Want to help us out with MusE? Great! You don't have to be a C++ guru and you don't need to spend lots of time. A big portion of the help we need is feedback and bug reports.
If you like MusE and would like to show your appreciation for all time spent improving it by supporting the project. Be sure to check out the donation possibilities on Tim's sourceforge site http://sourceforge.net/users/terminator356
MusE is programmed in C++ using the Qt4 toolkit, currently it is running on Linux. There are always zillions of ideas for enhancements floating around. Do you have your own ideas or just want to try your hand at enhancing MusE, do contact us at the developer mailinglist.
There is documentation here on the site that unfortunately is more incomplete than finished. Suggestions for work ideas here is to pick a dialog that isn't documented and describe each function in it, with screenshots, and add it to the wiki (contact the mailing list for access).
If you would like to write some articles, help to maintain the homepage or if you have got some artistical skills and would like to create new images feel free to do so. But before you just start creating cool stuff, have a short chat with the core MusE team.
Create instrument definition files (IDF)
Instrument definition files are best created by people that own the hardware in question. If you do create IDF files for some specific midi hardware, do send us the result. There is documentation in the distribution about how to create IDF files.
Start by downloading a binary. Use it in your everyday's work and report bugs when you find them. Before submitting a bug report, search the bug tracker to make sure your bug hasn't already been reported. If it has, then feel free to add any extra details you want to be there. Before submitting a new bug, think about that you should give use as much information as you can.
We are always seaching for developers who can help us to translate the MusE interface. The handy thing is that it is very easy to do that, you just need the linguist tool, MusE working, time and some cups of really good coffee or whatever you like!
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Is there some bug that really bothers you? Instead of just reporting it, feel free to fix it as well. If you know SVN get the most recent code! You could also use diff to create patch files and supply them to us over the mailing list.
To figure out how the process works, feel free to get in contact with us through our mailing lists.
When you start working on a bug be sure to let us know what you are doing. This lets others know that someone is working on the problem and helps reduce duplication of effort.
We need musicans who use MusE to show that MusE is ready for creating music. But why? Oh we like music and we like it even more if we know how it was made or better with what is was made.
If all else fails
If all else fails, as you read the news groups, status updates, and project home pages, keep an eye out for people asking for help. If you're missing an important feature but can't create it on your own you might want to supply some suggestions or comments about thing we should consider in development.