MakeMusic
SmartMusic Finale Garritan MusicXML

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Version 25 2014 2012
Finale
PrintMusic
NotePad
System Requirements Windows 7/8/10
Mac OS 10.10-10.11
Windows Vista/7/8/10
Mac OS 10.7-10.10
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Mac OS 10.5-10.8
Maximum number of staves Unlimited 24 8
Number of staff lines
available
0-100
(Plus Tablature)
1 or 5
(Plus Tablature)
5
(Plus Tablature)
Setup Wizard Yes Yes Yes
Music fonts included Maestro
Broadway Copyist
Engraver
Finale Copyist
Jazz
Maestro Wide
Finale Percussion
Finale Mallets
Finale Numerics
Finale AlphaNotes
Finale Lyrics
Maestro
Broadway Copyist
Finale Percussion
Finale Mallets
Finale Lyrics
Maestro only
QuickStart videos Yes Yes
Pre-designed templates 68 7

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Entering Notes
Finale
PrintMusic
NotePad
SmartScore® Lite music scanning No Yes  —
Step-time entry (one note at a time) from mouse/computer keyboard Yes Yes Yes
Step-time or Real-time (as you play) entry from MIDI device/keyboard Yes Yes Step time only
Real-time entry without a click track (HyperScribe®)  Yes Yes No real-time entry
Import MIDI and MusicXML files Yes Yes Yes
Adding Markings, Lyrics, and More
Finale
PrintMusic
NotePad
Number of staves Unlimited  24  8
Lyric verses allowed Unlimited Unlimited 1
Unicode text support Yes Yes Yes
Compound or additive time signatures Yes Compound only Compound only
Number of staff lines available  0-100 (Plus Tablature) 1 or 5 (Plus Tablature) 5 (Plus Tablature)
Tablature User customizable Standard guitar and bass only Standard guitar and bass only
Chord symbols Automatic Automatic Manual text entry
Automatic guitar fretboards Yes Yes
Chord charts with slash notation Yes Yes
Percussion notation Automatically configured for playback  Automatically configured for playback  Automatically configured for playback
Create Coda systems Yes  Yes  —
Editing Tools
Finale
PrintMusic
NotePad
Selection tool for easy editing Yes Yes Yes
ScoreManager™ easily controls how staves look and sound Yes Yes Yes
Multiple page editing Yes
SmartFind and Paint® Yes
Hearing Your Music
Finale
PrintMusic
NotePad
Includes 500+ Garritan studio-quality sounds Yes
Tapspace Virtual Drumline sounds Yes
Row-Loff™ marching percussion sounds Yes Yes
SmartMusic SoundFont (128 sounds) Yes Yes Yes
Human Playback® (multiple styles) Customizable Standard styles only Standard styles only
External sound library support (VST/AU instruments and effects) Yes Yes
Sharing Your Music
Finale
PrintMusic
NotePad
Print professional-quality sheet music Yes Yes Yes
Save as audio file (.MP3, .WAV, .AIFF) Yes Yes
Can open files created by same or earlier versions of all products on this chart* Yes Yes Yes
Export MIDI and MusicXML files Yes Yes Yes
Export as graphics file Section or full page.
PDF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, or EPS
Section or full page.
JPEG and PDF only
Backward and forward compatibility with Finale 2014 and 2012 Yes Yes
Save as EPUB Yes
Educator Tools
Finale
PrintMusic
NotePad
Save as SmartMusic® accompaniment Yes
Music education worksheets, flash cards, and repertoire More than 1,500 included More than 50  —
Export music to a word processing program to create worksheets or quizzes Section or full page Section or full page
Finale AlphaNotes™ font and colored noteheads Yes  —
Finale Numerics font (harmonic analysis, figured bass, and Schenker graphs) Yes  —
Teach composition w/ StudioView® Yes
 Exercise Wizard Yes
 Orff instruments in Setup Wizard Yes  —
Composing and Arranging Timesavers
Finale
PrintMusic
NotePad
Chromatic and diatonic transposition Yes Yes By key sig. for entire piece only
Link and/or extract parts Both Extract Only  —
Band-in-a-Box® auto harmonization No 2 or 3 voices
Latin percussion rhythm sounds Yes  —
Automatic drum grooves Yes Yes
Automatic rehearsal marks Yes Yes
 ScoreMerger™ Yes
Over 50 timesavers like instant orchestration, range checking, handbells used chart, chord analysis, etc. Yes  —
Production and Sequencing Tools
Finale
PrintMusic
NotePad
Record/Import audio Yes
Ability to edit MIDI data Yes
Conduct tempo changes w/ TempoTap® Yes
Mixer Yes Yes
Finishing Touches
Finale
PrintMusic
NotePad
Document styles 14 and create your own 5
Import graphics files BMP, EPS, GIF, JPG, PDF, PNG, TIF BMP, EPS, GIF, JPG, PDF, PNG, TIF
Create non-standard key signatures Yes
Page layout controls Yes Yes
3rd-party music font support  Unlimited
Easy Keyless Scores Yes

* All files can be opened in a newer software version, but files created in a newer version cannot be opened in an older version unless converted via MusicXML. Exceptions to this rule include Finale 25, which can share files with Finale 2014 and save 2012-compatible files, and PrintMusic 2014, which can also save 2012-compatible files.

** Songwriter is no longer available for purchase

Finale NotePad® is available as a free download that can open, play, and print any Finale family file – as well as MusicXML files – so that you can share your music.