|Et Cetera||Recordare||Columbus Soft|
|Arpege Music||Dancing Dots||Lugert Verlag|
|DG Software||Optek Systems||Keynote (RISC OS version)|
|Programs to use with SharpEye|
|Versions of SharpEye and related programs|
|Music Publisher||RISC OS version|
|Other programs supporting NIFF|
|Academic music OCR projects||Computers and music notation|
Et Cetera are distributing SharpEye in the UK and the rest of Europe.
Phone: 01706 228 039
Fax: 01706 222 989
Et Cetera Distribution
Valley House Bradwood Court
St Crispin Way
Lancs BB4 4PW
Lugert Verlag are distributing a German language version of SharpEye.
Columbus Soft are distributing a German language version of SharpEye.
Recordare are distributing SharpEye and their own Dolet. Also see under Finale
Arpege Music are distributing SharpEye. Also see under Pizzicato
Dancing Dots are distributing SharpEye. Also see under GOODFEEL
Optek Systems are distributing SharpEye. Also see under Toccata
DG Software are distributing SharpEye. Also see under MagicScore
See under RISC OS version
SharpEye 1 exports NIFF files. SharpEye 2 exports NIFF files and MusicXML files. NIFF and MusicXML are formats for music notation, and where possible you should use a notation editor which imports one of these.
SharpEye also exports MIDI files which are imported by many music programs. If you use MIDI, you will lose some information about how the music is laid out. If you are mainly interested in the sound, this may not worry you, but if you intend printing the music again, it is far from ideal.
A plug-in for Finale allows MusicXML files to be imported into Finale 2000 and later. The plug-in is called Dolet for Finale and is produced by Recordare, who also developed the MusicXML format itself. Finale 2003 includes a light version of Dolet.
Recordare are selling SharpEye 2 and Dolet from their on-line store. Finale is produced by MakeMusic!
Sibelius 4 has MusicXML import. See Sibelius. Sibelius 2.11 (only) has NIFF import.
Forte notation software from Lugert Verlag is available in English and German. See Forte.
The notation program Igor for Mac OS and Windows has NIFF import from version 1.6 and MusicXML import from version 1.7. See Noteheads.
The notation program Personal Composer (PC-44) has NIFF import from version 2. See Personal Composer.
There is a shareware music notation program called Lime which imports and exports NIFF files. You can find out more about Lime at CERL and download a trial copy for Windows or Macintosh.
Version 8.05 of Lime (a pre-release version) imports and exports MusicXML files as well as NIFF. It recommended to continue to use NIFF for the time being when using Lime with SharpEye.
The music notation program MusicEase imports MusicXML as well as SharpEye's own .mro files. See MusicEase.
The music notation program Mozart imports NIFF from version 7. See Mozart.
The music notation program Harmony Assistant, version 9, has MusicXML import via a free module (script). See Harmony Assistant.
Turandot is a new music notation program which can import MusicXML files. See Turandot.
Toccata is a Braille music transcription program produced by Optek Systems which has NIFF import. Optek Systems are distributing SharpEye 2.
GOODFEEL™ is a Braille music translator program produced by Dancing Dots which can read Lime files. Dancing Dots are distributing SharpEye 2.
The music notation program QuickScore Elite, version QuickScore Elite Level II 9.0, reads NIFF files. See Sion Software.
There are a very large number of programs which can import MIDI files from SharpEye. Try searching for "MIDI sequencer" or "music notation program" or "music notation software", or go to one of the links below. MIDI sequencers are oriented towards sound output (though some also print) while music notation programs are oriented towards printed output (though most will play the music).
There is a large collection of free and shareware music software at
Shareware Music Machine
There is an collection of free and shareware music software at musica (based in Austria)
The "music DTP" program Music Publisher from Braeburn Software has direct scanning into Music Publisher via MP Scan, an add-on to Music Publisher which uses the SharpEye recognition engine. The Music Publisher + MP Scan combination is particularly effective at transposing existing music or making arrangements and additions to printed scores. (If you buy Music Publisher + MP Scan you don't need to buy SharpEye.)
See this site or contact
Richard Hallas for information about the RISC OS version of
SharpEye. His address is:
31 Skelton Crescent
There is quite a bit of interest in music OCR among academics,
including the following.
Levy Project (Baltimore, USA)
Research aimed at recognising handwritten music (Leeds University, UK)
CANTOR project (Waikato University, New Zealand)
Documentation on NIFF can be found at Alan Belkin's site. There is also a NIFF mailing list.
There is a much more comprehensive web site concerning computers, music notation software and music notation formats at Gerd Castan's site