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Finale Guitar 2003

by MakeMusic!
Windows XP, Mac, Mac OS X
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Enter your music in a traditional staff, or display it automatically for a TAB staff
  • An extensive library of special symbols and shapes used with notation and for over 50 fretted instruments
  • Input notes with a MIDI guitar and see instant TAB notation
  • Advanced music scanning technology and optical character recognition helps musicians scan sheet music and turn it into a Finale file
  • Rhyming Dictionary helps songwriters find the right rhyme for any lyric

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows XP, Mac, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000084VGM
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 11, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,309 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

The amazing new guitar notation tool for any fretted instrument player!

Michael Stadler, California Coast Music Camp

"Finale Guitar 2003 is one of the finest software purchases I've made in the twenty years I've been computing."

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Customer Reviews

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Powerful program but aggravating October 18, 2003
This is a powerful piece of notation software. It can transcribe MIDIs, has all kinds of articulations, its notations extends to ALL instruments (not just guitar), can sheet music in from a scanner and read it and convert it, and it can convert regular sheet music into tab (very useful if you got shafted by a songbook that claimed to have guitar notation but only had the chords in a fretboard diagram not the notes), and you can also make your own midis and switch between keys effortlessly. The negatives are that it is not easy to use. Some things seem out of place for example when placing chords you have to click on another menu apart from the Chords menu to get the program to display the fretboard diagram of the chord, replacing notes in either tab or standard music notation is very tedious and sometimes aggravating, placing articulations can be tedious as well, the program will lag your system, and last but definitely not least it has the terrible and annoying habit of changing the tab numbers you copy between measures if your using a certain template with standard notation above it. If you think you can handle all of that then this program might be for you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow and difficult to learn September 3, 2005
I purchased Finale Guitar to finally get onto paper all of the hundreds of guitar arrangements I currently play from memory. It was a reasonably priced non-shareware guitar notation program so I thought it would be better. Well after using the program for several months, I am still having to go to the help files just to do the simplest of tasks. First of all I am a computer programmer, so I regularly learn and use all sorts of computer programs. I understand that everything has a learning curve, but this program is very frustrating in that it is not at all intuative. The main frustration comes from the fact that EVERYTHING that should be simple and out front or copy/pasteable is buried in a menu and dialog box somewhere. Also not all of the objects on the page can be simply "copied and cloned", then properties of the copied item changed, like a word processor. Even selection of things to be copied often requires some special dialog to copy it in a certain way. In other words if you are expecting to be able to put a chord on the page, then copy and paste it 20 times and simply change the attributes of all your copies to new chords, you are out of luck, you will basically have to do each from scratch. Also if you need to change the key without transposing the notes you are out of luck. Most operations cannot be done with copy/paste, you must go through all the gyrations of buried menus over and over, not much of just right clicking to get a properties window that does what you expected. It appears that they tried to simplify things by forcing you into a 'mode' for every separate operation rather than just picking one simple sequence that people understand and making all operations conform to that. Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not an OS X application May 21, 2005
By David
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What it doesn't say here nor on the finalemusic.com website is, this is an OS 9 ("classic") application. If you have managed finally to dispense with all your "classic" Mac applications, you'll want to think twice before ordering this one. It's so "classic" that the Installer tells you it can't be run under OS X but you must REBOOT into OS 9 before installing!

This was a shock, because the same company's Finale NotePad -- surely the best value in free software anywhere! -- does run native in OS X.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasted my money on this one February 6, 2006
By RobDog
I used to use Encore, which was great, but the publisher went out of business and my old version wouldn't run on Win XP. So I bought Finale Guitar. What a mistake.

IMHO, Finale is not even a proper GUI application. This program has the worst interface I have ever seen, to the point of being almost unuseable unless you spend hours a day with it.

Here's what I mean: In a typical Windows program, you select an object and then the program shows you what you can do with it. Select, then manipulate. That's not new; it's been a tenet of GUI design since day one.

Oh, but not with Finale, though. There are almost a dozen different "tools," and you have to know in advance which tool contains the function that you need before you can even select the item that you want to change. That's annoying, but it's aggravated by the fact that functions are not necessarily associated with the tool that makes sense.

And it gets worse, because the "help system" is nothing more than a gazillion MB PDF of the manual. Tooltips? Fuhgeddaboutit. Context help? Are you kiddin' me? I defy any new user to change the key of a song without consulting at least two sections of the manual.

Everything about this program is harder to use than it needs to be. I guess this must be to maintain compatibility with the 1980s DOS version or something, because I can think of no reason why someone would design a Windows or Mac program to work in such a non-intuitive and bass-ackwards fashion.

I'm switching to Sibelius, which is what I should have bought in the first place. I can't get Finale off of my computer soon enough.
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