Pretty simple question. I play clarinet and a few other reed instruments. I don’t play flute. In being asked to play occasional musicals the reed book I get most often will have some flute parts. Is there a computer program ( or iPad app) that will will let me I put a picture or PDF image of a flute part, and after completing a transposition, let me print out the results as a clarinet part?
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This is a complex problem called Optical Music Recognition. There are several proprietary solutions but only one free solution I know of: Audiveris. There is also a tool by Myriad which can interpret PDF files that store music notation as glyphs rather than raster images.
The 'Photoscore Lite' that comes free with Sibelius will cope with a single-instrument page. But it's not an auto-magic solution. You may find it useful in getting the notes into a Sibelius file. Very often it's quicker to enter them manually.
Once in Sibelius, it's trivial to take a Flute stave, add a Clarinet stave below it and copy/paste the contents across. As long as the staves are defined correctly, transposition will be automatic.
If you're prepared to forget the 'scan and read' part - which really won't save you THAT much time, if any - MuseScore will be fine. And it's free.
Sibelius software has an option you need, easier to find the standard already converted PDF score on Petrucci free library or a similar and a score for MuseScore or Finale software
Sibelius has an additional PhotoScore program, which is specially purchased. It loads PDFs or even scans. Then this file opens in Sibelius and transposes it. I do this often for my colleagues winds and singers, so I know the procedure :)