Note: this post is from 2008, outbound links may be broken.
MakeMusic releases Finale NotePad 2009 and Finale Reader
Finale NotePad users can enter notes with their mouse or via step-time entry using any MIDI keyboard. NotePad can also open MIDI files as well as any Finale file. Its Setup Wizard makes it easy to create orchestrations of up to 8 staves and create more specialized notation like guitar or bass tablature. Music plays back with the nuance of Human Playback® and can be heard via the +128 included sounds or through an external MIDI device. Features new to 2009 include an all-new Expression Tool and the ability to import/export MusicXML files.
New in Finale Notepad 2009
- Add Dynamics and Tempo Markings – Entry is quick and easy, and all items are automatically positioned, and change playback appropriately.
- Drag and Drop Expressions – To reposition existing dynamics and tempo markings simply drag them anywhere in your score.
- Fully compatible with Finale 2009 and PrintMusic 2009
- Import and Export MusicXML 2.0 Files, easy expression editing, and more
Finale NotePad is available for Windows and Mac as a download for $9.95 USD or $19.95 on CD-ROM.
The Finale Reader is a free download that lets anyone open, view, print and play any Finale file. In addition it will be able to open MusicXML files as well.
Visit MakeMusic for more information.