The ribbon is the wide band of command buttons that appears at the top of the Sibelius window, housing all of the features of the program, organized according to task.
At the bottom of every Sibelius window is a new status bar, which contains information read-outs on the left, and handy controls to change the zoom level and the page view on the right.
From left to right, the read-outs show: the current page and the total number of pages; the total number of bars; the range of the current selection, if there is one; the timecode of the current selection; the pitches of the selected notes; the harmony of the chord made up by all of the selected notes at the start of the selection, spanning multiple staves as necessary, displayed as a chord symbol; a description of the current operation.
At the right-hand end of the status bar is a slider with buttons at either end that allow you to change the zoom level of the current view quickly and easily.
To the left of the slider is a read-out of the current zoom level, expressed as a percentage.
To the left of the zoom controls is a set of buttons that allow you to switch between different types of view quickly, for example switching between showing the pages of your score laid out as spreads horizontally and Panorama.
Several of the floating windows familiar from previous versions of Sibelius have been turned into dockable panels.
The Mixer, Fretboard and Keyboard windows appear docked at the bottom of the screen by default , and the Ideas window appears docked at the left side of the screen by default.
You can also undock any dockable panel simply by dragging it away from its docked position.
The Navigator, Keypad and Video windows cannot be docked.
The Playback window, which is also not dockable, has been renamed Transport, for greater consistency with other applications, and to reflect the fact that most playback options are actually found on the Play tab on the ribbon.
Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.
Avid Sibelius 7 is the top music notation software and manages to have a clean and simple interface while containing a plethora of tools for music writing. This version also includes MusicXML, allowing users to collaborate.
For learners who have an older version of Sibelius, this is the upgrade option from Avid. Note that the purchaser must have the serial number from their previous versions to register and use the update.