That isn’t literally how open source works, although I think that is an accurate description of what Muse is doing TODAY – not necessarily forever. I believe it is accurate to say that, as of today, all the Pro and Pro+ features (requiring paid subscription ) relate to the website used for score sharing.
But it is quite normal for vendors to have offerings that are based on open source, but also include layers of their own proprietary code. (See Red Hat Enterprise Linux, e.g.) In those cases, they certainly can charge a price for their offering, regardless of the fact that it mostly consists of open source code. I have no knowledge that Muse intends to do that. I believe Muse have at least hinted they may have paid versions of Audacity in the future, or at least paid add-ons.
If, in the course of developing added value features, the vendor makes enhancements to the software in the open source layers, they must dedicate that to the open source community. As a practical matter, that can mean the code is freely available, but practically only used by a small set of people who have the skills and time to compile the open source parts themselves and provide self-support.
I’m not trying to be pedantic. I just want to point out that Muse could certainly have a long-term strategy to have paid versions of MuseScore proper.
I realize that users of this forum have suggested NP4 might be released in Q1 2023 but I’ve not seen any confirmation from Arne Wallander or his company. Instead, several months ago I read Arne’s response to this question in which he said it takes a long time to develop software focused on new concepts/technologies (interesting!) and there was as yet no imminent release date for NP4. I understood this to translate into a still significant wait but would love to hear more encouraging news if there is any.
I think you are right on this, Mike. I double checked and back in October Arne mentioned that NP4 was “taking longer than expected” hence he issued the apple silicon version of 3.3.2 to tide people over until NP4 was ready. He didn’t specify when the new version would be ready. (unless he has done so on another forum)
I get Studio One 5 from Prsonus Sphere for about that. I couldn’t afford the upfront cost all at once. Plus, i already own Notion 6 (my 2nd favorite notation program- after Dorico, of course). I did so because i could afford the low monthly fee, and because Notion 6 and Studio One can import/export directly into each other’s program from within each. BUT- Dorico is- and I expect now will always be- my #1. The Dorico team are amazing.
indeed I do, Daniel. This is the main reason why I never bothered to do a Dorico version of my Sibelius created symphony using NP.
UPDATE actually I lied – to be pedantic, I have by now created Dorico versions of all my Sibelius scores so I no longer need to use it, other than occasionally looking at works written by those who have not yet seen the light. But this particular symphony will only get any serious attention with NP4.
To be honest, I’d say that Noteperformer should remain an option in all top 3 notation programs (Dorico/Sibelius/Finale), and not be bound exclusively to only one program. (Perhaps I misread your proposal, in which case I apologise!)
But, a built in support feature would definetely be welcome
I’m looking forward to what Noteperformer 4 will bring to the table, and that I can use it both in Dorico and Sibelius (still switching a lot back and forth depending on the kind of project I’m working on).
I Don’t disagree with you; if it were to be siloed into only one of the big three, it would be a tremendous loss for the other two. I was just mentioning that if, for instance, you got a free copy of NP4, someone would manage to find a way to complain.
Like you though, I hope there is some back-end communication between the dorico dev team and Arne to make the two work together to the best degree possible. This appears to be the case, so I’m excited, especially now that Arne has mentioned the upgrade will be free to existing users! It would be neat, for instance, if Dorico built in a 1 second buffer to the green follow line, so that the playback was in perfect sync with the delayed NP render.
Daniel’s comment above “"it does indeed have the potential to be quite the game-changer” is definitely intriguing. I’m also interested in Arne’s comment about “supplementary content”. Could this be about extending NP’s sound library? Hope so…