Music notation software app that lets you create your way!

Finale for Mac

Finale for Mac

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Finale for Mac supports you, making it easy to create whatever music notation you can imagine and to work in the manner that best supports your creativity. No matter where your inspiration leads you, from a simple lead sheet to preparing your Hollywood film score, the app is the trusted route to the very best output available. Capture musical inspiration. Engrave a beautiful score. Share your artistic vision with others. Just as every musician is unique, so are the reasons each uses Finale for macOS software to write music.

Your music notation reflects your artistry: don’t make concessions. Join the world’s foremost engravers and publishers who rely on the app to look their very best. It includes a vast library of premium Garritan sounds to inspire your creative process and impress your audience. Finale’s exclusive Human Playback makes those sounds come alive. The program lets you choose how you share your music. Produce printed pages, PDF, MIDI, MusicXML and audio files. Collaboration is easy with both forward and backward compatibility.

Features and Highlights

Create your way
It offers you the freedom both of what you create and how you create it. Whether you’re imagining a simple lead sheet, a Broadway score, or something truly unorthodox, you enjoy the flexibility to make your music any way you wish and to make it in the order and manner that best supports your inspiration.

Entering your music in Finale sets you free. In an instant, you can move measures, change keys, and transform your music in countless ways. Finale music app even offers editorial input, like indicating when notes have been written out of an instrument’s range.

Great sounds inspire you – and your audience. Finale’s exclusive Human Playback can make any music playback with the nuance of a human performer. Plus the app includes a vast library of world-class Garritan instrument sounds for stunning realism. Hear them below.

Music is meant to be shared. As you create you can share files, back and forth, with the users – and others – thanks to built-in MusicXML support. When you’re ready to share the results, you can make printed sheet music, audio files, pdfs, and more; whatever it takes to produce the best performance.

Note: 30 days trial version. After the trial period ends, saving and printing is disabled.

Also Available: Download Finale for Windows

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What's new in this version:

Finale 27.3.0
Voiced Linked Parts:
- Grace notes in voiced linked parts are now spaced correctly
- Stem directions in voiced linked parts now face the correct directions
- Second and unison note spacing is now accounted for correctly in voiced linked parts
- The Score System Divider plug-in now works correctly with SMuFL fonts

- The Create Handbells Used Chart plug-in now displays modified noteheads correctly when used in a SMuFL-based document
- The Create Handbells Used Chart plug-in displays the correct number of bells used again
- The Check Regions for Durations plug-in no longer overlooks some incomplete or overfilled measures

Finale 27.1.0
New Features:
- It is now possible to convert legacy non-SMuFL MakeMusic fonts in documents to SMuFL-compliant music fonts
- Human Playback now recognizes expressions and articulations that use SMuFL-compliant fonts
- The TG Tools Easy Harmonics, TG Tools Easy Tremolos, Create Coda System, and Drum Groove plug-ins have been updated to use the correct characters in SMuFL fonts
- The Symbol Selection dialog box character grid can now be navigated with the arrow keys
- New libraries using the SMuFL-compliant Finale Maestro music font have been added for Accordion (articulations), Accordion Register (text expressions), Figured Bass (text expressions), Guitar (articulations), Guitar (smart lines), Guitar (text expressions), Ornaments (articulations), and Accidentals (articulations).

- The Symbol Selection dialog box now filters out blank and unused character slots
- Articulations created with the Petrucci and November fonts now play back correctly after closing and reopening a document
- The Reset and Reset All buttons now work as expected in the Clef Designer when using SMuFL-compliant music fonts
- Very large MusicXML files can now be successfully imported
- Exported MusicXML files now correctly capture tempo data in metronome marks, even if playback is not set in the text expression

Finale 27.0.0
Interactive music sharing functionality:
- Finale now enables you to quickly and easily share your notated documents with anybody. Without leaving the app, you can upload and share privately or publicly.

Standard Music Font Layout (SMuFL) support:
- SMuFL is a growing comprehensive standard that organizes musical characters into a common layout so music fonts are displayed correctly in every notation application that supports it. Spend less time searching for or creating musical symbols and more time making music.

Improved instrument list:
- Our revised instrument list ensures your notation looks great the first time—no matter which instruments you’ve chosen—and that you hear the correct sounds when playing a document. We’ve also added to the list of instruments you can use when starting a new document or editing an existing one.

MusicXML 4.0:
- The latest version of MusicXML provides even more control when transporting your compositions. With more information than ever now being captured in a MusicXML file, you’ll be able to efficiently and confidently send files between practically any modern music software.

- We’ve tackled a lot of known issues, such as unexpected installer behavior and unusable display scaling on Windows, crashes due to macOS quirks, and problems with printing

Finale 26.3.0
- If Finale encounters a problem when saving a document, a warning message with suggested actions is now displayed
- Documents using the Handwritten Document Style now recognize entered chord suffixes containing flats
- Note stems are no longer displayed with incorrect thickness when navigating in Simple Entry
- Exported MusicXML files now retain more specific notation details in multiple areas
- Accessibility alt tags have been added to many images in the user manual

Mac Updates:
- Scrolling and zooming in Page View is now smoother and more responsive
- Many user interface changes have been made to offer a better experience in macOS’ Dark Mode
- Word extensions that extend over system breaks can now be more easily vertically re-positioned
- EPS graphics imported into a Finale document now display and print correctly on macOS 10.15 Catalina

Finale 26.2.2
Improvements-Music XML:
- Exact slur positions are now exported
- Hidden clefs now export as hidden
- Hidden Smart Shapes are no longer exported
- Hidden time signatures at the start of a part now export as senza misura
- Hyperlinks for measure-attached text blocks are now exported
- Metronome font information is now exported
- Parts with no visible clefs are now imported without clefs displaying
- Positions of text repeats at the end of multimeasure rests export more accurately
- Staff Style changes in the middle of the first measure are now exported
- Text in the JazzText, Broadway Copyist Text, and Finale Copyist Text fonts now exports more accurately, especially for codas, segnos, and metronome marks
- The Scale Expression with Attached Note setting found in the Expression Assignment dialog box is supported during export

Page Layout (Mac Users Only):
- Finale 26.2.2 maintains the page layout when opening a file with the Automatic Update Layout option deselected from the "Preferences - Edit" dialog box

Finale 26.2.1
Catalina Compatibility:
- Catalina introduced issues that, while obscure for most users, prevented us from calling Finale v26.1 “compatible.” We’re happy to announce that Finale v26.2 is compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina.

Security Enhancements and Bug Fixes:
- The version 26.2 update also provides security improvements for both Mac and Windows that help keep you and Finale protected and up to date. While supporting these security updates isn’t required until 2020, we’re keeping Finale ahead of the curve.
- As always, we’ve fixed several customer-reported issues in this free update. These affect everything from page formatting to plug-ins:
- Patterson Beams has been updated to properly affect grace notes and resized notes.
- The Finale Click volume (in the Click and Countoff dialog box) is now adjustable on a per-document basis.
- “Consolidate Rests Across Layers” is now included in FinaleScript’s import layer options command.

Document Options:
- As part of our ongoing work “under the hood” in Finale, we’ve incorporated several improvements to Document Options that not only give you more reliable results, but are also part of our continued efforts to modernize Finale. Learn more about those efforts directly from the product team in our recent development update.