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Date added: 2001-08-31

Description: Professional-quality music notation program used by many editors and engravers.

The name Sibelius can refer to two separate, but related software applications: the original application for Acorn RISC OS machines, and the later version for Windows and Mac Os. There are compatibility issues between the two versions.


Name of Website: There is now no website for this application.

Latest version Sibelius 7 v3.52 (20 December 1997)

OS: RISC OS 2, 3.1, 3.5+, 4.01+, 5+

Cost: This is now only available as a second-hand item. Specialist dealers may have it in stock.

Native format: FileType DE0 Sibelius

FileTypes program can read: DE0 Sibelius, FD4 MIDI

FileTypes program can export to: DE0 Sibelius, FD4 MIDI, AFF DrawFile

Windows and Mac Os

Name of Website: Sibelius

Latest version Sibelius 7

OS and minimum system requirements:

  • Windows Windows Vista SP2 with the Platform Update Pack or later, Windows 7 SP1 or later, 1 GB+ RAM, 750 MB hard disk space, DVD-ROM drive
  • Mac Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later, Mac OS X 10.7, 1 GB+ RAM, 750 MB hard disk space, DVD-ROM drive

Cost: see this page

Native format: Sibelius (.sib)

Formats program can read: Sibelius, MIDI, PhotoScore (.opt), MusicXML, Finale/Allegro/PrintMusic (.mus), Finale ENIGMA (.etf)

Formats program can export to: Sibelius (version 7 can export to ~6, ~5, ~4, ~3, ~2 and ~Student versions), ASCII Tab, MIDI, Scorch and various graphic formats (.eps, .tiff, .bmp, .eps, .emf)

Compatibility issues

Importing Acorn RISC OS files into Windows and Mac Os version: Windows and Mac Os Sibelius versions 1.1 to 4 inclusive can import Acorn Sibelius 7 files, provided the filename has the extension .si7 added manually (/si7 if the task is carried out on a RISC OS machine prior to exporting.).