation function has been developed. With
it, you can search for a specific rhythmic value and replace it with an
equivalent rhyrthmic pattern, including many possible variations. This
will keep the same note pitches for the corresponding notes. With it,
you can easily improve a structured accompaniment and make it more
- Improvement: For Pizzicato Light, you can now work in zoom on the
screen, with a better precision.
- Bugs corrected: Several problems have been solved with the insertion
mode of notes through measure bars. A series of bugs found by users have
also be corrected.
29 NOVEMBER 2012 : Intermediate release of version 3.6.1, for Mac OS X
- Improvement : Pizzicato handles the stem length and the beaming of
notes more standardly.
- New function : You can apply articulation symbols (accent,
staccato,...) on a selection of measures or notes. The other main
symbols are also better placed when you add them in the score.
- Improvement : Pizzicato imports musicXML 3.0 files as well as
compressed musicXML files (with extension .mxl). General improvment of
placement of symbols and text after importation.
- New function : You can insert notes and rests in a set of measures,
with automatic shifting of the music content through bar lines.
- New function : A playback mode where you can click any point in the
score and hear all instruments playing at that exact point.
- Bugs corrected : A series of bugs corrected, as asked by the users.
26 SEPTEMBER 2012 : Minor release of version 3.6.0 Rev 7, for Mac OS X
- Bugs corrected: As reported by users, mostly a few cases of program
- Improvement: Import/Export of chords for MIDI files, in the Yamaha
15 JULY 2012 : Minor release of version 3.6.0 Rev 6, for Mac OS X and
- Bugs corrected: As reported by users, as well as the ASIO
compatibility problem on Windows.
11 FEBRUARY 2012 : Minor release of version 3.6.0 Rev 3, for Mac OS X and
- Bugs corrected: Problem when importing NIFF files, audio playback when
some tracks are muted, transposition with the music typing keyboard.
- Improvement: Import/Export of drum maps.
10 JANUARY 2012 : Minor release of version 3.6.0 Rev 2, for Mac OS X and
- Bugs corrected: A series of bugs corrected, as asked by the users.
3 DECEMBER 2011 : Minor release of version 3.6.0 Rev 1, for Mac OS X and
- Bugs corrected: A series of bugs corrected, as asked by the users.
21 NOVEMBER 2011 : Release of version 3.6, for Mac OS X and Windows:
- New major function: The music typing keyboard is now available and you
can buy it on our site. Version 3.6 fully supports all features of this
keyboard, setting up new heights to entering music fast and efficiently.
Presently, the keyboard may only be connected on Windows, but we hope to
solve the technical problem when using it on a Mac in a near future.
- New major function: Pizzicato can now import an audio WAV file and
recognize a melody. It also provides some help to recognize polyphonic
music. The window that handles that may also record a melody directly
from a microphone and transcribe it into music notation. It also imports
MIDI files or record in MIDI with no metronome needed, and help you to
transcribe it in standard music notation, buy visually adjusting
measures and beats.
- Improvement: by displaying the margins in the page mode, "+" and "-"
buttons help you to visually adjust the number of measures per system
and systems per page.
- Improvement: lyrics can be center, left or right aligned.
- Improvement: it is now possible to disable the automatic placement of
naturals for key signature changes.
- Improvement: the metronom can be exported into the audio WAV file
created by Pizzicato.
- Improvement: slurs can now be attached to the starting and ending
notes and may be handled automatically, which is specifically usefull
when slurs are stretched over several measures.
- Improvement: the tremolo symbol has been added in the ornamentation
palette and is played automatically.
- Improvement: when recording in real time in MIDI from an external
keyboard, if you use the sound generated by Windows, a latency delay
prevents a logical notation, as all notes are shifted slightly according
to the metronome used. This can now be compensated for automatically so
that the transcription is correct.
- Bugs corrected: a series of bugs has been corrected, specifically
affecting the general stability of the program, page layout and
printing. Other bugs noticed by users have been corrected as well.
- Improvement : grace notes forming chords are now working properly.
06 NOVEMBER 2011 : Minor release of version 3.5.4 Rev 4, for Mac OS X and
- Bugs corrected: Stability of page layout improved and a solved problem
31 JULY 2011 : Minor release of version 3.5.4 Rev 2, for Mac OS X and
- Bugs corrected: A series of bugs corrected, as asked by the users.
27 MAY 2011 : Release of version 3.5.4, for Mac OS X and Windows:
- Improvement: A wizard to automatically compute the playback of repeat
bars and signs.
- New function: Partial selection of measures and selection in the
- Improvement: A new intuitive dialog box for assignement of drum
instruments on the staff.
- Bugs corrected: Several bugs corrected and various options added, as
asked by the users.
21 JANUARY 2011 : Minor release of version 3.5.3 Rev 1, for Mac OS X and
- Bugs corrected: About ten bugs corrected, as asked by the users.
27 NOVEMBER 2010 : Release of version 3.5.3, for Mac OS X and Windows:
- Improvement: The transposition dialog box is now more easy to use and
helps you to transpose a full score very quickly.
- New function: You can use non-latin charsets like Hebrew, Greek,
- Improvement: A new easy way to enter the tuplets.
- Bugs corrected: About fourty bugs corrected, as asked by the users.
22 SEPTEMBER 2010 : Release of version 3.5.2, for Mac OS X and Windows:
- New function: Pizzicato can now directly export your score to a PDF
- New function: On Windows, you can use the ASIO driver for audio, which
reduces the latency time between you hitting the music keyboard and
hearing the sound.
- Bugs corrected: About thirty bugs corrected, as asked by the users,
mainly for musicXML export, Audio/Midi synchronisation between audio
tracks and MIDI playback, page layout and also for the general
14 JUNE 2010 : Release of version 3.5.1, for Mac OS X and Windows, with
the following corrections:
- Bugs corrected: A few dozens bugs corrected, as asked by the users,
for import/export of old Pizzicato files, for the page layout and also
for the general stability of the program.
- Improvement: The music font has been reviewed by Marco Aragona, our
Italian partner. The shape of notes has been improved to be more close
to the standards of music editing.
20 APRIL 2010: Minor release 3.5.0 Rev 1, for Mac OS X and Windows
- Bug corrected: A dozen bugs have been corrected, regarding MIDI file
import and various graphic aspects on Mac and Windows.
19 MARCH 2010: Release of version 3.5, for Mac OS X and Windows:
- New major function: The page layout function has been deeply improved
and is much more efficient, mainly when you modify the page layout and
when you add measures and staves. You can insert BMP images as well as
custom graphics. Printer and page setups may be customized per page. You
may define several printing areas to place measures, which means you can
create page layout for booklets and many other custom formats. You can
view many pages at once on the screen.
- New major function: The document manager makes the handling of scores
much easier. No need to use the Windows and Mac file opening and saving
dialogs anymore. Your documents are automatically saved and visible on
the left part of the screen, always available. Preview the content of a
score by dragging the mouse over its icon in Pizzicato. This manager
helps you to handle all the music composition resources (harmonic
spaces, vectors, virtual instruments, libraries,...), whether in the
conductor view or in the score or global view. Several custom areas may
be defined, which helps you to handle the various composition resources
- Various improvements: Several improvements have been made in the
global view, to make it more user friendly to edit all aspects of a
score in the same window. Markers have been added to locate passages
more easily. You can select the family and instrument directly in that
- New major function: A specific window displays a music typing
keyboard. A real physical keyboard of the same type will be developed in
the future to be used with Pizzicato. The idea is to be able to enter
music very fast. Presently, this window helps to understand how this
future keyboard will be working to fasten the process of entering a
music score into the computer. At this step, it is an experimental tool
with high potential.
- Bugs corrected: 91 corrections, as asked by the users.
02 NOVEMBER 2009: Minor release 3.4.3 Rev 1, for Mac OS X and Windows
- Bug corrected: Pizzicato crashed while opening some files with grace
notes or ornaments not attached to a note.
05 OCTOBER 2009: Release of version 3.4.3, for Mac OS X and Windows, with
the following corrections:
- Bugs corrected: A few dozens bugs corrected, as asked by the users.
25 MAY 2009: Release of version 3.4.2, for Mac OS X and Windows, with the
- Bugs corrected: 91 corrections, as asked by the users.
3 APRIL 2009: Release of version 3.4.1, for Mac OS X and Windows, with
the following corrections:
- Bugs corrected: Various problems, mainly in the global view and
26 FEBRUARY 2009 : Release of version 3.4, for Mac OS X and Windows:
- New major function: A modular software synthesizer is now included in
Pizzicato. With it, you can create synthesized sounds, read samples and
manipulate the sound material. You can create a sound from scratch or
use the given examples.
- New major function: You can now directly import SoundFont sample
files. Many such sounds can be found free of charge and free of rights
by the thousands on the Internet. You can assign them to the staves of
your score and use them in your composition. The final sound quality
produced by Pizzicato becomes independent of the sound card and its
- New major function: Pizzicato includes a quality sound library to
listen to your music scores. It is the Papelmedia library ( http://www.papelmedia.de/english/index.htm
), which is now a standard part of Pizzicato.
- New major function: You can create an audio WAV file from your score
directly with Pizzicato, without the need to go through the complexities
of sound cards and their sometimes bad quality synthesizers. The final
audio file includes directly the high quality sounds from the Papelmedia
library or from any SoundFond sample that you can find on the Internet.
A global audio file may be created but you can also create a separate
file for each staff, for instance if you want to work it in a studio,
remix it or add effects.
- New major function: A new note entry mode has been added, to draw the
duration of a note directly on the staff, modify its pitch, the stem
direction,... All this only with the mouse, with no need of keyboard
shortcut nor selecting tools on a palette. Another tool let you enter
the notes of chords intuitively, based on existing chord symbols, for
one or more staves. To delete a note or rest, you can now drag it
outside the measure, which is sometimes quite handy to do.
- New major function: A new music composition tool let you graphically
draw melodies, move them, transform them, assigning rhythms to them,
directly on the score. With it you can literaly draw your melody
intuitively, based or not on existing chords and scales. Anybody can now
express himself (herself) through music. The music notation just follows
you hand and you can thereafter listen to the melody.
- New major function: The score view now has an additional display mode:
the global view. You can select which staves to display, the effects to
display, the graphic note editors, the audio instrument selection, the
chords and scales,... all in a very intuitive way so as to have all
needed information in the same window, without the need to open/close
several windows to work some specific part of your composition. The idea
is to assemble in one window all pertinent items. Moreover, you can
memorize preset and call them back in one click. Imagine working the
strings of an orchestra, then the volumes of instruments, tempo
variations,... Then the percussion section, the brass, the audio
instruments selection, the chords,... You can switch at once from one
setup to the other, which speed up your work by placing all musical
items at your fingertip.
- Bugs corrected: Several bugs found by users have been corrected in
this new release.
26 AUGUST 2008 : Release of version 3.3.1, for Mac OS X and Windows, with
the following corrections:
- Bug corrected: Possible problem with effect curves with several
- Bug corrected: Problem with the setup and use of the piano keyboard
- Bug corrected: Faulty saving of style/MIDI files in the library.
- Bug corrected: The Beginner version could not be used in Professional
demo version with the library.
- Bug corrected: Mobile clefs in the end of a measure were badly located
and often invisible.
- Bug corrected: Handling of note beams, in relation to tablatures.
- Improvement: Chords diagram can be manipulated by clicking on them
(previously, you could only manipulate the chord symbol)
- Bug corrected: The chord symbols were not placed correctly when a
measure was resized.
- Fatal bug corrected : Possible crash in MusicXML import when no MIDI
output was defined in Pizzicato.
- Bug corrected: Some printing problems solved.
- Fatal bug corrected: the creation of score aliases could produce an
impossibility to open the file again.
- Bug corrected: Reading some old files with chords written as "m" in
place of "min" could be a problem.
- Bug corrected: Selection of chords symbol color: accidentals were
still in previous color.
- Bug corrected: Problem in automatic saving in case a file was write
- Bug corrected: Music generators were causing a problem when used with
scores from a document that was not part of the library.
- Bug corrected: Correction of scaling for note heads with a cross and
circle and half circle; these notes were not correcly displayed on Mac.
- Bug corrected: Various bugs in the display of the score on Mac OS X.
06 MAY 2008 : Release of version 3.3, for Mac OS X and Windows:
- New major function: Tools for the guitar: tablature, chords diagrams
and new graphic and MIDI symbols for the guitar. A guitar fretboard
window may be played like the piano keyboard window.
- Improvement: comptibility for Windows Vista. On Mac, the program is
now a universal binary optimzed for the new Intell Mac computers.
- Improvement: Hundreds of harmonic spaces have been added in the
Pizzicato library as well as an harmonic progression generator used to
create harmonic progressions based on specific criteria.
- New major function: The music vector composition tool, is a fully
programmable melodic generator.
- New major function: General chords and scales may be created from
specifications and used with the score arranger and the music vectors.
- New major function: Import and export of MusicXML files.
- Improvement: The metronome can be programmed to play or not to play
the 8th notes in a 6/8 measure (or other similar cases).
- Improvement: Each note can have its own color. A function may be used
to assign colors according to the name or pitch of the notes.
- Improvement: A function may be used to easily handle upbeats and
- Improvement: Three note heads have been added.
- Improvement: The measure parameters dialog box can now be used to
block justification for specific measures and also to specify which line
of the staff is displayed on each measure.
- Bug corrected: The music font was sometimes not installed correctly on
Windows Vista and Mac.
- Improvement: The beginner version has a direct access to templates it
can use, through a template menu.
- Improvement: Pizzicato Light and Beginner can now select the sounds of
the GS (Roland) and XG (Yamaha) synthesizer banks.
- Bug corrected: Several bugs have been corrected in the MIDI cursor
note entry tool.
- Bug corrected: Horizontal adjustment of the chords symbols has been
- Improvement: The selection of measures may be exported to audio
(select the measures, then File, Export in audio...).
- Improvement: The placement of moveable clefs during automatic
justification is better now.
- Bug corrected: Correction of tempo problems while exporting to a MIDI
- Bug corrected: The audio window was blocking the save, export,...
- Bug corrected: A printing problem has been solved on Windows, mainly
with long name printers.
- Bug corrected: The playing volume of notes on the Mac with Quicktime
Instruments was too low and has been corrected.
- Improvement: According to the Windows or Mac OS X version, Pizzicato
can handle the font smoothing to have a better graphic aspect of the
score on the screen.
- Bug corrected: The duration of the octava sign (8va or 8vb) was often
not correct and has been corrected now.
20 SEPTEMBER 2007 : Release of version 3.2.3, for Mac OS X and Windows,
with the following corrections:
- Improvement: You can now copy measures from one document to another
with Pizzicato Light and Beginner. Copy the measures, close the document
and open another document, then paste the measres.
- Bug corrected: MIDI exportation problems in some cases of SYSEX
- Fatal bug corrected: There was a crash when a symbol normally
associated with a note was placed on a rest (staccato for instance).
- Fatal bug corrected: Two cases of crashes corrected, in the main view
and regarding a multi-rest measure.
- Improvement: The position of the playing option dialog is memorized
from one opening to another.
- Bug corrected: In some cases rhythm values were refused in a free
- Bug corrected: The display of Measures/Beats/Units was wrong in some
cases in the audio window.
- Improvement: The quantization value used in smart links with a time
factor are automatically adapted.
- Bug corrected: Inserting a rest of more than 32 seconds was not
correctly accepted in the audio window.
- Bug corrected: The adjustment of the horizontal scroll bar was not
correct after some operations in the audio window.
- Bug corrected: Somtimes the score was played very very fast on a Mac.
The problem has been corrected.
- Bug corrected: When using the graphic effect curves with measures
having a time signature different than 4/4, the curves were not well
12 MARCH 2007 : Release of version 3.2.2, for Mac OS X and Windows, with
the following corrections:
- Bugs corrected: 12 bugs related to the intuitive composition tools.
16 JANUARY 2007 : Release of version 3.2.1, for Mac OS X and Windows,
with the following corrections:
- Bug corrected: Menu problem for the assignement of a synthesizer to a
set of instruments
- Improvement: More free space when using the 'tree' controls
- Fatal bug corrected: When using the creation of a score from a group
- Bug corrected: Wrong position of chords when creating a score from a
- Bug corrected: Delay compensation for the arranger
- Bug corrected: Correction of note transposition inside a music
- Bug corrected: Correction of the domino effect for melodies in a music
- Bug corrected: Drag/drop of a group, icon and name were not correct
- Bug corrected: Audio : changing the volume at the end of a document
- Bug corrected: Audio : correction of a problem when removing the
- Improvement: Optimisation when loading the library folders
- Fatal bug corrected: When removing a score created from a group
- Bug corrected: Problems in assigning MIDI chanels for large scores
- Bug corrected: Some error messages were displayed under a dialog
- Improvement: Replacement of the "Calculate" check box by two buttons
(OK - with or without calculation) for the page setup dialog box
10 DECEMBER 2006 : Release of version 3.2, for Mac OS X and Windows :
- New major function: Graphic note editor. It is similar the piano roll
were the notes can be modified graphically. Displays the notes according
to their chord/scale relation to make composition more easy. The same
applies for the notes on the score.
- New major function: Drag/drop scores to compose in an intuitive way,
on the basis of a library with styles, chords progressions, instrumental
patterns, effects and other musical objects. Import of Yamaha style
files (*.sty files) and integration in the library. Possible
decomposition of existing music material to extract individual
- New major function: The music generator. It is a programmable
component of the library, that can generate scores on the basis of
various musical criteria (rhythms, notes, chords, instruments).
- New major function: The score arranger. It is used to arrange several
instruments on chords progressions, with basic harmony rules that can be
modified to influence the way the arranger works.
- New major function: The real time arranger and the harmonic spaces,
used to listen to styles and scores while navigating in a chord space to
research in an intuitive way an interesting chord progression.
- Improvement: Better MIDI import with sorting of instruments, display
and separation of percussions.
- Improvement:various menus and icons for an easier access in the score
but mostly in the conductor view.
- Bug corrected: Alignement problem for dotted notes in justification.
- Bug corrected: stem height manual adjustments were cancelled by
automatic justification. Correction of stem height.
- Bug corrected: same for the up/down shape of the note ties.
- Bug corrected: lyrics encoding window, sometimes shifting lyrics by
- Bug corrected: Audio - wrong generation of notes in the editor.
- Fatal bug corrected: Crash if the full file was selected and removed
inside the editor.
- Bug corrected: Editing problem with the rhythms/chords/themes/melodies
of the old library system of Pizzicato 2.
- Bug corrected: Wrong copy of a measure with a symbol attached to the
- Improvement: You can delete lyrics in the score one after the other,
without the need to use the arrow key to go from one syllable to the
- Bug corrected: Baroque tools of version 2 may be importer again.
02 JUNE 2006 : Release of version 3.1, for Mac OS X and Windows :
- New major function: integration of audio function in combination with
the MIDI playing feature of the score. One or several audio files may be
associated to the score. A full audio editor lets you open, listen to,
record and edit audio WAVE files. Pizzicato also helps you create an
audio WAVE file from your score so that you can use it with a CD burning
software to create an audio CD of your compositions.
- Improvement: A better management of ties in combination with repeat
- Bug corrected: Printing problem that appeared after several successive
- Fatal bug corrected: Occasional program crash while modifying the note
- Improvement: Concerning the lyrics, it is possible to add a lyric
extension from inside the fast encoding window ( _ sign). You may also
add a minus sign "-" inside one lyric, without cuting the word
automatically. A function may add the note names (C, D, E,...) inside
the lyrics. The lyrics may be placed above the notes. The font, size,
style and color of the lyrics may be adjusted for each staff/voice of
the main system. When entering the lyrics in linear view, the measures
- Improvement: The page setup may now use two braces or brackets for
each staff, which may be needed for orchestral scores.
- Improvement: Several additional options are available. You may specify
the default directories as well as the backup directory.
- Improvement: An option improves the page numbering feature.
- Improvement: Practical contextual menus have been added for the score,
the sequencer and the main view, notably a paste/transpose item.
- Improvement: An option has been added in the special paste function,
so that merging staves may keep the voices separated.
- Improvement: An option has been added for the German notation of
- Improvement: The % and °//o symbols (repeat of one or two identical
measures) are now really played by Pizzicato.
- Improvement: The piano roll view now follows the real time playing,
like the other views.
- Improvement: When using different measures in the same system (for
instance 3/4 for one instrument and 4/4 for another one), Pizzicato
adjusts the tempo ratio for each instrument so that the durations of the
measures become the same (in the preceding example, the 3/4 instrument
will play in a faster tempo than the 4/4 instrument).
- Bugs corrected: several cases of justification in a measure, notably
with grace notes.
- Improvement: the number of the first measure is now specific to each
score inside a document (it was global for all scores, which was a
problem for documents with more than one score).
- Improvement: the tool palettes that are opened when you quit Pizzicato
automatically open again when starting Pizzicato. The shortcut for a
tool palette also closes that palette.
- Bug corrected: Occasional problem when copying/pasting inside an
- Improvement: An option has been added so that clefs are not
necessarily copied/pasted (Pizzicato adapts the notes for the
- Improvement: note stems for separated notes are better adapted after a
justification of the measure.
- Fatal bug corrected: Occasional problem when selecting measures inside
an optimized page.
- Improvement: the swing parameter takes into account the denominator of
the measure (it was previously based on the quarter note only).
- Bugs corrected: several cases of problems when importing NIFF files.
- Bug corrected: problem with enabled/disabled menu items on Mac.
16 FEBRUARY 2006 : Release of version 18.104.22.168, for Mac OS X and Windows,
with the following corrections:
- Bug corrected: On Windows, when a MIDI file is open from the file
explorer, it opens now correctly.
- Improvement : More logical transcription of off-beats.
- Bug corrected : Special case of tied note that could play forever.
Also two additional options for a note let you disable the
attack/release of a MIDI npte, which can help you manage the case where
two tied notes are separated by a repeat bar.
- Improvement: A volume crescendo placed in a measure with only one note
is now correctly played. The start of the effect was not always right.
- Bug corrected: MIDI slowness if another application was using a MIDI
- Bug corrected: selecting multiple copies did not work on some printer
- Bug corrected: Some templates contained unexpected MIDI messages that
could confuse the socre.
- Bug corrected: A rounding problem with dotted quarter note tempo
specification has been solved.
- Bug corrected: On Mac, some files were not recognized in the open file
- Bug corrected: In the lyrics editor, the "_" sign is now used to enter
spaces inside a lyric, which did not work properly before.
- Bug corrected: Lyrics were sometimes lost when several rhythmic voices
were present in a measure.
- Bug corrected: A correction has been done regarding a case of beams
not correctly displayed on 16th notes on chords after a transcription.
- Bug corrected: Printing problem on Windows, that could prevent
Pizzicato from printing.
- Bug corrected: MIDI export could not be correct in case a note
duration was longer than a measure. This is now solved.
- Bug corrected : A special case was corrected in which the computation
of the music libraries was not correct.
- Improvement: A lyric may now have up to 100 characters.
- Improvement: Pizzicato now takes into account the clef when merging
- Bug corrected: When several scores were played together in the
conductor view, some MIDI delay could be observed. This is now
- Bug corrected: When dragging a new instrument inside a score, the
repeat bars were not correctly updated in the new staff.
- Bug corrected: Improvement of the automatic justification and
correction of some errors, specially the positioning of mobile clefs
inside a measure.
- Fatal bug corrected: A case of crash in reading a document with smart
links in it has been corrected.
- Improvement: When importing a MIDI file with lyrics not associated to
notes, the lyrics are imported as text blocks.
- Improvement: According of the system font size selected in Windows,
some Pizzicato dialogs were not correctly displayed.
- Bug corrected: Pizzicato was still displaying some tool palette when
it was reduced in the task bar of Windows.
- Bug corrected: In some cases the effect view did not display the notes
- Bug corrected: When deleting scores in a document, the smart link
references were not always adapted correctly.
- Bug corrected: The Mac keyboard shortcut were not always active as
- Bug corrected: Improvement in opening files from another volume than
the main volume on Mac.
- Improvement: Starting with version 22.214.171.124, the Pizzicato files from a
more recent version will be read correctly (ignoring the new functions).
- Bug corrected: When more than 4 different synthesizers were used, the
fifth was not read correctly and its instruments did not appear in the
13 JANUARY 2006 : Release of version 3.0.5, for Mac OS X and Windows,
with the following corrections:
- Bug corrected: There was a problem with special characters in the name
of files or folders under Mac OS X.
- Bug corrected: Accented characters on Mac OS X were not always
accepted in lyrics.
- Fatal bug corrected: While doing a chord analysis on a unit
cell greater than one measure, sometimes the program crashed.
- Fatal bug corrected: When manipulating clefs, there was
sometimes a program crash.
- Bug corrected: The absence of a MIDI input port sometimes made
the screen input keyboard not work properly.
- Bug corrected: Tuplets of the type N1/N2 were difficult to
introduce when there was more notes/rest than N1.
- Bug corrected: Amélioration du jeu des raccourcis clavier pour
jouer au clavier musical écran. Improvement of the keyboard shortcuts
for playing on the screen musical keyboard.
- Bug corrected: Autodemos did not work when the mouse buttons
were inverted (for left-handed) in Windows.
- Bug corrected: Specific case corrected when importing and
transcribing a MIDI file with note ties.
- Bug corrected: The playing of the Octava sign was not effective
when moving a note.
- Bug corrected: Problem solved in a specific case of tuplets
- Bug corrected: Repeats were played only the first time when
looping a score or playing it several times automatically.
- Bug corrected: The scroll bar in the key signature dialog box
was not enabled when going from the arbitrary to the standard mode.
- Bug corrected: The second MIDI effect in a symetric symbol was
- Improvement: When checking the "Only locally" box in the justification
options, this option now also influences the main Edit, Justify
- Bug corrected: The dash (-) is now adapted in size when a staff
is reduced in size.
- Bug corrected: The MIDI transcription through the MIDI cursor
takes now into account the transposition associated with the staff and
with the octaves of clefs.
- Bug corrected: When suppressing mobile clefs, the transposition
is now correct in the following measures.
- Detail corrected: Better position of the octavas of clefs.
- Detail corrected: Tuplets are now automatically adjusted after
- Bug corrected: The enharmony tool now triggers the automatic
- Bug corrected: The use of voices "1-8" is now more logical when
only one voice is worked : the current voice is drawn always on top of
the others and the other voices do not interfere anymore when trying to
manipulate the current voice.
- Bug corrected: A problem related to key signatures when
importing in MIDI is now solved.
- Bug corrected: When tempo signs are added on several staves,
the general tempo is now correctly followed.
- Bug corrected: Problem solved when tempo is greater than 255
and exported in MIDI.
- Bug corrected: Effects view: the checkbox "S" (symbol) did not
work as expected.
- Fatal bug corrected: Pizzicato on Mac OS 10.4.3 sometimes would not
- Bug corrected: Cross staff beaming did not work properly under
Mac OS X.
- Detail corrected: The key signature, time signature and clef
first proposed when calling a dialog to change them in a measure are now
the one already in that measure and no more the one before that measure.
- Bug corrected: Correction of the justification function. Some
positionning errors existed when adjusting several voices together.
17 NOVEMBER 2005 : Release of version 3.0.4, for Mac OS X and Windows,
with the following corrections:
- Fatal bug corrected : With some versions of Mac OS X, the program
crashed after closing a document window.
- Bug corrected : When adding a measure before the first
measure of a score, the clef, time signature and key signature were not
- Detail corrected : The beams of invisible notes was still visible.
- Fatal bug corrected : On Mac, files with exclusive MIDI messages could
be corrupted when saved.
- Bug corrected : Mac icons for the Pizzicato documents was not always
displayed correctly and the opening of documents was not always working
well, for instance when imported from Windows on the Mac.
- Bug corrected : On Mac, the following of the score as well as editing
the score could interfere with the effect view and the MIDI
configuration setup dialog.
- Bug corrected : After a quantize operation, the measures were not
always played accordingly.
- Bug corrected : On Mac, the printing of large ties was very slow and
could make the user believe that the program was blocked.
- Bug corrected : The effect view did not display correctly notes tied
- Bug corrected : By adding a new instrument in a group of score, its
tempo was not adjusted to the group.
- Fatal bug corrected : Dragging an instrument folder on a group of
scores would cause a program crash.
- Detail corrected : Deleting a smart link would not update the
following related measures.
- Bug corrected : On Mac, some documents could not be printed after
being saved to disk.
- Bug corrected : A tuplet at the end of a measure could not be
correctly introduced when graces notes played before a note were present
in the measure.
- Bug corrected : It was sometimes difficult to add a rest just after a
tuplet, the rest being placed erroneously inside the tuplet.
- Bug corrected : The possibility to stop the score at any measure
different than the last was not correctly exported in MIDI.
- Bug corrected : An half note could not be dotted twice in a 4/4
- Bug corrected : A special cas was corrected, where a note could
sometimes be wrongly tied with another note.
04 OCTOBER 2005 : Release of version 3.0.3, for Mac OS X and Windows,
with the following corrections:
- Detail corrected: In Pizzicato Professional, while clicking and
slightly moving a tool by error, a dialog appears to propose to
move/duplicate/delete the tool. To avoid this being done by error, it is
now necessary to hold the CTRL key while moving the tool to reach this
- Detail corrected: The tabulator order in the repeat dialog has been
- Bug corrected: Selecting a color for the ties had no effect on the
- Bug corrected: When automatic justification was not active, editing a
note with the right-click menu could produce an error in playing the
- Bug corrected: A dot added to a note could make the measure duration
be greater then its maximal duration.
- Fatal bug corrected: Double-clicking a Pizzicato file when Pizzicato
was already launched could cause a problem under Windows.
- Bug corrected: Sometimes notes would disappear after a copy/paste with
- Bug corrected: By giving a too long name to an internal score of a
Pizzicato document, the document could no more be open again.
- Bug corrected: The name given to a MIDI file was set by error to all
upper case letters.
- Bug corrected: The F clef third line was not played correctly.
- Bug corrected: Sometimes, after a copy/paste, clefs were not correctly
updated and the MIDI playing was wrong.
- Bug corrected: A copy/paste with measures containing chord symbols was
sometimes not correct and the symbols were shifted.
- Bug corrected: Measures following a free measure were not always
correctly interpreted in MIDI.
- Bug corrected: Pizzicato would accept more than 32700 measures
(measures multiplied by staves) but there was then a problem when
opening the document later. A warning now refuses more than 32700
- Bug corrected: The MIDI effect of an Octava symbol was not correct in
- Bug corrected: Several cases in the import NIFF file function has been
- Detail corrected: The CMD+H shortcut on Mac OS X lets you hide
- Bug corrected: There was some case in which changing a clef was not
done correctly on Mac OS X.
- Fatal bug corrected: Under some versions of Mac OS X, closing a window
resulted in a crash.
- Bug corrected: Selecting a font for a text block was not effective on
Mac OS X. Also, the scrolling of the font list with the arrow keys did
not update the view of the font.
- Bug corrected: Opening a file by a double-click did not work on Mac OS
X if Pizzicato was already running.
- Bug corrected: The keyboard auto-repeat function was not active on Mac
- Detail corrected: Under OS X, the document now shows if it has been
modified by the graphical aspect of its closing box.
- Detail corrected: The SHIFT+CMD+Z shortcut under Mac OS X enables the
- Bug corrected: The MIDI file extension or type was not correct under
Mac OS X, preventing Pizzicato from opening some MIDI file.
- Bug corrected: The split voices function did not work correctly with
chords if a rest was present in a measure.
- Fatal bug corrected: Removing one measure and one staff in a score
that had only one staff resulted in a crash.
- Fatal bug corrected: Creating a measure with zero beats resulted in a
crash when opening the file again.
- Bug corrected: The lyrics dialog disabled by error the line and staff
menus after a copy operation.
- Bug corrected: Playing of musical libraries and corresponding
exercises was sometimes not correct and some mesures were not played in
- Fatal bug corrected: A case has been corrected where handling scores
in a group resulted in Pizzicato no more responding, inside the
- Bug corrected: Ties were not always correct between notes of different
voices/measures, resulting in Pizzicato tying together notes that should
not be tied.
- Fatal bug corrected: Deleting a staff that was also viewed in an
effect window could result in a crash.
- Bug corrected: Copy/paste was not correct when using clefs with octave
signs (+/-8, +/-15).
- Bug corrected: The red frame around text blocks was not correctly
drawn when the distance between lines was not 100 %.
- Bug corrected: The colored playing was not correct with reduced
- Fatal bug corrected: The colored playing sometimes resulted in
instabilities in Pizzicato.
- Bug corrected: The drawing of a repeat sign in the first measure of a
system was not correct for reduced or increased staves.
- Bug corrected: Automatic justification and justification by selection
did not produce the same results when the automatic adjustment of staves
on a page was active. This also resulted in notes going out of the
measure when resizing a measure. They now give the same result, with an
improved quality in the way measures are presented on a page.
- Bug corrected: The size of a page text block could be incorrectly
drawn if reduced or increased staves were present.
- Bug corrected: The "Wait for keyboard action" option, when used in
MIDI real time recording resulted in the first measure being incorrectly
- Bug corrected: Adding grace notes in a multi-voice measure sometimes
resulted in Pizzicato placing the grace notes on the wrong note.
03 SEPTEMBER 2005 : Release of version 126.96.36.199, for Mac OS X.
26 MAY 2005 : Release of version 188.8.131.52, with the following corrections:
- Fatal bug corrected : Sometimes, erasing of measures and staves could
produce an error in Pizzicato.
- Bug corrected : Ties between measures were not always played
- Fatal bug corrected : Sometimes, viewing of effects in the effects
view could produce an error in Pizzicato.
- Fatal bug corrected : Sometimes, the NIFF file import could produce an
error in Pizzicato.
11 MAY 2005 : Release of version 3.0.2, with the following corrections:
- Bug corrected: In the instrument view, if the automatic port
assignement was not active, the selection of a synthesizer was not saved
(this could happen with version 2 documents)
- Bug corrected: When modifying the measure layout, the File, Save menu
was not activated.
- Bug corrected: Composition library elements (rhythms, chords, themes
and melodies) were not always saved and their content was sometimes
- Bug corrected: MIDI file export was not correct if the score contained
- Bug corrected : Lors de l'exportation d'un fichier MIDI, les choix des
instruments n'étaient pas toujours bien placés.
- Bug corrected: In the effects view, the lines representing notes in
the lower part were not always drawn correctly. Also, effects were drawn
outside of the expected drawing area.
- Bug corrected: Triplets/Tuplets introduction was not working as
expected with rests.
- Bug corrected: In a score containing tempo changes, it happened that
Pizzicato took the wrong tempo if the score was played from a measure in
the middle of the score.
- Bug corrected: The activation of MIDI/Symbols effects was sometimes
responsible for a wrong volume or effect.
- Bug corrected: Ties were not always correctly updated: mostly when a
previous tie had been deleted, a left tie stayed in the next note.
- Bug corrected: During MIDI file import/export, the MIDI channel was
sometimes wrongly assigned.
28 APRIL 2005 : Release of version 3.0.1 Rev 2, with the following
- Bug corrected: the MIDI file export function sometimes created MIDI
files that were not readable and usable by other programs.
- Bug corrected: the MIDI file export function did not take into account
the real duration of a measure when it was not the same as the time
signature. Also tempo and controller values are now optimized.
- Bug corrected: When using the copy/paste function, in some cases a
clef was added in the destination measure when not necessary.
- Bug corrected: the placement of a multiple grace note was not
displayed correctly sometimes.
- Bug corrected: In some cases, the modification of the page setup did
not create all staves of a new system.
- Fatal bug corrected: the UNDO function sometimes caused a stability
problem and notes were no more played or crashed the program.
- Fatal bug corrected: the use of the effect window sometimes crashed
18 APRIL 2005 : Release of version 3.0.1 Rev 1, with the following
- Fatal bug corrected: when opening the main view while a tool palette
- Bug corrected: sometimes, the piano roll and sequencer views did not
12 APRIL 2005 : Release of version 3.0.1, with the following corrections:
- Detail corrected: When a note was added in a chord, the note head used
was the same as the one existing on the other notes of the chords, which
is not necessarily the most common case. The note head added is now the
current note head, exactly as if an independant note was added.
- Fatal bug corrected: when the measure parameters dialog box or the
MIDI data modification dialog box were used.
- Bug corrected: When tempo symbols were scattered on different staves,
the global playing of the tempo was not always correct.
- Bug corrected: The loading of instruments and synthesizers was not
always correct in the instrument views, especially when the MIDI
configuration was different than it was when the document was created.
Also, sometimes the changing of family did not update the instruments
- Improvement: While dragging the left side of a Tuplet and holding down
the CTRL key, the Tuplet is moved in one block.
- Bug corrected: The use of the octava clefs (+8 +15 -8 -15) was not
always correct regarding transposition and placement.
- Bug corrected: Some shortcuts and the mouse wheel did not react always
- Bug corrected: When transcribing a score with lyrics several times,
the lyrics were duplicated and accumulated in the score.
- Fatal bug corrected: In some cases, the use of the measure layout tool
gave an error in Pizzicato.
- Fatal bug corrected: After the MIDI file import or its transcription,
the file could give an error in Pizzicato. Also if the MIDI file
- Fatal bug corrected: In some cases, NIFF files from SharpEye gave an
error when imported in Pizzicato.
- Fatal bug corrected: When using the merge staves or split voices
functions, an error was sometimes given in Pizzicato.
- Bug corrected: Sometimes, the copy of symbols was not working as
- Bug corrected: The drawing of a repeat bar in the beginning of a
system was not correct in linear mode.
- Detail corrected: The computed measures (with the background colored)
were printed in color, which is not useful.
- Fatal bug corrected: The use of the colors when the notes were playing
was sometimes the cause of an error in Pizzicato.
- Detail corrected: The screen music keyboard is not working when a MIDI
input port is not installed. Pizzicato now creates an input MIDI port at
the first launch of Pizzicato.
- Bug corrected: The drawing of ties was not always correct when several
notes were the same.
13 MARCH 2005 : Release of version 3.0