Finale NotePad 2006
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Full user review
"Basic Notation solution"
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I have been using NotePad for a few years now. This is the easiest freeware notation tool I have used so far, and the instrument playback feature is a welcome feature. It is also possible to have up to eight parts in the music, and automatic transposition has saved me a few hours of work. The good news, however, stops there.
I often find myself doing first and second endings with a pen and ruler once the music is printed, and it is impossible to do time or key signature changes in the middle of the piece. The use of the QuickHelp documentation engine instead of the Help Viewer is jarring, and I often need to start a new document when working out the parts and time signature (these are locked in once a new document is created).
If all you need is some basic notation software, though, I would recommend NotePad. If you want to orchestrate your own symphony, look somewhere else.