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I don't think so. The reason is simply that I don't have the time. I certainly expect to continue improving and updating Transcribe! for Windows, Mac and Linux desktop and laptop computers, and that takes up enough time as it is. Of course one solution to this would be to employ people to do the work, but that doesn't appeal to me as I have no desire to become a manager, and I greatly prefer the laid-back hands-on approach which I currently have. There's also the fact that there are already quite a few slow-down- and-loop applications available for iPad/iPhone/Android, most of them at very low prices. Yet another point is this: Transcribe! is quite full featured, and this is what distinguishes it from other applications in the same general area. But if I did a version for smartphones and tablets, it would be necessary to lose quite a lot of features. This would result in a product that wouldn't be very much different from other products already out there - so what would be the point of that?
There is a list of related software for iPad/iPhone/Android on this page. I'm not going to recommend any particular one because they all have different features, so which one suits you is going to depend very much on which features you consider most important.
No, and I don't have any immediate plans to make it available. I don't see any great
advantage to it, and I do see various drawbacks. Rather than put a lengthy discussion here,
let me refer you to
In particular see the section headed "iOS App Store developer concerns, magnified" which has five sub-heads:
And to that I would add another point : quite a few universities and music colleges use Transcribe! : they get a big volume discount and they install centrally on a server. As far as I know, the Mac App Store has no support at all for this kind of purchase and installation. In short, I don't think the Mac App Store is intended for applications like Transcribe!
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No, I'm too busy working on the software and running Seventh String. Visit Google and search for "music transcription service".
Automatic transcription of music is very difficult and as far as I know there is no program
that can produce a usable result, unless possibly on some very simple material such as a
one-note-at-a-time instrument recorded without accompaniment. Even then it probably won't
get the rhythms anywhere near, though it should be able to recognise the notes.
Certainly there is software out there that claims to do automatic transcription (click here) but in my view some of these products make rather exaggerated claims about what they can do.
Also see here for a further reflection of mine on this subject.
I would suggest you check out existing services to see what they offer (visit Google and search for "music transcription service"). Set up a website offering your services. And then use your imagination (but don't use spam) to make people such as musicians, music publishers, etc, aware of your existence. It might be worth contacting existing transcription services as they might want to subcontract.
No. The Help files and the website FAQ are all the documentation there is. If they are missing anything, please let me know.
Not at present. Transcribe! is aimed at a small niche market and does not at present earn the kind of money that could justify such effort and expense. I consider that developing the software further is a more effective way to spend my time. Maybe in the future.