What’s new in capella 8?

The most important innovation in capella 8 is that the software is now not only Windows software but also works on Macintosh computers with the macOS operating system by Apple.

The Start Screen

When starting capella a friendly start screen welcomes you with…

  1. An Information window with such things as links to the Help pages, the PDF manual, our web site and items such as instructional videos.
  2. A News window with transient information, such as a notice that revised software is available or other relevant capella news.
  3. A new Menu line with:
    Open file:
    1) You select between a list of scores you have recently worked on (with an instant preview without the need to load the score),
    ii) Windows File Manager to browse for any scores on your PC
    iii) The Score Wizard or a new empty score.
    Here is a list of all the standard templates with a preview, providing a quick way to start a score without going through all the steps of the score Wizard.
    Here are scores that are particularly relevant when you are a capella beginner, with instant previews.
    Musicalion search:
    This connects you (internet connection needed) directly to the Musicalion online music library with tens of thousands of scores. Due to the free week-long trial offer period you can search, view and download scores without leaving capella. Further use of Musicalion will be fee-based, but just as convenient.
Updated note display
  1. Smooth navigation and zoom: The score display does not jump. You will not lose sight of the relevant part.
  2. Dynamic scroll: You can grab the score with the mouse, nudge it and let go. It will then slowly level off without any action on your part – unless you grab it again.
  3. Animated turning of pages: You can pause during page turning and you will then simultaneously see both the last part of the old page (bottom right) and the first part of the new page (top left).
  4. Page preview: You can have all pages of a score displayed as thumbnails and click on the one you want to see next.
Touch screen support
  1. If you work with a touch screen: You can set up the screen like a music stand and work without keyboard and mouse.
  2. Zoom: You can set the zoom with two spreading fingers.
Improved playback options
  1. Position display with playing time information: Playback has a position display which shows the entire playing time including all repeats, and which is coupled to the playback cursor. In this way you can easily navigate to any position, also for example “to the last repeat in front of coda”.
  2. Voice filter: The live voice extraction and the voice filter allow independent control of optical and acoustic aspects of a capella score. During playback of a larger score you can, for example, have only the relevant voices displayed but still hear all voices at the same time – or even mute your own voice to sing or play yourself. Changes in the acoustic voice selection can be made during playback.
  3. Solo button: The cursor voice can be made audible as ‘only voice’ any time, even when selection was made via the voice filter.
  4. Sound fonts: You can now select the playback sound independent of your soundcard. capella supports loading of sound libraries in sf2 format, which are provided partially free of charge on the Internet.
  5. Mouse piano plays along: During playback the mouse piano keys shine (configurable options).
Improved note entry options
  1. All commands for note entry at a glance.
  2. Intuitive mouse entry.
  3. Mouse piano: Switch between notated and sounding entry (new in capella 8.0.8).
  4. Rhythmic playing in with the keyboard redesigned. Short time lag between keystroke and sound (new in capella 8.0.8).
  1. Smooth entry across system break.
  2. Comfortable lyrics editor with different display and editing options.
  3. Hyphens at equal distance in melismatic lyrics can now be easily entered and displayed. See page 81 in the user guide (new in capella 8.0.7).
  4. Hyphens between syllables can now be automatically omitted to save space (new in capella 8.0.8).
More flexible marking notes and blocks
  1. Display is easy on the eye: Marked ranges are not inverted any more, but are displayed with all details with a coloured background so that you can easily see which notes and graphics belong to which staves and systems.
  2. All visible objects clickable: Mark a singe note by doubleclicking it; select and edit headers and footers anywhere.
  3. New ways of marking: More options when marking voices, staves, sections,
Navigation via flexible search
  1. The flexible search which could be done in capella 7 with the “Search” plugin  is now directly accessible with CTRL+F independent of the other plugins. Newly added are search for tempo changes, repeat signs, multiple bar rests and notes with fixed horizontal shift (new in capella 8.0.7).
Contextual presentation of editing tools
  1. The Edit area. You can switch on the Edit Area so that it shows as a column to the rigt of the score. In this area only those editing tools that are relevant to the selected part of the score are shown. This not only reduces clutter but acts as a reminder of what can be changed in that score element.
New export formats
  1. PDF export: Direct PDF export from capella.
  2. Wave or MP3 export: Sound files can be exported directly. Very powerful feature when combined with the new Sound font options. Sound Fonts produce very realistic instrument sounds.
New SystemTemplate
  1. SystemTemplate is tabular and interactive allowing direct enty and editing of all properties.
  2. Dragging of stave distances: Simply grab and drag with the mouse.
Other new features
  1. Alignment of graphic objects. Automatic appearance of guide lines and ‘snap to position’ helps precise alignment of objects. This automatic alignment changes to be relevant to the type of symbol and can be switched off.
  2. Quaver and shorter rests as well as forestrokes can now be positioned below a
  3. Preview in dialogue: Directly see what changes.
  4. Plugins: Clearly arranged, easily accessible.
  5. Windows. Order of sub-windows freely configurable.
  6. Dotted note orientation improved.
  7. Volta brackets can now automatically align to automatic barlines.
  8. Triplet brackets and octave brackets are now placed above or below the notes
    depending on the direction of bracket ends.
  9. Multiple bar rests. Their width can now be individually edited.
  10. Ties can now be set and deleted subsequently even across system breaks. Ties with open end for volta brackets and
    coda are now supported, also broken or dotted ties
  11. Slurs can now be shaped for the entire score. The automatic slur was redesigned and mirroring of slurs was redefined.
  12. Collision avoidance for parallel voices in one stave was improved.
  13. Chordal notation in multiple voice staves enabled.
  14. Global default settings are now better managed, and others values from the earlier files such as capella.dat and symbol-offset.dat.
  15. Compatibility mode: If a new feature has an unwanted effect on an existing score it can be displayed as originally intended by selecting compatiblity mode which mimics older capella rules.
  16. Invisible clefs. For complex piano notation with several voices in one stave it is occasionally necessary to make clefs invisible.
  17. Invisible time signature infomation. To enable special notation styles time signature information can be made invisible so that a freely designed time signature information can take its place. In capella 7 this could be done with a plugin, now it can be set directly on the Time signature page.
  18. SmuFL support during display of the score view; a new score style „Bravura“ is available. This was designed by Steinberg to give standard font spacings across all notation software that use it. Using this scores can be read into other software with gretaly reduced chances of misalignement.
  19. Support for Handbell notation (Handbell symbols of the Bravura font) with the provided gallery ‘Handbells.cagx’