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- Fast, easy way to create and print professional-quality sheet music.
- Compose with either a MIDI keyboard, mouse or computer keyboard. SongWriter can open files made by the entire family of Finale software as well as import MIDI and MusicXML files created by hundreds of other products.
- Human Playback plays your music with the nuance and expression of human performers. When Human Playback is combined with the high-quality software instrument sounds built into SongWriter, the results are amazing.
- Band-in-a-Box Auto-Harmonizing can automatically turn your melody into two- or three-voice harmony. Use Drum Groove to easily add custom drum parts in a variety of styles.
- Add lyrics, chord symbols, repeats, codas, create guitar or bass tablature, and create percussion notation. Should you ever have a question, SongWriter includes QuickStart Videos and other resources, right in the Launch Window.
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From reading other comments of other software, it seems that they're all horrible, so that's another reason for not giving this lower marks.
There are dialog boxes missing "OK" buttons, just an "x" to close them, so it's not intuitive whether selections are saved or not. It just seems, in general, like very power, and inexpensive, software, but not designed by someone who understood elementary software design considerations.
Over the years it has been a total hassle trying to collaborate with others who have software releases from different years. Different releases are not compatible with each other.
If you are working strictly alone, and have no need to share files with others, this product will do what you want it to, (if you have the patience to learn it.)
If you buy this expecting to be able to work on files with others who also "have Finale"--beware--they will not even be able to open the file in the most basic way unless they have your same year's release (or later) than yours. Meaning, they will have to purchase the software again (full price, no discount) in order to work with your files.
Today the "customer service" rep "explained" to me that there is a workaround "that is only 3 clicks"--seriously underestimating the total hassle presented by all of the many ways that Finales versions are not compatible or consistent with each other. (note that the "3 clicks" mentioned have to be made by the SENDER who has no idea whether there is a compatibility problem or not).
I had called Finale today to request that my purchase of Songwriter 2010 be refunded so that I could purchase Songwriter 2012 and be able to work with my director's Finale 2012 files.
When a customer service rep is barking at me saying "you have to follow the rules just like everyone else" I know it's just time to get out.
My only gripe is that I was unable to activate my old version of this software. It appears that you must perform some sort of online deregistration when moving it from one computer to another. So, if your computer crashed beyond repair while this program is loaded, you're screwed.
UPDATE: I did contact the company about my older version of this program. They helped me register it on my newer system. Unfortunately, it's not completely compatible with Windows 7
SO I CALLED IN A COMPUTER PROGRAMMER--HE COULDN'T MAKE IT WORK. AND THEN A MUSIC PROFESSOR FRIEND FROM A MAJOR UNIVERISTY. HE HAD RECOMMENDED AGAINST THE PROGRAM, BUT I FIGURED HE COULD MAKE IT WORK...NO LUCK.
JUST NO LUCK...
SO UNBELIEVABLY DETAILED, INVOLVED, UN-INTUITIVE...THIS IS NOT SOFTWARE FOR DUMMIES....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
SongWriter has quite a few more features than (free) Notepad, such as chord symbols and measure markings. I use it for piano and guitar arrangements. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dan Rohde
This program does all I need for it to do, though it is somewhat unintuitive in a couple of places. It's also interesting that its Easy Entry default display does not include... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Richard Thompson
I am totally satisfied. Great company to do business with.Published 5 months ago by Gary from Arizona
I have a four-year old version of Finale that had developed some problems, e.g. it wouldn't let me make triplets without a hassle, and it wouldn't allow me to change tempos when I... Read morePublished 6 months ago by tomr
A good tool for those of us who's hand notation skills aren't pretty. It's not very intuitive, but you can figure out the basics fairly quick. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steve H
I'd used Midisoft Desktop Sheet Music for years but wouldn't install on my new computer. A new software is always a little frustrating to me, but was moving quickly along within a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by BlueMax44
Superfast delivery! Great Seller!
A very easy to use and powerful tool for writing music, the playback allows one to hear what you write, very cool.