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Is www.spottingnotes.com secure?

The first thing to say is that the public cannot view notes or attachments. The only individuals that may view a production's notes are those nominated by that production.

spottingnotes is run by Movie Communications Ltd, a London-based private limited company owned and controlled by Music Editors. We will safeguard the security and confidentiality of all data on the site. All user and production information, including email addresses, will be treated as confidential and will not be disclosed to third parties, except in situations where we are legally compelled to do so. Data is stored only in one place... on our own secure dedicated server, maintained at purpose-built high security premises by the British internet hosting market leader, with regular maintenance and firewall to prevent hacking as well as frequent automated back-ups. Our site is Verisign certified (https) so all data transfer between our equipment and a userís computer is automatically encrypted. Rigorous use of passwords and a comprehensive permissions structure absolutely prevent one production having access to the data of another.


Will this system work on PC and Macintosh computers? What about different browsers?

spottingnotes is written in HTML, the language of the web, and so will work on either PC or Macintosh through the built-in internet browser such as Internet Explorer or Safari (or any other reasonably up to date browser like Firefox, Mozilla, Opera, etc...). No additional special software is generally necessary to either access the site, post attachments nor view or listen to any cue demos posted there. Hence the system is very easy to use for those who are not so computer-savvy.


How do I obtain use of the site? What are the subscription rates?

A free two week trial is available. In the event that you do not wish to proceed with subscription then your data is downloadable as text... so no risk. To take advantage of this, click here.

If a production subscribes then we request a purchase order to cover the weekly subscription. The subscription allows the production to permit whoever it wishes to access the online notes and to set what each individual can do and see.

In the event that a production prefers not to subscribe itself then individuals or groups of individuals can subscribe independently of the production. In this case editing of the notes may only be done by subscribers though anyone may be authorised to view the notes.
Such individual subcribers can use the system on several overlapping projects. Subscription is via Paypal. On request, each movie is then 'set-up' by spottingnotes support for the initial user who may then add other individual read-only users to each production. Use of the attachments facility costs extra and so will still require either a purchase order or pre-payment.

Subscription rates:

  • Movie and multi-episodic TV Series productions - $100/week
  • Production subscriptions include use of up/download facility of demo files and the viewing of demo files on-line.
    This subscription covers unlimited interactive users nominated by the production.

    For individual subscribers the weekly cost varies with the length of subscription purchased....

  • $25/week or
  • $75/month or
  • $150/quarter or
  • $500/year.

  • Individual subscriptions cover unlimited productions and unlimited read-only users.

    There are deals available for established teams for use on multiple projects. Contact us at info@spottingnotes.com for a custom quotation.


    Can I print out my notes?

    Yes, most pages are available as a 'printable version' which omits the various hyperlinks. You specify the required number of lines per page according to the paper size and text size you select in your browser. Alternatively you can output some or all your data as text and use a word processor or spreadsheet.

    Is this a replacement for CUE and Auricle?

    spottingnotes is currently purely an administrative tool. So there is some crossover with the administrative and planning parts of CUE (eg. spotting notes, cue sheet, progress chart). But spottingnotes of course goes way further than CUE in these respects.

    Regarding writing tools for composers, there is a long term plan to add a CUE-like text breakdown processor with the facility to design a tempo/meter framework around it. This would be exportable as a midi file and therefore importable into Auricle and sequencers.

    There are no plans to duplicate the on-stage capabilities of Auricle.

    What support can I expect?

  • support@spottingnotes.com. Our reaction times are generally very fast.
  • Please send bug reports to:


    What happens to a productions data at the end of post-production?

    When we are requested to 'archive' a production or when the subscription ends, the attachments are generally deleted though text is maintained in an non-editable form for future reference by that project's authorised users. We feel this is a considerable benefit to a user who might wish to refer back to a previous productions notes.


    I like the idea of online notes but am concerned about my notes being altered or sensitive financial information being viewed.

    The production's 'administrator' (typically the Music Editor or Composer) adds the production's users and assigns to them their viewing and editing privileges. For example he could restrict the editing of notes to himself. Similarly, the Music Supervisor can restrict who views the contents of the financial pages.


    Is an offline version of this system available?

    There is currently no off-line version of the system. Data may however be exported as text and then imported into such packages as 'Filemaker Pro', 'Word' or 'Excel'


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