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MakeMusic releases Finale 2010a

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MakeMusic Finale

MakeMusic has released Finale 2010a, a maintenance update for the notation software for Windows and Mac.

Finale 2010 – the world’s most powerful music notation software – lets you express your creativity and love of music. Compose, arrange, notate, and print engraver-quality sheet music.

Changes in Finale 2010a

  • New Percussion Functionality including new options in the Percussion MIDI Map Editor that allow you to create custom percussion MIDI maps for ultimate control over the sounds your percussion staves play back.
  • Support for Macintosh OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  • Enhanced integration of Staff Styles and Linked Parts – Apply Staff Styles to only the part or score you are viewing, and easily update staff styles in a score to match its part and vice versa.
  • 271 Classroom Flash Cards designed to print double-sided (with the answers on the back) and to be used in front of the classroom. Topics include keys, note names, rhythm, vocabulary, and musical symbols.
  • 126 Individual Flash Cards designed to print double-sided (with the answers on the back) and used by individual students for self-quizzing. Topics include keys, note names, and musical symbols.
  • 30 Ear Training Worksheets designed to be used with the free, downloadable Finale Reader. Students can print the worksheets, use the Finale Reader to play the examples, and write the answers on the printed worksheets. Topics include intervals, chords, and melodic dictation.
  • See the complete list of what’s new.

Finale 2010a is now available for Mac OS X and Windows. This is a free maintenance update available to Finale 2010 registered users.

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Recordare releases Dolet 5 for Finale

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Recordare Dolet 5 for Finale

Recordare has released version 5 of Dolet for Finale, a plug-in for the Finale music notation program.

Recordare’s Dolet plug-ins serve as “universal translators” between music notation applications. The Dolet 5 for Finale plug-in reads and writes MusicXML 2.0 and Open Score Format 1.0 files for high-fidelity translations between music notation programs.

Dolet 5 for Finale adds support for Finale 2010, including Finale 2010′s new percussion and chord features. It moves beyond the MusicXML support provided with Finale 2010 by including support for the Broadway Copyist font family. Dolet 5 for Finale also improves import from Sibelius 6 files, adding support for importing new features such as feathered beaming, jazz articulations, and German chord symbols.

More than 30 new-and-improved features have been added in version 5 compared to the previous version 4.8. Advanced MusicXML 2.0 features such as part-name accidentals and per-part measure numbering are now supported. Other improvements include better import of cutaway staves and nested tuplets.

Changes in Dolet 5 for Finale

  • Finale 2010 support added
    • Finale 2010 percussion maps.
    • Finale 2010 chord symbols.
    • Export of Finale 2010 auto-sequenced rehearsal marks.
    • PNG, JPEG, GIF, and BMP graphics formats.
    • Broadway Copyist font family.
  • Improved import of MusicXML files exported from Sibelius with the Dolet 5 for Sibelius plug-in
    • Improved import of optimized systems that use default staff spacing.
    • Import of text in glissando lines.
    • Improved import of jazz articulations.
    • Improved import of arpeggios.
    • Import of feathered beams.
    • Import of German and Scandinavian chord styles.
    • Credits on blank pages, with an approximate location based on the center of the page.
    • Import and export of more notehead styles, including arrow up, arrow down, slashed, back slashed, and shape notes.
  • Improved support for MusicXML 2.0 and Open Score Format
    • Per-system, per-measure, or no measure numbers displaying per part, using MusicXML 2.0′s measure-numbering element.
    • Accidentals in part and group names and abbreviations, using MusicXML 2.0′s name-display elements.
    • Open Score Format support is updated to Version 1.0. For more information on Open Score Format, see
  • Other new features
    • Specifying both a named and generic (engraved vs. handwritten) default music font.
    • Improved export and import of trills and glissandos.
    • Improved import of:
      • Stems in percussion staves.
      • Transposed instruments without key signatures.
      • Cutaway staves.
      • A4 and other metric page sizes.
      • Nested tuplets.
      • Unknown fonts as text fonts for lyrics and words.
      • Percussion clefs in documents using the Jazz font.
      • Major seventh and half diminished chords in documents using the JazzCord font.
    • Improved export of:
      • Non-printing key signatures.
      • Endings over empty measures.
      • Total pages text insert.
      • Number of instruments per part.
    • Support for the Kousaku Percussion font.
    • Non-TIFF graphics now import into Finale 2009 as well as Finale 2010.
    • On Mac, the export dialog changes the file suffix on .mus files when the MusicXML format changes.

Dolet 5 for Finale supports Finale 2000 and later on Windows, Finale 2007, and later on Intel Macs, and Finale 2004 and later on Power PC Macs. It is available for purchase for $199.95 USD. Upgrades from Dolet 4 for Finale are available for $129.95 USD.

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MakeMusic releases Finale Songwriter 2010 and Finale PrintMusic 2010

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MakeMusic has announced the release of Finale Songwriter 2010 and Finale PrintMusic 2010, two music notation software packages.

Both music notation software packages include new features and provide compatibility with current operating systems and files created with Finale 2010, MakeMusic’s flagship software package.

MakeMusic Finale SongWriter 2010

With a list price of $49.95, SongWriter lets songwriters, teachers, band and choir directors, church musicians, students, and other musicians create publisher-quality sheet music with instrumentations of up to 8 staves. SongWriter includes tools that inspire creativity including Drum Groove and Band-in-a-Box Auto-Harmonizing. With SongWriter they can hear their music played back using hundreds of built-in sounds, share their music with others using the free downloadable Finale Reader™ and create .MP3 files for use on iPods and beyond. A powerful mixer, flexible chord input, easy percussion notation, and more control over the printed page are just a few of the features added in this version.

MakeMusic Finale PrintMusic 2010

PrintMusic has a list price of $99.95 and remains the world’s best-selling music notation software. It includes all the features of SongWriter, and much more, including music scanning, MicNotator®, the ability to import/export graphics, and a new handwritten font. PrintMusic users can arrange pieces of up to 24 staves and extract individual parts from the score. Features new to this version include automated rehearsal marks, flexible chord input, easy percussion notation and support for VST/AU instrument and effects plug-ins (sold separately), unleashing sonic possibilities unheard of in a notation product at this price point.

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MakeMusic announces Finale 2010

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MakeMusic Finale 2010

MakeMusic has announced Finale 2010, a powerful music notation software which lets you compose, arrange, notate, and print engraver-quality sheet music.

From Percussion Notation and Chord Entry to Rehearsal Marks and Measure Numbering, vast areas of Finale have been automated and simplified to save you time. Plus hundreds of music education worksheets, scanning improvements, and more.

New in Finale 2010

  • Percussion Notation — We’ve simplified the process of getting notes on percussion staves to look – and playback – exactly the way you want them to.
  • Chords — Change or delete notes without changing your chords. Attach chords to measures – whether or not they contain notes or rests – and have the chords appear and playback correctly.
  • Garritan sounds — Finale now includes more than 350 world-class instrument sounds from the makers of Garritan Personal Orchestra. Free new sounds include organ, a variety of electric guitars, five octaves of handbells, and a brush drum kit.
  • Automatic Rehearsal Marks — Use a keystroke to enter rehearsal marks and Finale automatically sequences them correctly and dynamically updates them when you delete, insert, or move any rehearsal mark or measure.
  • Music Education Worksheets — Finale now includes hundreds of ready-made, customizable, music education worksheets designed for K-12 students.
  • Graphics Support — Export as .JPEG, and .PNG and import as .JPEG, .PNG, .BMP, and .GIF in addition to previously supported formats of .TIFF, .EPS.
  • Broadway Copyist — Inspired by the golden era of handwritten Broadway scores, the Broadway Copyist hand-written font offers a lighter, classic appearance.
  • VST/AU Support & Updated Aria Player — Finale now supports all third-party VST/AU Instruments and Effects, providing users with unlimited sonic possibilities. Updated for Finale 2010, the Garritan Aria Player simplifies the process of changing MIDI channel assignments.
  • Measure Numbers — Control measure number alignment, positioning, and fonts separately in your score and linked parts.
  • Scanning Improvements and More — New Smartscore Lite scanning interface enables you to specify the instrumentation so that your staves will automatically be properly transposed and configured for playback. Also new are transparent selection handles, exporting lyrics to a word-processing document, and improved help documentation.

Finale 2010 is available for pre-order for $600 USD for new customers and upgrades start at $99.95 USD (limited time pre-order pricing).

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MakeMusic releases Finale 2009a

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MakeMusic Finale 2009

MakeMusic has released Finale 2009a, a maintenance update for the notation software.

Changes in Finale 2009a

  • Many more time-saving enhancements to the entry of expressions, including Staff Assignment Lists, an expanded category designer, layer assignment improvements, more Score Lists (formerly “Staff Lists”) and additional powerful timesaving keystrokes.
  • Ambience Reverb is now included for Intel-based Macs, offering advanced control over great-sounding reverb. Macintosh playback problems, where users of specific audio interfaces only heard the left channel, have been resolved.
  • SmartScore Lite Scanning Improvements – Support for triplet recognition and improved results when scanning polyphonic music.
  • Improved Cross-Platform Font Handling. If you share Finale files between Mac and Windows computers, you’ve probably been puzzled by “MacSymbolFonts.txt” messages. Never again. Now Finale makes intelligent decisions for you AND offers better control if you need it.
  • Improved placement of articulations. Fermatas and other articulations entered on a rest will automatically center correctly.
  • Clearing Staff Styles is Now Easier. With the Staff Tool selected, press the Clear or Backspace key to clear any existing Staff Style in the selected region, and press the same key twice to clear the music.
  • Graphic Export Settings are now preserved between Finale sessions.
  • The appearance of Finale’s interface in Windows Vista has been updated.
  • Dozens of other improvements, including the playback of slurs, Human Playback, Cautionary Accidentals, EPS and PostScript output, and much more.

Finale 2009a is a free update for registered users of Finale 2009 for Windows and Mac OSX.

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MakeMusic releases Finale NotePad 2009 and Finale Reader

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Finale Notepad

MakeMusic has released entry-level music notation software Finale NotePad 2009 and Finale Reader, a free 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.

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MakeMusic announces Finale 2009

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MakeMusic Finale 2009

MakeMusic has announced Finale 2009, the latest version of the popular music notation software.

New in Finale 2009

  • Streamlined workflow – The creation, entry, moving, and editing of dynamics, tempo indications, and other text and markings has been reinvented and streamlined.
  • Expanded SmartMusic support – Finale 2009 makes it easier and faster to create assessable SmartMusic accompaniments with support for linked parts, repeats, and more.
  • Garritan sounds – Finale now includes more than 300 world-class instrument sounds from the makers of Garritan Personal Orchestra. Free new sounds include baritone saxophone, vintage electric piano, electric guitar, handbells, and more.
  • Tapspace Virtual Drumline™ sounds – Finale also includes more than 100 instrument sounds from Tapspace Virtual Drumline, the world’s most powerful marching and concert percussion software instrument featuring the world-champion Santa Clara Vanguard percussion section.
  • Aria Player: the next generation – The Garritan Aria Player is included FREE and is fully integrated into Finale 2009. The level of custom integration is unsurpassed and offers superior sound, more control, and a vastly improved user playback experience.
  • Multiple page editing – Now you can simultaneously view and edit as many pages as you choose to view on your monitor.
  • Full VST/AU instrument support – Finale is now compatible with all VST/AU instruments, providing users with unlimited sonic possibilities. Plus you can now specify which VST/AU plug-ins load, eliminating conflicts and assisting troubleshooting. Finale also checks plug-ins for compatibility before loading, and tracks which plug-ins were previously checked for better performance.
  • More Improvements to engraver slurs, Human Playback® enhancements, FinaleScript® 2.0 and updates to MusicXML. Windows users can also benefit from ASIO support which provides more accurate playback, reduced latency, and increased compatibility with a wider variety of sound cards. (ASIO support is not needed in Mac OS X).

Finale 2009 is expected to start shipping the week of July 21, 2008 and can be pre-ordered now for $600 USD. An upgrade can be pre-ordered for $99.95 USD.

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MakeMusic releases Finale NotePad 2008

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MakeMusic Finale Notepad

MakeMusic has released Finale NotePad 2008, a freeware music notation application for Windows and Mac.

New in NotePad 2008

  • Full compatibility with Finale 2008 and PrintMusic 2008.
  • Vista compatible.
  • Import and export MIDI files.
  • MIDI input and output – enter notes in step-time using a MIDI keyboard and play back your compositions through an external MIDI device.
  • Streamlined user interface and more.

Visit MakeMusic for more information and a link to download NotePad 2008.