MakeMusic, Inc. has released Finale PrintMusic 2009 (Mac/Win; $99.95), the latest upgrade to the company's music notation software.
PrintMusic 2009 offers an improved, simple interface and features a streamlined workflow; the capability to drag and drop expressions; flexible expression editing; updates to MusicXML; and improved expression creation, scanning, metronome markings, and engraver slurs. This version of PrintMusic allows for easier creation, entry, moving, and editing of dynamics, tempo indications, and other text and markings. Upgrades from any earlier version of PrintMusic are $29.95. To learn more, visit finalemusic.com.
MakeMusic has also released SmartMusic 11 music-learning software for band, orchestra, and choir. This update is free for all current subscribers of previous versions of SmartMusic.
SmartMusic 11 features easier setup with fewer screens; new band and orchestra titles (more than 1,400 total); new method books for young band and orchestra students in years 2 and 3 of their development; assessment improvements for all instruments; automated weekly rhythm assignments and printable gradebook reports in SmartMusic Impact; Illinois and North Carolina state scales; a selection of new jazz standards recorded by Wynton Marsalis; and more. For additional information, please visit smartmusic.com.