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Feature list

Feature list capella


Product name capella start 8 capella 8
List of main features    
State of development and year Version 8 (2019) Version 8 (2019)
Mac version available    
For Windows 7, 8.1, 10    
Automatic software updating    
Automatic functionality updates, continuous program maintenance    
Innovative, context sensitive order of tools in the Edit area    
Preview in dialogs - view changes in advance    
Variable window order: quick access via tabs    
Convenient ScoreWizard creates new scores    
ScoreWizard supports polyphonic staves such as Soprano/Alto - Tenor/Bass oder 1st/2nd/3rd Flutes    
Number of lines per staves (usually: 5) 5 1-11
Number of polyphonic voices per stave 2 6
Number of staves per system 4 999
Number of measures per score 100 unlimited
Number of systems per score: unlimited    
Small and large staves in the same score    
Each score can be displayed in several (even split) windows, e.g. page view and detail    
Powerful zoom function. An unlimited number of pages can be displayed next to each other    
Numerous keyboard short cuts for almost all menu and dialog instructions - operation without mouse possible    

Split-second movement and orientation across large scores using the navigation area with preview

Undo and redo function, using list with clear instruction descriptions. Number of undo and redo steps: >100 >100
Note values: Breve note to 1/128    
Import and export, interfaces capella start 7 capella 8
MusicXML import (e.g. files of Finale®*) or Sibelius®) max. 4 staves  
Midi import in format Midi 0 and 1, Midi export in format Midi-1 max. 4 tracks  
MP3 and Wave export    
PDF export directly from capella    
MusicXML export: capella files can be used by Finale®*) and Sibelius® users    
Search on directly from capella    
Download from, free trial membership    
Share scores: Upload to directly from capella    
Search function for finding melodies in the score    
Search for certain sections in the score, e.g. change of key    
Integrated programming language (Python) to create additional features as plug-ins    
Easy to use ready-made plug-ins, downloadable free from this website and others    
Future-proof data interface on XML basis    
Capturing notes capella start 7 capella 8
Note entry via PC keyboard - unsurpassedly quick and easy    
"Sustain pedal" for chord entry    
Note entry via keyboard, Midi real-time entry and Midi step entry    
Mouse piano (size adjustable and fully customizable)    
Mouse piano displays notes during entry and playback    
Comfort mouse entry: Click notes directly in the lines    
Mouse correction: Shift notes upwards and downwards with the mouse    
Support for entering and playing back percussion instruments using sound mapping    
Percussion voices can be easily set in the ScoreWizard    
Note entry using piano roll with metronome and quantizing option    
Transposition capella start 7 capella 8
Transpose the entire score with one mouse click    
Transpose with or without key change: chromatic, true to interval and enharmonic transposition; diatonic shifting    
Transposing: Individual parts of the score with automatic key signature function; all transposing functions with or without key change    
Transposition of individual or multiple staves across the entire score    
Transposing instruments reflected during playback    
Playback capella start 7 capella 8
Soundfonts are supported    
In Windows: Support of MIDI capable sound cards/sound chips, 128 voices    
Playback bar with slide control for playback position    
Exact position and time display during playback    
Voice filter and solo button    
Choose a different sound for each stave    
Choose a different sound for each voice    
Tempo change option within the score at any note; smooth transitions, tempo recording with slide control    
Positioning of instruments in stereo panorama    
Playback recognizes all performance marks (trills, upper mordents, mordents or turns)    
Standard pitch a' can be tuned    
Playback with any historic tuning, also pure adaptive tuning (Hermode tuning)    
Playback reflects repeat signs: dal segno, al coda, etc.    
Playback reflects user's own playback instructions: pizzikato, col legno, stopped, etc.    
Volta brackets are considered during playback (one octave up or down)    
VST host: Support of VST samplers    
Sound magnifier - individual notes can be played back step by step    
Score editing capella start 7 capella 8
Automatic beaming and beam slope function, selectable options    
Individually adjustable beam slope and stem length    
Sub-group beams, beams across rests and grace notes    
Notation in adjacent staves, beams stretch across staves    
Automatic chord symbols (with chord analysis)    
Automatic Lead-Sheet generation (chord descriptions for single voice pieces)    
Automatic filling rests, can be deactivted    
Split system at any point in the score. No rigid layout.    
Automatic wrap around (score division with optimized or selected number of bars per system)    
Ties, crescendo hairpins, octave brackets are automatically taken apart/joined during system break    
Automatic break (score division with optimum or freely selectable number of bars per system and optional combination of multiple bar rests)    
Clefs, time signature, key signature, bar lines etc. changeable at any point in the score, including single staves in the current system    
Course of bar lines freely adjustable including bar lines in the gap between staves    
Live voice extraction: Switch from score view to voice extraction view with one mouse click. Note, graphics and text editing done during voice extraction will show in the entire score and vice versa    
Irregular division (duplet, triplet … up to 15-tuplet)    
Diverse range of note heads, stems and heads without stems    
Forced accidentals (incl. in brackets), suppress accidentals    
Appoggiatura and cue notes    
Tremolo bars in note stems, also in beamed notes    
Edit individual note heads in chord (accidental, head shape, mute during playback etc)    
Automatic bar lines, fixed bar lines, individual-design bar lines    
Staccato, Tenuto, Staccatissimo, hard/soft attack, normal/strong accent, etc.    
Definition of own articulation signs    
Cue notes, grace notes, place holders    
Multiple bar rests in various styles (traditional rest, etc.)    
Split polyphonic staves into separate staves within same system    
Automatic filling of incomplete voices in polyphonic staves    
Guitar tablature    
Rest management: merge rests, fill staves with rests    
Score synthesis: Combine several individual voices into one score    
Convert chord letters to chord notes and vice versa    
Sequence of staves in system can be changed at any time; ripple effect throughout the entire score    
Abbreviations, tremolo bars and many more special functions available at a click of the mouse    
Position two systems side by side: perfect for coda notation and cramped spaces    
Text, symbols, graphics capella start 7 capella 8
Lyrics entry syllable by syllable directly underneath notes    
Comfortable lyrics editor    
Automatic positioning of syllables and hyphens, also with melisma    
Position assistant for allocation and alignment of text, graphics objects and music symbols    
Text import from other Windows applications    
Default font for text objects can be selected    
Graphics import from other Windows applications    
Text objects in HTML format with unrestricted character and paragraph formatting feature    
Text objects and lyrics may contain any font of any language side by side ("Unicode ", for example Greek, Cyrillic, Chinese)    
Text objects may be set in frames (round, square, oval etc.)    
Field commands in text objects    
120 musical symbols available to insert directly from symbol pallets    
Intelligent graphic objects: Text, symbols or graphics set in only one voice appear in one/several/all staves of score and voice extraction    
Free positioning of graphics, including in front or behind notes; sequence selection of overlapping graphics    
Fret kit for plucked instruments    
Symbols can be transposed as you like (chord descriptions, frets, figures etc.)    
Wide ranging design options including dotted slurs, graphic objects such as lines, polygons etc.    
Graphics export, pagewise, several graphics formats    
Layout and printing capella start 7 capella 8
System brackets (curly brace and/or straight brackets), barlines across staves within system    
Barlines across staves (also for system ranges)    
System justification for each system separately including for the entire score    
Unrestricted formatting feature for footers, headers, automatic page numbering, watermark (including graphics)    
Vertical page adjustment    
Comprehensive color options for all objects in the score (very useful for teaching purposes)    
Choice of note fonts and note styles (software includes: six note fonts from renaissance to jazz, can be expanded)    
Each score can be used as "template"    
Set print size as you like    
Automatic bar numbering with dynamic refresh (bar numbers at beginning of system)    
Bar numbering in variable steps, e.g. numbers at every 5th bar    
Printout on any printer supported by Windows and in all paper sizes and formats (letter, legal, A1 - 5, landscape, etc.) when supported by printer    
General information capella start 7 capella 8
PDF manual    
capella must be activated within 30 days after installation    

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