thanks very much for those links, and taking the trouble to post a second time - the thing that drew me to look at Lilypond in the first place (apart from the numerous mentions here) was the position stated in articles such as the Linux one where Han Wen says,
"We knew what publication quality engraving meant, and were determined to perfect Lily into producing that. Since we like hand-engraved music, we started reproducing simple pieces in LilyPond and comparing the output side-by-side. By doing close comparisons, we learned how music should really look, and we fixed all the deficiencies that we found.
Fantastic - that's just what I want but I'm still looking for some less "simple" examples.
wbajzek wrote:The Couperin "L'Arte Toucher Le Clavecin" is an interesting example as it was all produced with lilypond.
I'm sorry (and maybe I'm picky) but that is not publication quality engraving. There are many line thickness errors, slur ends curtailed early, beam thickness is out of proportion with the staff measurements, the note-heads are too heavy etc. There are also incidences of elements clashing when something unusual occurs such as a clef change.
All of the above might well be "tweakable" but, if that example was produced by someone reasonably comfortable with the software, I'm not exactly encouraged, especially as that is a relatively simple score in comparison with a guitar work which could involve many minute changes in order to accommodate three or more voices on one staff and, though the first examples that you pointed me to (from Lilypond's website) are certainly far more elegantly presented, none of them pushes the software in this way.
wbajzek wrote:That's exactly where you are at, isn't it?
Luckily, not really - I've just spent a few hundred pounds and some time - I'm always trying out different software to see if I can improve my workflow and I don't yet have years of work tied up in Finale as many professionals do. In fact, I have more time and effort invested in GuitarPro which is very nearly useless as far as scores go but some other factors made it useful for me.
As I'm about to embark on the digitising of thirty years' worth of hand written material I needed to make an informed decision - all of the opinions and insights offered in this thread helped towards that in some way.
continue to check up on Lilypond's progress and Sibelius, no doubt, will
continue to email me telling me what a mistake it is to buy anything else. For now the decision is made - I've laid down my cash for the new Finale. When I eventually post something here I'll make sure that I sit well back from the screen as the critical observations roll in.
oski79 wrote:Do any of you have any experience with a program called "Songworks" by Ars-Nova?
No, but I'll take a look.
Thanks again everyone - I followed all
the links - Wim Hoogewerf's analysis was particularly interesting.
*Edited wbajzek to William.