Finale Notepad
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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
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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lemon-kun commented on 25 Apr 2012
Well, actually version 2012 is out, and it's free again…
[Version 2011.r2]


MMD, LTD commented on 02 Oct 2008
Whoops! There went the only plus to this program: the fact that it was free.
[Version R1]

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Acwolf replied on 28 Mar 2010
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 replied on 10 Aug 2010
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!
The ArcticMac commented on 27 Jun 2006
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.
[Version 2006]


Anonymous reviewed on 19 Nov 2005
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.
[Version 2006]


Anonymous reviewed on 18 Nov 2005
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?
[Version 2006]


Anonymous reviewed on 12 May 2005
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.
[Version 2004]


Anonymous reviewed on 30 Sep 2004
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.
[Version 2004]


Anonymous reviewed on 05 May 2004
This free version is too crippled to be of any use to musicians. But it is free.
[Version 2004]

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Anonymous commented on 16 Jun 2004
uumm, problem.. the serial code above- dosent work...
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Version Downloads:14,044
Type:Home Personal : Arts
Date:24 May 2011
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $9.95
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