updated 06:40 pm EST, Wed February 15, 2012
Supports up to eight instruments
MakeMusic has introduced a free sheet music creation app for Mac and Windows, Finale NotePad. Based on the company's flagship Finale software, NotePad lets users produce notes, lyrics, and markings for compositions, the main limitation being an eight-instrument cap. It also handles functions like clefs, key signatures, and instrument transpositions.
The app supports keyboard and MIDI input, and can import MIDI, Finale, and MusicXML files. Export options are similar, but include printing, and posting music to the Finale Showcase website. To test compositions, the software includes 128 software instruments; a Human Playback feature mimics some of the touches of a live musician.
The Mac version requires OS X 10.5 or later, while Windows users must have at least Windows XP.