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I am writing to voice my discontent with the removal of the PDF handling feature in Finale 25. Quite honestly, it was the primary reason I did not opt for Steinberg/Dorico. I too as a musician am concerned about protecting copyright, however the amount of time savings it would offer me with editing and transposing PDF's was very welcome.  What is the difference honestly?  I can scan and copy music to make copies of music I may need quite easily las it is.  I fail to see the reasoning regarding the worry of theft. I  am sure the loss of productivity I was looking forward to in my own work, will cost me far more than any revenue I would lose in print sales.  Had I know it was cut from Finale 25, I would not have upgraded, and very likely would have opted to switch to Dorico.  As more Finale users learn of the PDF editing function being removed, along with the advertised cross-grade pricing of Dorico for Finale users, that this may lead to more of us switching over to other, more user friendly, notation software.  Long term, I feel that may lead to loss of future support for Finale, and I will eventually need to switch over anyway.  I am sincerely hoping MakeMusic can overcome legal issues and re-instate the feature.  Thank you very much,  Frank Villafranca  818-419-7184

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Hi Frank:

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. As others have mentioned, we publicly acknowledged why we chose to remove the functionality. There remains many ways to bring PDFs into a notation product. 

Cheers,
Michael Johnson
VP, Professional Notation
MakeMusic

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Has Dorico promised scanning import? If not, you are just spitting into the wind. As CJ says, dropping scanning import was widely discussed before v25 was released.

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