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The future of music notation software

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David Carter
« on: September 13, 2012, 12:10:03 pm »

Sibelius has one of the most comprehensive, well written and often amusing help functions/manuals there is. Writing tuplets is as simple as typing the ratio 17:16 and press return - all very neatly proportioned. Sibelius invented one click part extraction which Finale then attempted to copy in its own way. Sibelius has on a number of occasions completely overhauled its source code to take account of ever changing technology and partner applications. Finale has retained its original source code and had to create ever more complex and counterintuitive add-ons to cope with an environment that has long since left it behind. Sibelius updates average once every two years and only introduces major additions. Finale has been tied in to flogging money annually from its user base to survive.

The loss of the London based Sibelius development team is a tragedy for Sibelius the product and Sibelius the personnel. The decision to save money by outsourcing the development to cheap eastern European labour is nonsensical on all levels it will only lead to stagnation and a slow death. Finale has openly condemned this move and offered what support they can to the Sibelius team.

The only winner is Avid's CEO whose wages have quadrupled to $4M last year. No doubt he'll go soon enough but at least he's made his fast buck.

Poor old Sibelius, what would he have thought?
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