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.
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...
I've used the full version of Sibelius and it is certainly quite nice. It bugs me that it forces measures to be full and thus adds rests that I didn't specify. I much prefer Finale's behavior of leaving the measure empty until I fill it in. Other than that, I have no substantial complaints about the full version of Sibelius, though I haven't used it enough to really judge.
If anyone wants to read more about my thoughts on this subject, I've been working on a summary for students: http://wolftune.blogspot.com/p/links-fo ... l#notation
If anyone has any comments or suggestions for me about how to improve that page, I'd appreciate that as well. Thanks!