Sibelius 4 is the complete software for writing,
playing, printing and publishing music notation. It's designed to make
your life easier, save you time, produce beautiful results – and enable
you to do things you might never have dreamed of, like publish your
music world-wide, or create your own CDs.
And it's designed for every kind of musician, from students and teachers to professional composers.
The new version Sibelius 4 takes another giant leap forward, with
astonishing new features no other program can touch:
Dynamic Parts™ Beautifully laid-out instrumental parts that magically update themselves
whenever you change the full score
Worksheet Creator™ Save time by choosing from over 1700 high-quality worksheets, exercises,
songs, instrumental pieces, lyrics, posters & other resources
Video Now you too can compose a film/TV score! For professionals and students alike. Includes videos to write
for, from Charlie Chaplin to Mr Bean
The test results you have selected are very old and may not represent the current state of Wine.
Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)
Installation, opening/editing scores, playback, registration (via fax/phone), plugins (i.e. proofreading), all
menus and dialogues. Opening scores from obsolete versions (i.e. Sibelius 3 and beyond). Saving,
Printing, and Exporting.
What does not
Help menu (browser does not open), Choral MIDI patch. Symbol/Lines/Key
Signature dialogues are usable, but buggy (images are cut off).
What was not tested
Kontakt, video, help files
Minor tweaks required before program can be run flawlessly. See how-tos for instructions.
Otherwise, works perfectly out of the box.
Until a version of Wine is released with an empty copy of gdiplus.dll in the system32 folder, Sibelius 4 will maintain its Gold rating.
How to enable basic functionality (opening/editing scores)
Note: This workaround is not required for the development version of wine. It is only necessary for wine 1.20.1 and below
Sibelius 4.0/4.1/4.15 requires gdiplus.dll to run. WINE supports the gdiplus library on its own, but does not have a fake DLL in place. Before the program can be run properly, an empty placeholder file named "gdiplus.dll" must be placed in the /windows/system32 directory of your WINE installation.
After doing so, run the Wine Configurator (winecfg) and add a DLL override in the "Libraries" tab. Set "gdiplus" to "builtin then native".
How to enable MIDI playback
Ubuntu (and possibly others) do not enable MIDI playback out-of-the-box. A MIDI-to-WAV mapper is required to enable score playback. Please consult your distribution's instructions as to how to enable MIDI playback.
Ubuntu 8.10 sudo apt-get install timidity
However, because of the translation layer in between the two sound systems, a lag is introduced. You can compensate for this through the "Playback Devices" dialogue.
Play -> Playback Devices -> Set "Delay" to 200 ms
How to fix displayed fonts
Sibelius 4's menu dialogues and score text require the package "msttcorefonts".
Ubuntu 8.10 sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts
Please see: http://corefonts.sourceforge.net/
Note: This workaround may not be required for Ubuntu Karmic Koala (9.10).
When installed via a package manager, TiMidity++ starts up prior to the PulseAudio sound system in Ubuntu, causing sound hogging when Sibelius is running (and vice versa).
To resolve this issue, restart the Timidity sound server before opening Sibelius.
sudo /etc/init.d/timidity restart
To get Kontakt Silver to play back correctly, you must select "Multimedia" as the sound source instead of "DirectSound" at the Kontakt options dialogue that opens up upon first running the program.