NoteAbilityPro
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Music notation package.   Demo ($204.65)
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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
What's New
Version 2.565: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4.11 or later



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NoteAbilityPro User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Mtp08 commented on 19 Sep 2010
Why the developer(s) never posts What's New?
Can't even find what is new in this release on website.

Thanks
[Version 2.426]

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piquadratpi2 replied on 25 Sep 2011
you are right, but it's always included in the dmg as a 'what's new' textfile...
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 15 Oct 2012
And the version history text file in the download is not always up-to-date...
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Stephgauthier reviewed on 17 Dec 2009
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
[Version 2.401]

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Steinarh replied on 10 Jan 2010
Is this supposed to be a review of NoteAbility???
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Detinux replied on 21 Feb 2010
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.
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Acwolf replied on 04 Aug 2010
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?
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DeTinux tipped on 08 Mar 2007
Hi!

Actually, the program is very intuitive! After playing a few hours with it, you can do anything you want. The screenshot is outdated. The newer version has a cleaner lay-out. You should give it a try!

You can download the demo version if you want. Please mail me when you need some help.

Best wishes,

Martijn
[Version 2.320]


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ben_marko commented on 01 Jan 2007
Is there a simpler version? I need something like this, but it looks waaaaaay to complicated.
[Version 2.319]

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Kris replied on 21 Jan 2007
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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Monkeyjunkey rated on 23 Feb 2014

[Version 2.565]



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Gregj rated on 13 Feb 2014

[Version 2.564]



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Detinux rated on 26 Apr 2011

[Version 2.455]



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N.Flick rated on 26 Apr 2011

[Version 2.455]


Downloads:11,574
Version Downloads:136
Type:Home Personal : Music
License:Demo
Date:23 Feb 2014
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $204.65
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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.

If you have been frustrated by the awkwardness and inflexibility of other notation programs, or by the time it takes to learn them, then you definitely should have a look at NoteAbilityPro.

The demo version of NoteAbilityPro is a complete working copy of the program with some functions disabled. You are not allowed to save files, copy or export in certain formats, and printing is restricted to the first page only. Just follow the simple installation notes, and the OS X Installer application will ensure that all required files are installed into the correct locations.


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