Yeah, there’s an easier way to install plugins
With all these recent blog posts on plugins, I thought it might be a good time to talk about the new Install plug-ins feature in Sibelius 7. I realize looking back at these posts that I’ve created links to Extra plugins for Sibelius download page but really that is no longer necessary in Sibelius 7.
Fear of installation
In versions previous to Sibelius 7 installing a plugin took several steps including, downloading the plugin, finding the right library folder on your hard drive and in some cases creating a folder within the right folder. Some users found this a daunting proposition.
Plugin install made easy!
The boys in the white lab coats at Sibelius have made it a very simple process in Sibelius 7. Let’s walk you through installing the Lines Between Notes plugin as an example. There is one stipulation, you need to be connected to the internet to use the new Install plug-ins option. But really, is that too much to ask?
First step is launch Sibelius 7. Open a score, any score will do and go to the tab File and down towards the bottom on the left you’ll see Plugins.
Click on Plugins and you’ll see a list of options. We’re going to choose ‘Install Plug-ins’ for this example. ‘Edit Plug-ins’ has options for deleting plugins and allows you to change where the plugins appear in the ribbon. The next 2 options are useful for plugin developers.
Once you select ‘Install Plug-ins’ Sibelius takes a moment to make a connection via the internet and download the list of available plugins. When the install window comes up you have a choice of seeing the most recently updated plugins or all the plugins.
Let’s choose “All plugins” and you’ll see that the plugins are sorted by type. Let’s look in the ‘Lines’ folder for the Lines Between Notes plugin. Select the plugin BUT WAIT! Before you click the Install button, look at the bottom of this window, where it says “Location.”
This is a list of plugin folders on your hard drive. But a very handy option is you can create your own folder with a new name in which to install the plugin. So let’s say you wanted to create a plugin folder called “Lines.” Check the box next to “Other” and type in “Lines.” Now click Install. A friendly confirmation window comes up letting you know the plugin was successfully installed.
Another handy feature, you can see a list of updated plugins. If you install an updated plugin, it will find the old version, delete it and install the new one in the same location. That way Sibelius 7 will remember any custom keyboard shortcuts you have associated with that plugin.
Go back to your score and go to the tab Home>Plugins, and look at that! There is a new ‘Lines’ folder with your Line Between Notes plugin which I highly recommend.
So pop on over to your file menu often and check in to see the latest plugins and plugin updates. What could be easier?
Update 12/30/2013: After having several of my readers mention they did not have the “Install Plugins” option in the File tab, I contacted Avid and got this solution:
“As for some people not seeing the Plug-ins options in the File tab of Sibelius, that will likely be because they aren’t running the latest version of Sibelius 7. We added this into Sibelius in one of the free updates. You can direct people to the 7.1.3 update page to obtain the new installers and their new license too (if they are updating from 7.0.x):Hope this helps people get up and running.”