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Date added: 2001-08-31

Description: Professional-quality music notation program used by many editors and engravers.

The name Sibelius can refer to two separate, but related software applications: the original application for Acorn RISC OS machines, and the later version for Windows and Mac Os. There are compatibility issues between the two versions.

Acorn RISC OS

Name of Website: There is now no website for this application.

Latest version Sibelius 7 v3.52 (20 December 1997)

OS: RISC OS 2, 3.1, 3.5+, 4.01+, 5+

Cost: This is now only available as a second-hand item. Specialist dealers may have it in stock.

Native format: FileType DE0 Sibelius

FileTypes program can read: DE0 Sibelius, FD4 MIDI

FileTypes program can export to: DE0 Sibelius, FD4 MIDI, AFF DrawFile

Windows and Mac Os

Name of Website: Sibelius

Latest version Sibelius 7

OS and minimum system requirements:

  • Windows Windows Vista SP2 with the Platform Update Pack or later, Windows 7 SP1 or later, 1 GB+ RAM, 750 MB hard disk space, DVD-ROM drive
  • Mac Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later, Mac OS X 10.7, 1 GB+ RAM, 750 MB hard disk space, DVD-ROM drive

Cost: see this page

Native format: Sibelius (.sib)

Formats program can read: Sibelius, MIDI, PhotoScore (.opt), MusicXML, Finale/Allegro/PrintMusic (.mus), Finale ENIGMA (.etf)

Formats program can export to: Sibelius (version 7 can export to ~6, ~5, ~4, ~3, ~2 and ~Student versions), ASCII Tab, MIDI, Scorch and various graphic formats (.eps, .tiff, .bmp, .eps, .emf)

Compatibility issues

Importing Acorn RISC OS files into Windows and Mac Os version: Windows and Mac Os Sibelius versions 1.1 to 4 inclusive can import Acorn Sibelius 7 files, provided the filename has the extension .si7 added manually (/si7 if the task is carried out on a RISC OS machine prior to exporting.).