Here are draft documents I have written discussing the writing of ManuScript language plugins in Sibelius.
Plugins are written in Sibelius’ ManuScript programming language. In Sibelius 7 or later you can find the ManuScript Language Reference at File>Plug-ins>ManuScript Language Reference. In Sibelius 6 and earlier, you can find it at Help>Documentation.
- Write your own simple plugin
- Write your own custom filter
- Preferences plugin to save plugin preferences
Historical plugin documents
- Plug-in Authoring for Dummies
by Ed Hisrchman, 2010. Part of the unofficial Sibelius Wiki, still hosted by Tobias Escher. This document is from the time of Sibelius 6.
- ManuScript Dos and Donts
by Gunnar Hellquist 2001 – 2005. The earliest document I know describing things to watch out for in ManuScript. Around the Sibelius 2 – 3 time frame. Gunnar was an important plugin developer when I started writing plugins.
- Manuscript Do and Do Not 2019
by Bob Zawalich 2019. An update of Gunnar’s ducument with issues of interest in to Sibelius Ultimate time frame.
- Ed’s plugin primer
by Bob Zawalich 2009. A description of how to go from a minimal plugin to one that could be published with a fair amount of error handling added.
Plugin Research Notes
- New Optional Plugin Features as of Sibelius Ultimate 2020_9
- Quartertone Support in ManuScript as of Sibelius Ultimate 2020_9
- Treating the Character Type as a String Type as of Sibelius Ultimate 2020_9
- How plugins store settings for user data
- Changing default dialog settings in Sibelius plugins