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What's new ?

This page describes the improvements of Melody and Harmony Assistant.
How does our version notation system work?
The version looks like this :
             'X.Y.Z'.
  • When we make a major change we add one to X.
  • When a new feature is added, we add one to Y
  • When a bug is fixed or a cosmetic detail is corrected, we add one to Z
Melody version 1.0 matches Harmony version 3.0.
If you own Melody, subtract 2 from the Harmony's major version number to know the changes made in your version.

Harmony Assistant 9.9.4

Melody Assistant 7.9.4


Sept 1st, 2021


The main new features in this version are microtonal accidentals and key signatures (greek modes, maqams...), and piano chord inversions.

Greetings for this version:

Spanish & Portuguese translation: J. Oliveira
Arabic translation: M Smyej
Microtonal key signatures: S. Machefert / M Smyej
"Glissando" script: J-P Butin
Many other scripts: Daniél Frouvelle
Thanks to all the beta-testers and especially Mr Toro


Harmony 9.9.4e / Melody 7.9.4e - Sept 1st 2021



Improvements

  1. Injecting an ornament that changes the pressure time or the velocity (staccato, marcato...) for a note in a chord applies the changes to all notes in the chord, except if the user changed a value manually. Same process when adding a note with an ordnament to a chord.  Same process when deleting an ornament. Same process in MusicXML import.
  2. Management of avoidance of staff lines by ornaments when added through the array in note editing
  3. Improvement of chord name input in the chord line related to a staff. Now possible to enter the character "-" in chord names (e.g C7-9).

Fixes

  1. Duplicated staves in mixer
  2. Windows : fixed error in management of folder names that contain accented characters. This could make the video export fail. 
  3. Crash in MIDI export of scores containing lyrics
  4. Problems when transposing some notes using the "Fast transpose" option
  5. Possible crash when the mouse pointer quit the staff area in scroll mode
  6. X and Y offset for ornaments in styles palette
  7. Graphical context problem in styles palette

Harmony 9.9.4d / Melody 7.9.4d - August 17th 2021



New

  1. New menu entry in EditNouvelle entrée dans le menu Edit>Appearance: Delete slurs

Improvements
  1. Folder with name beginning by ( are skipped while processing jukebox.

Fixes

  1. Crash sometimes when changing clef
  2. In Style palette fonts were incorrectly saved
  3. Crash in jukebox when file don't exist
  4. Problem while loading Harmony files created before 1999
  5. Problems when rotating palettes
  6. Problems when resizing palettes
  7. Fixed errors in fast transposition
  8. Fixed crash in text input
  9. Problem in text cursor (caret) display on some empty text fields.
  10. Linux: fixed management of some function keys (Ctrl, Alt)
  11. Linux: knobs weren't displayed properly


Melody 7.9.4c - August 6th 2021



Fixes

  1. Text display on "about file" window
  2. Crash in BluePrint tool in Piano Roll mode 
  3. Melody Assistant: note duration display
  4. Crash in Encore import while merging staves
  5. Melody Assistant : Crash in accidentals tool
  6. Windows menu : accented characters problems in Dock mode
  7. Cursor display on empty edit texts
  8. Problems on themes files

Harmony 9.9.4 - Melody 7.9.4 - August 4th 2021


New

  1. Notation, performance, transposition of microtonal accidentals in arab, persian (sori and koron), 72-EDO (gost and wis), occidental quarter tone.
  2. Management of greek key signatures (ionien, dorien, phrygien modes, etc)
  3. Management of microtonal key signatures, greek modes and direct selection in a list of maqam
  4. Management of microtonaly in automatic accompaniments
  5. New palette : microtonal accidentals
  6. Import/export of microtonal values in MusicXML
  7. Calculation of chord inversion for piano on chord line in automatic computation mode
  8. Setting for inversion calculation
  9. MyrScript: implementation of neural networks to enable AI programming
  10. New GUI theme closer to macOS 11
  11. New entry in "Configuration > Sound base" menu, to convert one or serveral SF2 Soundfonts in as  many instruments as necessary
  12. Possible to display lyrics line character rotated by 90° : chinese notation...
  13. New mode for seeking chords that manages circle of fifths.
    Management of chord progression is based on a statistical analysis and chords slightly out of the modal array (II and III, v and vi) are processed
  14. New mode for automatic accompaniments based on a tablature.
  15. New option for video export : lyrics
  16. New option for video export : chord grid
  17. Management of bidirectional text
  18. First draft of GUI translation to Arabic
  19. New option in MIDI output setup to reset settings that have been altered while playing on external synth

Improvements
  1. Explanation about undo elements in global setup
  2. Stacked accordion chords become optional
  3. Possible to ask for chord inversion calculation of manual chord lines.
  4. Possible to erase all inversions on manual chord lines
  5. Non-latin character exports in SVG/PDF
  6. Change in graphical look of piano diagrams
  7. Change in graphical look on chord grids with piano diagrams
  8. When editing chord line on score, real-time update of piano diagrams currently edited
  9. Better accuracy of active areas on notes, on the classical score and all types of tablatures, when measures are justified
  10. Look of deactivable alert boxes
  11. When changing chord name setting between latin (Do, Re, Mi...) and anglo-saxon (C, D, E...), chords in staff chord line are recomputed
  12. Improvement in chord octave when processing inversions in chord line related to the staff
  13. Better accuracy in EPS graphical export
  14. Mirror mode : margin handles and dynamics handling and movement
  15. macOS: better management of bold text on fonts that don't manage it
  16. SoundFont import
  17. macOS: Optimized echo management
  18. New edition of grace notes in the note edit box
  19. Implementation of a system of icons in the document window title to show the score states
  20. Predefined modes in key signature selection
  21. Management of double flat and double sharp in key signature
  22. In music performance palette, two new icons to quickly change volume and tempo
  23. Improvement of note echo on grid drum staff when editing
  24. Better definition of margins in MIDI import
  25. Possible to limit the pitch range of notes that are generated through an accompaniment
  26. In page mode, when a chord grid is displayed and music is playing, the played measure is highlighted
  27. Improvement of knobs in Windows 8/10 look
  28. Improvement of dynamics/pedal editing : some settings including the target of the object (staff only, meged staves, group or complete score) remember the last value.
  29. Improvement of time position for notes recorded from MIDI input
  30. Improvement of conversion from velocities to dynamics in MIDI input or import
  31. Improvement of MIDI input validation box
  32. Inversion of margins of header and footer for even-numbered pages
  33. Split between left and right hand in MIDI import
  34. Better management of multiple pedal action in MIDI import
  35. In video export box, shift-click on the preview button generates a previous 4 times longer
  36. Better deletion of temporary files when the video export encountered an error
  37. New option: "All" in the "Edit > Apply to" menu, to apply copy/paste to all score elements.
  38. New option: "Manage rules" in the "Edit > Apply to" menu, to specify whether note appearance can change when pasted, in order to match a rule that uses the same instrument as originally

Fixes
  1. Stem display on accordion tablatures
  2. Chord inversion computation in chord line performance
  3. Confusion in non-latin characters when exporting in PDF format
  4. Display of piano chord diagrams could alter the chord line display.
  5. Windows: some fonts (those installed for the current user only) could be ignored in graphical exports
  6. Selection of undo history storage mode
  7. Empty bars repeat in chord grid
  8. Loading and handling scores containing several views
  9. Graphical glitch when entering a chord line with diagrams
  10. "Factory" button in MyrSynth setup
  11. Chord line transposition when chord inversion and piano diagrams are present.
  12. Crash when printing of exporting scores almost empty
  13. Bug in Windows system preventing the correct printing of right-to-left text (arab, hebrew...) when some text styles (extended, shadow) are applied
  14. Problem when editing general appearance of dynamics 
  15. Crash when an ornament was defined in a rule set
  16. Crash in general management of "classic" tool palettes
  17. Windows: Fixed error in management of fast MIDI echo
  18. Windows: Fixed mistake in sound base selection for low latency echo
  19. Crash when creating big text containing style, size or color changes
  20. Editing effects through right-click > Edit was resetting graphical offsets
  21. Problem when selecting accidentals in "classic" palettes
  22. Graphical glitch when displaying the wait icon when building Dock
  23. macOS: fixed text rotation
  24. Fixed MusicXML import problem that could remove some note stems
  25. Fixed several problems of display & click on grid drum staves
  26. Fixed "hotspot" error on one of the mouse pointers
  27. Fixed digital output configuration when MyriadHQ disables itself at the end of the trial period
  28. Changing state of a palette tool through a keyboard shortcut didn't affect the user palettes
  29. Fixed crash in step-by-step input from computer keyboard
  30. macOS : fixed possible crash when unplugging MIDI interface
  31. Fixed velocities display when erasing dynamics
  32. Fixed display in Jukebox
  33. Fixed problem when defining a key on external MIDI keyboard as command shortcut
  34. Management of note insertion in special key signatures
  35. Low level problem of note time position when deleting
  36. Graphical position when moving a note on a grid drum staff
  37. Echo when hovering notes (and some other echos) of notes that are altered by a microtonal key signature
  38. Crash when an error occurs in video export (e.g. disk full) 
  39. Pedal recording in MIDI input
  40. Problem for relating MIDI key to a command
  41. Crash or inconsistency when undoing while MIDI or digital input is in progress
  42. Confusion between right and left page margin handle in print preview
  43. Crash when moving handles in print preview
  44. Looping noise in muted parts (zero-velocity) sung by Virtual Singer
  45. Pressing a key on MIDI keyboard when input is deselected changed the selection range
  46. Ottava color change
  47. Macos: connection to microphone
  48. Crash when copying/pasting notes on staves with rules
  49. Linux: fixed display and positionning problems on text in "Condensed" or "Extended" style
  50. Saving ornament preferences
  51. Applying default vertical offset for ornaments
  52. Graphical problems in mirror mode: misplacement or disappearance of symbols when zoomed in
  53. Linux: Removed step-by-step note input with note duration depending on input time
  54. Braces display before systems in mirror mode
  55. Reset of ornament palettes
     


Harmony Assistant 9.9.3

Melody Assistant 7.9.3


Jan-Feb 2021


Harmony 9.9.3e / Melody 7.9.3e - February 3rd, 2021



New
  1. Special commands in chord lines
  2. Management of chord inversion in chord lines
  3. Maintained chords in chord lines
  4. Multiple stacked chords for left hand in accordion tablatures
  5. New chapter in the manual: chord lines

Improvements
  1. Possible to undo object position and size changes (dynamics, text, etc)
  2. Better look of accompaniments when transferred to visible staves
  3. User instruments are no more converted to MyrSynth

Fixes
  1. Fixed errors in management of undo on Views-related operations
  2. Fixed errors in object editing (dynamics, text, etc) when modifiong several objects at a time
  3. Fixed crash when changing general voolume in complete mixer.
  4. Conversion of instruments to MyrSynth at loading time (macOS)

Harmony 9.9.3d / Melody 7.9.3d - January 25th, 2021



Improvements
  1. When a text is defined in a crescendo or a decrescendo, it is followed by a dotted line to show its range
  2. A substitution text can now be defined for ottava symbols
  3. Cautionary display for ottava and crescendo symbols at the start of a line can be set up for each document. It can also not be displayed by setting the 0 value.
  4. The complet mixing palette has been redesigned. Several staves can now be selected to apply changes to the whole group.
    A contextual menu enables to select all instruments of the same kind (string, brass, drums...)
    The miscellaneous elements of the palette are commented in the Help window.
    Dark mode is now managed on this palette.
  5. Selecting, resizing, moving "dynamics" objects (crescendo/decrescendo or ppp-fff) but also ottava, tempo and pedal objects is now easier in page mode when they extent on several lines
  6. In the "Interface" tab of the global settings, possible to reactivate maskable alerts
Fixes
  1. Access to singer contextual menu from the Virtual Singer palette
  2. Opening the manual deactivated the "?" menu
  3. Fixed undo history
  4. day/month Inversion in English in the document comments
  5. Fixed merging of merged staff groups
  6. Sensitive keyboard was activated in Melody Assistant, it is now fixed
  7. Fixed Virtual Singer prononciation mistake of some single letters in French
  8. Fixed error in the display position of conditional part marker (endings)
  9. Fixed barline display on merged staves.
  10. Fixed position problem for effects on harmonica tablature
  11. Icons refresh when protecting/unprotecting a script
  12. Fixed possible crash when saving an empty Interface composer file
  13. Interface Composer and Floating window source files could not be password-protected. It has been fixed
  14. Fixed edit problem on chord line related to stave
  15. Fixed problem in history cleaning
  16. Fixed "Solfiles : error 4" alert followed by a crash when loading some files

Harmony 9.9.3c / Melody 7.9.3c - January 11th, 2021


Fixes
  1. Problem in music performance when rules are present
  2. Problem when playing tremolos
  3. Problem when printing : unwanted display of selection area

  Harmony 9.9.3 / Melody 7.9.3 - January 5th, 2021


New
  1. Piano Roll staff type
  2. New item in the Edit menu : History. Enables to get quickly to any previous modification state of the score and instantly recover the document as it was at this time. Undo states can be saved in the file. 
  3. On Mac, management of multiple screens
  4. Note ornaments on staves with tablature can have a different positionning on the regular staff and on the tablature

Improvements
  1. "Dock" palettes: global speed improvement, better click reactivity
  2. Dock : Now possible to disable animation on selected tools
  3. Real-time preview of the note being inserted from proportional (computer) keyboard input.
  4. Graphical exports (FPCT, SVG, PDF) and Myrweb now manage color gradients
  5. Start marker now managed in video export
  6. Improvement in double-click management
  7. User-defined keyboard shortcuts are displayed in menus when possible
  8. Virtual Singer parameters are saved in MusicXML files
  9. Alert when selecting hollow notehead in the palette is only displayed once.
  10. macOS : Management of communication between PDFtoMusic and Harmony via Myriad Manager
  11. Instruments for metronome are now displayed in sound mixers
  12. Note cursor color follows the "display voices in color" setting
  13. More accurate calculation for break symbols (coda, segno, endings) for a better active area enabling to clck & drag them
  14. When moving break symbols  (coda, segno, endings) the symbols follows better the mouse cursor
  15. When loading file, control of chord diagram areas, and fixing of any weirdness (negative or too large areas, etc)
  16.  MyrScript : New values to read and set areas and colord for chord diagrams
  17. Many problems of borderline cases in Virtual Singer, especially when a new voice appears suddenly in a staff, have been located and improved
  18. Management and selection of pixel sizes and frame rate in video export
  19. New algorithm for changing note duration in selection range, when "Limit editing to one bar" is on: better management of bar override
  20. Bar margins have been removed in automatic rhythm pattern editing, in order to improve readability
  21. Myrweb app has been improved to abide by the XHTML syntax
  22. Improvement of automatic positionning of visible area when editing lyrics and chords
  23. New check box in note ornaments to force their position. When the note they are attached to is moved, these ornaments won't be automatically adjusted to improve readability
  24. Windows only: in boxes with tabs (note edit, accompaniments...) possible to change tab by Ctrl Tab (next tab) and Ctrl Shift Tab (previous tab)
  25. In accompaniment and rhythm grids, right-click on an empty cell: in the menu, an "Extend" option to extend the previous element in the grid up to this cell.
  26. macOS: multithread mode in video export
  27. Now possible to abort video export just after the sound track generation
  28. When adding an ornament to a note via the array in note edit window, its position is automatically adjusted as it would be when added graphically on score.
  29. Video export: possible to select font for credits
  30. Video export: In order to improve text display on background picture, possible to define a colored shadow
  31. Improvement of preview centering on targeted notehead when editing note
  32. Video export: background image with offset and scale
  33. Video export: Load/Save last parameters in preferences
  34. Grabbing area of bar margin handles have been extended by 50% in order to ease their adjustments
  35. Spoken voice (system): better management of syllables timing when changing line on repeats
  36. Spoken voice (system): a bar without lyrics when repeated says the previous line instead of being mute
  37. Video export: for an unknown reason, soundtracks in MP3 format weren't played when the video was played on Safari (macOS/iOS). Export format has been changed to AAC
  38. Improvement of barlines position on clef/key change. By default, except at a line start, the barline (e.g. double barline) should appear after the clef
  39. Management of cover pages when defining page header and footer. Adding a cover page won't change the alternating position of page number, nor the "except first page" mode
  40. New contextual menu in "stage" mode on the complete mixer, in order to select all instruments of a given type
  41. Improvement of export/import of multiple parts in ABC format
  42. Improvement of "play selection range" mode on digital audio tracks and Virtual Singer.
  43. Display of digital audio tracks on complex cases
  44. Improvement of Piano chord diagrams
  45. When echo on note hovering was activated, some ornaments (trills, etc) could not sound exactly the same way than when the score is played.
  46. When activating/deactivating chords by degrees (relative chords) on the chord grid or on the staff chord line, the manually entered chord names are recalculated.
  47. Editing chords: better management of the defaut font for the inserted text when editing globally
  48. Creating a new document/Adding a staff: better selection of the default instrument for playing the chord line
  49. Simplified input of "/" character when entering chord line and lyrics
  50. Redesign of the chord line edit window.
  51. Management of WAV export of more than 44kHz / 16 bits in MyrScript
  52. Text staves: no more display of conditional parts, segno and break symbol text
  53. Karaoke mode: pausing lets the cursor where it stopped
  54. Virtual Singer: improvement of pronunciation for some extended diphthongs in hungarian
  55. When a cautionary key change at end of line shows accidental cancellation by natural symbols, these natural symbols don't appear anymore on the key change at start of bnext line. This can change the look of existing scores
Obsolete
  1. The « Activate information box about load and save » mode is removed
  2. After 26 years of good and loyal service, the .mus file extension becomes obsolete in writing. Of course it will still be recognised in reading.
  3. After 17 years, application icons drawn by Mr Walter Forrest are replaced by new versions

Changes

  1. Because it doesn't apply to page mode anymore, the "Page mode tools" palette becomes "Blueprint tools"

Fixes

  1. Channel numbers display in MIDI palette
  2. Management of the 12 MIDI devices in the MIDI palette
  3. Text offset when editing objects related to the staff
  4. Potential graphical problem in objects position when importing MusicXML format
  5. Potential graphical problem in lyrics cell positions
  6. Management of click on "Stop" button on the progression window for long operations on digital tracks and Virtual Singer
  7. Conversion of ghost rests to rests when loading
  8. note position could shift when double-clicked
  9. Miscellaneous graphical display issues
  10. A jukebox list containing files from a more recent version could loop on the "too recent file" alert box
  11. "Miscellaneous" palette display in Aqua look
  12. Playing the jukebox could hang on the last piece
  13. Impossible to cancel file saving when it contained long digital tracks
  14. macOs : fixed file extension in Myrweb export
  15. Jukebox : fixed problem when doing play / stop / Myrweb export
  16. Street organ card printing only printed the first page
  17. macOS : Fixed error that prevented the printed document to get th eright name
  18. Truncated sentences in the Japanese version
  19. Problem of voice deactivation when printing merged staves
  20. ABC export : wrong export when tempi with non-integer values were present
  21. Interactions between jukebox play and time position palette
  22. Name change on merged staves
  23. Odd/even page printing mode:
    - Control handle display in print preview
    - Control hand adjustment in print preview
    - Distance display in page mode
  24. VSTi access problems from Harmony 64-bit
  25. Crash when double-clicking an empty cell on accompaniment or rhythm grid
  26. Colors on additional/ledger lines (when a note is above or below the regular 5 lines)
  27. Color of some special noteheads
  28. Myrweb app: Error when managing some diacritics (UTF-8), that could display "???" instead
  29. Jukebox: music start via spacebar was resetting the current selection range in the karaoke window
  30. Adjustment of control handles in Jukebox karaoke mode
  31. Position problem when only a part of the karaoke text was played
  32. Crash when importing a MusicXML file with no music
  33. Selection display in the jukebox score area
  34. Display problem on merged (multi-voice) tablature staves
  35. Improvement and validation of tuplet export in ABC format
  36. macOS: graphic smudge on score progress line display
  37. Problem of graphical inaccuracy in  hi-resolution rectangle display
  38. Windows: relative chords (by degree) management has been activated
  39. Fixed crash when loading XML files that contain more than 8000 measures
  40. Fixed frozen application when the computer isn't rebooted for several months.
  41. Windows: problem of graphic corruption in zoom 125%
  42. When loading a file, string instruments could be converted to MyrSynth instrument despite the setting value



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