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The difficulty with scanning music or text is that by scanning a page, a computer does not ‘understand’ it. As far as the computer is concerned, scanning a page merely presents it with a grid of millions of black and white dots, which could be music, text, a photograph or anything else.
The process of actually reading or interpreting music, text or pictures from this grid of dots is extremely complex and poorly understood. A large part of the human brain, containing many millions of connections, is devoted solely to solving this ‘pattern recognition’ problem.
For this reason, only a handful of music scanning programs have ever been developed, and past attempts have generally been very slow, very inaccurate, or unable to recognize many standard musical markings.
PhotoScore represents a significant advance, being able to read a wide variety of music with high speed, accuracy and a good range of music symbols.
Neuratron has always been pushing the boundaries of this technology with PhotoScore and has now made it the world’s first and only dual engine music scanning software. By combining the recognition results of two independently developed recognition engines PhotoScore’s accuracy is much greater than twice that of each engine alone!
PhotoScore is able to read virtually all markings on a page and is the only product available capable of reading guitar tab and percussion staves.
As a reflection of Neuratron’s commitment and leadership in this field, we have worked incredibly hard to make PhotoScore the world’s first and only program designed and capable of automatic handwritten music recognition.