How does a company like MakeMusic take their flagship Finale music notation software program and improve it?  The answer is that they listen to the concerns of their users and try to find ways to solve as many of them as possible.  The latest version of the Finale music notation software makes several notable improvements to issues that have been an annoyance to many.

New and Improved Features of the 2010 Version of the Finale Music Notation Software Program:

  • Guest - Chad Criswell

    Finale has long been one of my favorite music notation software programs. The Finale music software, although by all rights a very mature, solid product, also had a few quirks that made certain tasks more of a chore than they were worth. On the top of the list for me was always percussion note entry. No matter how hard I tried I could never get Finale (or any other music notation software program for that matter) to enter the notes the way I wanted them in an easy to understand manner. The way that Finale 2010 solves this issue is almost genius in its simplicity. They have added text based tool tip style comments that change based on which line the note is being placed on. With this new percussion notation system there is no longer any doubt that the sound you intended is actually the sound that will play back. It is a very simple solution, but also one that makes the entire process of entering percussion notation so much easier.<br />Finale music software has also traditionally had an issue with chord entry. Until Finale 2010 a user had to attach individual chords to notes, a process that was time consuming and also quite annoying. The newly improved chord entry system removes the need to attach chords to notes, instead the chord symbols function as independent entities that can be positioned in the measure in any way the composer sees fit. Moreover, entering in the chords is as simple as typing them in with letter keys.<br />For music teachers the expanded selection of music education worksheets is a welcome addition, as is the inclusion of graphics support for all of the major image formats. Until Finale 2010, the Finale music software programs could only import TIFF and EPS files. Now JPG, GIF, PNG, and BMP files can be imported as well, allowing a teacher to add visuals and other images to their worksheets or musical scores.<br />Other improvements such as the introduction of smart rehearsal numbers are also quite welcome, making changes to the letters and numbers automatically as new marks are added or removed from the score. Overall the Finale 2010 music notation software program makes sense as an upgrade, perhaps not as much as it did to upgrade from 2008 to 2009. As always discounted upgrade and educator pricing are available through MakeMusic or through your local music retailer.

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