Am I right that this is a custom, in-house music font, not MM's fonts? I'm confused about the implementation: the font has "blank" characters that are used for time sigs? Why not just hide the time sig and put extra space in front of the measure? (Or some other blank character, like an articulation, that spaces out the music.)
MikeHalloran wrote:Old, sometimes ancient versions of the fonts remain installed that don't have all the characters you need. The newer installers often don't recognize the old code to replace the old fonts.
This has been said a few times, but I've yet to see some evidence that installers are not installing, or that MM's fonts don't have all the characters needed.
The MakeMusic fonts have not been "updated" since the tremolo char was fixed in Maestro about 10 years. A newer creation date on a particular font doesn't necessarily mean it's actually any different.
All Mac versions of Finale from 25 back to 2007 have installed a Truetype font called Maestro.suit, Version 001.000, size 46,448 bytes. The creation dates vary widely, but even Finale 25 installs fonts with creation dates from 2010 to 2012. It would be a significant finding if Finale's installer was not installing fonts.
It's true that the fonts in the app bundle are version 1.2, have 2016 dates and different file sizes. However, these fonts do not contain any more characters.
The purpose of these fonts is as a resource for MM's fonts to be exported into ebooks, and they are merely in a slightly more cross-platform format.