The noligraph & Sibelius 7

I'm delighted to read the new features in Sibelius 7, but I'm also very excited cause I just received my first noligraph!

Sibelius 7's exciting features

Well, I'm quite happy with especially 2 features in Sibelius 7 that make it a more professional program.

  • First, it can now import and export Music XML files. It seems like a minor update, but for many users it will be a very useful one, and it just makes sense that one of the leaders in music notation be able to communicate easily with many formats, especially the most open ones.
  • Second, I love seeing the possibility to import natively SVG graphic files into Sibelius. It means that one can now generate a pdf out of Sibelius that can include the full vector based quality of graphics, for instance generated with Adobe Illustrator or other similar tools. It is no trivial function, but one proving that Avid has not forgotten serious music notators after integrating Sibelius to their teams.

But what is a noligraph?

The noligraph was presented to me for the first time by composer Julian Anderson during my first year at the Harvard Music Department. But it's only 10 days ago I ordered one. Broekmans & Van Poppel and Thomann are two international dealers.

Paper is not dead, at least for me: I frequently take notes and draw mind maps on real old fashioned notebooks. I'll let you know if I use my noligraph it in the train, plane, or bus: I like this new tool, but we shall see how much new music I write with it!


  1. I use my rolling-ball version of the noligraph called a fidolino ( ) a couple of times a month -- it works pretty well, good enough to make a quick demonstration of some notational concept when I don't have staff paper. But I've never used it for a serious thought to record -- for that, my laptop is always nearby.

    MusicXML output is huge for me and my projects -- I've bought Recordare's Dolet for Sibelius before and it's great, but being able to have normal Sibelius users just email me their scores in a format I can open in Finale will be wonderful.

  2. Thanks for the link, Michael! I heard of this tool, but I had never seen one. All best.

  3. Sorry Nancy, I can't help you with that. There are many ways to learn Sibelius. I did enjoy using the Sibelius software documentation.


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