LilyPond version 2.8 available - prettier music than everUtrecht the Netherlands--March 21, 2006.
After 9 months of backbreaking hacking, the LilyPond Development Team is proud to announce LilyPond 2.8.0, software for better looking music notation.
The inspiration for LilyPond came when two befriended musicians got annoyed with the bland and boring look of computer print-out. Every musician prefers reading beautiful music, so couldn't we programmers solve that printing problem?
LilyPond just does that: it prints music in the best traditions of classical engraving with minimum fuss. Don't waste time on tuning spacing, moving around symbols, or shaping slurs. Impress friends and colleagues with sharp sheet music!
New stuffVersion 2.8 replaces the latest "stable" release 2.6. The newest version adds three major typographical improvements
- Page Layout Options
Creating good page layout has never been easier: tune vertical spacing per system, set the total number of systems, visualize page parameters.
- Exact proportional spacing
Algorithmic notation buffs will love this option, where mixed exotic rhythms and nested tuplets still produce mathematically consistent spacing.
- Vastly improved formatting for ties
Get the best tied chord formatting anywhere, and if that doesn't satisfy you, just override each offending tie configuration.
Style your own pondMost of the new features have been implemented at user's requests. By ordering custom code from the designers of LilyPond you too can get your favorite gripe fixed. Read the sponsorship pages to learn more.
Download your ready-to-run binary from
Happy music printing!
Development teamHan-Wen Nienhuys - Core development
Jan Nieuwenhuizen - Core development
Erik Sandberg - Bug Meister
Pedro Kroger - Build Meister
Graham Percival - Documentation Editor
Mats Bengtsson - Support Guru