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Finale 2004 and Sibelius 3.1

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Price when rated: $600; for academic or theological use, $300; competitive upgrade, $199; upgrade from previous versions, $90 to $140

Pros

  • Deep control over layout and MIDI
  • Better-looking slurs and improved dynamic placement
  • Seemingly endless feature list
  • Advanced scripting and customization
  • Much-improved note-entry mode

Cons

  • Noticeable screen-redraw problems and sluggish performance with longer scores
  • Sprawling menus, toolbars, and dialog boxes make it more difficult to learn
  • No EPS export or PostScript listings
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3.1

Price when rated: $599; for academic or theological use, $319; upgrade from Finale, $199; upgrade from previous versions, $119 to $189

Pros

  • Improved layout and audio playback
  • Snappy performance
  • Elegant layout and MIDI features
  • Streamlined interface is easy to learn
  • On-screen numeric keypad displays shortcuts

Cons

  • Getting all sounds costs an extra $149
  • High-quality playback requires a fast Mac
  • Lacks some advanced layout and customization controls
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