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NoteAbilityPro for Mac

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"Music Engraving Alternative to Finale & Sibelius"

March 28, 2011  |  By rowanwood

 |  Version: NoteAbilityPro 2.452


It isn't Finale or Sibelius. Enough Said!!!


Can't test it. the installer failed to install the frameworks files necessary to run the program. Why aren't the frameworks embedded inside the main application? It cannot be tested or used in the present format.


Potential alternative to Sibelius and Finale, both of which no longer support millions of pre-Leopard Macs. These two also stick you with buggy "updates" that cure one problem and then introduce a whole gang of new ones for future "revisions' to "cure. This is NOT an acceptable marketing scheme!

I need to create scores in non-Western formats; Turkish, Cairo Convention and Persian, just to mention three of many "non-standard" areas I deal with musically. Both Sibelius and Finale keep drifting back to what they perceive as their "base": church choirs, high school music teachers, rockers and other musically semi-illiterate types. Everyone else on this planet get ignored... about 95% of the planet!

Although NoteAbility pro also fails in these areas, I am hoping that they will respond to requests where Finale and Sibelius have studiously ignored all requests from us. I speak from personal experience trying to speak face-to-face with Finale reps whose attitude was as I would describe it... snide.

If NoteAbility continues to fail, I will have no choice but to continue using older versions of Finale which can at least be forced by kludges to imitate the correct formats.


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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.452
  • Graphic Support: it is now possible to have dotted lines around rectangles and ovals. This is done after the rectangle has been entered onto the score, but selected it (using the bottom-left corner) and using the buttons on Lines pane to set the kind of dotted line you want (there is a solid line and three types of dashed lines) and clicking on the Change Line Type -- it does not matter which line type is visible in the view above since only the dash qualities will be applied to a rectangle or oval. I also added proper support for transparency in rectangles and ovals -- so it is possible to do use overlapping transparencies. The images will be drawn voice by voice and from left to right.
  • Accidental controls: now, if you manually adjust an accidental horizontal position, the accidental will retain that position when it is exact pasted, and the accidental (and all other accidentals in the chord) will not adjust when you perform adjustments to the stem or format the page. The accidental positions are also retained when the part is extracted. If you want to free the accidentals from being locked, you can do so by adjusting one of the notes in the chord -- once a note has been moved to a different pitch - the accidentals will be automatically adjusted and will no longer be locked. However, if you just click on a note and do not actually adjust it - the lock should remain in place.
  • Tempo map changes: there is a clear button on the bottom of the tempo map that clears out all tempo information and resets it to q = 120 at the beginning. It is possible to enter duration notes as part of your tempo map -- There is a pull down menu for each setting of the tempo which has note values (sixteenth note through dotted half note). During playback the tempo is displayed in two ways -- one with the tempo against a quarter note and the other with the tempo against the specified duration value.
  • Some modifications to the way lines and crescendo are adjusted was made. Under normal conditions, lines created as piano pedal markings, as well as crescendi and decrescendi will retain their association with the staff they are linked to -- even if the image is adjusted very close to another staff. They can no longer be pulled from one system onto another.
Publisher Keith Hamel
Publisher web site http://debussy.music.ubc.ca/~opus1/hamel.html
Release Date March 03, 2011
Date Added March 03, 2011
Version 2.452
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 49.73MB
File Name NoteAbilityPro.zip
Total Downloads 2,119
Downloads Last Week 2
License Model Update
Limitations Not available
Price $225

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