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Finale NotePad 2009 is your invitation to the world of music notation software! Find out how fun and easy it is to transform your musical ideas into beautifully printed music by downloading NotePad 2011 today!

What's New

Version 2011.r2:
  • Full compatibility with Finale and PrintMusic 2011 files
  • Enhanced lyric spacing and improved lyric entry
  • Expanded multi-user support

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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lemon-kun Member IconComment+256
lemon-kun
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Well, actually version 2012 is out, and it's free again…

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Version 2011.r2
MMD, LTD Member IconComment+4
MMD, LTD
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Whoops! There went the only plus to this program: the fact that it was free.

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Version R1
Acwolf
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Well, they did improve it by making the new $10 version no longer limited in terms of basic note entry and time-signature changes and numbers of measures.
Essentially, it now is a fully capable program just lacking the advanced features of the expensive versions. Now there is nothing artificially crippled about the program, only the lack of time-saving and advanced options from the professional editions.

Acwolf
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Holy crap. I can't believe I was so positive about this back then. NotePad is crap. It is limited, and doesn't even let you change time signature or use anything but the most basic time signatures at all.

Get MuseScore!

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The ArcticMac
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If what you are looking for is basic point-and-click music notation software, NotePad is reasonably good. It's free, and it gets the job done for basic stuff.

You can't do anything like key/time changes, and you can only do basic rests. Grace notes and trills are out, as well.

In addition, it's a bit of a drag to run, at least on my old iMac, as it tends to be slow and less responsive than one would hope.

So, in other words, great, if you want to write out "Twinkle, twinkle, little star", but not good for much that's longer or more complex. But it's free, and it's point-and-click. You get what you pay for.

If you need more advanced capabilities for typesetting, I highly recommend LilyPond (just do a macupdate search). It uses text-based input to create beautiful, complex scores, and, is therefore (provided you are willing to learn the syntax) an excellent alternative for those who would like free, advanced music notation software.

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Version 2006
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Anonymous
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Great. I'm a professional musician and find this useful.

As for the critics below: Didn't you see the name - Notepad? If you have a notepad or notepad widget for text etc. you don't expect it to be a full word processor? (btw even some notepad widgets costs money!).

You can paste the ideas made with Finale Notepad to the full program and even to Sibelius.

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Version 2006
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Anonymous
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This app is more than limited. But it's free.

It is a real drag. But it's free.

It looks more than ugly. But it's free.

It is anything but intuitive. But it's free.

You will go off because it won't do what you intended. But it's free.

It ist useless for any non-beginner. But it's free.

Nuff said?

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Version 2006
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Anonymous
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Would be easier to just notate out stuff in GarageBand2

I know the app is free and all but, who cares if it's not usable.

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Version 2004
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Anonymous
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This program is not a MIDI sequencer
It is a notation utility

the idea behind this software is to put notes on the page. you can play the notes to listen to the score. but you can't export as a sound file (mp3, wav, midi)

this program does what it says it does and for that matter it does it very well. but if you're after a program to create sound files, this program is not for you - get a sequencer instead. but if all you want to do is print out your own sheet music, this program is perfect and i highly recommend it.

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Version 2004
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Anonymous
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This free version is too crippled to be of any use to musicians. But it is free.

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Version 2004
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Anonymous
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uumm, problem.. the serial code above- dosent work...

Colin Mansfield
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Last year (school year 2004-5) I taught a composition class at a Jr. High school. The students used Finale Notepad in their (PC) lab to sketch out ideas, I was able to load their files into my Mac and Finale 2004 (full version), clean up, harmonize and add piano, lyrics and break out SAB parts, which they could then bring back into Notepad. The result was an original piece for choir, written by the students which was performed at the end of the school year...

While it may seem "crippled" at first glance, it is actually quite useful for composition -- especially when you figure in instant playback and compatiblity with other versions of Finale (and cross-platform compatibility as well). The school could never have afforded to buy lab packs of Finale (or any other major notation program); Notepad was perfect for this application.

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Joel Nelson
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Finale NotePad isn't actually a demo. It is the free version of Finale. When you download Finale NotePad 2004 you will have to register with your email address and have a serial number sent to you, but registration is free.

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Version 2004
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Downloads 41,553
Version Downloads 16,082
License Demo
Date 24 May 2011
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $9.95
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