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Mac OSX Yosemite.

I will have to upgrade my OS for my work accounting software.  I will not have the choice to stay with Yosemite.  My Print Music was just for fun and the occasional short arrangement for a piano student or other such things- maybe 2 or 3 times a year.  Never enough to make the investment or regular upkeep that would be Finale.  I will have to look elsewhere.  But I guess if Make Music wanted the amateur musician market they would keep a program in their stable that would work for us.

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I don't disagree. At all. I think they are making a big mistake.

 

On the other hand, this would be a great opportunity to upgrade, since they have a $99 price to go from PM to Finale, through the end of September.

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I have no insight into the strategic thinking at MM, but I wonder if--once they have stabilized and fleshed out Finale in the 64-bit environment to their vision there--MM will then again offer an "entry-level" version.

 

No doubt the entry of Dorico (among others) into the notation software mix has led companies to focus carefully on their strategy and product development; and it appears that MM has decided this is best done by putting their full notation development team on full Finale.

 

Who knows whether this will prove the best option, but it is certainly one reasonable option.

 

[Just speculating.]

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This is going to sound less than sympathetic but here goes: You have a $99 upgrade path to Finale through the end of the month. After that, it's $199. Yes, it's $59.05 more than historical pricing on PrintMusic upgrades. 

 

One of the advantages of having a Finale license is that there are cross-grade options to other notation programs. They do not accept PM licenses. Say you look around and decide that Notion or Overture is the way to go forward (I will guess that Sibelius and Dorico are not under consideration). It's less expensive including the Finale upgrade than buying either without.

 

Or you can suffer the pain in the butt that is MuseScore or LilyPond — free and worth every penny. What is your time worth? Pro level, easy to use notation costs money.

 

Yes, MM is ending the low cost entry. They have made a business decision and, without looking at their books, we are in the dark as to whether or not it's a good one.. so, second-guess away, one and all. But this doesn't affect you, does it? No — you have a way into Finale for less. 

 

Since you already use PrintMusic, you might really like Finale. You can try it 30 days.

 

I used to have to buy a new Mac every few years just to run MacInTax (now TurboTax). I was royally pissed the first time (1990?) since my Mac+ did everything I needed including Finale... The second, third and fourth times that happened, I accepted that it was time to move up.

 

As for myself, I have concerns whether about Word and Excel in OS 10.13 — that affects my music industry day job big time.

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I, too, am a hobbyist who simply can't fork out the $600 for Finale.  The kicker is that if I were a windows user, I'd still have the $120 option.

It turns out that Sibelius offers monthly subscriptions to both their flagship software (~$25/month) and their "lite" version (<$10/month).  As much as I'd like to stick with Finale, it's looking like I'll have to switch.  Now, if there were a monthly subscription, available, you can bet I'd jump in.  Based on most of my other online subscriptions, it's also likely that I'd let it ride indefinitely.  I actually don't remember the last time I looked at Angie's List or Consumer Reports...

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If you need to switch to Sibelius or any other notation app, then you should. Many of us have more that one licensed application. Use what works.

 

If you have PrintMusic, the $99 upgrade offer is still good through Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

 

I just tested NotePad 2012 and PrintMusic 2014.5 in High Sierra and both appear to work the same as in Sierra. A couple of caveats: I did not test everything in either program nor will I.You still need to download and install Java JRE 6 2015-001 from Apple or MakeMusic but you can and it works.

I did not attempt to install either app over 10.13. If that's where the problem is, it's not something I will explore till I have lots of time on my hands (Ha!). 

 

As Apple has announced that support for all 32 bit applications will be dropped in OS 10.14, you only get another year if you need to stay current.

 

Off topic: Office 2008, 2011 and Acrobat Pro X still work for me—I'm pretty sure that only Office 2011 will install, however. Since I need to stay current, this gives me another year for those apps, too.

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