Notion 2 is a big update by anyone’s standards

I know that this update came out a week ago, but it’s pretty big so I thought I’d still post it as you might have missed it. So, here’s what’s new in Notion.

New features

  • Universal app – for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
  • iCloud support
  • Redesigned interface
  • Quick Access Palette for iPad
  • Sounds menu, to manage which sounds are on device, and which are kept in the cloud. The initial app download contains piano – go to Sounds menu to then choose which sounds you want on the device.
  • Sort scores by date or name
  • Templates tab on launch screen
  • Choose new standard staves from Score Setup
  • Transposing chords
  • Select Special>Chords, for cut/copy and paste
  • New language – Sim. Chinese
  • Alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, and glockenspiel now available as part of the initial bundle
  • 14 new in-app purchase sounds available including ukulele and various brass and woodwind instruments
  • New in-app purchase sound bundles available: Jazz Sounds Bundle, Guitar Bundle
  • 64-bit support


  • Write for all instruments, even if you haven’t purchased the sound
  • Instrument names show automatically on parts
  • Enhanced font selection and page text editing
  • New workflow for setting up a new score
  • New page layout controls
  • Onscreen keyboard jumps to relative range of selected instrument
  • Can start downloads/in-app purchases from part details view in score setup
  • Press and hold to rename/duplicate scores on home screen.
  • Better initial zoom when loading a score.
  • New SATB template file
  • Press and hold to rename/duplicate scores on home screen.
  • Add chord summary score option.
  • When sounds have finished downloading in the background, they will automatically become available in the score you are working on
  • Default file name added during setup


  • Enharmonic tool moved into Accidentals Palette
  • Scores shared with Notion desktop now retain jazz font
  • Playback marker now continues during playback in Continuous View
  • If Scroll with Entry is off, don’t scroll the score when pressing the next and previous arrows (previously called ‘Auto-Scroll’)
  • Add Long Drum and Whistling to the percussion bundle.
  • Add some missing or incorrect instrument images.
  • Correct some errors in the demo files
  • Add in vocal ranges when writing for voice
  • Fix not scrolling properly in continuous view during playback when zoomed out

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