Music notation software app that lets you create your way!



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  • Latest Version

    Finale 27.3.0 LATEST

  • Review by

    Sophia Jones

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    Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 / Windows 11

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    MakeMusic, Inc. / External Link

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Finale supports you, making it easy to create whatever music notation you can imagine and to work in the manner that best supports your creativity. No matter where your inspiration leads you, from a simple lead sheet to preparing your Hollywood film score, the app is the trusted route to the very best output available. Capture musical inspiration. Engrave a beautiful score. Share your artistic vision with others. Just as every musician is unique, so are the reasons each uses Finale software to write music.

Your music notation reflects your artistry: don’t make concessions. Join the world’s foremost engravers and publishers who rely on the app to look their very best. It includes a vast library of premium Garritan sounds to inspire your creative process and impress your audience. Finale’s exclusive Human Playback makes those sounds come alive. The program lets you choose how you share your music. Produce printed pages, PDF, MIDI, MusicXML, and audio files. Collaboration is easy with both forward and backward compatibility.

Features and Highlights

Create your way
It offers you the freedom both of what you create and how you create it. Whether you’re imagining a simple lead sheet, a Broadway score, or something truly unorthodox, you enjoy the flexibility to make your music any way you wish and to make it in the order and manner that best supports your inspiration.

Entering your music in Finale sets you free. In an instant, you can move measures, change keys, and transform your music in countless ways. Finale music app even offers editorial input, like indicating when notes have been written out of an instrument’s range.

Great sounds inspire you – and your audience. Finale’s exclusive Human Playback can make any music playback with the nuance of a human performer. Plus the app includes a vast library of world-class Garritan instrument sounds for stunning realism. Hear them below.

Music is meant to be shared. As you create you can share files, back and forth, with the users – and others – thanks to built-in MusicXML support. When you’re ready to share the results, you can make printed sheet music, audio files, pdfs, and more; whatever it takes to produce the best performance.

Note: 30 days trial version. After the trial period ends, saving and printing are disabled.

Also Available: Download Finale for Mac

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What's new in this version:

Finale 27.3.0
New Features in Finale 27.3:
- Eight of Jari Williamson’s plug-ins now install natively with Finale, have been updated to work correctly with SMuFL-compliant fonts, and also contain fixes for several outstanding bugs  and crashes
- Many Special Tools are now available while editing voiced linked parts
- More Finale native plug-ins are now active while viewing linked parts and when using voiced linked parts
- The Latin Percussion plug-in now contains SMuFL-based support files
- The AlphaNotes plug-in can now use SMuFL-based characters
- The Automatic Dynamics plug-in now only works with SMuFL-based fonts

- Embedded PDF graphics are now exported and imported
- All text inserts are now exported, including date, time, file date, performance time, file name, double flat, double sharp, and pass number
- TAB clefs no longer export a line element

Fixes in Finale 27.3:
- Voiced linked Parts.
- Grace notes in voiced linked parts are now spaced correctly
- Stem directions in voiced linked parts now face the correct directions
- Second and unison note spacing is now accounted for correctly in voiced linked parts.
- Plug-Ins
- The Score System Divider plug-in now works correctly with SMuFL fonts
- The Create Handbells Used Chart plug-in now displays modified noteheads correctly when used in a SMuFL-based document.
- The Create Handbells Used Chart plug-in displays the correct number of bells used again.
- The Check Regions for Durations plug-in no longer overlooks some incomplete or overfilled measures.
- Slurs
- Manual adjustments made to slurs in linked parts now retain these edits after closing and reopening a document.
- Creating a two note slur where an articulation is present, no longer unlinks the articulation from the score.
- Saving. Human Playback preferences can now be edited/saved if the user account name contains a unicode character.
- Preferences. Exiting Finale with the Speedy Entry tool selected no longer turns off Automatic Update Layout.
- ScoreMerger. ScoreMerger no longer discards the abbreviated name of parts when merging parts into a score.
- FinaleScript. Using the "default clef bass" command in FinaleScript no longer causes a crash.

Finale 27.2.0
- All of Finale’s standard Document Styles have been updated to use SMuFL-compliant music fonts
- Added two new Document Styles using the Finale Ash and Finale Engraver fonts
- The Jazz Default Document has been fully revamped in collaboration with musician Darcy James Argue and now uses SMuFL-compliant Finale Jazz Font
- All of Finale’s default documents now use SMuFL-compliant fonts. Legacy versions are still included
- The new font Finale Jazz Text Lowercase has been added
- The Finale Jazz font now includes new and updated chord suffix characters, including a variety of parentheses
- The Share dialog now displays the email addresses of the users the document is currently shared with
- The Share dialog has been updated to reflect the simultaneous public-private state that can occur due to playlist sharing in SmartMusic

- Fixed an issue where batch export can fail on some systems
- Parenthesized music text expressions now retain parentheses on export
- Enclosed measure numbers are now exported as rehearsal numbers
- Files with Special Part Extraction now export more accurately
- Text on blank pages at the end of a score is now imported
- Chord symbols are exported and imported more accurately
- Exact duplicate measure-attached Smart Shapes are no longer exported

- Multimeasure Rests. Multimeasure rest symbols are now correctly aligned when using handwritten SMuFL-compliant music fonts.
- Symbol Selection. When using the Search field in the Symbol Selection dialog box the SMuFL categories now remain alphabetised.
- Stem Connections.
- Fixed an issue where some stem connections would be offset for specific noteheads when converting from a legacy font to a SMuFL font.
- Fixed an issue where other stem connections in a measure would be misplaced when altering a notehead in that measure. See Stem Connections.
- Documentation. The Finale User Manual has been updated with more accurate information and other continued improvements.
- Printing. Fixed an issue where documents may print with incorrect margins.

Finale 27.1.0
New Features:
- It is now possible to convert legacy non-SMuFL MakeMusic fonts in documents to SMuFL-compliant music fonts
- Human Playback now recognizes expressions and articulations that use SMuFL-compliant fonts
- The TG Tools Easy Harmonics, TG Tools Easy Tremolos, Create Coda System, and Drum Groove plug-ins have been updated to use the correct characters in SMuFL fonts
- The Symbol Selection dialog box character grid can now be navigated with the arrow keys
- New libraries using the SMuFL-compliant Finale Maestro music font have been added for Accordion (articulations), Accordion Register (text expressions), Figured Bass (text expressions), Guitar (articulations), Guitar (smart lines), Guitar (text expressions), Ornaments (articulations), and Accidentals (articulations).

- The Symbol Selection dialog box now filters out blank and unused character slots
- Articulations created with the Petrucci and November fonts now play back correctly after closing and reopening a document
- The Reset and Reset All buttons now work as expected in the Clef Designer when using SMuFL-compliant music fonts
- Very large MusicXML files can now be successfully imported
- Exported MusicXML files now correctly capture tempo data in metronome marks, even if playback is not set in the text expression

Finale 26.3.1
- Change log not available for this version

Finale 26.3.0
- If Finale encounters a problem when saving a document, a warning message with suggested actions is now displayed
- Documents using the Handwritten Document Style now recognize entered chord suffixes containing flats
- Note stems are no longer displayed with incorrect thickness when navigating in Simple Entry
- Exported MusicXML files now retain more specific notation details in multiple areas
- Accessibility alt tags have been added to many images in the user manual