May 26, 2018
High quality music typesetting program
Philip’s Music Writer PMW is a computer program for high quality music typesetting. Originally written for Acorn RISC OS computers, there is now a version that runs on Unix and Unix-like systems.
PMW operates by reading an input file containing an encoded description of the music; such a file can be constructed using any text editor or word processor. The music encoding is very straightforward and compact, and quick to enter.
PMW comes with a PostScript outline font that contains all the musical shapes notes, rests, accidentals, bar lines, clefs, etc. that it requires. There is a man page for the command line options, and a 200-page manual that is distributed as a PDF file.