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Re: New Sibelius to LilyPond conversion suite

From: Patrick McCarty
Subject: Re: New Sibelius to LilyPond conversion suite
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2010 16:03:17 -0800

On Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 2:53 PM, Michael Good <address@hidden> wrote:
> LilyPond may be free software, but it has more lock-in than nearly any current
> commercial music notation product. Scores can only be imported into LilyPond
> format. They can never be moved effectively from LilyPond to another notation
> program.
> MusicXML was invented to get rid of this type of proprietary format lock-in.
> Most commercial products added MusicXML export years ago, either directly or
> via plug-ins. It is unfortunate that LilyPond users cannot take advantage of
> the same data freedom that Finale and Sibelius users can.
> We hope in the future that LilyPond will be as supportive of the open MusicXML
> format as most commercial software. If there is already a converter from
> LilyPond to MusicXML that I have missed, please let me know. If my objections
> are out of date, that would be excellent news!


There have been some discussions in the past about developing a
MusicXML backend for LilyPond, but so far (AFAIK) no one has started
working on it or knows how it should be implemented.

We have an enhancement request on our bug tracker for this issue:


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