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MakeMusic announces Finale NotePad 2012 (free) + Finale iPad Music Viewer

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MakeMusic Finale NotePad

MakeMusic has announced that the upcoming Finale NotePad 2012 entry level notation software will be available as freeware.

Finale NotePad 2012 will also include select features new to Finale 2012, including Unicode font support (providing access to all characters in any font and facilitating the creation of music in any language) and aspects of Finale’s new ScoreManager™, which simplifies the control of playback sounds.

While this is clearly great news for folks who want to create music notation who don’t currently own any software, it’s also great news for people, like me, who already own Finale. A free NotePad simplifies collaboration with nearly any computer owner: I simply remind my co-conspirators to download NotePad to view, play, and print Finale files I send them AND to make any necessary edits. My music educator friends can create assignments and tests with Finale that thier students can open and complete in NotePad.

Finale NotePad 2012 will be available February 15, 2012.

MakeMusic Finale iPad

MakeMusic also announced Finale iPad, a new music notation app brings Finale to the iPad, facilitating music sharing and performance.

Viewing music on the iPad frees musicians from sorting and managing printed music, and makes it easy to bring thousands of pieces of music to practice, rehearsals and gigs. Unlike the printed page, this music can play back, facilitating learning and selection of new titles. Music for the iPad app can be created using Finale as well as with the free, downloadable Finale NotePad.

“We’re extremely excited to be showing our iPad music notation app this week,” said Karen van Lith, MakeMusic CEO. “Enjoying Finale scores on the iPad offers a glimpse of the technology solutions we have in store for musicians.”

On display this week at NAMM, the music industry trade show in Anaheim, California, the app will be available to the public later this year.

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MakeMusic Finale 2011b, music notation software updated

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MakeMusic Finale 2011

MakeMusic has released Finale 2011b, a maintenance update for the popular music notation software.

Finale provides easy access to everything you need to compose, arrange, play, and print music. Whether you’re creating orchestra film scores or .MP3 files for your iPod, your music comes alive with Finale.

Changes in Finale 2011b

  • Expressions – Expressions are no longer duplicated and linked to one another in specific files.
  • Extract Parts – Extract Parts now correctly saves to Program Files\Finale 20011b, and will not concatenate the entire file path into the file name. (Windows only)
  • File menu – Opening a specific file no longer causes a crash. (Macintosh only)
  • Fonts – All Finale document fonts are now recognized in other MakeMusic products including SmartMusic, PrintMusic, Finale NotePad and Finale Reader. (Macintosh Only). Font type names now work consistently in non-U.S. operating systems. (Macintosh Only)
  • Lyrics – Type into Score now advances correctly when the Enter key is used. (Windows only) – All lyrics, including those on the first system, now update when their fonts are changed via the Lyric Window. (Macintosh only)
  • Installation – Changes to a user’s “Configuration Files” location no longer cause the updater to rename the MacOS folder within the Finale application. (Macintosh only). The updater no longer changes the MacOS folder within the Finale application. (Macintosh only)

Finale 2011b is a free, downloadable update available to registered Finale 2011 users.

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MakeMusic releases Finale 2011a, music notation software

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MakeMusic Finale 2011

MakeMusic has released Finale 2011a, a maintenance update for the popular music notation software for Windows and Mac.

In addition to addressing maintenance concerns new to Finale 2011, it adds expanded functionality to copy expressions to other staves, updates Macintosh font menus and font dialogs, and improves the quality of exported bitmap graphics on Macintosh computers. Additional enhancements include updated scanning technology – resulting in improved scanning results and expanded support for Canon-brand scanners – and more.

New in Finale 2011a

  • Updated Scanning Technology. Updated scanning recognition technology provides improved scanning results and expanded support for Canon-brand scanners.
  • Additional Expression Menu Commands. Four additional commands now allow convenient copying of expressions to adjacent staves.
  • Updated Broadway Copyist Font. The Broadway Copyist Text Extended font now includes additional characters including Æ, Ø, OE, ¡, ¿, and others.
  • Improved Font menus and dialog boxes. Finale’s updated Font menu and dialog box make selecting and editing fonts easier. (Macintosh only)
  • Improved Quality for Exported Graphics. Exported bitmap graphics are now cleaner and sharper. (Macintosh only)

Finale 2011a is a free maintenance update available to Finale 2011 registered users.

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MakeMusic Finale 2011, music notation software updated

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MakeMusic Finale 2011

MakeMusic has released Finale 2011, the latest version of the worldwide standard in music notation software for Windows and Mac.

Finale has always offered you unlimited power to create any music you can imagine. Finale 2011 builds upon that power by transforming the creative process. Now, the way you create can be as flexible as what you create. Finale 2011 adapts to the way you work.

Changes in Finale 2011

  • Improved Lyric Entry and Spacing — Lyrics are more easily entered, instantly appear exactly as they’ll print out, and are automatically spaced with engraver precision.
  • Easier Staff Layout — New Staff Layout capabilities make it simple and intuitive to hide, move, and edit staves, groups, and brackets. Work in any order you wish, and never lose a note.
  • Garritan sounds — Finale now includes more than 375 world-class instrument sounds from the makers of Garritan Personal Orchestra. Free new sounds include bass trombone, brass section, children’s choir ahs, flute section, electronic drum kit and more.
  • Music Education Worksheets — Finale now includes more than 800 ready-made, customizable music education worksheets and flashcards. New this year are jazz improvisation worksheets and more than 100 titles of classroom repertoire.
  • New Fonts — Hundreds of new font characters are included for percussion, mallet and handbell graphics.
  • Finale AlphaNotes™ Font — Created for use with beginning music students, the Finale AlphaNotes font places note names or solfège syllables inside noteheads.
  • Expanded Percussion Playback — Last year we simplified the process of getting notes on percussion staves to look – and playback – exactly the way you want them to. This year Finale 2011 makes it easy to switch between pitched and non-pitched percussion anywhere in your score.
  • Updated Aria Player — The Garritan Aria Player simplifies the process of changing MIDI channel assignments. Updated for Finale 2011, the Garritan Aria Player has an integrated Ambience reverb and the ability to save Ensembles.
  • Instant Capo Chords — Automatically add capo chords to your music with the freedom to control whether they replace or appear in addition to non-capo chords.
  • Improved Pickup measures and more — Pick-up measures automatically insert the correct rests when you start your score, improved file support for multiple-user environments, and a new Quick Reference Guide that shows you how to complete common tasks quickly and easily in Finale.

Finale 2011 is available to purchase for $600 USD. Upgrades are available for $119.95 / $169.95 USD.

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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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