capella-scan and capella-scan and play

music scannerThere are two scanning programs: capella-scan and capella-scan and play.

  • capella-scan is the full system to convert printed sheet music, PDF files or bitmaps into capella, MusicXML or MIDI files so that you can work on it further in your music program of choice – hopefully capella!
  • capella-scan and play is designed primarily for singers and choral directors who want an inexpensive program to play back music as a means of understanding what it will sound like and to practice alongside.

 

Below is a summary of the differences:

Main Features

capella
scan
capella
scan & play
Number of recognized staves per system: unlimited  yes  yes
Uses mathematical morphology technology for lightning-fast and precise recognition of notes, accidentals, keys, bar lines, slurs, ties, repeat boxes, crescendo signs, dynamics, articulation signs etc. yes  yes
Directly scans your scores  yes  yes
Graphic import: BMP, TIFF, PNG, GIF  yes  yes
PDF and PostScript import: Recognizes multi-page PDF scores!  yes  yes
Supports digital camera images: Just take a snapshot of your score and have capella-scan turn it into a Midi or capella file yes  yes
Recognizes small and large notes (cue notes, grace notes, normal notes), as well as small and large staves (piano score)  yes  yes
Plots recognized notes directly onto the sheet music  yes  yes
Recognizes text (also Gothic print): Lyrics, title, headers, footers, musical symbols (f, p), crescendo etc.  yes
Over 100 dictionaries from Azerbaijanian to Zulu  yes
Recognizes information specially for capella’s score layout  yes
Integrated player: plays back the recognition status – meaning you hear immediately when something is not as is should be  yes  yes
Offers intelligent and intuitive help for the error correction process  yes  yes
Manages poor score quality (gaps in stave lines etc.)  yes  yes
Excellent voice management system even for very complex sheet music  yes  yes
CapXML export: This format offers a universal XML-interface for third party programs  yes
Midi export: capella-scan can be used in conjunction with all Midi-compatible music programs  yes
MusicXML export: Notation editors like Finale®, Sibelius® and others can read this international standard file format almost perfectly, including the complete score layout  yes
Infinitely variable zoom function for lightning-fast navigation  yes  yes
Ability to attach scanned sheets to existing capella score: creating larger scores  yes
Is able to read in oversized scores up to format A3 in landscape format on A4 scanners and automatically connect page sections even with interrupted systems.  yes
Scans oversize scores and automatically connects page sections, even with disconnected systems  yes  yes
Enables clear stave line allocation; also from varying systems  yes  yes
Works with all common scanners (TWAIN 1 and 2) and reads notes in these formats: bmp, gif, jpg, png, tif, wmf  yes  yes
Automatic image optimization as to brightness, resolution etc.  yes  yes
Handles two column scores (song book pages)  yes  yes
PDF manual (about 100 pages) available as download  yes  yes
capella-scan must be activated within 30 days after installation  yes  yes

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