The Lute Online Resources Portal (LORP): Tablature Software Packages



A comparative review of these, from a seminar held in 2008, appears in Lute News 103, available at Each of the tablature package websites has libraries of pieces typeset in that package, links to enthusiastsí webpages, usersí discussion groups etc; it is worth typing the name of the package you are interested in into your search engine to find these

Tab, by Wayne Cripps:, library of music at

Fronimo, by Francesco Tribioli: or Yahoo discussion group:

Fandango, by Alain Veylit: also a large library of scores set in this package, facsimiles and modern editions,

Abctab2ps, by Christoph Dalitz:

Harmony Assistant:


Beiertab by Paul Beier:

LuteScribe, open source/free application by Luke Emmet, compatible with TAB, Fronimo and Fandango files

Simple Tablature Language, by Jim Arlow, originally devised for Gaspar Sanz project:

See also pages relating to tablature processing, tabcode, online musical recognition and searching, and the Electronic Corpus of Lute Music Project (ECOLM) ( at Tim Crawford's pages, Goldsmiths College

Other music typesetting packages

There is a list of packages at
Transcribe! software from Seventhstring aids in transcribing music from recordings:

The Gamera Project, Optical Character Recognition, now being used to read tablature:

Vanilla hypertext system