updated 01:55 pm EDT, Thu June 28, 2007
Finale 2008 unveiled
MakeMusic has unveiled Finale 2008, the latest upgrade to its music software that boasts unprecedented playback options as well as major productivity enhancements and improved control. Finale 2008 records/imports a mono or stereo audio file to enhance playback, includes more than 250 world-class instrument sounds from the makers of the Garritan Personal Orchestra, and offers multiple sound libraries that work together. The company is already accepting pre-orders for Finale 2008, which is scheduled to ship in July.
Further interface improvements designed to increase productivity include the ability to copy music, adjust expressions, transpose, add repeats, and more with one tool; keystrokes to select measures or partial measures horizontally and vertically without visiting a menu; multiple tools with support for copy/paste, measure additions, transposition, measure layout, and auto-orchestration; streamlined menus alongside more powerful contextual menus and intuitive keystrokes; and a new ScoreMerger that combines parts into a score and joins multiple scores/movements into one document, even if they don't contain the same number of staves or have different instrumentation.
Sheet music improved
Users can produce professional quality sheet music via document styles that instantly personalize the appearance of new documents, controlling text, music fonts, all libraries, text, graphics, and page layout. An enhanced setup wizard offers more options and control while providing intelligent page layout to automatically adjust system position, size, and space between staves to reduce white space on the page.
Additional new features include Microsoft Windows Vista support, improved scanning, new as well as fully searchable help documentation, expanded MusicXML support, and Human Playback support for additional sound libraries.