One could of course write it out by hand, and then scan or take a photo of the pages and convert to PDF. Having a few digital copies can come in handy as backup, if you store them, for example, in an online inbox at Gmail or Yahoo mail. Everything I want to keep I e-mail to myself, so that if my house burns down I won't lose it.glassynails wrote: Pencil and paper leaves too much paper laying around. I like stuff in pdf so that I can read it on my laptop and print it if I want. I suppose you could also just use a copy machine.
I was going to reply about concerns that Sibelius First not allowing odd time signatures, but I checked again and it appears I may be mistaken. There are many ways in which Sibelius First is crippled versus the full Sibelius, but maybe nothing that serious. Finale Printmusic and lower versions do not allow anything but the standard set of time-signatures, but maybe Sibelius First is different. Can anyone confirm this? Sibelius website says something about "First" not allowing irregular bars, and also not having cue notes, no custom noteheads, some tuplets but not all, and no nested tuplets, and a few other limitations. But none of that is really horrible. If Sibelius First can do odd time-signatures, then I won't tell everyone to reject it like I do with Finale Printmusic and below...SteveM wrote:I use Sibelius 6 which is a bit expensive but very good. The 'Lite' version is Sibelius First which seems to do most things, including extracting parts from a score, and is priced at £129.00 (G.B.P.) One of the good things about Sibelius is magnetic layout which saves a lot of time and avoids any collisions with beams, lyrics, expression marks etc. Go to the Sibelius site and watch the video or download the trial.
Although the standard templates in Finale Printmusic only allow the "standard" time signatures, it is possible to use the editing tools within the program to create pretty well any one you like. Once you've set it, all the editing and playback tools work normally with it.Aaron wrote:Finale Printmusic and lower versions do not allow anything but the standard set of time-signatures,.....
Interesting point, but that's just a scam because you should never pay the full $600. You will pay more by getting Notepad and then Finale directly than by just ordering Finale from a discounted independent retailer. The real way to game this system is to purchase one less expensive product, like Notion for example, which is a great piece of software in many ways and worth trying and is regularly available for $200, and then you pay only $200 for a competitive crossgrade to Finale.Paul wrote:The best reason for getting Finale Notepad is to get a big discount when you buy the full-blown Finale.
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