Both music-notation software packages support current operating systems and provide compatibility with files created with Finale® 2011.
Available as a download for $9.95 or purchased on disc for $19.95, NotePad lets anyone create, play, print, save and share music notation. Notes can be entered with a mouse, a MIDI keyboard or by opening MIDI files. Music plays back with nuance thanks to a Human Playback feature and can be heard via the 128-plus included sounds or through an external MIDI device. NotePad also fosters collaboration as it can edit, play, print and save files created with other Finale music-notation products.
In addition to Finale 2011 compatibility, NotePad 2011 includes several new features, such as enhanced Lyric Spacing, improved Lyric Entry and expanded multi-user support.
The Finale Reader is a free download that can open, view, print and play files created by Finale and other MakeMusic products. This updated version provides compatibility with files created by Finale 2011.