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Does anyone know if Finale 2014.5 is compatible with Windows 10? I'm on Windows 7 and it will stop being supported next year.

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Yes, it is!

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I saw some comments from a few years back showing some people had their 2014.5 hang up at start of job. Was that fixed? You had to set some system features in your computer to get around it.

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2014.5 is no longer supported.

 Finale 2014.5 Support Sunset

 

Win 7 support is going away. Then there's the 4k/5k monitor issue that has been resolved on the Mac only.

 

OTOH, if you're familiar enough with Windows and the various ways to tweak it, you can probably make 2014 work for awhile longer... unless Microsoft does something so that it doesn't behave anymore.

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So If I upgrade to version 26, can it read / use version 2014.5 notation files?

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… If I upgrade to version 26, can it read / use version 2014.5 notation files? …

 

Yes.

A newer Finale version can open documents created in all older versions.

In Other Words:

The Finale program has always been downwards compatible with older documents.

Finale documents have always been upwards compatible with newer Finale versions.

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Finale will ask to save files in the current version. These can be read in 2014 and 25 although 26 only features will be incompatible. Like on 2014, there is also the option to save in the 2012 format.

 

Users of Finale older than 2012 will not be able to read your files — again, no different than what you are using now.

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Mike, thank you.  As long as I can read my 2014. and 2014.5 files when using 26, I just don't want to have to keep a computer on an old operating system just for FINALE  :-{  .  I have no problem saving them in version 26 when I make changes.  This should be a reasonable way around this. 

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> I just don't want to have to keep a computer on an old operating system just for FINALE  :-{  ...<

 

Funny you should mention that. I keep a G4 Mac that dual-boots into OS 9 or 10.4.11 to access a few legacy apps and read files going back over 33 years to my Mac Plus. I'm hoping I don't need to do the same with an old iMac just to have 10.5 or 10.6 available but I'm probably good.

 

My 30 year old Finale files are not an issue but DMCS, Apple/Claris Paint/Draw and the graphics modules in Works are. I did a lot of album covers once upon a time.

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Were you part of a cover band then? :-)

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Although I played quite a bit, I recorded quite a few bands back then.

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