capella notation revision history before version 8

Revisions to capella notation from all earlier versions

Version 7.1-39, December 4th, 2017:

This version can be installed by downloading and executing the complete installation package. If you have already capella 7.1-01 or newer installed, you can use the automatic update feature accessible via Help – Online Update. You need not uninstall a previus version of capella 7. If you had a previous version of capella 7 installed and activated, you need not enter the license code anew. capella will reset its toolbar configuration to the factory settings when started for the first time after updating a version older than 7.1-00. This is inevitable, as the Edit menu has been modified slightly.

Error corrections

          • Free form texts formatted in CapXML 3 format can now be not only read and displayed, but also be edited and saved in capella 7 correctly.
          • If a one voice score contained filler rests, which is not normal neither feasible, the score division process coud crash.
          • The score division could be disturbed by very long measures, such that the rest of the score was squeezed into a single system. In this situation, it could even occur that capella got stuck in an infinite loop.
          • The MusicXML export and import did not work well in case of multi measure rests in staves with more than one voice.
          • If a MusicXML score contains tablature staves, capella cannot import them. The corresponding error message is now issued without consecutive trouble.

Improved captune 6.1-14

          • Musical symbols in freeform texts from capella 8 are considered in playback

Changed scripts in installation

Updated scripts will be available only in your installation folder. You can update your personal script folder using “Plug-Ins – Update Scripts…”. Be sure not to overwrite your own scripts, if you have made any changes in the meantime.
          • The script ‘Join rests’ ( by Peter Becker has a revised translation and documentation.
          • The script ‘Rest padder ( by Peter Becker has been corrected for triple dotted notes and for the option ‘… in new voice below cursor’
          • The description of the script ‘Expand rests’ ( by Peter Becker has been revised.
          • The script ‘Search’ ( by Bernd Jungmann has been corrected.
          • In script ‘Rests -> filler rests’ ( by Bernd Jungmann the description has been corrected.

Version 7.1-38, October 23th, 2017:

Error corrections

          • New graphics objects in CapXML 3 format (capella 8) are now ignored when a score is read, and do not interrupt the score reading. Thus a score from capella 8 can still be read.
          • If a system was split, and there was a grace note at the cursor position, but in a different voice, the grace note would stay in the old system. This problem could also occur in automatic score wrap around.
          • Score wrap around could confuse clefs in staves with multiple voices, if clef changes occurred inmidst the staff.
          • In capella-start (british version only), there was a crash if the dialog ‘Format – System – Colour of System Brackets’ was opened.

Improved captune 6.1-13

          • Trills immediately before key changes were ignored.
          • The flag ‘don’t transpose percussion voices’ was not always respected.
          • In playback of da capo al coda, if the coda sign was tied to a repeat barline, the repeat could be executed instead of the coda leap.
          • Small unwanted volume changes could occur in harp scores.
          • Import of sound settings for capella 8 is now possible.
          • If a trill was continued on a tied note, in some situations there might occur a change of trill frequency.
          • Multiple repeats with following da capo can now be played.
          • MIDI-Export: In case of an upbeat (pickup measure), the meta events ProgramName and DeviceName are no longer written to beat position 1, but at the beginning of the notes.

Changed scripts in installation

Updated scripts will be available only in your installation folder. You can update your personal script folder using “Plug-Ins – Update Scripts…”. Be sure not to overwrite your own scripts, if you have made any changes in the meantime.
          • The script ‘Join whole bar rests’ ( by Peter Becker) has been corrected for rests longer than 9 bars.

Version 7.1-37, January 13th, 2017:

Error corrections

          • During copy and paste of notes with attached transposable graphic objects, if no key change is encountered, there will be no more unwanted enharmonic changes.
          • Inside the dialog TemplateSystem – Transposition for transposing instruments, the button ‘Transpose notation accordingly’ now works as expected, even if additional octaves are specified.
          • If a .cap file is damaged in a way that the contents of a freeform text or a WMF image is missing, capella can now process this file and save it without crash. This has been corrected for .capx files already in version 7.1-06.
          • If a live voice extraction is to be saved as a simple score, it could happen that freeform texts, which came into the file only because of their scope setting, were mixed up.

Changed scripts in installation

Updated scripts will be available only in your installation folder. You can update your personal script folder using “Plug-Ins – Update Scripts…”. Be sure not to overwrite your own scripts, if you have made any changes in the meantime.
          • The script ‘Tremolo bars’ ( by Paul Villiger) has been corrected for clefs with octave change.
          • The script Guitarrero ( by Andreas Herzog) has been corrected.

Version 7.1-34, November 21st, 2016:

Error corrections

          • The correction from 7.1-33 for update 1607 for Windows 10 could lead to wrong display of landscape oriented scores, and has been corrected further.
          • MusicXML import has been made more robust.
          • MusicXML export now supports whole notes with dots correctly.
          • Printing from the command line with option -p raised an exception message after successful print.If a sequence of notes without value had fractional beams, capella could crash.
          • Beamed notes, whose stem direction was to be changed because of their beam affiliation, could have an increased distance to their neighbor notes, if a certain degree of note compression was in effect.
          • If the option ‘View and Colurs – Support for correct notation (split barlines) – Clef, Key, Time signature’ was checked, and color mode switched off, some implicit barlines belonging to key or meter changes could be drawn not in full length.
          • If the print page format was changed in the printer setup dialog, the changes were applied in part incompletly, and could yield unexpected results.

 Version 7.1-33, October 12th, 2016:

Error corrections

Since update 1607 for Windows 10, it might happen, that a new empty score was not displayed with proper dimensions, initially.


capella can now display its user interface in French language.

 Version 7.1-32, September 7th, 2016:

Error corrections

          • If an ending was anchored on a fixed barline with its first edge, and it was adjusted to the notes, it was not aligned to the barline in version 7.1-32. This has been corrected.
          • In MusicXML import, the lyrics of the last system could have a wrong distance to the corresponding staff.

Version 7.1-31, August 22th, 2016:

Error corrections

          • Import of MIDI files has been made more tolerant for certain rare contents combinations.
          • In voice extraction view, if the extracted voice does not exist in some system, a new staff containing only rests has to be inserted. If such a staff is the beginning of the score, now the key of the first note of the extracted voice is placed at the beginning of the rest sequence.
          • If a continuation of an ending in a follow-up system was to be shown in a voice extraction view, it could be displayed in a mutilated fashion
          • Endings or their continuation on the nex staff were not positioned well when adjusting to the notes, if the first note was tied to its predecessor in the preceding system.
          • If there were note line distances (and, consequently, note sizes) or system distances different for voice extraction view and complete score view, and the voice extraction view was shown, the systemTemplate view did not exaktly represent these data and the mouse clicks into the view could select the wrong staff.

Improved captune 6.1-10

          • During playback with VST-plugins, version 6.1-09 had some log-output activated unintentionally, such that performance was reduced.

Changed scripts in installation

Updated scripts will be available only in your installation folder. You can update your personal script folder using “Plug-Ins – Update Scripts…”. Be sure not to overwrite your own scripts, if you have made any changes in the meantime.

          • Join rests ( by Peter Becker): More precision for rests of whole measure length or more.

Version 7.1-30, June 27th, 2016:

Error corrections

          • If lyrics editing was active, deleting the last staff could make capella crash.
          • If a python script leaves the focus to the capella main window during execution (this may happen as a side effekt of using Tkinter), another script could be started. This lead to a crash, though. Now starting another script is prevented.
          • If you selected a system section via keyboard using shift + arrow keys, the selection edge could not easily be moved across a clef change or a grace note, if these items were not present in each staff.
          • If in a geometrical staff lines object the staff line options differed from the default, and any change to the object was made and undone, these differences got lost.
          • If the current windows user account contained special characters like German umlauts, some pyhton scripts, which use ScriptOptions for parameter saving, did not work.
          • MusicXML import: Systems without notes (say empty music sheets) can be imported now. Tempo directions will no longer be repeated unneccessarily for the first note of a voice.
          • MusicXML export: The tempo before the very first explicit tempo direction was not exported correctly since version 7.1-21.


For 15 days, the capella test version can now be used like a full version, with ability to save new created and changed scores.

Improved captune 6.1-09

          • Endings with multiple repeats are now played back for the proper number of times.
          • In MIDI lyrics export, sometimes in melisma sections (with ‘_’ extended syllables) the verses could get mixed up.
          • In repeated measures with one- or two-bar repeat signs, the articulations of the first note were not respected.
          • In the second ending, the actual dynamics rules are taken from the position before the first ending.
          • If a destination position for a jump backwards has no special tempo direction, now the tempo of the latest replay is used.
          • If piano voices had different base volume in right and left hand, it could happen that most quiet sections turned into fortissimo.

Version 7.1-29, January 18th, 2016:

Error corrections and changes

          • The licence activation procedure has been updated for Windows 10 once again
          • If a graphic object was highlighted, a script which would delete this graphic object, could make caplla crash.
          • Whole measure rests will be centered correctly now, even if their position is immediately after a key change with many sharps or flats.
          • After deleting a system section with start right at the beginning of the system, before the clef, the undo function did not render the system correctly.
          • If lyrics editing was active, execution of the score wrap around function could make capella crash.
          • If a slur was, accidentally, tied to a rest or to a fixed barline, it could lead to unusable results and long response times if it was automatically adjusted to the notes.
          • During playback of a live voice extraction, some uncontrolled cursor movements could happen, if the first voice of the second or higher staff was not selected for the extraction, but the second was present.
          • In copy and paste operations into other keys, transposable graphics objects will now be transposed to the new key, as notes have always been.
          • MusicXML export: A system’s right indent is now exported, if the system’s justify option is enabled. Thus it is possible to export two systems with a coda gap on the same vertical position.
          • Measures with ending brackets are exported with more precision.
          • Multiple rest export has been changed to a method that is expected by most other programs.
          • Export of staves with time changes at the end has been corrected, especially for template system staves not present in the actual system.
          • Double measure repeat signs bound to a barline are now exported as repeat measures.
          • Font detail export for page objects has been made more precise.
          • MusicXML import: Multi measure rest can be imported if specified as multiple-rest measure-style.
          • Endings are imported more precisely.
          • Left and right indent of systems is now imported.
          • A negative system-distance can be imported. Manual page breaks can be imported.
          • Repeat measure import has been corrected.
          • Font detail import has been made more precise for headings.
          • In MusicXML parts with more than 2 staves (cf. organ) the staff ordering is maintained correctly now.

Improved captune 6.1-08

          • MIDI file export: At the end of each track now an all notes off event is added. This makes sure that rests at the end of the score will be kept inside the playing time.
          • Tempo control: The slider for relative tempo changes did not work if used only for tempo change recording, but without playback.
          • Triolic tremolo was no longer played triolic, since captune 6.1-07
          • Loading VST configuration files with very long vstparameter lines now works as expected.

Version 7.1-28, September 21th, 2015:

The licence activation procedure has been updated for Windows 10

Version 7.1-27 (unpublished):

Error corrections

          • When a graphic object is moved using the arrow keys, the note cursor is no longer made visible automatically. So the graphic object will not become invisible accidentally, if the distance to its anchor point is large.
          • MusicXML export has been corrected for situations with music symbols at the end of a freeform text field, for multiple measure rests, and for clefs with octave shift.
          • MusicXML import has been corrected for some situations with lyric word extension lines as well as multiple measure rests.
          • The score wrap around functionality has been corrected in some situations.
          • The menu command ‘File – New – From Example’ did not work as expected with capx files as example.
          • Inserting a new system template staff using ‘format – systemTemplate – insert staff’ is now possible, even if the system template view is closed.
          • If capella was closed via ‘File – Exit’, and the question prompt if some changed file should be saved was answered with Cancel or ESC, capella was in an undefined state since version 7.1-22. This has been corrected now.
          • If a music symbol style connected to a score via file – info – comment – style was changed in a script, the undo function did not work as expected.
          • The function ‘Draw – adapt to Notes’ was accessible in some situations where it could not be executed safely and should have been inaccessible.
          • When a script, that could change the setting in ‘Format – Score – Note Spacing’, was undone, the correct note spacing was not displayed immediately.
          • When two short systems are neighboured horizontally (e.g. coda staff), selecting objects by mouse did not work as expected, and the playback cursor was not correct.
          • For legacy capella files, now the default scope value (voice, staff, system) for some graphic music symbols and wedges will be chosen more adequately.
          • Inside the dialog ‘Notes/Rests – Value – Irregular Time Divisions’ the example preview was painted without note heads. This was no intended abstraction, but a lapse.
          • The dialog for whole measure rests settings had a problem concerning display of the measure count above or below
          • The dialog for rest settings now gives a hint how to change the vertical position via keyboard.
          • Documentation has been revised in some places.

Improved captune 6.1-07

          • Changes for the flags ‘include dynamics during playback’, ‘include special rhythms during playback’, ‘Include trills and ornaments during playback’, and ‘use only default sound for playback’, were applied even if the Cancel button was pressed.
          • A crash has been eliminated if the captune dialog was open when capella was closed.
          • Voices with different transposition settings are no longer combined to one instrument, even if the setting in the ‘instruments’ tab of the captune dialog would require it.
          • Play directions tied to appoggiatura were not always executed as expected.
          • The ‘straight’ playing direction, which should terminate the ‘swing’ special rhythm, did not work in all situations of piano notation.

Changed scripts in installation

Updated scripts will be available only in your installation folder. You can update your personal script folder using “Plug-Ins – Update Scripts…”. Be sure not to overwrite your own scripts, if you have made any changes in the meantime.

          • The script Transposable chord symbol ( has been extended with the style ‘Accordion/minor international’
          • The script Expand chords ( by Paul Villiger has been extended.
          • The script Join rests ( by Peter Becker has been extended to remember the last used parameter set.
          • The script sound import ( has been extended and corrected.

Version 7.1-26, February 16th, 2015:

Error corrections

If a score in CapXML 1.0 format with percussion sound map was loaded, the mappings were shown correctly in their dialog, and were interpreted correctly on playback. But if the file was saved as CapXML 2.0, they got lost.
The MIDI import has been revised slightly.
If capella was closed while the tempo control window was still open, a crash message could be issued, with no adverse effects, though. This behaviour was apparently introduced with Version 7.1-23 and has been fixed now.

Improved captune 6.1-06

Faulty capx files with ill-formed Rtf objects could cause a playback crash.
The duration of notes in a trill depends on the overall playback tempo. This mechanism was beeing used for all kinds of grace notes, such that the written note value of the grace note was not evaluated. Now grace notes are played with their written note value, if possible. There are two exceptions, though: If they don’t fit into the duration of the main note, they are played faster. And if they belong to a trilled note, they are adapted to the trill rhythm.
Grace notes inside of lyrics syllables continued with extension line were not played.
A bug in Hermode tuning has been corrected.

Version 7.1-25, November 24th, 2014:

Error corrections

If during printer setup settings were introduced, that conflicted with the current score page margins such that no printable region was left, an inpredictably wrong score display could be the consequence.
When saving an extracted part of a live voice extraction with many voices, it could happen that the generated file name suggestion together with the absolute pathname exceeded the former Windows limit of 260 characters. In this case capella could crash.

If a user was logged in under a user account that contained non western european characters, it could happen since version 7.1-22, that capx files with empty contents were saved.

Improved captune 6.1-05

Faulty capx files with empty template system staff description are now accepted anyway.
Loading capx files with many freeform text fields has been speeded up.

Changed scripts in installation

Updated scripts will be available only in your installation folder. You can update your personal script folder using “Plug-Ins – Update Scripts…”. Be sure not to overwrite your own scripts, if you have made any changes in the meantime.

The script ‘chord expansion’ ( by Paul Villiger) has been revisited: Input values will now be saved for the next call.

capella 7.1 Corrections and Changes

Version 7.1-24, October 8th, 2014:

Error corrections

          • The templateSystem function ‘Move staves downwards’ (or upwards) did no longer collaborate well with the undo system since version 7.1-21, and could cause crashes on saving the score.
          • If a system that is to be joined with the preceding system contains fewer staves than the other, and a time signature other than 4/4 is in effect, 4/4 time signatures have been inserted erroneously.

Improved captune 6.1-04

          • When playback ends or is interrupted, now an eventually pressed sustain pedal is released.
          • Accidentals for the auxiliary note of trills have sometimes been evaluated incorrectly, depending on the current key.
          • MIDI export: The bar metrum data contained an invalid value for the metronome interval. This lead to problems with some MIDI consuming applications.
          • MIDI export: Lyrics syllables on arpeggio chords have either been ignored or saved with the last arpeggio tone. Now they are saved with the first arpeggio tone.
          • After a time signature change, in some situations notes continued playing inadvertently for some seconds.

Version 7.1-23, September 2nd, 2014:

Error corrections

          • Some customers encountered crash reports on closing capella 7.1-22, without severe consequences. The reason for this has been identified and fixed.
          • After ‘playback broken chord’, in some situations single notes could continue to play infinitely.
          • In MusicXML import, tolerance for faulty files has been improved.

Improved captune 6.1-02

          • The MIDI Mapper settings have been read out inaccurate sometimes, and this could lead to error messages on opening MIDI output devices.

Version 7.1-22, June 16th, 2014:

Error corrections

          • The automatic slur continuation across a line break can now work even if there is a fixed barline at the break point.
          • In MusicXML import, four problems have been fixed. One lead to problems if the first system of a score did not contain the first staff. The other lead to additional rest measures, if a measure had fixed barlines on the left and on the right side. The third concerned mid-measure clef changes. Finally, for the rehearsal element, a more suitable position is used now if no position is specified.
          • In MusicXML export, a bug has been fixed for scores with rests inside tuplets. This could make the program hang.
          • Playback start could be determined faulty, if a system had very long playback duration (e.g. many whole measure rests).
          • If the name of a MusicXML file (.xml, .mxl) or of a capella XML skript info file (.info) contained characters that could not be translated into a codepage based format like ANSI, these files could not be read.


capella uses a new strategy for opening MIDI output devices. So it can work seamlessly with software synthesiser MIDI drivers like coolsoft’s VirtualMIDISynth. This is also a possibility for running capella in a terminal server network environment.

Improved captune 6.1-01

          • Midi devices are no longer closed before program quit in order to avoid time delays on re-opening.
          • In tab Playback Devices, there is now a note which MIDI devices are open. It has options in its context menu.
          • Correction of position control in capella’s tempo control Window: If the bar or system counter was incremented or decremented stepwise, the position always jumped to the first movement.
          • Crash fixed in recording tempo changes at the end of the first system.

Changed scripts in installation

          • Updated scripts will be available only in your installation folder. You can update your personal script folder using “Plug-Ins – Update Scripts…”. Be sure not to overwrite your own scripts, if you have made any changes in the meantime.
          • Composition with Tonica ( by Bernd Jungmann has been added to the installation package. It enables you to run tonica for a tune opened in capella, and view the composed result immediately in capella.
          • by Bernd Jungmann has been refined, such that in a note element with chord element, a lacking voice element is no longer treated as problem. This can yield better import results for some Sibelius files.

Version 7.1-21, March 17th, 2014:
Error corrections

          • In percussion voices, sound maps have been ignored during audible note entry and during note shift with keys O or P + Arrow since version 7.1-16.
          • If the sound for audible note entry was chosen from the SystemTemplate, and was realized by a VST-plugin, the response times could grow inadequately for scores with many different instruments.
          • If a staff started with an incomplete measure, in some cases beamlets could point into the wrong direction. Furthermore, automatic beam grouping was not always correct there.
          • Simple text elements with frame could loose their non-default frame distance after copy and paste.
          • In MusicXML export some special cases in tuplets have been corrected. Moreover, a flaw in tempo export has been fixed.
          • Automatic filler rests were processed inadeqately under some odd time signatures like 5/8.
          • Some python scripts could make capella crash when undoing them.
          • If systems were joined, and the second system contained a stave with more voices than the first, the stem direction of the surplus voices got lost in the joined system.
          • If systems were joined, and the first contained an all empty voice, an error message ‘illegal argument’ could appear.
          • After ties over measure boundaries, accidentals could be mistakenly suppressed in some situations.
          • The keyboard commands Ctrl+Home and Ctrl+End now move the cursor definitely always to the first (or after the last) note object of the first (or last) voice of the first (or last) system.
          • The dialog lyrics – edit in window can show foreign characters correctly now.
          • For freeform text fields, entering music symbols via the S toolbar entry has been corrected.


          • The captune options now include an additional page for details of MIDI-export.
          • The documentation has been revised. Amongst others, a section about the MIDI-export options, and a section on special character input in all kinds of text have been added.
          • Ties over fixed barlines are now handled similarly to ties over automatic barlines in many situations.
          • Ties across key changes are now displayed correctly.
          • If you insert a rest between tied notes, the tie is now automatically broken.
          • In the status bar, the display of total accumulated note values of all notes/chords/rests to the left of the cursor now takes into account, if the first measure has been continued from the previous system.
          • In File – Page Setup there is now a warning, if separate page margins for odd and even pages are unified accidentally.

Improved captune 6.0-06

          • Some very special type of capella files could lead to a crash when loading.
          • On MIDI export, lyrics for repeats were sometimes taken from the wrong verse.
          • For voices played on the MIDI percussion channel, chords were played not completely, but only with their upmost note.
          • Reloading the VST-Konfiguration file (*_captune.ini) is now working without having to start capella anew.
          • In the captune settings, on the “Instruments” tab the checkbox text “Use only default sound for playback (see Playback Devices)” has been changed to “The text on the Same sound for all instruments (Playback Devices | Default sound)”.
          • In some situations, 32th grace notes have been played incorrectly.

Changed scripts in installation

          • Updated scripts will be available only in your installation folder. You can update your personal script folder using “Plug-Ins – Update Scripts…”. Be sure not to overwrite your own scripts, if you have made any changes in the meantime.
          • The script append capella score ( has been corrected for scores that contained the & sign in text objects..

Version 7.1-20, November 28th, 2013:
Error corrections

          • The change of version 7.1-17, concerning space calculation for syllables with left alignment, did not consider their second important property: As their extent was not counted in note alignment, they could be used to spread one syllable over several notes. This has been made possible again. Moreover, left aligned syllables whose extent is counted in note alignment are now also possible.
          • When undoing some edits inside one system, problems could arise, if the cursor was in another system at the time of the undo command.
          • When updating from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, some users encountered problems with the capella activation.

Version 7.1-19, November 8th, 2013:
Improved captune 6.0-04

During playback of some scores with key changes, unwanted modulations could occur.

Version 7.1-18, November 7th, 2013:
Error corrections

For the display of simple texts with musical symbols in font capella-Früherziehung, an error has been corrected, which had been introduced in Version 7.1-16.

Version 7.1-17, October 22nd, 2013:
Error corrections

          • MusicXML import has been made more tolerant.
          • MusicXML export has been improved for tempo, polyrhythmic, and capella3 music symbols at the end of freeform texts.
          • Graphic objects with a single anchor, which have no change from the defaults concerning position or visibility, except the minimum distance from center staff line, were not saved correctly.
          • Inserting a tempo change at the cursor position via Extras – Tempo – Set did not work as expected.
          • capella can now tolerate faulty system bracket definitions, as may be generated by improper Python scripts.
          • In lyrics syllables with left alignment, space calculation was insufficient, so text intersections could occur.
          • In US version, the help button in File – Page Setup dialog now calls the correct help paragraph Components of a score – Score properties – Page setup.
          • After removing a sound card from the computer, problems could arise, if the newly available devices were not explitly chosen afterwards.


          • Audible note entry feedback can now be configured to be done completely via the VST interface. Thus, capella can work better in networks with terminal servers.
          • In endings with multiple numbers (e.g. ‘1. – 3.’) a longer hyphen than the minus sign is now used.

Improved captune 6.0-04

          • Dal segno al coda: Fixed for situations where the coda sign or the first ending was at the beginning of the staff.
          • If a second display screen was in use, the dialog window could become too large if it was on the left screen.
          • Bug fixed when adding a VST device with a corresponding configuration file *_captune.ini.
          • The first call of Profiles – Organize – Export to File had an undefined folder in the file open dialog. Now: Documents.
          • On tab instruments, column capella Instrument, the Notation Range (see context menu) was not saved.
          • When a capx file was closed, the used memory was not freed completely.
          • In Midi export, some key changes were erroneously cancelled.
          • A crash was fixed when loading and playing very large capella files.
          • Under Vista/Win7/Win8 the ‘Microsoft MIDI-Mapper’ is written without hyphen. This could lead to problems on these OSs when playing a capx file written under XP. Now hypen and blank are seen as identical.
          • If an articulation legato + staccato coincided with fp, the note was struck twice.
          • Sound choice in SystemTemplate: Double genericsound in *_captune.ini is now possible, sample setting has priority.
          • If different voices in a staff have different keys (this is possible in the capella data model, but always nonsens), they are unified.
          • The dialog Playback Devices – MIDI and VST Output – Configure could crash.
          • SystemTemplate – Sound – Play sound: Now this works also for percussion sounds.
          • SystemTemplate – Sound – Melody: The tempo setting is now used as expected in SystemTemplate – Sound – Play sound.
          • Trills & Ornaments: Some drop down lists were not large enough to show all entries, so they were reachable only by scrolling with the up and down arrows.
          • Tab Tunings: An Absolute Tuning of a’==220Hz was accepted as input, but not saved consequently.
          • Tab Tunings: Changes were accepted even if the dialog was closed with Esc.
          • Tab Instruments: Vol and Pan values were not always updated when the Profile was changed.
          • Midi export: capella files shorter than a measure were exported as upbeat.
          • Very fast decrescendi (e.g. fp) were saved as crescendo with an overflow in controller values.
          • Endless loop fixed when encountering an unnecessary first ending.

Changed scripts in installation

          • Updated scripts will be available only in your installation folder. You can update your personal script folder using “Plug-Ins – Update Scripts…”. Be sure not to overwrite your own scripts, if you have made any changes in the meantime.
          • The script by Paul Villiger was corrected for chords Asus and Esus, which had been seen as German style As and Es.

Version 7.1-16, June 6th, 2013:
Error corrections

          • On Czech operating systems, freeform text boxes were shown with a distortion.
          • In MusicXML import, a problem with files containing redundant alter elements has been eliminated. Additionally, percussion notes with special note head shapes and measure-repeats are now imported. Long fontnames (attribute font-family more than 32 characters) do not lead to problems any more. Polymetric notation (non-controlling measure) can be imported now. In lyrics, more than one syllable parts will be accepted, if they are connected by the elision element. In some situations, the tempo is imported more adequate.
          • In MusicXML export, support for 1-line-staves as well as special note head shapes and measure-repeats has been added. Graphic objects anchored at barlines are now exported, too. The advertized MusicXML version has been corrected to 2.0. If more than one page objects exist, they are now all exported.
          • In capella start 7, simple barlines were shown too slim in print and, at high zoom factors, on screen.
          • Scores with certain faults can now be repaired automatically.
          • When dividing the score window into 4 parts in a single step, a system error message “illegal argument” could be generated.
          • If there were custom paper sizes chosen in file – page setup, this information could be lost when external scripts were run.
          • In a new installation on German systems, the keyboard note input was initialized to ‘international’ mode instead of ‘German’, since version 7.1-04.
          • When saving an extracted voice, an empty brackets element could be generated in the generated score. This was syntactically incorrect, though harmless.
          • If the tempo was altered to 120 bpm, this value was considered default and not accepted.
          • If staves with more than one voice, containing freeform text boxes, had been deleted, a crash could occur after saving the score.
          • If staves had been deleted, and systems were split afterwards, and this was finally undone, this could lead to a crash.
          • The W3C-Schema for CapXML has been updated. It is It is needed for script developing purposes only and available in the developer’s package.


          • The need for calibrating free form text fields using calibrate.cap has been eliminated.
          • In a client-server-environment, it may be desirable to have the python files (folder Python23) in the personal capella folder. This situation can now be detected and used.

Improved captune 6.0-03

          • For users of VST-Plugins like capella Vienna orchestra: In *_captune.ini now more than one keyswitches can be specified for one articulation.
            In the capella-tune tempo control window, if a tempo change was to be recorded, while playback was not running, wrong tempo settings were generated.
          • ASIO-devices were not found.

Changed scripts in installation

          • Updated scripts will be available only in your installation folder. You can update your personal script folder using “Plug-Ins – Update Scripts…”. Be sure not to overwrite your own scripts, if you have made any changes in the meantime.
          • by Bernd Jungmann has been updated and can now process MusicXML files containing redundant alter elements. So these files can now be imported by older versions of capella. For capella 7.1-16 or newer, this script update is not necessary.
          • Split Chords ( by Paul Villiger and Bernd Jungmann) has been corrected.

Version 7.1-15, March 5th, 2013:

Error corrections

          • On Czech operating systems, some symbols from the music symbol palette were not displayed correctly.
          • In MusicXML import, a problem with files containing the element metronome-note has been eliminated.
          • The music symbol font capella-Renaissance (cap-Renaissance.ttf) once more contains the special renaissance time signatures, that have been substituted by the modern dynamic symbols fff, ff, f, mp, mf, and the fermata below symbol, since version 7.1-01 (May 2011). These symbols are not common in renaissance music and are no longer supported. They can be taken from the capella3.ttf font instead.
          • If capriccio is installed, now “File – Export – Open in capriccio“ will also work when called for the first time.


The About box has been redesigned.

Changed scripts

          • Updated scripts will be available only in your installation folder. You can update your personal script folder using “Plug-Ins – Update Scripts…”. Be sure not to overwrite your own scripts, if you have made any changes in the meantime.
          • by Bernd Jungmann has been updated and can now process MusicXML files containing the element metronome-note. So these files can now be imported by older versions of capella. For capella 7.1-15 or newer, this script update is not necessary.

Version 7.1-14, January 14th, 2013:

Error corrections

          • Tied notes were displayed as tied, even if the successor note head had a different alteration than the predecessor.
          • Graphic objects with scope larger than voice, which were tied to a note immediately after a fixed barline, could be positioned incorrectly in an extracted voice view.
          • Scripts reading the duration of whole bar rests did not work correctly in scores with time signature ‘no time signature’
          • When inserting a new voice, the automatically generated time signature did not care for the new properties from version 7.1-13, namely width and invisibility.
          • Every installation should now contain calibrate.cap with the hint text, that it is not necessary to save that score after calibrating.
          • In lyrics mode, keyboard inputs with ctrl key held down could lead to unwanted invisible characters in the score. These could prevent external scripts from being executed for this score.
          • When ‘restoring’ the main window, the cursor was not necessarily inside the visible area, and the view was scrolled to the cursor after a cursor move.
          • MusicXML files with tablature content now yield a meaningful error message on an import attempt.
          • Converting marked notes to triplets will now avoid generating triplets with only one note.
          • Beamed notes with stem direction ‘without’ will now have their beams hidden like the stems.
          • MusicXML export now supports time signature longAllaBreve (4/2).
          • The python routine NoteObj::Time() now yields proper values even for fixed barlines, key and clef change objects.
          • Lyrics verse numbers are now saved in proper encoding, even if they contain German umlauts or other foreign special characters.
          • When saving to .cap files, now strings from Info – Comment and Author are encoded correctly, if they contain German umlauts.
          • If a score without style setting in info – comment is opened, now capella not only uses normal style settings, but also sets the music symbols style in Extras – Options – General to the normal capella-Standard.


          • When searching for online updates, administrator privileges are no longer needed. If an update is found, they are needed as before.
          • When transposing a single note using O (or P) + arrow key, capella now automatically removes any tie connecting the note to the previous note in the same voice. So you can now remove a tie by moving the successor note one step up and then down again.

Changed scripts

          • Updated scripts will be available only in your installation folder. You can update your personal script folder using “Plug-Ins – Update Scripts…”. Be sure not to overwrite your own scripts, if you have made any changes in the meantime.
          • Chord symbol –> chord ( by Paul Villiger) has been supplemented by Peter Becker, added option ‘Replace rhythm’.

Version 7.1-13, November 5th, 2012:

Error corrections

In existing scores, ‘no time signature’ is displayed as before version 7.1-11.


          • For time signatures, especially ‘no time signature’, the reserved space is now adjustable. For any newly inserted signature of value ‘no time signature’ the reserved space is 0.
          • For all time signatures, invisibility can now be set. Thus, user defined optical representations of time signatures are possible.
          • If, for any reason, for clefs with octave-shift, the shape and position of the 8 is desired to have the style before capella 7.1-11, this can be made possible by editing capella.dat: In chapter [Defaults] enter a new line with content OctaveClef=legacy.

New scripts

          • Edit Time Signature ( by Bernd Jungmann) allows to set the properties ‘invisible’ and ‘width’. These properties are evaluated only by capella 7.1-13 or newer.
          • Edit ‘No Time Signature’ Time Signatures ( by Bernd Jungmann) allows to set the property ‘width’ for all time signatures of value ‘no time signature’ in the whole score. Thus, it is possible to switch between the display mode of capella before 7.1-11 (with space reserved) and the later versions (no space reserved) for a single score.

Version 7.1-12, October 30th, 2012:

Error corrections

          • In version 7.1-11, tremolo bars on semibreve (whole) notes were not displayed correctly.
          • If graphic objects were in a selected state, changes in score scale or window size could lead to unwanted shifts, if they were selected afterwards.
          • The state of system adjustment was not always signalled correctly in the toolbar button, if extracted voices were displayed.

Version 7.1-11, October 29th, 2012:

Error corrections

          • The music font cap-capella-kids.ttf (capella-Früherziehung) is now provided in version 1.2 with title capella-Frueherziehung. Thus it is also usable with Adobe Captivate. Its name is still capella-Früherziehung, though, so no changes are necessary in capella’s usage. This change will not be installed by the automatic update mechanism. If you have encountered this problem, you should install capella 7.1-11 from the complete installation file on the capella website.
          • In scores using the music font capella-Früherziehung in a plain text element, external scripts were aborted with an error message.
          • Slurs connected to semibreves (whole notes) and to chords are now positioned more appropriately when adjusted to notes automatically.
          • Extras – Score Wrap Around could produce a crash, if the cursor was at the very end of the score.
          • Automatic screen refresh, if activated, could interfere with mouse dragging of additional staff distances.
          • Installation under Parallels Desktop (Apple Mac OS X) has been smoothened.
          • MusicXML import has been made more tolerant for ill-formed source files
          • In the dialogue Edit – Go to, the dropdown box Bar is now accessible, even if the bar number display at start of each system is disabled.
          • Activation process has been adapted to a new web server.
          • If a script initiated graphics objects adjustment to notes using the transpose command, the effect was not complete in some situations.
          • Tuplet brackets in an inactive voice are now displayed in inactive color, completely.
          • For a time signature “no time signature”, no space is reserved any more.
          • Position and shape of the octave-changing 8 in combination with clefs has been reworked.
          • If there was a clef change or a time change at the end of a voice, and the user entered a new clef change or time change, such that the existing clef or time sign became needless, a system error message “illegal argument” could be generated.
          • If an empty system (without clef) was to be joined with its predecessor (Ctrl + Backspace), a system error message “illegal argument” could be generated.
          • Entering numeric zoom values via keyboard did not always render the desired zoom view.


When navigating through a score using the arrow keys, the transition to the next system is supported more seamlessly: At the end of a line, you can press ctrl + arrow right to proceed to the beginning of the corresponding voice in the next system. Likewise, at the beginning of a line, you can press ctrl + arrow left to proceed to the end of the corresponding voice in the previous system.

Changed scripts

          • Split Chords ( by Paul Villiger and Bernd Jungmann) will now pay more attention to slurs, tuplet brackets, and other graphic objects tied to the notes. In addition, the number of voices to create can now be limited by the user.
          • Split voices into separate staves ( by Hartmut Ring) now supports restriction to only one systemTemplate staff. It can now adjust system brackets and can transfer instrument names and sound settings, if specified separately for different voices.

Version 7.1-10, June 28th, 2012:

Error corrections

In some circumstances, in version 7.1-09 the system beam setting was unintentionally set to Large Beam Groups.

Version 7.1-09, June 18th, 2012:

Error corrections

          • Tempo attributes for different repeats are now saved correctly.
            •    After moving staves in the System Template, situations with wrong stave addressing could occur.
            •    Transposable symbols made with freeform text elements were not saved correctly if they contained only 12 (instead of 21) different keys.
            •    The Python interface entry readInternalFilename (new in 7.1-04) has been corrected.
            •    In some situations, the Python interface entry Score::write would still produce faulty coded file names.
            •    When slurs, brackets or crescendo marks are positioned using the cursor keys, they now will automatically get the property “do not automatically adjust to position of notes“, just as when they are positioned by mouse dragging.
            •    In the script “Insert a transposable chord symbol“, if the edit field for the symbol to insert is cleared and then OK is pressed, or if another Python script tries to insert a group of graphics objects without members, capella will not crash.
            •    In MusicXML import, some unexpected situations (seen in Sibelius 7 files, Direct export, not from Dolet) now no longer cause a program crash.
            •    In MusicXML import, clefs with octave shift are now imported correctly.
            •    In MusicXML import, breve notes and rests are now imported correctly.
            •    In MusicXML export, tempo attributes are now exported.
            •    Export as Windows metafile has been tuned, such that some programs (including Microsoft WordPad) can now import the metafile with better results.
            •    In some dialogue boxes (Transposable Object, Musical Symbol), some keyboard inputs now work more as expected.
          •  Tempo attributes for different repeats are now evaluated even if anchored to systems
            •    Tempo control now more consistent when relative changes are applied while playback is not running
            •    Some VST instruments were not playing as expected.
            •    Initialization order of VST instruments now more consistent with System Template order.
            •    Swing playback corrected.

Improved captune 5.3-27

Changed scripts

          • Updated scripts will be available only in your installation folder. You can update your personal script folder using „Plug-Ins – Update Scripts…“. Be sure not to overwrite your own scripts, if you have made any changes in the meantime.
          • Sibelius 7 Patch ( von Bernd Jungmann): The script has been added to the installation. It can help in some situations to improve MusicXML import results. Such situations have been found in Sibelius 7 files, Direct export, not from Dolet. The script can also be used for older versions of capella.

Version 7.1-08, March 27th, 2012:

Error corrections

          • Extras – Score Division causes no more problems if a whole system has only filler rests as note objects. It also works well if selected systems are to be divided starting at the first system of the score, and the following system has justification switched on. After score division the cursor will now begin at the same bar as before.
          • • If, immediately after loading, a .cap file is changed by a script with undo support, RTF text fields and WMF graphics could be lost.
          • • In bar numbering, if bar numbers divisible by xx“ coincided with a time signature change, it was not printed.
          • If a score was created with the score wizard without header and without page numbers, capella could crash.
          • If a stave containing RTF text fields or WMF graphics was deleted, capella could crash later when saving the score.
          • “Draw – Adjust to notes“ did not work properly if the area was marked backwards and contained more than one system.
          • Opening capella files from within capella-scan sometimes did not work if the file to be opened had a very short file system path. Unicode file names can now be used successfully.
          • If you tried to enter notes at the anchor point for page objects via the computer keyboard, capella could crash.
          • Graphics objects being replicated from other voices because of their settings in Position – Scope, are now positioned better in some situations.
          • In the Python script interface, the “min“ parameter of an edit control is now evaluated correctly, even if it is negative.
          • In the Python script interface, in all situations unicode strings are now processed correctly.
          • If a .cap file was changed with an external script and then saved under its original name as .cap file again, coding errors in German umlauts could appear in systemTemplate names.
          • When undoing scripts, the landscape setting could disappear.
          • If bar numbering is changed with a script the result is now shown immediately.
          • When printing to a PDF printer driver, a small unexactness in note stems and barlines has been eliminated, which was previously visible in magnifications beyond 1000%.
          • After importing a percussion sound map from a .cap file, the mapped sounds were not labelled correctly in the window playback – sound mappings.
          • “Draw – Adjust to notes“ now has a corrected description in the edit undo history.


          • In MusicXML export, error messages have been made more meaningful in some situations.
          • For new text boxes, which are created at the page anchor point, now the default pagination setting is Page 1.
          • Voices with percussion clef now allow insertion of redundant key changes to C major. Thus the barlines in percussion voices can be kept synchronous to other staves with key changes in the same system.

Improved captune 5.3-26

          • Better synchronization of playback start when VST and Midi sounds are to be mixed.
          • An error in percussion sound mappings has been eliminated.
          • • Midi file export: Tempo errors have been fixed in certain combinations of tempo, repeats and time signature change.
          • Midi file export: Some kinds of invalid percussion sounds no longer lead to a program crash.
          • Some faulty capx files no longer lead to a crash.
          • Configure VST plug in: If the VST controller list was too long, it could not be saved.
          • Configure VST plug in: Immediately after definition of the first sounds, the drop down button for selection of the standard sound could cause a crash (changing from standard midi sounds to custom sounds).
          • Install new VST plugin: Warning, if the plug in name could not be found.
          • On the first call after a new installation of capella, there is no longer a message “plug in name could not be determined“.

Changed scripts

Updated scripts will be available only in your installation folder. You can update your personal script folder using “Plug-Ins – Update Scripts…“. Be sure not to overwrite your own scripts, if you have made any changes in the meantime.

          • Split Chords ( by Paul Villiger) has been changed, such that it can work in staves with more than one voice in a staff. Furthermore, it creates new voices only inside the system Template staff.
          • Append capella score ( by Bernd Jungmann) has been adapted for CapXML 2 files and is now included in the capella installation.
          • The new script Sound Import ( by Bernd Jungmann) can be used to import complex sound settings, including percussion sound mappings, from other capella files.
          • The script Chord Symbol ( shows translated texts, as in earlier versions.
          • Score Synthesis ( by H.H. Lampe) has had some dialog box texts revised.
          • Search ( by Bernd Jungmann) now also supports searching for the music symbol 1175 (Tempo setting “quarter note =“)

Version 7.1-07, December 12th, 2011:

Error corrections

          • Some capx files which hat been edited in capella 7.1-04 or 7.1-05 could yield an error message in 7.1-06 „element(s) lacking“, and then „unexpected file format“, and the file could not be opened.
          • On saving capx files, in some situations the processing of „äöü“ etc. was incorrect. This could lead to problems in processing these files with external Python scripts.
          • After MusicXML import, if a score was to be saved as up-to-date CapXML 2.0, it was indeed saved as CapXML 1.0
          • Display of „äöü“ in XML tree structure window after MusicXML import as well as after reading CapXML 1.0 or .cap files has been corrected.

Version 7.1-06, December 6th, 2011:

Error corrections

          • Starting with 7.1-04, the function „File – Save Marked Systems“ was no longer working correctly. The whole score was saved instead. This has been corrected again.
          • When clicking on a filler rest, capella 7.1-04 or newer could crash, if a score wrap around had been undone shortly before, or a a tempo change recording via tempo control had been undone shortly before, or if the score had been saved in one of the older formats shortly before.
          • If in a .cap file one of the first actions in a capella session was joining systems, capella could crash (this was not observed in W7/64).
          • If one of several filler rests, which could have been been joined automatically, but had not yet been joined, was to be replaced by a normal note or rest, this could produce an error message “improper argument“ error message.
          • If not all voices of a system had the same length, and this system was to be joined with the follow-up system, it could happen that the filler rests to insert at the end of the shorter voices were not computed correctly. The same could happen when inserting a fixed barline.
          • Since 7.1-04, the information in “File – Info – Comments – Coding type“ did not always show the right capella version.
          • If a capx file is damaged in a way that the contents file of a freeform text or a WMF image is missing, capella can now process this file and save it without crash.
          • If a MusicXML or MIDI file was imported and then exported again as MIDI, without saving it as capella score before, capella could crash.
          • In MusicXML export, in parts with more than one staves (e.g. piano), the voice numbering is now controlled in such a way, that the first voice in the lower staff has the same “voice” number attribute in the whole part.
          • In MusicXML export, if endings brackets overlap in capella, they are now exported more appropriately, as they cannot overlap in MusicXML.
          • In MusicXML export, if an error occurs during conversion, and the error message contains characters like äöü, the error message will now display correctly.
          • In MusicXML import, an error has been eliminated, which could lead to wrong ordering of template System staves, and eventually to a crash.
          • In some situations the help button support has been completed.
          • If a script using function closeActiveScore() was started not from the script browser, but via the plugins.dat-mechanism, capella could crash.
          • In Format – Staves – Spacing, the number of spaces is now displayed correctly, even if it is -1. The same holds true for Format – Score – Bar Numbering – Distance.
          • Undoing system split and systems join is now more precise in case of line breaks in the midst of a measure.
          • When reading capx files, lyrics syllables consisting of blanks only were ignored.
          • In a new voice of a new system, the first note entered is shown correctly at first, but could be saved with a wrong pitch, if the key was not C major.
          • If the plugin toolbar contained less than 12 symbols, capella could crash while starting.
          • In case of undoing a system range deletion, which began immediately after a key or clef change, thepitches of the restored notes could be distorted.


          • If a system is to be split at a position, which would lead to a shift of some voices against each other in the follow up system, a warning is issued.

Improved captune 5.3-21

          • In CapXML 2.0 files, da capo directions were executed more often than adeqate, if they were written in more than one voice.
          • Playback start can now be adjusted in a new field on the tab playback devices. On some computers, this has proven necessary to provide for uniform entry of all instruments.
          • In the instruments list on tab Instruments, there is now an entry for grand piano, also in Generic View, because this is the default for new capella scores.
          • In repeated playback via VST, the VST instances of equal instruments (such as violin 1 and 2) could be swapped. Now the order is maintained, so additional settings in the VST-Plug-Ins can be used.
          • If in MIDI export more than one voices with lyrics are exported to one single track, now only the one lyrics syllable of the upper note will be exported.

Changed scripts in installation

Updated scripts will be available only in your installation folder. You can update your personal script folder using „Plug-Ins – Update Scripts…“. Be sure not to overwrite your own scripts, if you have made any changes in the meantime.

          • Guitarrero ( by Andreas Herzog) has been corrected in note value of place holder rests.

Version 7.1-05, November 4th, 2011:

Error corrections

          • If a graphic object was currently marked when saving in the older formats .cap or CapXML 1.0, capella 7.1-04 could crash.
          • If the anchor of a graphic object was moved, capella 7.1-04 did show this correctly, but did not save it correctly.
          • When saving to .cap or to CapXML 1.0 (.capx), the message about eventually incompletely saved details has been corrected in some situations.
          • If a simple text element anchored to the page contained both # (for the current page) and, e.g. $(_) (for the instrument name), capella could crash.
          • Starting with version 7.1-04, after splitting a system (not the last), capella did not save the follow up system correctly on the next file save action.
          • Starting with version 7.1-04, mouse piano input would not insert notes with accidentals correctly.
          • Under Windows XP (prior to SP3) there have been problems reported in starting capella by double clicking on file names in Windows Explorer. These problems are bypassed now.
          • Upon undo of an insert operation, that had a repositioning of automatic barlines as a consequence, which lead to a change in automatic filler rests, capella could crash.
          • When reading capx files, version 7.1-04 would drop leading and trailing empty spaces in lyrics syllables, simple text elements and some other freely assignable texts in the capella score.
          • When marking a single system with „Edit – Mark – System“ (Ctrl + D), it could happen that capella entered an endless loop (illegal argument).

Improved captune 5.3-18

          • In version 5.3-17, if there were empty voices in the system where playback should begin, there was a wrong error message saying that no sound could be found.
          • Endings ranging over more than one system could not be played correctly in staves with more than one voice.

Version 7.1-04, October 10th, 2011:

Error corrections

          • In version 7.1-03, copy and paste of freeform texts did not work any more. This has been corrected.
          • Adjusting slurs to notes could cause capella to hang in some scores with extremely dense note distribution. This could also have been triggered by transposing or switching from single voice display to whole score. The present correction now also takes horizontal shifts of notes inside the slur range into account.
          • In lyrics mode, a problem has been eliminated when clicking into the text of another stave.
          • Automatic backup copies can now be switched off persistently (Extras – Options – General)
          • Starting with version 7.1-01, the bar numbering feature yielded correct numbers, only if they were to be displayed at the start of each system.
          • Playback of extracted voices selected wrong voices, if the score was not yet changed since loading from file.
          • MusicXML import now can cope with piano parts, where only one stave is to be shown.
          • MusicXML Import now can work correctly in some situations with gaps in certain voices of multiple voice staves.
          • MusicXML import now can show the proper numbers in some types of endings.
          • In saved capx files, the file dates inside the zip container now are the same as the file date of the capx file itself.
          • If a .cap file contained a sound map, it was read and evaluated on playback, but not saved quite correctly in a capx file.
          • If script calls are subject to an undo request, this does now work correctly also if the script had changed page objects or bar numbering.
          • If the captune remembered different settings concerning considering repeats on playback than capella, now the captune settings are used and shown on the playback property page.
          • If a score was opened via double click on the file name, which had an alternative music symbols style required via File – Info – Comments, this style was applied visibly, but reset with the standard style afterwards. This has been corrected.
          • If more than one languages are installed, one possibility of malfunctioning has been eliminated.
          • When entering notes via mouse piano, filler rests can now be overwritten.
          • When entering notes via mouse piano in chord mode, changes of single heads can now be undone. Also, the tie automatic is supported.
          • When page format changes are undone, the new format is now displayed immediately.
          • When transposing single notes with O (or P) + arrow keys, the status line now shows the option to use whole octave steps using [PgUp] and [PgDn]
          • The status bar menu for note entry now shows the correct symbols for punctuation change.
          • When saving as .cap , the message about eventually incompletely saved details has been corrected in some situations.
          • When splitting systems directly behind a time signature, the signature was moved to the new system.
          • The score wizard does no longer produce a key signature sign, if the desired key is C major.
          • If a voice was shorter than others inside the same system, and contained a filler rest at the end, it is no longer possible to move the cursor to an impossible position behind the voice end.
          • Working with the gallery has now corrected undo support in some situations.
          • When editing time signatures, choice of 0 as nominator is now prohibited.
          • If splitting a system was attempted at a position where notation in neighbouring stave occurred, capella could crash.


          • Selecting graphic objects using the tab key will now start at the note after the cursor, not at the voice’s first note.
          • After calibrating free form texts (using calibrate.cap), the file is no longer seen as changed, and can be closed without save prompt.
          • If graphic objects are marked, the context menu now shows the options copy and cut, too.
          • Reading and writing score files has been accelerated, especially if many transposable chord symbols are encountered.
          • Python scripts using the capXNode interface (introduced in capella 7), now always access the current state of the score.
          • For support of the Python capXNode interface, a new function readInternalFile(filename) has been added, which allows access to graphic objects of type richText and metafile.
          • MusicXML import has been made more tolerant for inaccuracies in the imported file.
          • Export – HTML-file now produces a web page with updated link to the capella reader.
          • When installing capella, the installation path of a previous capella installation is now taken as the default path.
          • On the first start after a version stepup, Python scripts are now copied from the installation script folder to the user script folder, if they cannot be found there.
          • When importing MIDI files, the MIDI file name is now taken as window name and thus as default name when the file is to be saved in capella format.
          • When saving in older file formats, and items not saved are detected, the corresponding message now tells the name of the file format in use.

Improved captune 5.3-17

          • Several adaptions for audite! 7.0, tonica fugata 10.0 and capella toneCreator.
          • The MIDI channel chosen in the systemTemplate was not consequently used for all MIDI commands.
          • If the checkbox „use only default sound for playback“ is checked, the volume settings from the systemTemplate are now unified, in order to avoid unwanted volume changes.
          • On some VST devices, a crash could appear on the mouse piano inside tab playback devices if keys were clicked too quickly.

Changed scripts in installation

          • Guitarrero ( by Andreas Herzog) has been corrected in its creation of a new tablature stave in case that the stave to be translated was not the last stave of a system.

Version 7.1-03, July 4th, 2011:

Error corrections

          • In version 7.1-02 display of WMF grafic objects did not work any more. This has been corrected.
          • In version 7.1-02 adding new verses to lyrics did not work any more, if that verse did not have its own character font specified.
          • In File – Info – Voice Range – >>, the buttons Up and Down did not work correctly.
          • In MusicXML import of sound settings some details have been made more precise.
          • When reading sound settings from capx files, eventual invalid MIDI instrument settings will be corrected automatically.


          • Navigation in capella help has been improved.
          • When calibrating free form texts (using calibrate.cap), the status bar will now reflect what happens.

Improved captune 5.3-12

          • VST-usage: Midi commans are now positioned in exact time again (this had been changed for the worse in 5.3-09)
          • VST-usage: Error while sending SysEx commands eliminated
          • Midi export: Sometimes lyrics syllables in CapXML 2 files have been doubled.
          • Midi export: Lyrics events are now saved immediately before the note on command (previously afterwards).
          • Midi export: If very many dynamical changes occurred inside one stave, sometimes the stave was not processed completely.

Version 7.1-02, June 24th, 2011:

Error corrections

          • Symbol fonts (capella3, wingdings, Symbol, etc.) can now be used in lyrics as well (though this is not recommended). This makes a correction from version 7.1-01 more complete.
          • In Python scripts, the functions pathName and title of the score class are now supportet correctly with respect to foreign characters.
          • In Insert – Repeat Chord with Tie, special head shapes are now repeated as well.
          • When inserting note heads in chord mode, the current special head shape is now considered.
          • Filler rests are now computed correctly, when they are inserted in other voices as a consequence of a multi bar rests insertion at the end of a voice, which is not in 4/4 time.
          • Filler rests are consumed, when you insert visible rests. This is now also supported for multi bar rests.
          • If a live voice extraction was read from a file and then an automatic slur adjustment was done, capella could hang if one of the not yet displayed voices contained a slur connecting at least 3 notes.
          • If Extras – Options – View and Colors – Automatic Refresh is switched on and the keyboad focus was in the zoom window of the view toolbar, the cursor seemed to jump back to the score window when an automatic refresh occurred. Nevertheless keyboard inputs still were directed to the zoom window. This irritation is now avoided.
          • The left edge of the status bar is no longer disturbed by rests from the right edge, if the window is too narrow for complete display of all panes.
          • In .cap files, sound mappings for percussion voices were read and played correctly, but could not be edited as expected.
          • If the drop down list for zoom values was opened, none of the alternatives was selected, and the mouse was clicked twice in some other position of the main window, the score was shown invisibly small.
          • In HTML export, if the capella file was chosen to be exported, too, the file was exported with .cap extension, even if it was a capx file.
          • When reading capx files with many freeform texts (plain text is not affected) or WMF objects, a needless time delay has been eliminated.
          • In File – Info – Voice Range, the range is now displayed correctly, even if one of the extreme tones is an e.

Improved captune 5.3-11

Version 7.1-01, April 5th, 2011:

Error corrections

          • Error in support for correct notation (split symbols): If the option Barlines was unchecked, but the option Clef, Key, Time signature was checked, and View – Color Information was switched off, every time signature could make subsequent notes in the system disappear. If a clef or a key signature followed, this effect was stopped.
          • If a score was saved in older formats .cap or CapXML 1.0 (up to 2008), all graphics object anchors in the active score were withdrawn from fixed barlines. This is now done only for the saved file.
          • When saving a score as .cap repeatedly (Ctrl + S, without file name selection window), an invalid file format was generated, which could make older capella versions display some plain text boxes faulty.
          • For chords with more than one accidentals, the automatic horizontal accidental adjustment did not work correctly in some situations.
          • If deleting SystemTemplate staves was undone, in some situations spurious system brackets or braces were shown.
          • In the SystemTemplate, if the only staff of a bracketed or braced group is deleted, now the bracket or brace is deleted, too.
          • If new staves are inserted into the SystemTemplate, now existing brackets or braces will be extended to the new staff.
          • The button Help for capella-tune in Extras – Options – Sound – Playback now leads to the right chapter in the online help system.
          • When printing with a PDF generating print driver, there were a few millimeters offset from the page setup adjusted in File – Page Setup.
          • If landscape orientation was selected in File – Page Setup, norm paper formats were not recognized correctly.
          • Starting with version 7.1-00, the music character font capella3.ttf was no longer complete. Version 7.1-01 installs a complete version. Also the other music fonts (styles), hymn, kids, jazzy, renaissance, and alternative1, have been completed. All these fonts are now installable under Linux (wine), and have version number 1.1.
          • If the mouse piano is floating, it can now be repositioned to the visible screen area by switching off and on again via View – MousePiano.
          • Windows symbol character fonts (capella3, wingdings, Symbol, etc) can now be used including non printable characters, as carriage return and line feed. This completes a correction in version 7.0-02.
          • The noAdjust attribute for graphics objects (Do not automatically adjust to position of notes) was not saved to file correctly in some situations.
          • If a note was notated in the neighboring staff, and a graphics object was linked to it, this could lead to problems reading the score from file.
          • Measure numbering is now always adjusted to the longest voice in the system.
          • In rhythmic playing in from a MIDI keyboard, voice length limits are now checked effectively.


          • In Python script command transpose(), the resulting staff will now have all graphics objects adjusted to their notes.

Version 7.1-00_1

Version 7.1-00_1 is a free revision for capella 7, which was released in the UK in December 2010. New features in capella7 are shown after the revision items listed immediately below.

Starting with Version, capella will reset its toolbar configuration to the factory settings when started for the first time after update. This is inevitable, as the Edit menu has been slightly modified.


          • The restriction to 16 different instruments in playback with captune VST sound libraries has been eliminated.
          • Scripts in the personal capella folder can now be updated to the state of the latest installation via Plugin – Update Scripts.
          • If some details could not be saved when writing older file formats, now the warning message contains an option to save in current capx format immediately.
          • If a whole bar rest of 1 bar duration is tried to shorten with „<“ or if a simple rest with 8 quarter beats duration is tried to lengthen with „>“, now an error message is raised.
          • The Python interface has an additional parameter timeout for the dialogue object. Thereby it is possible to make script dialogues disappear without user interaction. As long as the script is in the timeout phase, the OK and Cancel buttons are displayed inactive, but keyboard commands Esc and Enter do still work. As soon as the mouse is moved over the dialogue window, or any key is pressed, the timeout phase ends and the script behaves normally.
          • The key signature dialogue has been changed to make it usable for visually impaired users working with a screen reader.
          • Slurs at the stem side of beamed notes can now be adapted (adjusted) to their notes automatically with good results. The same is true for notes with staccato points (portamento). Slurs belonging to cue notes and slurs interrupted at system breaks are also adjusted more appropriately.
          • In playback of scores with more staves than fit into the score window at the current zoom scale, display has been improved: In single voice display, and also in selected stave display, On a jump to the next system capella tries to make the selected staves visible.
          • When editing the score in the score window, the SystemTemplate view now always highlights the stave that is the template for the cursor stave in the score view.
          • Beamed notes on ledger lines now automatically have their stem prolonged to the middle of the stave, so that the beams do not overwrite the ledger lines.
          • Beams are now automatically split at borders between small notes and normal size notes.
          • Small notes without value (appoggiaturas) are now placed with a little less distance than cue notes. For small notes with beams, stem length is adapted more carefully.
          • Whole bar rests are now centred in their bar correctly, even if there is a key change with many sharps or flats.
          • In File – Export – Midi it is now possible to suppress lyrics via the file type choice.
          • Marking whole voices is now possible via keyboard (Edit – Mark – Voice)

Error corrections

          • In scripts with unicode support (first line: #-*- coding: UTF-8-), text from edit windows in script dialogues were not processed correctly, and in some cases the xml infotext was not displayed correctly in the script browser.
          • Sound map processing for percussion voices has been corrected in several places. The file format CapXML 2.0 has been extended slightly. This may have consequences for sound maps produced with earlier versions of capella 7.
          • When reading capella scores older than capella 2000, spurious filler rests were inserted if the option ‘when inserting, allocate filling rests to new voices’ was active.
          • Display of menu fonts now follows the settings of windows system control, concerning anti-aliasing and ClearType.
          • If landscape format was set it could be cancelled by calling external scripts.
          • When undoing scripts which added staves to the score (e.g. split voices into separate staves), capella could crash.
          • The command line parameter -p (direct print to standard printer) now works correctly, even if capella is already running.
          • If some details of the score could not be saved in .cap-format but the saving had been started via the save-as dialogue box, no warning appeared.
          • When saving graphical objects in older file formats there was no check if the scope setting (for playback and voice extraction) was different from the default.
          • The command File – New – From Template could lead to a crash if a capx-file was chosen. Moreover, even .cap files did not show all settings in their initial display.
          • If redundant clefs were generated and then deleted manually, capella could crash. This correction was announced for version 7.0-07, but was not really addressed.
          • In Python dialogues the size of dialogue windows is now computed more precisely.
          • After script execution, a superfluous delay has been eliminated. The length of the delay depended on the size of the score.
          • The setting Extras – Options – Sound – Audible Note Entry is now remembered for the next capella start.
          • In command Format – SystemTemplate – Display Selected Staves Only capella could crash if a graphical object was being shown as selected.
          • When opening the dialogue box SystemTemplate – Transposition, the current transposition setting was not displayed correctly initially.
          • During playback some corrections have been made concerning play position display.
          • Playback without captune is now possible for live extracted voices.
          • When in single voice display the user tries to delete the last stave shown in some system, an error message is now shown and capella does not crash.
          • In the Voice Format – Lyrics dialogue, if at least two different character fonts existed among the marked voices and ‘Other Font’ was selected, it was not applied.
          • The properties of duplets in dialogue page Format – Notes/Rests – Value can now be controlled in a less misleading manner. The duplet offered as normal is now tripartite, and lengthening as usual in common notation.
          • In some situations with irregular divisions, filling rest problems could make capella crash.
          • When splitting systems and the cursor was at the end of a voice which was not the longest voice of the system, the system was not split at this point, but a new empty system was inserted.
          • When undoing a voice delete command with more than one deleted voice, the score display was cluttered.
          • If appoggiaturas (notes with no value) are deleted, no filler rests are inserted now.
          • In English versions, when opening the property page of volta brackets, capella would crash.
          • On the Format | Notes | General tab, appoggiatura and passing appoggiatura were confused in the combobox.
          • If graphical objects were formatted as invisible in whole score and single voice view, this was not restored when reading from file.
          • If you had more than one stave in the SystemTemplate selected, and the first one contained sound parameters for fewer voices than one of the others, none of the property pages could be opened.
          • If a score had only one system and all voices were selected, you could delete them without any error message appearing, and capella would crash.

Changed scripts in installation

          • The Chord Symbol script can now abandon undo support. This can speed up the script considerably in very large scores. Moreover, some transposition results in extreme keys have been corrected. The online help has been updated.
          • Tremolo Bars ( by Paul Villiger) now checks for manually changed stem lengths

New features in capella 7

          • New user interface. Configurable modern-style toolbars, standardized toolbar set-up, multi-document-interface with tabs. Newly designed MousePiano. System Template view and score view side by side on the screen. The MousePiano can be docked anywhere on the screen.
          • Place holder. When entering or deleting notes in polyphonic capella scores, all voices of the score behind the spot where you changed something are kept synchronized. Deleted notes are replaced with automatic filling rests. When you enter notes, previously entered automatic filling rests are used up. In all parallel voices automatic filling notes are entered. With this, you will easily keep track of your score. This new function is important especially for piano notation, where you often work with invisible rests.
          • Live voice extraction. In ensemble scores you can switch from view of the entire score to view of single voices with the touch of a button. Changes made within a single voice will be automatically adopted by the entire score and vice versa.
          • Simplified system break. When splitting or connecting systems many features are now considered automatically which previously had to be readjusted manually. If a system break occurs within a bar, automatic barlines will be correctly set in the following system so that you don’t have to set a fixed barline again.
          • Score division always possible. capella will automatically define stave breaks in scores with systems not containing all SystemTemplate staves. In case of single voice scores or voice extractions, whole bar rests can be summarized to multiple bar rests.
          • Improved graphic objects. Plain text can now be displayed with frame and can also contain commands for instrument name or bar number. Moving anchors of graphic objects has been improved. New graphic object: Octave bracket (8va).
          • Scores of application (voice, stave, system…) can now be determined. Graphic objects in live voice extraction can be made visible or invisible.
          • Sound configuration. Sound configurations can now be separately managed for each voice of a SystemTemplate stave and can be saved in the capella file.
          • Fonts for lyrics. You can now choose different fonts for different lyric verses. With this you can easily write lyrics or translate lyrics to any desired language. Translations can be displayed in italics.
          • Instrument data from the ScoreWizard can now be used for later changes in existing scores.
          • Percussion notation improved. Handling of note head shapes has been improved and simplified. The ScoreWizard supports sound mapping.
          • Extended script interface. You can start an unlimited number of scripts via the plugin toolbar. Internal scripts can now directly access all capella score properties. With this, scripts will be more effective and easier to use. This will also make it easier to write scripts for users with vision disorders. Furthermore, the capella display can be directed via scripts. An example: Foot switches for flipping of pages can be implemented. capella scripts support Unicode.
          • Improved details: Set printer format within the capella file, more notehead shapes, new rules for mensural barlines, simplified use of MusicXML files, position display via script, zoom with mouse wheel, scrolling left-right with mouse wheel, context menu via computer keyboard, polyphonic staves in ScoreWizard.

New features in capella Professional 2008

Revision 6.0

          • Music XML Import A prototype implementation of Music XML Import is offered for download on the capella website. Music XML export was already included in the last version of capella.
          • Improved Score Wizard The first step of the Score Wizard now allows the user to group any number of instruments for their ensemble. These instruments will automatically be put in the correct place.
          • Tempo control The tempo can be changed at the start of every note or rest. This provides you with even accelerandi and ritardandi. You can change the tempo via a dedicated dialogue or you can use the new capella-tune module, which provides very sophisticated yet easy to use tempo handling. capella-tune allows you to change the tempo during playback with slide controls. For a marked block of notes you can modify the tempo evenly between the beginning and the end, using a variety of methods, i.e. discrete/steady, linear/logarithmic, etc.
          • Full integration of capella-tune technology Free definition of dynamics, articulation and types of phrasing, automatic implementation of your personal playback instructions such as pizzicato or col legno, implementation of additional ornaments (Baroque trill). Support of Hermode-Tuning (automatic pure tuning of chords during playback), implementation of complex repeat instructions, of swing and Vienna waltz rhythms. In combination with capella-tune, capella now supports VST plug-ins. This provides an interface to sample libraries from other suppliers. capella-tune is the best possible connection between capella and capella Vienna orchestra.
          • Extended automatic bar numbering Other than at the beginning of a line of music, bar numbers can now also be displayed (alternatively or additionally) at predetermined intervals, where they will automatically be inserted and updated as the score changes. These bar numbers can optionally be formatted in colour or with colour background. Semi-transparent colour background is also possible.
          • Extended font.capella.ttf There are many new symbols, which have also been included in the music symbol palette.
          • Careful visual improvement of the user interface New symbols are now in true colour instead of being limited to 16 colours as before.
          • The playback time of a score now takes into account the new tempo control and all repeats.
          • Transposition with voice filter for selected voices in a marked section of the score.
          • Triple dotted notes
          • Broken barlines
          • Presentation of breath marks can be freely selected
          • A number of useful plug-ins have been pre-installed
          • Alla-breve time signature: capella can now set the 4|2 time signature with alla-breve symbols. With colour information switched on, the 4|2 alla-breve time signature is distinguished by colour from the 2|2 alla-breve time signature.
          • Forced accidentals can now be attached to notes that are bound to a tie.
          • Search for rhythms The search function can now search for rhythms regardless of the melody.
          • Space between staves can now also be reduced from the standard value as set in the System Template. This can also be done with the mouse, in the grey section to the left of the staves while colour information is switched on.
          • The right margin of a line of music can now be freely set. Combining this feature with negative values for the space between staves facilitates layouts for Coda or Incipits.
          • The order of staves can be modified in the System Template. These changes will automatically be reflected in all systems of the score.
          • Quickly enlarge or reduce the display of notes via icons on the toolbar.
          • Improved presentation of system braces The distance from the left edge of the system is optimized depending on the presence of square brackets, e.g. for a piano piece the braces are placed closer to the system.
          • Easy to use web page export (HTML file) with a selection of pre-defined styles. Optionally embed a playable MIDI file and include the corresponding capella file for download. This function replaces a previously supplied script.
          • New menu option to save a marked system.
          • Optimized paging throughout the score. In page layout view with a zoom setting of Whole Page the page up and page down keys will always display a full page.
          • Simplified zoom Screen display can quickly be changed in steps of 10% via CTRL + + and CTRL + -.
          • Improved colour selection Instead of previous restrictions to 16 VGA colours, the dialogues now offer a palette of 40 standard colours.
          • The standard dialogue for colour selection now stores the 16 user defined colours to make them available whenever this dialogue is re-opened.
          • All tones that sound at the cursor position can be played back as broken chords.
          • CTRL+T now opens the new Tempo Control dialogue. Previously this command was used for Bitmap Export, so Bitmap Export has now been allocated CTRL+U.


Revision 5.3-12, capella Professional

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          • Fully integrated MusicXML export
          • Improved handling of plugins via menu selection
          • New playback module. The captune module recognises performance instructions such as staccato, ‘swung’ quavers, tremolos and repeat chords.
          • Playback filter. This allows you to select the voices which are to be played back.
          • Inserted script language. capella now has an internal programming interface for the Python script language. The Python tools allow you to tailor capella to do exactly what you want. It is hoped that the routines produced by enthusiasts will be made available to all users, and thus a growing library of routines will provide users with routines specifically written by real users to solve real problems.
          • XML export and import
          • The Wizard. This takes you through the easy steps to create a score template.
          • Support for correct score layout. The flexibility of capella makes it possible to create layouts which do not occur in practice. For example, having two voices on a stave each containing a different key signature. The screen display now makes it clear that this is happening.
          • Improved bitmap export. Coloured bitmaps in a range of formats are now available and any smoothing in the original is incorporated. A new routine supports graphic export with any graphics program.
          • Key change without note change. This is a boom on those occasions where we realise we’ve been entering notes in the wrong key(!).
          • Transposing one stave in all lines of music.
          • Ledger lines are drawn in the colour of the parent stave.
          • System brackets are smoothed, as are beams and slurs. Smoothing also works on multicoloured objects.
          • Short cut keys are shown in the status bar. This is a memory aid.
          • Program text is now in a separate file, so upgrades are smaller to download.
          • Rests can be entered using the mouse piano.
          • The number of recently opened files to list can be set. The standard is now 6 instead of 4.
          • Automatic backup copies are now located in the My Documents area on your computer.
          • Barlines are not printed through the entire line of music if the barlines are set as Interrupted in the score template.
          • Objects anchored to the page are not rescaled along with changes to stave size.
          • Playback has the highest priority within Windows. This minimizes delays when other actions are being performed in Windows.
          • All toolbars can be reestablished on restart.