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Re: Software for transposing PDF sheet music? [Re: ShiroKuro] #2179696
11/09/13 05:22 PM
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OK, I hadn't thought about Japanese and Chinese - they've got to be a whole lot more difficult for OCR than plain old English!

I actually have two scanners that can scan up to 1200 dpi, so I don't think the scanning is the problem. In Finale, you can scan directly into the program, or import tiffs, but it actually calls up the SmartScore lite to do the job.

I've even tried printing out a Finale file, scanning it in, then trying to OCR it back, and it comes out error-prone. Maybe I just need to upgrade my SmartScore. If you communicate with your friend, I'd be curious to know if he/she actually didn't have to do any editing or correcting, and what version of SmartScore they were using. Also, what the dpi of the original scan was.

I'd sure love to be able to make this work, because I have tons of music I'd like to OCR.

I can upgrade to SmartScore Songbook for $99, but have hesitated to do it for fear it still wouldn't work for me. (The Pro edition upgrade is $199, but I think all that does is get you more staves per system.)

I don't have access to Acrobat Pro frown

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Re: Software for transposing PDF sheet music? [Re: ShiroKuro] #2179697
11/09/13 05:30 PM
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Actually, these days I've pretty much quit using Finale and have switched to Sibelius 7. I've never tried scanning into it - it uses a different program, called PhotoScore. I'll have to check my install - I think a lite version comes with Sibelius, but I must not have installed it.
I have no clue if it's as good as/better than/worse than SmartScore. I guess I have some homework to do!

Re: Software for transposing PDF sheet music? [Re: ShiroKuro] #2179723
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I use Photoscore Ultimate ... expensive, but works well at reading PDF's.

Though I have never scanned a music page, I always had the PDF file on my computer.

@ShiroKuro
If you want to send me a PDF, I can run it through Photoscore.

Last edited by dannac; 11/09/13 06:53 PM.
Re: Software for transposing PDF sheet music? [Re: tangleweeds] #2179759
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Originally Posted by tangleweeds
Originally Posted by Riddler
FYI, my experience might not be typical, but I found that Smart Score was very tedious and frustrating to use. Even with a clean, high resolution score, I had to do a heckuva lot of editing, note by note, and it was quite time consuming. I ultimately concluded I should have spent a bit more effort evaluating it before I bought it.


I'm curious how long ago this was,...


It was August of this year, X2 version.

Ed


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My fingers are slow, but easily keep pace with my thoughts.

Re: Software for transposing PDF sheet music? [Re: dannac] #2179819
11/09/13 09:51 PM
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Dannac, thanks so much for the offer!! Actually, I discovered another friend also had Finale, and she transposed it for me. I am just on my way to the piano now to see how it sounds!

Riddler, oh no! That's the version I was looking at!


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Re: Software for transposing PDF sheet music? [Re: ShiroKuro] #2180066
11/10/13 11:59 AM
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I have used Sharpeye 2 (Sharpeye page) for years to OCR music. It's very easy to use.

It's $169 (gone up a lot since I bought it in 2003) but worth it if you value your time at all.

You can try it out free for 30 days.


Ed (Out in the West Texas town of El Paso)
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