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Wow... my first post was a long time ago. I've since had to work with both Finale and Sibelius for various composition projects and I must say that in my opinion, Sibelius wins by far. We use Finale 2004(b) and Sibelius 3 in our lab. Finale has copied some of Sibelius's interface design, but it is still an awkward, clunky program. If you are working with a orchestral score of even modest size, Finale takes a LOOONG time to load, and a LOOONG time to render it for playback. Its screen refresh rate is still miles behind Sibelius. In contrast, Sibelius 3 is loads fast, responds quickly to playback commands, and if anything, the newer version is more intuitive (yes, they even borrowed a few features from Finale). While Sibelius plays, you can grab the score and move it around like a pdf... Finale is far more rigid -- you can barely touch it while it plays back.Both of them have new features to let you save directly to an audio file (the Mac versions do, at least... presumably Windows versions too). And I can't help but rub this in: the 2004 version of Finale was premature... even though it took them forever to release a version for Mac OS X, when it came out, it still had a lot of bugs (they should have waited longer). 2004b fixes only some of the problems. The founders of Sibelius first wrote the program in low-level code whereas I think Finale must have just copied what they saw Sibelius doing. I think the coding skills of the Sibelius folks are far superior -- their OS X version came out well over a year before Finale's and more importantly, it worked well the first time around.I've asked visiting composers to our university (the professionals) which program they use, and again, Sibelius seems to be the winner.Thought I'd share...Everett
Hello fellow notators...I'm trying to decide which notation is best for me: Sibelius or Finale. A lot of the feedback about the 2 that I have read (on other sites) has not been helpful. Someone would write in and say "________ is so cool!!! You can write notes with it!" It's like asking "Which is better? Logic or Digital Perfomer?" and everyone answers "Audio recording is so cool!" I'm looking for more meaningful insights. I had the opportunity to work with Finale the other day, and I have to say I was very dissapointed: it took a long time to do simple tasks, and the actions I needed to perform were buried in obscure menus. Yes, this was my first time using the program, but I did not get a sense that it was structured in a good way. Some other composers I know find Sibelius to be much easier to work with. Is there someone out there who has worked with both programs and knows the advantages and disadvantages of each? So far, I'm thinking Sibelius might be a lot easier to use: there are a LOT of newsgroups and sites out there for frustrated Finale users, and very few for Sibelius users, so I have to draw the conclusion that the Sibelius users are having fewer problems. Any thoughts, experiences, or hard core data?Much Appreciated, Everett
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