Here Comes FORTE Scan – Scan and Transpose Your Sheet Music [Updated for 2019]

Update for 2019:

ScanScore is launched!

This year has seen the long-anticipated release of ScanScore, and, in November, the release of ScanScore 2…

Please note: ScanScore replaces FORTE Scan. And working with new detection algorithms, ScanScore offers superior and excellent scan results.

With it you can:

  • Scan sheet music with your smartphone, tablet or a conventional scanner
  • Import PDFs and picture files
  • Use the integrated music editor and easy-to-use correction tools to correct mistakes
  • Export scores as XML files to FORTE notation software for further editing

For more information, please visit the ScanScore website.

ScanScore: Sheet Music Scanner



Original Post: Here Comes FORTE Scan – Scan and Transpose Your Sheet Music

Scan your sheet music quickly and easily by taking a picture with your smartphone and… FORTE Scan will convert it so you can start editing immediately! 

Perhaps you want to transpose your music. Or set up a playback of your choir part or even digitize your sheet music archive?

FORTE Scan can make this all so much easier, and we’ve been hard at work on this new scanning module to get it just right. The recognition is now better, the user interface friendlier, and best of all, your smartphone can now be your scanner!

Three ways to scan music with FORTE 8

  • Use the conventional way using a printed original and a desktop scanner
  • Import image files
  • Quickly snap a picture with your smartphone or tablet using FORTE’s Scan App

The FORTE Scan app: Your mobile scanner 

FORTE’s Scan App is available for Android and iOS devices. We’ll be releasing it on Monday, and you can download it for free.

When you synchronize your phone or tablet with your computer via a QR-Code, the pictures you take with the app are automatically loaded into FORTE’s Scan Module.

This works well when you’re on the road. When you get back to your computer later, you’ll find the pictures of the sheet music you took ready to select for scanning.

using a music scan app to take a photo of sheet music on a smartphone

The app in action.











The new user interface: step-by-step to a flawless result

FORTE Scan guides you through the whole process.

First, the general parameters, like clef, key and meter are set.

Next, you’ll be asked about possible mistakes within the measures. If you find a wrong note, simply mark it.

Finally, FORTE makes suggestions about how to correct the measure. In very rare occurrences, none of the suggestions will be correct, and FORTE Scan will export an empty measure.

scanning sheet music

In this step, you mark the wrong elements.



Alternate readings look like this.
Since the original was a very bad copy, none of the suggestions is correct.


Opening your scan result in FORTE 8

Once FORTE Scan has read your score, you can open it in FORTE for further editing.

You will need to add some elements, such as dynamic markers, manually.

And you’ll also need to review the scan, checking and correcting any remaining small misreads.

The last steps are to add the title information and edit the layout according to your preferences… and your score is now complete.

Enjoy your newly digitized music!


So, what do you think? How do you like it? Which score will you digitize first?

We’re looking forward to your comments on our blog.

15 replies
  1. Nori
    Nori says:

    This is great! Does this mean, if you bought FORTE 8, you would not need to purchase “SharpEye Music Reader” separately for scanning?

  2. Ricky Wong
    Ricky Wong says:

    I just tried it and it is not working at all. After it recognize the clef and signature, when it go the the third bar, it recognize another clef which actually is notes in the bar, should allow user to reject that and accept that as note.

    I was totally disappointed!!

    • FORTE Admin
      FORTE Admin says:

      Dear Ricky,

      please send us more and detailed information of your problem at
      What kind of computer do you use and what operating system? It would be great if you could send us your picture file of your sheet music, too.

      Best regards,

  3. ricky wong
    ricky wong says:

    why did you remove my comment which is constructive. Please response, otherwise I will put my comments on all social media and reviews!!!

  4. ricky wong
    ricky wong says:

    Thanks for your reply.
    I jumped on the offer on the first day and what I need is the scan function to import some of my church score in order to learn the different parts, but was very disappointed. I should know where the key signature is and analyze accordingly. I will contact support with image of my scanned picture.
    my computer is i7 4 cores windows 10 64 bit with all the latest update.

    • FORTE Team
      FORTE Team says:

      Hi Ricky,
      thank you for your feedback.
      I’m sorry to hear you’re not happy with the results of FORTE Scan.
      Thanks for getting in touch with the support team 🙂

      Happy scoring!
      FORTE Team

  5. Erik Hans Vagen
    Erik Hans Vagen says:

    I am trying to scan and transpose sheet music.
    It would be nice to have, but I can’t afford it.
    I should do it like we did in college up at Berklee in Boston, Ma.

    Now I am retired after working the US Postal Service 33 years.

    Erik Hans Vagen

    I am halv Nederlans ubnd halv Norse

  6. Dawn Both
    Dawn Both says:

    I’m a music director. Wondering if I can scan a song book song and transpose it to the correct key for a cantor? I want to make sure this is a do-able thing before purchasing. Thanks loads,

  7. Anna
    Anna says:

    I tried the free trial in order to transpose one simple song for a singer who needed it in a lower key. it did not remotely work. it changed the key signature and transposed not a single note, which is useless.


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