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[Video] FORTE 9 – Chromanotes and Playback Options

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Three New Features that You’ll Love

We received many messages from teachers who asked us to help their students learning music notation faster and better. That’s why we added Chromanotes to FORTE 9. Furthermore, we’ll show you the new features of the virtual keyboard and your new playback options.

You can now dock the Input Palette to the lower screen. Just move the palette towards the lower screen and drag it to one of the two icons. You now have access to a lot more keys on your virtual keyboard to write your music. But that‘s not all! If you’re in Select Mode, and don‘t have any note value selected, you can improvise melodies freely on the keyboard without having to notate them. This is helpful if you just want to try out a melody, or if you’re in the middle of a creative process.

FORTE 9 supports different styles for note names. It also allows you to display the names of the notes on the keys of the virtual keyboard!
If you want to write music, simply select the note value and enter the pitch using the virtual keyboard. And of course, you can use the mouse- or the computer keyboard method, just like you’re used to doing.

Another new FORTE 9 feature is “Chromanotes”, which allows you to change the notes’ colors according to a system. This is very helpful for beginners to learn and
understand music notation. FORTE 9 comes with new playback options. The keys of the virtual keyboard light up during the playback of your score. You can also select single notes or small passages
for fast and easy playback: Draw a box around your desired selection, and press the space bar to start playback.

If you want playback to start at a certain position, click the control key and keep it pressed down. Click the desired measure, and playback starts.

We‘ll show you more new features of the new FORTE 9 next week!
How did you like this preview? We’re looking forward to your comments!


  1. david - November 13, 2017 Reply

    Have you fixed ALL the problems related to triplets? New features are all very well but please get basic right first.

    • FORTE Admin - November 14, 2017 Reply

      Dear David,
      thank you for your comment.
      We’re quite hopeful that triplets will work now once and for all in FORTE 9!

      Your FORTE Team

  2. kent christiansen - November 13, 2017 Reply

    Sehr geehrte Herren,

    Ich habe derzeit Forte 8, werde ich die Option haben, auf 9 zu aktualisieren?

    Kent M. Christiansen

    • FORTE Admin - November 14, 2017 Reply

      Hallo Kent,
      vielen Dank für Deine Nachricht.
      Wenn Du eine Lizenz von FORTE hast, dann wirst Du auch ein günstiges Angebot für das Upgrade auf FORTE 9 erhalten.
      Bitte beachte, dass Du hier auf der englischen Seite von FORTE Notensatz unterwegs bist.
      Das heißt, dass hier nur die englischsprachigen Versionen vertrieben werden.

      Falls es in Deinem Account oder mit Deinen Lizenzen zu Verwechslungen (Deutsche Sprache / Englische Sprache) kam,
      dann wende Dich bitte direkt an den Support unter support (at) forte-notensatz punkt de

      Vielen Dank
      und viele Grüße,
      Dein FORTE-Team

  3. Ellis Nicholls - November 14, 2017 Reply

    Will Forte 9 allow use of unusual time signatures, such as 3/2 or 7/4?

    • FORTE Admin - November 15, 2017 Reply

      Dear Ellis,
      thank you for your question.
      You can write all unusual time signatures using FORTE Home or FORTE Premium.

      Kind regards,
      Your FORTE-Team

  4. les eldridge - November 28, 2017 Reply

    can you import from a scan or pdf and can you undertake transpositions?

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