“Notation Express/XL” refers both to Notation Express and Notation Express XL.
What do I need to use Notation Express?
You need the 15-key Stream Deck console OR the Stream Deck Mobile app from Elgato (purchased separately), and either Sibelius or Dorico. The Stream Deck console and Stream Deck Mobile are not included with your purchase of Notation Express.
What do I need to use Notation Express XL?
You need the 32-key Stream Deck XL console from Elgato (purchased separately), and either Sibelius or Dorico. The Stream Deck XL console is not included with your purchase of Notation Express.
Can I use Notation Express and Notation Express XL simultaneously?
Yes. Notation Express and Notation Express XL for Sibelius share the same set of custom shortcuts for Sibelius, and the same is true for Notation Express and Notation Express XL for Dorico. These shortcut profiles are installed on your computer when you install Notation Express or Notation Express XL.
If you are fortunate enough to have both a Stream Deck and a Stream Deck XL, or even the Stream Deck Mobile app on your iPhone or iPad and a Stream Deck XL, it is possible to use both products simultaneously to supercharge your workflow even more.
I’ve already purchased Notation Express and would like to purchase Notation Express XL (or vice versa). Can I get a discount that reflects the bundle price?
Contact us by sending a message through the contact form at the bottom of this page, and we will help you. Include the e-mail address you used for your original purchase. Please be patient as this must be generated manually through our ordering system. We will not be able to help via phone. If you haven't yet purchased either product, purchase the bundle.
What version of Sibelius/Dorico will Notation Express/XL work with?
Notation Express/XL is built for the latest version of Sibelius Ultimate (2019.7) and the latest version of Dorico 2 (2.2.20). Use with earlier Sibelius or Dorico versions is not recommended nor supported. Dorico 3 users: Notation Express/XL will work with Dorico 3. If you are installing Notation Express after installing Dorico 3, please follow the brief supplemental installation instructions that come with your purchase. In due course we will issue an update that will take advantage of some of the new features introduced in Dorico 3. This update to Notation Express/XL will be free to existing users.
Does Notation Express/XL work with Mac and PC? What is the minimum operating system required?
Yes. Be sure to purchase the correct version for your operating system. Mac requires Mac OS Sierra 10.12 or later, Windows requires Windows 10 64-bit or later.
Are there different versions of Notation Express for the Stream Deck console and the Stream Deck Mobile app for iOS?
No. The same Notation Express profile that will work on the Stream Deck console will work on the Stream Deck Mobile app for iOS.
Will Notation Express XL work on the Stream Deck 15-key console or the Stream Deck Mobile app for iOS?
No. You need the 32-key Stream Deck XL console to use Notation Express XL.
Do I need to purchase the Sibelius and Dorico versions separately?
Yes. Notation Express/XL for Sibelius and Notation Express/XL for Dorico are separate products and must be purchased separately.
What languages does Notation Express/XL work with?
Notation Express/XL has only been tested on English language setups. If you work on a computer with a different language, Notation Express/XL should work, but you might need to modify some of the shortcuts in the profile on your own if they don't work in your localization.
However, we do have a couple of unofficial versions of Notation Express: Dorico for Mac in French, and Dorico for Windows in German. If you work in one of these platform/language combinations, please contact us after you purchase Notation Express, and we will send you the version you request.
Who is Notation Express/XL intended for?
Anyone, from beginner to pro, will benefit from Notation Express/XL. Everyone will enjoy the speed with which text, dynamics, articulations and more can be entered. Pros will especially enjoy the advanced engraving features available at the touch of a button.
Will Notation Express/XL replace the need to use a computer keyboard with Sibelius/Dorico?
No. But with Stream Deck’s touch-and-press interface, it will reduce the need to memorize many Sibelius or Dorico keyboard shortcuts and program custom ones, and will reduce dependence on the numeric keypad and mouse for many commonly-used items.
How do I set up Notation Express/XL?
Setup instructions are provided for both Sibelius and Dorico along with the installation files. Setup should not take more than a few minutes. Also see the installation video for Sibelius on this web site, or on YouTube.
Can I use my existing keyboard shortcuts with Notation Express/XL?
The Notation Express and the Notation Express XL profiles are based on the default Sibelius or Dorico shortcuts, although many more have been added. If you use the default Sibelius or Dorico shortcuts, you can continue to use them just as before, and also use Stream Deck. If you have modified the default Sibelius or Dorico shortcuts, you can either modify them to work with the Notation Express profile, or easily change the shortcuts in the Notation Express/XL profile to match yours (making sure that they don't conflict with other shortcuts in use).
I've modified my Notation Express shortcuts for Sibelius of Dorico and now I see that there is an update to Notation Express. Should I update?
Running the Notation Express installer will restore your shortcut profile to Notation Express defaults. If you have customized your keyboard shortcut profile after installing Notation Express, it is advised that you make a copy of your profile and save it before running the Notation Express installer. You can then modify the Notation Express shortcut profile with any custom shortcuts if you wish.
Will you be making other versions of Notation Express that work with other software, like Finale?
Licensing Q & A
Can I use Notation Express on more than one computer?
Yes! A purchase entitles one person (you) to use it on one computer at a time, on as many computers that you personally use. Unless you have extra limbs, that should suffice nicely.
Can I use Notation Express on both the Stream Deck console and the iOS app?
Yes! Your purchase entitles you to use Notation Express on both devices. You must purchase the Stream Deck console and subscribe to the Stream Deck Mobile app separately.
Can my buddy who shares my computer use Notation Express?
No! Well, there’s no way to technically prevent it. But please ask your buddy to purchase his own copy.
My buddy wants to use my copy of Notation Express. Can I send it to him?
No! He should purchase his own copy. Let’s all be buddies!
Can I change the default Notation Express profile — move icons around, add my own shortcuts, actions, etc.?
Yes! That’s the beauty of it — it’s totally customizable for your own use. You can always re-import the default Notation Express profile again.
So, once I do that, can I send that profile to my buddy?
No! Please don’t share any profile derived from the Notation Express profile, or any shortcut/key command preference file derived from the one included with Notation Express, unless your buddy has already purchased Notation Express, too — then it’s OK.
I have Notation Express for Sibelius already. Can I get Notation Express for Dorico too? (or vice versa)
Notation Express for Sibelius and Notation Express for Dorico work very similarly in many respects, but "under-the-hood" they are quite different products (just like Sibelius and Dorico are different products) and must be purchased separately.
Demo Q & A
What do I need to use the demo of Notation Express?
You need the 15-key Stream Deck console OR the Stream Deck Mobile app from Elgato (purchased separately), and either Sibelius or Dorico. The Stream Deck console and Stream Deck Mobile are not included with the demo of Notation Express.
How limited is the demo of Notation Express?
The demo gives you a sense of what it’s like to use Notation Express, but it includes just a small subset of the hundreds of functions in the paid version, and is not intend-ed to make you super-productive — that’s what the paid version is for! Some folders in the demo do not contain any actions, while others have quite a few. The demo uses the default shortcuts of Sibelius or Dorico and does not include any of the custom keyboard shortcut files or plug-ins that give Notation Express its true power.
Can I use the demo for as long as I like?
Yes! However, if you’re using the demo with Stream Deck Mobile, be aware that there is only a 3-day trial before you have to start paying for a subscription to the Stream Deck Mobile app.
Can I change the demo Notation Express profile — move icons around, add my own shortcuts, actions, etc.?
Yes! But if you start going down that road, you’ll probably want to save yourself hours of tedious work and actually purchase the full version of Notation Express instead, which includes hundreds of functions all ready to go.
I love Notation Express and want to purchase the full version. How do I do that?
Just tap any of the flashing Get Notation Express buttons (subtle, right?) or purchase the full version for your desired program and operating system right from this page. Once you purchase Notation Express and install it, you can delete the demo profile.
How do I install the demo?
Full instructions are included in the documentation that comes with the download.