Skip Witmyer
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Switmyer commented on 01 Jul 2010
There's been much commentary regarding Finale's steep learning curve. I've been using Finale since version 3 when the learning curve was much steeper than it is now. In my opinion, those who are still continuing to propagate this criticism are bit out of touch with current events. Thanks to competition with Sibelius, Finale has become much easier to use. Finale is to music notation what Adobe Photoshop is to image editing. Both are complicated professional-ware that require a high degree of skill. To learn PhotoShop, people buy "missing manuals," purchase expensive tutorials, or enroll in classes. Yet I have never heard a graphic designer or a photographer complain that Photoshop has a steep learning curve. While it may be true that Sibelius is initially more intuitive than Finale, at some point, just beyond "Mary Had a Little Lamb," you will have to consult the manual even in Sibelius. Both programs have their strengths and weaknesses so I won't get drawn into a debate over which is better. For me, Finale is now a breeze to use, although I have paid my dues with the program. I just wish people would stop all the bellyaching and read the manual and do the tutorials. As musicians, we wouldn't be anywhere if we hadn't taken the time to practice our scales. If you don't want to put in the effort to learn a professional program, then maybe you need a simpler, non-professional program or a copyist.
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