Export Folder of Scores In Multiple Formats

Version 01.82.00
Added 01 Feb 2020 (last updated 25 Jun 2021)

For use with Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5, Sibelius 8.x, Sibelius 18.x, Sibelius 19.x, Sibelius 20.x and Sibelius 21.x

Export Folder of Scores in Multiple Formats can simultaneously export scores to PDF, MusicXML, MIDI, or an earlier Sibelius version.

It was designed to avoid some of the problems common to the previous batch plugins. In addition to being able to convert to multiple formats in one pass, if you run it on a folder that contains subfolders, it will produce a matching subfolder structure on the destination folder, so you can have scores with the same name in different subfolders, without them overwriting each other.

The plugin also avoids a common problem that occurs when you have a folder of scores which were saved in different versions of Sibelius. In most batch plugins, files opened in a later version of Sibelius will display a "Save changes" dialog when the plugin tries to close a score. This won't happen with Export Folder of Scores in Multiple Formats.

If you want to save to earlier versions of Sibelius, you will notice that the most recent format you can export to is Sibelius 7. In Sibelius itself there are several more recent versions available for export, but plugins cannot export anything later than version 7, so it you want to export a folder of scores your options are limited.

Many of the export modes, and the plugin itself, will generate files in your Backup Scores folder for each score processed, which may discard the files already in your Backup Scores Folder. You can increase the size of that folder in File-Preferences to preserve more of your real backups.

updated 21 May 2020. Version 01.66.00. Disable PDF file controls if PDF checkbox is unchecked. Add text describing how subfolders are handled.

updated 05 July 2020. Version 01.69.00. Rewrote the Close Quiet code, so it will close scores opened when processing a folder without asking to save changes, and does it without the weird side effects the previous version had, and no longer create extra Backup Score files. Now they just close as intended.

updated 12 August 2020. Version 01.70.00. Sibelius Ultimate changed MusicXML exporting, and that broke uncompressed XML export in this plugin. Now in 2020.6 or later, the export will produce scores with a .musicxml extension rather than a .xml extension, but the files will be equivalent to what Sibelius itself exports.

Updated 24 September 2020. Version 01.80.00. Cleanup on Close and a few other details.

Updated 6 November 2020. Version 01.81.00.Previous update would never work, claiming that a part was undefined. Bug has been fixed.

Updated 25 July 2021. Version 01.82.00.Reordered code for calling from outside. Can call to API_ProcessScoreNoSaveClose with appropriate arguments to export a score.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.