Rests now intelligently avoid notes when writing in multiple voices, and group with each other in a beam-group and/or bar. This feature includes new options in Engraving Rules to allow you to choose how rests are moved and grouped together. These options are on in all new scores and off when opening older scores. To find these new settings, have a look in the new Rests section of Engraving Rules.
Sibelius 8.1 adds the ability to export directly to MP3, removing the need to convert exported audio in another application. As you may know, there are licensing costs when converting to MP3, which we are covering for you.
First, second and third time ending lines are now placed correctly by default.
We've made further improvements to the way two-finger scrolling and pinch zoom are handled on Mac trackpads. In particular, users of Sibelius 8.0.1 will be aware that scrolling on a Mac was troublesome. This is now vastly improved in Sibelius 8.1.
Sibelius is now officially supported on Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 and higher.
In the event of a crash, Sibelius now offers to upload a report to our servers which is then collated amongst other reports to help guide our efforts in improving Sibelius' stability. All information sent is anonymous.
Sibelius 8.1 also includes several fixes to the most common crashes, which include:
To get the upgrade, simply open AVID Application Manager and you should get a prompt to download the upgrade. Your downloads will have already been updated in your AVID account too, which you can find at www.avid.com/subscriptions