Finale Notepad 2006 Review and Tutorial Page 5
This is page 5 of my Finale Notepad 2006 Review and Tutorial. I'm focusing
on my review of the application here.
- Here are GIF images of the Finale Notepad 2006 score again; here's the
file; and here's the MP3
- Here's are GIF files of the same piece created in Finale's production
version. I've also made the PDF
file and the MP3
file available of Finale 2004 playing the piece. Here I am playing it
- You can see that the lack of grace notes in Notepad 2006 is a problem.
Also, the picked a rather clunky sounding piano for Notepad. One can't
create repeats or double lines in Notepad, so you'd have to draw those
in by hand, if you needed them. One can't input notes into Notepad using
a MIDI keyboard, and one can't adjust measure width manually.
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In general, with Finale's Notepad, you get what you get. It's free and
it's a bit clunky. Personally, I feel that a new user's time might be
better served learning to score by hand...however, if the user already
knows how to score by hand, then Notepad will be too limiting.
There are a few situations where the free Finale Notepad might come in
handy, and these are the ones I can come up with:
- Scoring very simple arrangements for children...children's songs
that need to be printed very clearly.
- Creating a simple lead sheet
- Creating a 4-part score for a church choir, yet that might really
lead to problems...in general, my guess is that you'd have to add
a lot by hand
- Time for my "score." As a full-blown notation tool, Finale's
notepad gets a 23% from me: that's a flat out F. However, as tool that
can actually create a decent lead sheet for free, Notepad gets an 89%,
a well-earned B+. Trying to see things from FinaleMusic's perspective,
I feel like they've done a good job of giving some functionality, but
not giving too much. Otherwise, they'd just be giving their application
away. And what they are giving away, does work pretty well, so kudos!
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