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.

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