Posted on 10th March 2016 by Darren Wallace

Suppressing Sibelius 7.5 – first run messages and start up sound

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Hi All. Again, this is gonna be another one of those “I had to do something for a client and so I thought I’d share” blogs. You have been warned!

This one revolves around Sibelius 7.5 with it’s ‘First Run’ messages (asking you if you wish to enable Auto-Update), and the annoying music loop that plays on every launch by default.

As usual, these two items in a ‘Shared Use’ Mac environment, especially an education one, are items we don’t want.

 

Previous to Sibelius 7.5

Previous versions of Sibelius stored this information in the local user’s preferences folder (~/Library/Preferences/com.avid.sibelius7.plist) in what appears to be the standard Apple plist file format.

However, when I attempted to manage this using a configuration profile, my desired settings were ignored.

In the end, I had to use a template plist file, either added to the User Template folder (ew), or a mechanism to add the files as part of each user’s login (Outset).

 

Sibelius 7.5

Sibelius 7.5 is a page upgrade to Sibelius 7.x and so I thought I’d give the profile thing another go.

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Woohoo! It works!

 

The Keys

For reference, here’s the keys I used in the plist file “com.avid.sibelius75”:

<dict>
    <key>Preferences</key>
    <dict>
        <key>Preferences</key>
        <dict>
            <key>DoUpdateCheck</key>
            <dict>
                key>Data</key>
                <string>False</string>
            </dict>
            <key>StartupSound</key>
            <dict>
                <key>Data</key>
                <string>False</string>
            </dict>
            <key>TimeOfLastUpdateCheck</key>
            <dict>
                <key>Data</key>
                <string>0</string>
            </dict>
        </dict>
    </dict>
</dict>

 

The Profile

Aaaand cause I’m nice, here’s a link to a pre-configured profile. Simply download the file and upload it into your MDM / Profile distribution solution of choice!

Please Note: I’ve created the profile to set the values above on a “Once” frequency just in case settings these items as forced causes issues with Sibelius.

 

Summary

As always, if you have any questions, queries or comments, let us know below and I’ll try to respond to and delve into as many as I can.

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