MakeMusic! Inc., a music technology company, released Finale 2003, its music notation product for Macs, today at the Macworld Conference & Expo in New York.
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The upgrade to the music notation software offers new features for educators, engravers and publishers as well as a fresh look and feel with over 1,700 new graphic elements. The update adds an advanced music scanning technology that purportedly lets musicians more easily and quickly scan sheet music and turn it into a Finale file ready for editing, printing or posting on the Internet. There’s a new TAB notation features that lets users enter music in a traditional staff and see it displayed automatically in a TAB staff or vice versa. The product also includes special symbols and shapes used with notation for standard guitar or any of the 40 fretted instruments Finale supports.
A Rhythm Section Generator that allows arrangers to automatically compose piano, bass and drum parts for any melody with chords. Users can just choose the desired style and the new staves, filled with appropriate music, immediately appear for playback or printing. A Rhyming Dictionary that enables songwriters to search all possible English rhymes for any lyric.
Upgrading and pricing info
is online. System requirements are Mac OS 8.6 or higher (it runs in Classic mode, but isn’t Carbonized for Mac OS X), 64 MB of RAM (128 MB recommended), and a 70 MB hard drive space required for software and user manual.