Category: Main Multimedia Sibelius Scorch 5.2.1 for Firefox, Netscape and Opera

Sibelius Scorch

The latest version to date on the Sibelius website. The version being tested here is the Netscape plugin (which can be used by Firefox and Opera).

Application Details:

Version: 5.2.1 for Firefox, Netscape and Opera
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.5

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Free Download Scorch521NetscapeInstaller.msi

Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Everything. The following features were tested and work as expected:-

  • Viewing
  • Turning pages
  • Transposing
  • Printing
  • Audio playback
  • Changing tempo

What does not

  • The installer did not place the plugins in to the Firefox plugins folder. Instead they were placed in drive_c/plugins/. To get the browser to use the plugin, the two DLLs (NPSibelius.dll and ScorchPDFWrapper.dll) need to be copied to drive_c/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/plugins/ then restart Firefox.
  • Memory usage seems to be very high, but a comparison with Windows has not yet been made, so it may be an issue with the plugin or maybe Firefox 2.0.
    Memory usage increased by 360 MB when loading the test page that contained the plugin.

What was not tested

  • Running within Firefox 3 because the website which I was testing does not display the plugin correctly in Firefox 3 (even on Windows).
  • Embedded within Opera or Netscape.

Additional Comments

Tested on Firefox for Windows using the free samples that are available on  A silver rating has been given due to the memory usage, otherwise this would be a gold rating.
selected in Test Results table below
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 22 20081.1.5Yes Yes SilverDaniel Ellis 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 11 20081.0.0Yes Yes BronzeDaniel Ellis 

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HowTo / Notes


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Sibelius Scorch 6.2.0 in Wine 1.3
by Mark Monson on Thursday December 23rd 2010, 16:34
I was able to get Scorch 6.2.0 to work in Ubuntu 10.10 using Wine 1.3.

using Synaptic:
a Install Wine 1.3
b Install timidity and alsa-oss (need both for Noteworthy Composer but not sure if alsa-oss is needed for Scorch)

Install Firefox for Windows (used latest version 3.6.13) using Wine Windows Program Loader after downloading from the Firefox site. I closed Firefox for Windows at this point since I expected a restart after installing the Scorch plugin.

Install Scorch for Windows (used latest version 6.2.0 = Scorch620NSPluginInstaller.msi) Firefox plugin using Wine Windows Program Loader after downloading from the Sibelius site.

Restart Firefox for Windows.

Find your Sibelius file link, and open it with Firefox (in my case, music I had just purchased in “My Account” on the Sibelius web site). The score will load into a window in the browser.

Configure midi player from the Scorch tool bar, go to “Choose Playback Device” and pick TiMidity port 0.

The scores will now play and print out beautifully. It just works, and I was surprised how painless it was to use Scorch in WINE.

by José Alburquerque on Wednesday June 10th 2009, 15:26
I've manged to install this plug-in and indeed it does show the sheet music. However, when trying to play it, a pop-up comes up asking me to select a midi device for output. I'm running timidity in the background so its devices are available in the window. However, when I select one, A window with the message: "Can't load the soundset General MIDI. Substituting instead".

When it proceeds to play, there is no sound.

I know midi works because the Music notes player plays fine as does the NoteWorthy Composer 2 demo which uses the timidity devices.

Any clues as to getting this to work? I'm running wine-1.0.1.
  • RE: by Daniel Ellis on Wednesday June 17th 2009, 14:18
    • RE: by José Alburquerque on Wednesday June 17th 2009, 18:47