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New versions can be updated automatically if you have capella 8 or capella 7.1-01 or newer by using the automatic update feature accessible via Help – Online Update.

What is new in capella 9

Automatic object placement

capella now automatically places all graphic objects (i. e. dynamics, performance instructions, slurs, volta brackets, etc.) as well as lyrics.  This means: Typically you just insert the desired object, but no longer need to move it to the right place. capella does the latter for you – according to the rules of music notation, avoiding collisions with notes or other objects. A placement adjustment occurs anytime you change your notes.

This has many advantages, e. g. when transposing and extracting voices, because manual adjustments to the objects (ideally) are no longer necessary.


Notes: You may now mark any non-contiguous note objects simultaneously ([Shift]+[Ctrl] + mouse click) and then edit their properties in one step. See Multiselection.

Graphic objects: You may now mark any graphic objects simultaneously ([Ctrl] + mouse click or [Shift]+[Ctrl] + draw selection frame) and then edit their properties in one step. See Mark graphic objects.

capella now supports you in practising your piece and offers:

  • Loop playback of a marked section
  • Playback of tuning notes
  • A metronome (incl. counting in)
  • Adding artificial silence

These settings also have an effect on MP3 export, so that you are able to create practice tracks as a choir director, for example

Extensions in music notation

  • Coda systems have become easier: Interrupting a system with continuation of the score at the same height, as occasionally used for head coda jumps, is now easier to set up and no longer causes problems with voice extraction. See also Two systems side by side.
  • Individual note heads in the chord can now be “small”: For single notes (to be played only when needed) in a chord, the head size may now be selected separately to be “small” (ossia display). See also Edit individual note heads.
  • More flexible notation in neighbouring stave: Not only the entire chord, but also individual heads may now be shifted to the neighbouring stave. This also works for rests. See also Notation in neighbouring stave.
  • Stem length can automatically adjust more precisely: If stems protrude out of the stave in a polyphonic composition they are now automatically shortened. This and also the manual correction of the stem length is now done in units of 1/4 stave spacing, i. e. finer than before. See also Stems.

Integration tonica start

capella now integrates the tonica start add-on module. With this you can compose a polyphonic composition for any melody. You can open tonica start from the capella start screen (“Compose” tab), or you can use the Extras → Compose score menu command to transfer a melody entered in capella directly to tonica. (You may purchase tonica start or tonica fugata separately.)

capella 8

capella 8 is available for Windows 7 and newer and Apple Mac 10.10 and newer. You can download the software through the Downloads menu on the top of this page.

There are many enhanced features to make capella easier and more flexible to use. In addition there are a number of completely new features:

  1. Soundfonts can be installed through the capella menus which make playback very life like.
  2. There is a link to the Musicalion score library containing tens of thousands of scores. Initial use is free and continuing use is inexpensive.
  3. capella is now touch screen compatible so you can navigate around the screen easily and even use your tablet/laptop as a subsitute for a music stand.
  4. Export has been extended to include PDFs and sound files in MP3 and Wave format.

Version history capella 8.0-16, July 2021

  • PDF and SVG export are now supported by Python-Plugins
  • Crash has been repaired when marking a note head and pressing cursor buttons + shift
  • Display of the Plugin info (right part in „Plugins -> Plugin…“) is fully functional
  • Song text: Beginning of the stop line now takes open syllables on the right with excess length into consideration
  • Formal errors in capx scheme have been removed (CapXML-3.0.3.xsd)
  • “Mark all” fully functioning
  • Crash has been repaired when transposing the entire score
  • Improvements in the Plugin text ”sum up breaks”
  • Error removed in implemantation of Plugin: ”edit bar details – ”no bar”
  • Crash has been repaired in input of notes when this has been marked
  • Error in MusicXML import has been repaired (bar lines)
  • Windows: setup.exe in the Installation file is now signed (impact only becomes visible after uninstalling and reinstalling)
  • Mac: Menu item „window -> zoom“ is now fully functional

Version 8.0-13, April 28, 2020

Corrections and improvements

  • The page format Letter gets handled correctly.
  • The manual is displayed correctly on MacOS 10.15.
  • Licensing via CodeMeter Runtime works on MacOS 10.15.
  • Fixed display bug concerning mensural notation.
  • The ScoreWizard handles the F-instrument “english horn” correctly.
  • Added the correct key for horn within the template “brass quintet”.
  • Fixed MusicXML export regarding tempo changes.
  • Fixed problems during playback with enabled support for users with impaired vision
  • Minor translation corrections

Version 8.0-11.1 July 10, 2019

Corrections and improvements

  • useTonica-Plugin was revised again.
  • Faulty display of appogiatura with beams was corrected.
  • When the second last stave of a group connected with brackets was deleted, capella crashed. This is rectified.

Version 8.0-10, June 24, 2019

Corrections and improvements

  • MP3 export did not work  – this is fixed.
  • Some strings were not translated to English – this is fixed.
  • On Mac, “use tonica plugin” was missing. It is available now.
  • You now have the option to subscribe to our monthly newsletter directly from the program.
  • MusicXML export: Dotted barlines were not exported. This is fixed now.
  • Playback: SMuFL support for capella tune is now available.
  • Wrong score display on Mac when the the program was started via command line. This is fixed now.
  • Graphic display: Note lines were not printed (too thin). This is fixed now.
  • Errors during xml/mxl import and export are fixed.
  • Crashes during MusicXML import are fixed.
  • Octave brackets were wrongly drawn – this is fixed.
  • Slur was drawn wrongly when a system break was effected – this is fixed.

Version 8.0-09, Nov. 20, 2018
This version can be installed either by download and start of the entire installation package or via the function Help – Online update.

Corrections and improvements

  • On macOS Mojave (10.14) display of broad texts did not work any more. This is fixed.
  • Invisible clefs / time signature information were not always correctly displayed. This is fixed.
  • Improved display of slurs, ties and lyrics extension signs across staves
  • Improved display of accidentals in brackets
  • Improved positioning of the accidental # (was too far to the left)
  • In compatibility mode (dotted notes etc.) tie ends at the beginning of the stave were drawn shorter than in capella 7. This is corrected now.
  • Multi-digit numbers of whole bar rests in style “Bravura” were not displayed correctly. This is fixed.
  • Improved display of knee beams (with sixteenth and smaller notes)
  • Setting of default text font had an unwanted effect on the volta bracket number (since capella 8.0-07). This is fixed now.
  • Improved display of steep / vertical ties
  • Wrong display of sixteenth notes in beam groups corrected

Operation / Editing

  • Search for rests improved
  • Plugin „Join rests“ improved
  • When loading certain scores capella could crash (depending on display / zoom in the SystemTemplate). This is fixed.
  • Plugins: Python commands displayPage() and displaySystem() did not work correctly. This is fixed.
  • Measure based navigation in systems with “no measure” did not work. This is fixed.
  • When joining systems capella could crash. This is fixed.
  • Measure numbering was sometimes not updated correctly (during joining of systems). This is fixed.
  • With transposing instruments sometimes wrong key signature changes were applied. This is fixed.

MusicXML export

  • Functional export of dynamic symbols etc. (instead of export as plain text; until now this worked only in the capella3 font)
  • Problems with umlauts solved
  • Dynamic symbols in SMuFL font are now supported
  • Error in triple alterations (#x and bbb) corrected

PDF export

  • During PDF export on Windows with High dpi screens scores were reduced (since High dpi support in capella 8.0-08). This is corrected now.

MIDI/Wave/MP3 export

  • Selection and volume of voices in the playback bar (also solo mode) are now always considered (did not always work before)

If you have an earlier version of capella and wish to know if your specific requirement is now met click the link below. When there we suggest you use the search box at the top of the right hand column as there is a long list of improvements.


Revision History

New in Version 9

Now available for Macintosh as well as Windows.

  • Start screen
    When starting capella-scan, the first thing you see is the start screen. It provides quick access to: scan a new file, open an existing file, restore a previous session.
  • The main screen now shows the score you are working on in the centre with editing panels on all four sides.
    The Edit area now shows the scanned score and the resulting notation next to each other so you can immediately see the effect of editing the scan on the finished notation, plus only relevant edit controls show – vastly simpllifying slection of the correct editing tool.
  • The new capella preview shows the recognition results immediately below just as one would find it
    after a capella export. Recognition errors are easier to see and as soon as you correct the recognition the preview adapts automatically.

Technical changes

  • In previous versions only the recognition was running in the background. Now all other tools and tasks are taken
    care of in the background so all information windows are always uptodate . This includes thumbnail images, creation of the SystemTemplate and the capella preview.
  • Capturing scores by photographing them is now supported. So capella scan can now load photographs of a score , scans and PDF files.
  • Object properties
    Before, when selecting different types of objects only the common properties were shown in the list. Now all are
    shown in the edit area.
  • Music recognition
    capella-scan 9 uses a new module for text recognition based on the open source project Tesseract. Looking forward, we believe that through this change there will be more scope for improving the recognition of music symbols in particular
  • Gothic and normal letters can now be recognized simultaneously rather than alternatively as it used to be.
  • The recognition has been improved by plausibility checks. Based on rhythmic analysis situations are identi-
    fied which might be faulty, e.g. wrong filled bars or newly created voices. By double-checking these situations some typical recognition errors can be suppressed, like quaver rests or semibreve heads within text, wrong breve rests at true semibreve heads, wrong dottings at the end of slurs, wrong minims where slurs and barlines cross, wrong crotchet rests instead of accidentals.
  • Evaluating the scan quality
    After the recognition process an assessment of the scan quality is shown on the IMAGE tab giving tips for possible methods of optimization.

capella-scan 8.0-25 (Nov. 20, 2018)

  • In transposing texts invalid text characters could occur. This is fixed.
  • Edit text in Edit window: During typing at the end of the text the last character was marked. This is fixed.
  • Texts “J=…” are now converted into tempo information after recognition.
  • Problems with allocation of staves without stave descriptions are solved.
  • Notes standing very close to each other and thus touching do not merge into one any more as they did before.
  • In the “Save notation” dialog files opened in capella were not displayed when the file name was very long. This is fixed.
  • Improvements regarding the interface to capella 8: The timeout limit is increased to 15s, and capella from version 8.0-6 on will be moved into the foreground.
  • MusicXML export of chord symbols did not always work. This is solved now.
  • MusicXML export did not work reliably when umlauts existed in the file path. This is solved now.
  • Python installation extended by:
    Python23\Lib\encodings\utf_8.pyc,, Python23\Lib\site.pyc
  • Lags in automatic image optimization eliminated.
  • When changing the text type surrounding objects could be affected. This is solved.
  • In “Save level of recognition for single window” a better file name is suggested now.

capella-tune 6.1-15.0 (Nov. 20, 2018)

  • During playback via MIDI sound card volumes between different voices could get mixed up. This is solved now.
  • Sustained trills in combination with articulation symbols (for example pedal mark) could lead to uninitialized note objects. This is fixed now.
  • Playback of grace notes: With two or more grace notes the setting “on the beat” was not correctly realized. This is now fixed.
  • Swing error in staves with upbeat with uneven number of eighths corrected.

capella-scan 8.0-24.1 and scan & play (Nov. 30th, 2017)

with new captune 6.1-14

          • version 1.41
          • Loading of embedded bitmaps from pdf files: double referenced bitmaps are now loaded only once.
          • Bitmaps with newer format can now be opened.
          • During SystemTemplate export to a capx file a program error occurred: A cap file could be created but was faulty. This is now fixed.
          • The instrument description “Baritone Sax” is now recognized.
          • Beam groups with small and large notes were always separated in capella. This is now fixed.
          • The text object “tempo change” now also yields a functional tempo change not only a tempo change at the beginning of a stave.
          • When clicking into the first system during playback and this system was single-staved, then the cursor jumped into the second system. This behavior is now fixed.
          • During search for wrongly filled measures (via “Search…”), now the entire measure is scrolled into the field of vision.
          • The validity of pedal and dynamic symbols is now always set to “curly brace”.
          • In chord symbols, lower cases were sometimes not recognized as transposable text. This is now fixed.
          • During text editing, sometimes the font got lost. This is now fixed.
          • Improvement of character alignment of text elements, especially with black letters.
          • Bugfix: Display error during double dotting.
          • In keys with five or more b the octave position in the key signature was not correct. This is now fixed.
          • Single voice playback did not work when voices were missing (voice numbers were skipped).
          • Bugfix: Reading of pdf texts.
          • Bugfix: Crash during recognition of bitmaps with too high resolution.

capella-scan and capella scan & play (June 20, 2016)
with new captune 6.1-9.4

          • More tolerant handling of faulty csc files.
          • Notes are separated rhythmically as default when no genuine two voice notation was found in the staff.
          • When all criteria for staff identification were deselected, the manual staff description from staff properties was erroneously ignored as well.
          • The criterion “bars through staves” was sometimes not considered.
          • Small note heads were sometimes recognized with large stems and then arrived as large notes in capella.

Note recognition

          • Recognition of most note objects was revised and now is much more reliable. Such note objects are quaver rests (and shorter rests), minim noteheads, cross noteheads, treble and bass clef, symbol C, beams (especially thin ones), ties and slurs.
          • Staves with strongly differing line distances which occasionally appear in PDF files are now accepted more tolerantly.
          • Percussion staves with only one stave line will be automatically recognized if they appear together with “normal” lines in a system.
          • Pedal brackets in piano notation are now recognized. However, for the time being they will be handed over to capella as pedal marks, only.
          • Breath marks are recognized.
          • Text and music symbols (dynamics etc.) from PDF files are taken over directly (when existing). Notes themselves are still recognized by looking at the created image (bitmap). This will only work for PDF files which were created directly via the print menu of a notation program. You can identify such PDF files by being able to mark and copy single symbols with mouse or computer keyboard.
          • Greyscale information will now be applied for lyrics recognition, too.

Automatic image optimization
The scanned/loaded note image can be automatically optimized for note recognition before starting the recognition process. These optimization steps will be considered:

          • Invert if white on black
          • Remove shadows (greyscale images)
          • Optimize brightness (greyscale images)
          • Optimize contrast (greyscale images)
          • Adjust page orientation
          • Reduce too high resolution
          • Remove white spots

Improved Midi export (via capella-tune) with several export options
Revised file dialogues:

          • The capella file format can now be selected more easily in the Save Notation dialogue.
          • In the Open Image dialogue there are additional PDF import options.
          • In the Save level of Recognition dialogue the image file can be saved as well.
          • A converter PDF-bitmap is included, Ghostscript is still supported.
          • Processing of coloured images (scan, load, save)

New functions

          • Keys are now framed with a dotted red line to distinguish them from single accidentals.
          • Improved means of voice reduction in the System Template as well as directly in the stave properties. Voices can be left out in order to create a voice extraction. This saves you from correcting mistakes in voices you do not need.
          • Triplet note values can be interpreted either as reduced or as prolonged.
          • Crochet and minim noteheads can be optionally accepted without stem.
          • Graphic objects can now be anchored to barlines.
          • In Options you can set which graphic objects are to be anchored to which objects (to notes, rests and barlines) and if they are to be counted to the upper or lower stave.
          • With the Search function, text with differing fonts can be found and then unified. This way you will obtain plain text in capella rather than freeform text.
          • Several settings are saved separately together with each level of recognition (playback tempo, voice reduction).

New objects

          • Octave brackets
          • Pedal brackets (saved as Ped. and *)
          • Free lines
          • New quarter tone accidentals
          • System brackets consisting of a straight line

Program handling

          • Object groups can be marked by multiple mouse clicks. Repeated clicking on a note head marks the head first, then its stem, then the beam or triplet group, then the accidentals, then the entire voice in the bar, then the entire voice in the stave, then all objects in the stave. Instead of quick multiple clicks you can also keep the Alt key pressed and then do multiple unhurried clicks.
            Duplicate objects with Ctrl+drag.
            Zoom by pressing and turning the mouse wheel.
            System Template: Transposition, instrument, volume and voice reduction can be set with keys +/- and 0…9.
          • Restriction regarding the previous version capella-scan7:
            During score export, the capella 2.2 binary format (about 20 years old) is not supported any more. At your disposal are the binary format (*.cap) of capella 2000 as well as CapXML formats 1.0 and 2.0 of newer capella versions, MIDI and MusicXML format.

capella-scan revision history 7.0-09 to 7.0-16

          • Notes in adjacent staves could be shown in the wrong octave when exported to capXML format.
          • Text was saved twice when it was anchored to note heads or rests which belonged to two voices.
          • Voices split onto two staves were not  handled correctly when asaved as capXML.
          • All text is now stored internally in Unicode format. This  allows unusual special characters including in file names.
          • PDF import (directand not via Ghostscript)): 24-bit color PNG can be loaded. PDF format readable to 1.7 (previously 1.4)
          • Import PDF (via Ghostscript) dithering  grayscale format is prevented.  Ghostscript> = 8.31 required.
          • Ghostscript is now automatically detected on Win64 systems.
          • Open file: If grayscale files contain only two different gray levels (ie they are black and white) they are automatically converted into black and white.
          • Text editing and copy to clipboard: The last character is now copied.
          • Edit text with Ctrl + Enter: Side scroll bars are created so that the editing window is not cropped.
          • Edit text with Ctrl + Enter: Stopped incorrect duplcation of text on On Win64 systems.
          • The keyboard shortcuts to paste text and convert objects now work.
          • When inserting a hard staccato note on marked notes the note orientation (top / bottom) is now taken into account.
          • When inserting Repeat brackets they are now assigned to the correct stave.
          • Slurs at the end of the line were not always anchored to the right note.
          • Erase Page generated outside of a crash.
          • If you saved a recognized score you were sometimes called upon to save the template, although it was already saved.
          • Search options are now saved completely.
          • Changes in the instrument database are now saved again.
          • Fixed a crash when closing capella-scan.
          • The percussion channel (set in the capella-scan template is now transferred correctly to the capella template.
          • In some cases complex cross stave beaming could cause a crash.
          • Fixed crash when pasting bar line.
          • You can now drag and drop csc files (recognized pages)into a capella-scan window.Previously only graphic formats were accepted.
          • Improved recognition of instrument names.

New in version 7

          • Text recognition with improved FineReader version 8.0
          • Gothic text
          • Guitar chord diagrams
          • Percussion clef
          • Cross shaped note heads
          • Double sharp symbol
          • Parenthesis around accidentals
          • Section letters (e.g. A, B, C…)
          • Fingerings
          • Acciaccatura notes
          • Arpeggio symbols
          • Pedal and pedal end (if not separated by a stave break)
          • Repeats of notes and bars ( / , % )
          • Removal of white speckles in bad photo copies is also possible in black & white images
          • New objects which can be inserted manually (in addition to the ones listed above): Single-line staves, various trill and ornament signs, various head types, quarter tone accidentals, dashed barlines and slurs
          • Text styles: Consistent formatting of automatically recognized text types like lyrics, fingering, section letters, voice descriptions, chord symbols and metronome marks.
          • Support of Gothic fonts: Font specific character codes for special Gothic characters can be adjusted to the font in use.
          • Template system: You can control and edit the template system with the new template system editor. Both automatic and manual construction of the template system is supported by a built-in instrument database.
          • Playback: The instrument of each voice can be selected separately in the template system editor. The included capella-tune technology provides a VST interface and full support of the capella-Vienna-orchestra.
          • Search function: Distinct types of objects can be displayed in different colours or collectively selected (e.g. in order to be deleted) via a freely configurable search list.
          • Anchor chains: It is immediately obvious where text objects and other anchored objects belong to. Previously, only selected objects displayed their anchor point.
          • Improved automatic anchoring of text and other anchored objects.
          • Key signatures: The individual accidentals composing a key signature can be inserted and edited as a group.
          • Automatic stem lengthening during vertical moving of heads
          • Repeated inserting: The three most recent objects you have inserted, are stored in a history list and can easily be recalled by repeatedly pressing the right mouse button or the space bar. (Previously, only the last object was accessible.) The three most recent rests, notes, heads and stems can be recalled by their appropriate
            shortcut keys (e, n, h, s).
          • With Ctrl+mouse click you can select all objects which belong together: beamed notes, guitar chord diagrams with all chord entries, all accidentals forming a key signature, entire line of lyrics, all text objects of a text block.
          • Extended mouse wheel support: Ctrl+mouse wheel changes the zoom factor. By pressing the mouse wheel (or middle mouse button) and dragging you can scroll the page.
          • Keyboard shortcuts: All new features can also be controlled by keyboard shortcuts. Shortcuts are indicated in the tool tips.
          • Toolbars: New design, easier configuration.
          • Bitmaps embedded in PDF files can be imported directly. Thus PDF files containing scanned images can be read without loss of quality. Ghostscript is required only for PDF files which have been created by music notation programs.
          • Images can be edited with scissors and eraser before being recognized.
          • Scanned images can be saved as (multi page) PDF files.
          • In addition to the scanner interface TWAIN 1.x, TWAIN 2.0 is also supported.
          • Transposable chord symbols are saved as simple text objects which require less space in capella files.
          • The location of capella-scan’s temporary files can be modified. With Vista and later it became more and more difficult to find the data folder on the disk. Now you can select it in capella-scan OPTIONS and open it with a single click in an Explorer window.

New in version 6

          • Multiple page scores handled in one session. All the pages can be scanned, reordered and then recognized. Playback can therefore cover all of the score, not just the active page. This feature makes it easy to scan A3 pages in two parts on an A4 scanner and treat as a single A3 page.
          • Batch recognition as background job allows you to edit the first page while the remaining pages continue to be recognized.
          • Dynamics and playing instructions (cresc. etc.) are better recognized through using an incorporated music dictionary.
          • Multiple columns and broken staves are correctly handled.
          • Unrecognized staves can be entered.
          • Enhanced bitmap pre-processing. Speckles and shading can be removed and any changes can be undone.
            There are a dozen or so smaller but significant improvements that are listed in the Help file under the Introduction section.

New in version 5

          • Text recognition of: headings, playing instructions, voice descriptions, lyrics, chord descriptions etc. See entering text objects and text.
          • New graphic formats in addition to the BMP format: TIFF, JPEG, PCX, PNG. See opening images.
          • In conjunction with the GhostScript program capella-scan5 can import PDF and postscript files. You can obtain GhostScript from
          • Contrast strengthening: There is a new contrast regulator in addition to the previous slide regulator. This new regulator enables us to strengthen very pale lines.
          • Combined recognition methods. Previously you could choose to use either the Quick Recognition or the Enhanced Recognition method. Now you can combine the two methods if you like. You may find that some scores are better recognized using this combined option.
          • Staves containing multiple voices can be saved as separate capella staves and/or separate midi tracks.
          • You can set different tool bars for use before and after recognition.
          • The status bar, which is usually found at the bottom of the window, can be fixed alongside the tool bar at the top edge of the window.

Version history tonica 15

  • PDF export
  • Composition wizard: Create a composition in just a few steps
  • Automatic determination of important sections of the melody (phrases)
  • Import voices from MusicXML and MIDI files

Version history tonica 14

  • New “neutral” harmonization style
    All previous harmonization styles are based on musical examples of a composer (J. S. Bach, Max Reger, Samuel Scheidt) or a genre (Jazz, Pop) and thus contain peculiarities of the respective compositional style. With tonica fugata 14, another “neutral” style of harmonization is introduced, which, based on the melody, produces simple harmonizations that cannot be assigned to a composer or genre. In this way, it is possible to create compositions that are less original, but easier to sing or play.
  • Edit and create accompanying styles
    The function “Create accompanying patterns” creates style-typical, recurring rhythmic-harmonic accompaniment patterns for a melody or harmonization. With tonica fugata 14, all accompanying styles have been extended to up to eight voices. The accompanying styles editor lets you adapt predefined accompanying styles or create, import and export new accompanying styles. Every change can be tested at the push of a button.
  • Transposing instruments
    tonica fugata 14 now supports transposing instruments, e. g. in the composition, analysis, import and export of scores. You set the transposition in the last column Transposition of the expanded SystemTemplate.
  • Consider modulations when analyzing and composing
    The harmonic analysis in tonica fugata 14 now no longer analyzes the harmonies only relative to the root key, but automatically detects harmonic modulations and deviations into adjacent keys. You can also specify modulations which are then taken into account in the analysis. The distance for harmonic analysis is determined dynamically on request.
    For certain sections of the melody, modulations can be specified, which are then taken into account in the composition. This way better and more interesting harmonizations can be created.
    Modulations are now also taken into account in the notation of canons and fugues. This means that canons and fugues are more readable and therefore easier to play.
  • Create your own score templates
    tonica fugata 14 you can save your own score templates and use them as a starting point for new scores.
  • Icon “Show in capella”
    Use icon “Show in capella” from the symbol bar to open scores in capella on click.
  • Templates for fugues with six to eight voices
    There are now form schemes for fugues with up to eight voices.

Version history tonica 13

Version 13.0 – 04, April 28th, 2020

  • Fix of (subdominant) sixth chord label and analysis
  • Context sensitive labels and action buttons for composition and analysis
  • Save limitation for demo program
  • Spelling fix in error message
  • Animated introduction: fixed placing of fermata
  • Complete animated introduction for demo program
  • Create alternative solutions
  • System template zoom: tooltip fix
  • Licensing via CodeMeter Runtime works on MacOS 10.15
  • The manual is displayed correctly on MacOS 10.15.

Version 13.0 – 03, February 25th, 2020

  • Adaptation of installation (disk image format) for macOS 10.10 & 10.11

Version 13.0 – 03, November 20th, 2019

  • Tutorials with automated demos
  • Backup creation
  • Determine distance for harmonic analysis during style creation
  • macOS: Problems saving file names with Umlauts
  • Style creation not working
  • Repeat is placed at end of staff instead of beginning of next staff
  • Crash opening new file
  • Subwindow “Composition assistant” changes width when clicking a harmony below the system
  • Composition of fermata interlude freezes
  • MIDI import added to user guide
  • Adaptation of installation (Notarization) for macOS 10.15

Version 13.0 – 02, June 24th, 2019

  • Figured bass display: Default setting of harmonies during saving
  • Instrument names are now taken over
  • Figured bass name “tasto solo” was added
  • Crash during deletion of a SystemTemplate line eliminated
  • Figured bass realization: Logics for determination of the bass voice was corrected
  • ScoreLib now combines rests to multiple measure rests
  • Crash during fugue composition (Jazz + dotted eighth note) eliminated
  • Display of note value for harmonies
  • Crash when changing a harmony eliminated
  • Crash eliminted when trying to load Reger minor nets
  • After insertion, display does not jump to the beginning of the score any more
  • Crash during harmonic analysis eliminated
  • Crash during creation of new form parts
  • Fugue  schemes can now be restored
  • Name is retained when opening an example

Version history tonica 12

Version 12.0-07, Nov. 30th, 2017

  • An error in the “Style editor…” was corrected.
  • new licence activation procedure

Version 12.0-06, June 1st, 2017

  • Canon composition algorithm improved
  • Dialog window “Style editor…” corrected

Version 12.0-05, June 30th, 2016

  • New activation module cddvd 3.0-66
  • Trial version (time limited)
  • Switching language deactivated; language check for serial number
  • Modification links ->
  • Hint after entering serial number: Keep safe!

Version 12.0-04, January 13th, 2016

  • The licence activation procedure has been updated for Windows 10 once again

Version 12.0-03, October 8th, 2015

  • The licence activation procedure has been updated for Windows 10

Version 12.0-02, July 16th, 2015:

  • An error in the midi-import was corrected.

Version 12.0-01, May 28th, 2015:

  • new accompanying pattern “Happy” in tonica pop and tonica fugata 12!
  • In the “Realise chords” dialog there is the new option “No melody voice”. This way you can compose a piece of music without melody voice solely basing on the harmonization. This is relevant for Pop and Jazz as here, you typically start with a lead sheet and compose or improvise the melody later.

What’s new in tonica Fugata 11

Revised interface

New design! tonica fugata has:

          • coloured tabs
          • condensed file options
          • new mouse piano

Voice leading

tonica fugata now knows the complicated voice leading rules and examines your composition according to the rules of chord creation and chord progression. tonica fugata now observes the rules concerning:

          • Voice crossing
          • the distance between voices
          • dissonances
          • completeness


In modern music styles this is often done by duplicating the main voice up or down. Here, other rules than those for classical composition apply. tonica fugata will also easily compose voices for your background choir.