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NoteAbilityPro is a professional music notation package for the OS X operating system. Developed by Dr. Keith Hamel at the University of British Columbia, it is easily the most sophisticated music notation software available on any platform. NoteAbility combines both musical intelligence and graphical flexibility in a direct and intuitive graphical user interface. Notate anything from simple melodies to complex avant garde orchestral music, play the score on your MIDI synthesizer or using QuickTime Musical Instruments and print a publishable copy of your score on any OS X-compatible printer.

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Version 2.601:
  • A Check for Score Errors menu item was added to the Help menu


OS X 10.4.11 or later

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Mtp08 Member IconComment+8

Why the developer(s) never posts What's New?
Can't even find what is new in this release on website.


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Version 2.426

you are right, but it's always included in the dmg as a 'what's new' textfile...


And the version history text file in the download is not always up-to-date...

Stephgauthier Member IconReview+6

I was encouraged to use this application by a well-meaning educator who was a friend of the developer. The strength of the program is it's attempt to facilitate the composition of avant-garde classical material. However, as a composer who has used other notation programs such as Sibelius and Finale extensively, I can't strongly enough encourage anybody searching for a notation application to take a closer look at either Sibelius and/or Finale. Both are very popular with professional composers and arrangers as well as with music students and educators. Both Finale and Sibelius offer so many features and possibilities that really deserve an in depth explanation. I encourage you to go to their respective websites, read reviews, and talk to musicians that use those programs to find out more. To put things bluntly, in my own experience, anything accomplished in Notability Pro can be accomplished much easier and more efficiently in Sibelius or Finale. Also, Finale and Sibelius offer many features that you won't find in Notability. Price-wise, if you are a educator or student, Finale and Sibelius are offered at a dramatically reduced price. If your notation needs are relatively simple, their are some quality online free notation programs out there. If you have any questions about this review, please contact me through this website or via: http://musiclearning.info

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Version 2.401

Is this supposed to be a review of NoteAbility???


I can't disagree more. The program is very intuitive and very complex notation can be achieved easily, including features not or very clumsily available in Sibelius or Finale. The engraving is much cleaner and can be easily customized. This includes many difficult piano specific notation from the nineteenth century, like Alkan's 11-part 7-voice fugue from the Grande sonate, which can in no way be done in Finale or Sibelius. This is the next best thing after Lilypond.

And there's another major advantage: layout can be very easily tweaked, so your scores do not look as dull as the default Sibelius or Finale scores. After 10 years of experience in the competition (that is Finale, Sibelius, Encore and Lilypond), I can only say this is the most intuitive notation software available for the mac.


DETINUX, if you like it so much, why don't you write a "review" here and mark it with stars to offset that one bad review instead of just commenting with a reply?

ben_marko Member IconComment+4

Is there a simpler version? I need something like this, but it looks waaaaaay to complicated.

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Version 2.319

Try looking at Encore, from GVox.com.
It's more intuitive. But remeber, they're all kinda costly unless you're a student or educator.

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Downloads 11,696
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License Demo
Date 08 Jun 2014
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $205.85
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