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Feature request: import sheet music into Notion (from pdf or image file to musicxml)

+80 votes
asked Aug 24, 2017 in Notion Feature Requests by Terry Hornsby (970 points)
I can't understand why Notion can export to pdf, but can't import from pdf. This function would be hugely valuable.

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+6 votes
answered Jan 5, 2021 by roberttrede (3,150 points)
selected Jan 5, 2021 by Terry Hornsby
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I am in full agreement that Notion should be able to import music scores (ideally both in standard notation and guitar tab.... but I'd certainly be happy with only standard notation.) There are quite a few programs out there now that can do this. Smartscore comes to mind. To my way of thinking, Notion 6 is really behind the curve on this one.

How many "votes" does it take before Presonus will actually pay attention and add this capability? 

+6 votes
answered Jun 18, 2018 by AlexTinsley (924,570 points)

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+10 votes
answered Nov 25, 2018 by michaelfox10 (360 points)
I totally agree.  

Importing notation from a .pdf and from a .xml file would be very useful.  

Finale does it.

I am not certain, but I think Sibelius also does it.
+3 votes
answered Jul 31, 2019 by mrmr4 (260 points)
Agreed.. Scanning files directly should also be a feature as well to importing from pdf or even jpeg. Please dont make me take refuge in a competitors product Presonus. This is a sure fire win for all.
+1 vote
answered Jun 26, 2022 by jakubsolowski (290 points)
Hi guys
Here's a workaround I found:
1. Download Musescore (it's free!)

2. Go to, select your PDF and convert it to a musescore file (might take a while)

3. Download the file and open it in Musescore

4. Export the file as Music XML and open it in Notion
There you go that's it! BTW I'm not endorsed by Musescore or anything, their score editing workflow sucks but now I can edit my scores in Notion and I'm happy