JianPu notation software

4 Free JianPu Software

  1. SMusic
  2. SimpErhu
  3. MUPA
  4. Medeli

These are the 4 JianPu Notation Software that I have tried out.

The first 3 are freeware whereas #4 is a paid program but it comes with a 30-day free trail.


Simple to use with no installation required. Just copy the file, Smned.exe, to any folder you like and it is ready to use.

The site for download listed adjustable font size to small, medium and large as one of the features. I couldn't find this option anywhere in the program and was unable to adjust the size. The default is small.

I need to insert chords above melody line but it didn't have the option. There's no way to close the gab between the 2 lines if I inserted another line.

This is a very simple program. Quick to use and good for single line melody input.

Free to copy and distribute - licenced under GNU General Public License and hence the source code comes along with the distribution.

Author : Bo Xu
Download from this site including the source code

SimpErhu - a MS Word Add-in

This is a word template for MS 97 Office onwards. I tried it using OpenOffice and it didn't work but I was able to read the score.

I followed the setup instructions but the tool box just didn't appear when I opend up the template so I was unable to key in any notes.

Originally intended for the Chinese version of the 2 string violin, the Erhu, it comes with additional symbols for the playing of this specific instrument. However, if what you need is an simple Jianpu editor, this will still do the job.

It should also be close to what I was looking for. Unable I was unable to use it. If you own MS office, go for this simple program.

Creator's site: http://simperhu.weebly.com/


Like most sites that offer free download, the download buttons on the page are tricky. Click the wrong button and you'll be downloading some other offers or toolbar.

This program is not my favorite, but it is close to what I've been looking for.

It operates like a graphic editor, but input is not direct. It doesn't has the ease of use like the other 2 mentioned above.

Not a direct input. Instead, you've to key in the notes onto the input bar and click the button to have them showed up at the top left corner. Thereafter you drag them to whatever you want them to be placed.

Tedious and encombersome, but it had what I wanted. I could place chords just above the melody line. Font size is adjustable.

Or if I need to transcribe a piece for multiple parts, I could place them closer to each other instead of default margin between each line.

If you just need a score for a single instrument, go for any of the above 2. It's way much faster and straigt forward.

The menu comes in Mandarin, so non-chinese speaking users will find this challenging.

Freeware. Free to copy and distribute


This is the best among the 4 programs which I've tested. It has almost all the features I required in a music notation program.

I love it for the fact that it comes with midi playback. Immediate input with provisions for chords and lyrics.

The paid version comes with a USB protection which is usuable for installation to multiple machines.

The free trail is actually a 30-day or 30 tries, which I believe whichever is earlier. I installed and uninstalled a few versions( v1.2, v1.3, usb and the non-usb versions) over the period of 2 days and the trial countdown simply went away upon the 2nd day and have never reappeared. I do not know if this was a bug or I messed it along the way.

So, in essense, I am using an never-expire trial copy. but I am not using it any further. Without the save feature, I'll have to rekey in everything again should I realised I've made a mistake.

Like the MUPA, though installable using Windows for English, the menu are in Chinese. Non-Chinese speaking users will have to depend on the icons to figure out what the buttons are for.

Work around

The save feature is disabled in the trial version. There are 2 other ways to save your work. Of course, once the shut down your computer, what you have is your save printer copy. There's no way to edit your copy if you've made a mistake. You'll have to redo everything from scratch.

  1. Convert it to MS Office. I use OpenOffice. It works but didn't look right.
  2. The other workaround is to save a soft copy using the MicroSoft XPS Document Writer and it looks exactly WYSIWYG.

This is a great program, but I do not know if the vendor is able to deliver the USB and what kind of support can they provide outside China. I suggest sending them an email to gauge the communications and the level of support they can provide to non-Chinese speaking users.