There are two scanning programs: capella-scan and capella-scan and play.
- capella-scan is the full system to convert printed sheet music, PDF files or bitmaps into capella, MusicXML or MIDI files so that you can work on it further in your music program of choice – hopefully capella!
- capella-scan and play is designed primarily for singers and choral directors who want an inexpensive program to play back music as a means of understanding what it will sound like and to practice alongside.
capella-scan 9 launched March2022 click here for changes.
Below is a summary of the differences:
scan & play
|Number of recognized staves per system: unlimited||yes||yes|
|Uses mathematical morphology technology for lightning-fast and precise recognition of notes, accidentals, keys, bar lines, slurs, ties, repeat boxes, crescendo signs, dynamics, articulation signs etc.||yes||yes|
|Directly scans your scores||yes||yes|
|Graphic import: BMP, TIFF, PNG, GIF||yes||yes|
|PDF and PostScript import: Recognizes multi-page PDF scores!||yes||yes|
|Supports digital camera images: Just take a snapshot of your score and have capella-scan turn it into a Midi or capella file||yes||yes|
|Recognizes small and large notes (cue notes, grace notes, normal notes), as well as small and large staves (piano score)||yes||yes|
|Plots recognized notes directly onto the sheet music||yes||yes|
|Recognizes text (also Gothic print): Lyrics, title, headers, footers, musical symbols (f, p), crescendo etc.||yes|
|Over 100 dictionaries from Azerbaijanian to Zulu||yes|
|Recognizes information specially for capella’s score layout||yes|
|Integrated player: plays back the recognition status – meaning you hear immediately when something is not as is should be||yes||yes|
|Offers intelligent and intuitive help for the error correction process||yes||yes|
|Manages poor score quality (gaps in stave lines etc.)||yes||yes|
|Excellent voice management system even for very complex sheet music||yes||yes|
|CapXML export: This format offers a universal XML-interface for third party programs||yes|
|Midi export: capella-scan can be used in conjunction with all Midi-compatible music programs||yes|
|MusicXML export: Notation editors like Finale®, Sibelius® and others can read this international standard file format almost perfectly, including the complete score layout||yes|
|Infinitely variable zoom function for lightning-fast navigation||yes||yes|
|Ability to attach scanned sheets to existing capella score: creating larger scores||yes|
|Is able to read in oversized scores up to format A3 in landscape format on A4 scanners and automatically connect page sections even with interrupted systems.||yes|
|Scans oversize scores and automatically connects page sections, even with disconnected systems||yes||yes|
|Enables clear stave line allocation; also from varying systems||yes||yes|
|Works with all common scanners (TWAIN 1 and 2) and reads notes in these formats: bmp, gif, jpg, png, tif, wmf||yes||yes|
|Automatic image optimization as to brightness, resolution etc.||yes||yes|
|Handles two column scores (song book pages)||yes||yes|
|PDF manual (about 100 pages) available as download||yes||yes|
|capella-scan must be activated within 30 days after installation||yes||yes|
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