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Hello!

What are your recommendations for a music scanning/recognition (OCR) software that is compatible with Finale25? The main objective is to take sheet music and/or a digital form thereof (pdf, tiff, etc.) and have it converted into a .musx, XML, or similar file format. I understand that Finale used to have this feature back in 2016 but then discontinued it shortly after.

Below are some software options I found online and was curious to get people's thoughts about them, and how they compared regarding a scanning feature?

1) Musitek's Music-to-XML software:
https://www.musitek.com/music-to-xml.html

2) ScanScore2 Pro:
https://scan-score.com/en/products/

3) Musitek's SmartScore 64 Pro Edition:
https://www.musitek.com/smartscore64-pro.html

4) PhotoScore & NotateMe 2020

 
 
If there are any other sources in the music industry that you would suggest as an alternative, please let me know. 

Thank you for your time and expertise!

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1. Music to XML: worthless, because you can’t edit the recognition errors. This applies to any app that “takes a picture and turns it into music!”

2. Scan Score: I haven’t tried it, but another poster didn’t like it. He wound up buying #3


3. SmartScore 64 Pro: The only choice, IMNSHO. I have worked hundreds of scores with this and its predecessor.

4. No experience.

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Hey Mike R, 

Thanks so much for your help and your expertise. Even after comparing the prices between Music to XML and SmartScore64 Pro, they're only $100 difference in price ($99 vs $199), so I think you just saved me a headache with not purchasing Music to XML and then later being disappointed. 

Out of curiosity, do you know why the other poster did not like ScanScore? 

Thanks!

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I don't remember. I think he wasn't happy with the results. Maybe he'll see this thread and chime in!

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