I was very sad to hear of the passing of David Daniels, conductor and musicologist this month.
We meet briefly at the 2017 MOLA conference in San Diego where he announced his retirement from his Orchestral Music project, a publication (and now a website) that assisted and inspired a generation of musicologists, librarians and performers. I see that the first edition of his tome was published almost 50 years ago, and its significance in those times and since cannot be understated.
His work was the gold-standard of accuracy, and his development of what I consider to be the most readable form of orchestration concatenations (2 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1 – strings) known as the “Daniels Format” now sits deservedly at the summit of such representations.
My creation of both Zinfonia and the UIC was inspired by Daniels work, and I hope that these will compliment his contributions in the decades to come.
Thank you Dave.
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Zinfonia celebrated this week an important milestone as our number of users passed the landmark of 50k registrations. Zinfonia today hosts more than 135k titles by 10.5k composers from 250 imprints which are accessed in six languages by performers, librarians, publishers and scholars from 130 countries.
The Zinfonia team of Peter Grimshaw, Ulrich Steffen Eck and Joanne Hayley would like to take this opportunity to thank our publisher and distributor partners for their support as we strive to ensure that Zinfonia remains the primary destination for published performance materials across the globe.
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Zinfonia today features more than 135,000 titles by 10,600 composers that serves our ever-expanding community of more than 47,000 Zinfonia users in 126 countries (see our engagement map here).
The costs for publishers to use Zinfonia have not changed since the service was launched in 2011, and for us to continue to provide the level of service level we currently offer, and to bring the improvements that many of you have been asking for, we must change the way Zinfonia is charged from January 2020.
To help you calculate your annual costs, we have also provided a new feature in the Zinfonia Publisher section (accessible with your Publisher Access Code) where you can view and select the Zinfonia tier you would like to subscribe to with estimates of your annual costs based on your current usage. Click here to access this resource
You can set your subscription tier at any time, but if no tier is selected prior to January 1st, 2020, we will select the tier we believe will give you the best value based on your history.
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For those of you that are using STRIPE via Zinfonia or HLMSW to collect fees, some major changes to the rules for managing credit card transactions in Europe have required some major changes to Zinfonia.
Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) is a new European regulatory requirement to reduce fraud and make online payments more secure. Once SCA goes into effect on September 14, 2019, online payments will require additional customer authentication. Transactions that don’t adhere to the new guidelines may be declined by your customers’ banks. This regulation applies to transactions where both the business and the cardholder’s bank are located in the European Economic Area (EEA).
A new version of Zinfonia is currently being testing and will be rolled out next weekend that should work within this framework.
The new option uses the the Stripe Checkout facility which provides more branding options (including complete corporate logos): see https://dashboard.stripe.com/account/branding for more information.
The integration also allows me to pass on more information about the requests that will be included in the Metadata section of your Stripe payments screen to make it easier to match payments with transactions.
I will let you know when the new version is live, and I encourage you all to test it with your own systems to make sure that your customers will not be impacted by the changes.
Please let me know if you or any of your customers experience problems with Stripe payments in the coming weeks.
An update in coming which has features that will help larger HLMSW installations manage their users and connected software along with a bunch of new features and bug fixes.
Managing HLMSW Users
If you ever have to log into HLMSW using a different identity (to open up a different HLMSW collection or Company file) some changes in build 8.14 of HLMSW will make things a little easier. It is now possible to group your HLMSW keys into logical folders which are displayed on the HLMSW Login screen
All you need to do to enable this is to put your .HLMSWKey files into separate named folders in the HLMSW Key location, and the folders will be displayed. HLMSW remembers your selections for each folder and so switching between companies is a lot less complicated for system administrators.
This functionality is enabled by default for any installations with multiple Companies, and as part of the installation process, a new set of HLMSW keys will be generated, all of which will be saved in folders by the Company name.
To generate a new set of logins to take advantage of this feature do the following:
In the HLMSW Configuration Editor, mark as SUSPENDED all accounts you do not want to generate a key for.
Delete ALL keys files in the HLMSW Keys folder.
While holding the Control [Ctrl] key, click on the Save Key button and new keys will be generated for all non-suspended users, and these will be saved in folders with the Company name if there are 2 or more Companies configured in HLMSW.
After the keys have been generated, feel free to move the key files around and create new folders if required.
Connecting HLMSW to External Sources
This build also includes some new functionality that was created to support some enhanced functionality to bridge HLMSW and external web-based systems.
The goal was to be able to go straight from HLMSW into a web-based accounting package (called NetSuite) so you could see a customer account or invoice using a few clicks rather than copying and pasting values from one system to another. HLMSW already had the ability to create dynamic urls based on HLMSW Content via the Edit URL option in the HLMSW Config Editor and the URL Manager in HLMSW:
But this can only use the values in HLMSW itself – and if your attached package has a different set of identifiers, these must be saved in HLMSW somewhere. Rather than clogging up HLMSW with data that serves no other purpose, there is a new table (and related helper routines) in HLMSW called HLMSWEXTID which can be used to manage these values. In this case, whenever an account or invoice is uploaded into the NetSuite software, the resulting identifier is saved in this table so that it can be recalled with just 2 clicks.
There are lots of applications for this technology, and so please contact us for more information if you are interested to learn more.
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Last week we rolled out the long-awaited Spanish translation of Zinfonia, a huge task which was completed by Jose Ferrer – (thank you Pepe!).
This release of Zinfonia also included improvements for orders that come through directly through the nkoda app with a new option for users to select nkoda digital parts:
When selected, orders will clearly say that the source materials required are from nkoda.
Zinfonia also has updated rules and buttons for nkoda links, and we will shortly be providing reports so you can see what users are wanting to see in nkoda to help you prioritise your digitisation plans. More changes and improvements to the Zinfonia/nkoda interface are planned in upcoming releases.
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