Mozart 9 was released in November 2006.
It introduced the following new features.
Everything to do with creating and editing the score structure, and its
instrumentation, has undergone a major overhaul, comprising a vast
enhancement to the "look and feel" of the whole program.
Creating a new score with all features in place is now much easier.
The list of available score templates is both more extensive and clearer.
If instead you choose to create an instrumented score from scratch,
a "wizard" guides you through the procedure:
The same pages allow you to edit the score afterwards.
Scores at Bb pitch are now supported, in addition to written pitch
and concert pitch.
A default set of stave labels with numbered parts can be chosen automatically at the press of a button.
Instruments and voices
Instruments are now (by default) more tightly integrated with the score.
Instrument changes within parts are now fully supported.
Voice changes within parts are now supported eg arco<->pizzicato, open<->mute
Instruments now adopt a suitable default voice from the General MIDI set. This
The instrument data base now includes many more instruments.
An optimum system of General MIDI voices can be chosen automatically at the press of a button.
The tie command is more versatile: for example press T at the end of the
piece and the next note entered will be tied to the previous one.
The dot commands are now more versatile.
The new "auto-dot" feature allows very fast entry of common dotted note patterns
in simple time and compound time. The example on the
right is just one possibility - the entire rhythm can be created with no
reselection of note duration.
Block selection can now be on a single strand, all strands, a single stave, or an arbitrary chosen set of strands.
It is now even easier to play back an arbitrary chosen set of parts.
The Item-properties command allows rapid access to edit a wide variety of items.
Keyboard access to many accent commands is more versatile.
is more powerful: there are now
short cuts for entering non-native characters in lyrics
and elsewhere when using a keyboard designed for English (or any language using
the Western character set). These follow Microsoft Word's convention - (eg Ctrl+' then e gives é; Ctrl+:
then o gives ö, etc.) - but also go beyond it.
Lyric editing is more flexible: Ctrl+' ' enters a space without jumping under the next syllable. Ctrl+'-' enters a hyphen without jumping to the next syllable.
A pause (fermata) may now be put on a bar-line.
"Relative tempo changes" are now supported
- eg crotchet=minim (see right).
A variety of b13 and #11 chord symbols are now supported.
Chord symbols can now be marked as
silent, allowing rhythm parts to appear very
simple while playing back quite intricately.
Chord shapes are now possible for more instruments than just the guitar in
standard tuning. Chord shape dictionaries are provided for guitar and for
ukulele in different tunings; users can develop their own dictionaries for
Chord shapes can be drawn without an accompanying chord symbol.
Chord shapes may be drawn with all frets showing from the nut, or from the nearest appropriate fret.
Dynamic entries now range from pppp, to ffff, and include fz,
sf, sfz, sffz, fp, ffp.
There is a larger set of text substitutions available, including long and abbreviated versions of
strand labels, and time and date: eg &d -> date in short format - eg
04/12/05 (or 12/04/05 in the USA) &D -> date in long format - eg 04 December 2005 (or
December 04 2005 in the USA) &h or
&H -> time in 24 hr format - eg 16:45.
The breath mark symbol is now supported explicitly.
First line indentation is now supported.
Different stave labels are now possible on the first and subsequent systems,
with a choice of long label, abbreviated label, or none.
Stave label text may now run to more than one line.
The stave label font may now be chosen by the user.
Pages can now begin with a number other than 1.
Chord symbols are now resizable relative to the notes
(see eg right).
Chord shapes are now resizable relative to the notes.
The layout editor can now be used to edit the inner vertical space in a grand staff.
Hiding staves: if you wish to omit staves from the score then it
can now be accomplished much more effectively.
The status bar now shows
Right clicking on the stave offers a larger menu including general reformatting options.
More sample music files are provided.
More dialogues have graphic buttons. Many of them now also have tool tips
explaining the buttons (which can be switched off if desired).
The Help Window is no longer always on top.
Mozart now maintains two independent sets of screen colours. You can edit each,
and select between the two sets.
The background colour of the main frame window is now user-selectable.
A command is provided to check the Mozart web site for available updates.
This version of Mozart makes a major step towards supporting languages other than English.
Language plug-in modules can now be accepted, and updated, as translations become available.
We will be asking for volunteers to help with the translation and making the plug-in modules available
free of charge. In this way the English menus and dialogues can be replaced by
translations into other languages