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#16681 - 09/11/02 02:13 PM Re: Music Writing tools
dlinder Offline
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I have the opportunity to buy the "deluxe" educator's 2001 version of Finale for $99. Not knowing much about this type of software, but knowing that I need to get something, and not having much money to do it with, can anyone give me any thoughts on if this is a good price or not, and if it's worth it even if it is a good price.
Thanks!

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#16682 - 09/11/02 08:34 PM Re: Music Writing tools
alidoremi Offline
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I'm interested too!

I'm using a program called Rhapsody, and am wanting to switch to Finale.

BTW, is this Finale version the 'top of the line' one? I understand that there are 3 different versions.

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#16683 - 09/11/02 10:25 PM Re: Music Writing tools
pskim Offline
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The most newest version is Finale 2003.

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#16684 - 09/11/02 10:31 PM Re: Music Writing tools
Jason Offline
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Loc: Iowa City, IA
There are four "levels" of Finale:

1) Finale Notepad - free, very basic
2) PrintMusic! - $60, more features
3) Finale Allegro - $180, more features
4) Finale - $300 (education price), does it all

The latest version of Finale is 2003.

Find a feature comparison and descriptions of the above packages here:
http://www.codamusic.com/coda/product_feature_compare_not.asp
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#16685 - 09/12/02 07:10 AM Re: Music Writing tools
dlinder Offline
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The one I am looking at is the education version of 2001.
Does anyone know if it is upgradeable or do you have to completely repurchase newer versions?
Those of you experienced with notation software and Finale specifically, is $99 for this version worthwhile?

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#16686 - 09/12/02 07:41 AM Re: Music Writing tools
Jason Offline
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$99 for Finale 2001 seems fishy to me. Are you sure it's a new, unregistered copy?

If so, then I'd call Coda about upgrade plans, they typically price upgrades at around $100-$150.

The Finale website can be found at:
www.codamusic.com
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#16687 - 09/12/02 08:17 AM Re: Music Writing tools
songbird Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by alidoremi:
I'm interested too!

I'm using a program called Rhapsody, and am wanting to switch to Finale.

BTW, is this Finale version the 'top of the line' one? I understand that there are 3 different versions.



BTW, what happened to our ever-lovin' friend Rhapsody? Did I miss it when she beat out of town? Did she defect from Piano Adventures?????

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#16688 - 09/12/02 08:24 AM Re: Music Writing tools
Eric Offline
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Deedra,

I believe if you register with CodaMusic you get free upgrades. However, Finale 2001 is so great, you might not feel the need.

Speaking of which, I need quick FINALE help...Does anyone know a tool I can use to apply finger numbers???

Eric

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#16689 - 09/12/02 08:27 AM Re: Music Writing tools
alidoremi Offline
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Loc: California
 Quote:
By Jason:
There are four "levels" of Finale:
1) Finale Notepad - free, very basic
2) PrintMusic! - $60, more features
3) Finale Allegro - $180, more features
4) Finale - $300 (education price), does it all


Can I bother you some more? I went to their website, but in a nutshell, what's the basic difference between the top three programs? Do I really need the $300 version, or will the $180 one do fine? I know it depends on what I want to do with it.

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#16690 - 09/12/02 10:04 AM Re: Music Writing tools
dlinder Offline
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Jason,
This is coming from someone whose music store went out of business and they just want to get rid of the leftover merchandise.

Eric,
Thanks for the endorsement.

Anyone have any last thoughts before I take the plunge?
Thanks

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