I'm currently working on an iPad app that will allow composers to write scores on their tablet devices. Too often, those looking for electronic score writing solutions are constrained by clunky, 1990's-era desktop applications that are neither intuitive nor exciting to use. In addition, these applications have steep learning curves, which dissuades new composers from becoming proficient at creating scores. Writing music is an organic experience; a direct expression of the composer's artistic intent. No cluttered interface or user manual should get in the way of that process.
With that philosophy in mind, I've set out to design a new kind of music notation app from the ground up. Rather than have a screen filled to the brim with toolbars, my interface intelligently presents options to users only when they need or ask for them. Taking advantage of the iPad's advanced gesture control also cuts down on interface clutter.
Cloud storage is another important feature in my design. All changes to scores are automatically synced to an external server as well as updated on the iPad itself. This simultaneously allows for offline editing, automatic backup and recovery, and future extensibility for applications on other operating systems (like Windows 8 and Android). In addition, a robust sharing interface allows composers to selectively share their scores with other users of the app. Currently, the preferred method of score sharing is exporting as a PDF and emailing which, besides being ugly, quickly leads to version fragmentation, plagiarism, and other issues.
The app is currently in the implementation phase (i.e. writing the actual code) and should be submitted to the App Store sometime in the near future!