hphooper wrote:I must once again defend my notation software, Finale2007c. It has taken me a few years to become proficient in running this program just like it has taken me years and years to learn the intricacies of guitar, astronomy, English, etc. I can now generate any GUITAR manuscript I need easily, in a couple of hours, with results that can't be beat. You need good tools to produce work you can be proud of and that don't require compromise. Finale is THE professional program (like Photoshop) and I know why. I'm sure there are other notation programs that let you put notes on paper; Finale is one that lets you do it right.
I believe that THE professional program is still SCORE. But what comes to which is better, Finale or Sibelius, I don't believe there is any advantage in Finale of how make things right. Sibelius is very capable of doing things right, too.
Lilypond should be noted, too, it's output quality is excellent, in my eyes it's typographical quality is better than in Sibelius or Finale (but not exceeding SCORE). It has the elements, but for widespread use it would require a real gui. But if you are a fast typist and comfortable with entering a language with a text editor then Lilypond is very fast and usable. And everything can be done with it, too. And I mean really everything, if you just have the skills for it (well, it lacked one ornament that I found in the Bach BWV995 original, but the same ornament lacks from Sibelius and Finale, too..)