Overture for Windows is a software application that allows users to create sheet music on a WYSIWYG graphical user interface. The notation software lets composers record musical notes in a format that employs intuitive drag-and-drop capabilities. The application, developed by Sonic Scores and originally distributed by Cakewalk, is designed for both professional artists and casual users. This means that many of the basic functionalities are present once the application is opened. On the other hand, more advanced features can be accessed deep within the menus if the user knows where to click.
Similar to how audio editing software applications work, Overture gives users the ability to create musical tracks with accompanying notation from scratch. At the same time, musical scores that have been created before can be reopened for further editing and arranging. The user interface of the program also gives users the option to publish their files and upload them on the Internet.
The user interface of the program resembles that of a similar application, Encore, which was developed by the same team that created Overture. While certain design elements may have been inspired from Encore’s appearance, many features included in Overture have not been introduced in other similar software products at the time. For instance, the application was the first Windows-based notation software to support Virtual Studio Technology hosting.