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And, while we are at it, what does "EMF" mean? I take it that xmi is a file format. Is "EMF" just a file format, too?

Editions Musica Ferrum, his publishing company.


Ah. Thank you for the translation from the Greek. grin That underscores my point some more, I guess. wink


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Originally Posted by Cinnamonbear
So, am I understanding "Smartscore Lite" correctly? That is, one can scan a score, Finale will read it, then allow a person to modify it?



Yes, that is what is supposed to happen.

It can work fairly well on relatively simple music that is scanned from a good clear original, I guess, but I've found that the translation into Finale's format can produce some pretty weird results. Whether using that method is easier than just inputting directly into Finale is highly dependent on the nature of the music, I think.

But I should add that my experience with it was with an older full version of Finale (2010). I don't think newer versions are very different, but can't say so for certain. I also have the full version of SmartScore, which can do surprisingly good score-to-digital recognition when you stay within its own format, but again, it's very dependent on the original material.


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I don't use Finale PrintMusic or Sibelius First, so I can only say that the full versions of both applications solve all of the OP's problems.

As to which is better - it's a debate for the ages, but be aware that both are widely used by professional publishing houses and both are extremely powerful notation solutions.

Yes, both companies have had trouble, but I haven't noticed any significant impact. (I use Sibelius, and it works great.)

That being said, the original Sibelius development team is working on a brand new application, but it's still quite a ways away from being done. A blog chronicling its development can be found here:

http://blog.steinberg.net

I would also suggest posting on Sibelius and Make Music's support forums, as they would probably be the best sources of information for detail about these kinds of issues.


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