capella overview

Hand with pen and music sheet

capella 8 has all the power you need to produce large complex orchestral scores, yet is easy enough to use with minutes of installing it. For the new user there is a score wizard that creates a complete score framework ready for you to enter the notes. If you do piano or scores with no more than 4 staves and 2 voices per stave you may find the inexpensive capella start sufficient.

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capella main screen

capella main screen

capella8 produces printed scores as easily as producing a document in a word processor. If you feel comfortable using a PC for general office tasks you will be able to produce complete scores within hours of first using the software. There are two versions of capella: capella8 is the full professional version capable of handling all the tasks required by professional composers yet still easy enough for the amateur or occasional user. capella start is a reduced price version with all the key features required for score writing but is limited to 4 staves per line of music and two voices per stave.

Entering music.
  • You can type the notes in through the PC keyboard using the keys A to G. The process is very easy to pick up and can be very quick.
  • You can click notes onto the stave with the mouse
  • You can play the notes in from a MIDI keyboard
  • You can scan the music in if you have the additional capella-scan program. If you have a lot of rearranging of existing printed scores to do then the capella-scan module will save a great deal of time. This will allow you to scan in all the pages of a score and the software will automatically convert the scanned images into capella or MIDI files.
Changing the score
  • Transpose individual instruments, passages or the whole score
  • Change the layout. The automatic layout is perfectly acceptable for most situations, but often you may want to create more convenient page turns, increase the stave size or revise the number of bars across the page.
  • Extract parts
  • Add text and images
Share the score with others
  • Save the score in capella format and friends and collegues can use the free capella reader (see Downloads page) to view, print or hear the score.
  • Save the score in MusicXML format and users of other notation programs can open the score. You do not need the same software to share your scores with friends. The layout will remain as you designed it.
  • Save the score in MIDI and anyone with a PC can listen to it.
  • Use the capella playAlong program and you can email the score to others as an MP3 file, which most people can play, or you can create an audio CD.
Add-on software for printing and distributing scores
  • The FinePrint program will enhance the printing options of capella. While capella will let you select to print alternate pages as a means to double side print on non duplex printers, FinePrint will do much more. Send the score to FinePrint and you will be able to double side, print in booklet layout, revise margins and gutters and overlay watermarks and any other text or graphics.
  • The pdfFactory program will turn capella scores into PDF files. These are compact, easily emailed or posted on websites and can be printed by anyone without the need for capella. Please note that if you send a PDF file to someone who does not have the capella font on their computer you will need to embed the capella font in the file. To do this in pdfFactory, click Settings | Fonts.

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