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Will Makemusic someday release the ipad version of Finale?

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This was tried around 2012 and quietly dropped. It wasn't very good.

 

Will MM try again now that Dorico and Sibelius have dipped their toes into this pond? No one knows but I doubt it.

 

Notion for iPadOS and iOS has been around nearly 10 years and has gotten quite good. It supports the Apple Pencil and there are many users using its MusicXML export to Finale. It's not expensive <$20 last I checked and the only in-app purchases are extra sounds that many users don't feel they need (me neither). It's good enough that many consider the others redundant and see no point in MakeMusic porting over Finale — in this regard, I quite agree.

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I haven't tried any of the options yet on the iPad, but curious also what folks think of StaffPad. How does it compare with Notion and is there any point in trying Dorico on the iPad (I'm not a Dorico user)? 

I think MM needs to devote its resources to the Mac app, and if it were to do an iPad app, it needs to be all-out and a really well done effort. That was certainly not the case with the iOS Finale app from many years ago. It was essentially there to read files, had a weird way of getting files into the app, and was not useful compared with just reading a PDF on the iPad.

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In both interviews on Scoring Notes

(https://www.scoringnotes.com/podcast/jason-wick-on-finale-development/ )

and their own blog

(https://www.finalemusic.com/blog/the-leadership-series-the-future-of-finale-v27/ ), multiple Finale reps have expressed their feeling that...

Finale is just one of many tools that our users rely on.

And Finale is just one of many tools and should not attempt to replicate what other programs can do already. (I apologize if I have overstated this.)

 

So I strongly doubt we will see a Finale iPad version of Finale anywhere in the near future.

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I haven't tried any of the options yet on the iPad, but curious also what folks think of StaffPad. How does it compare with Notion and is there any point in trying Dorico on the iPad (I'm not a Dorico user)? 

 

If you're not subscribed to the free Scoring Notes newsletter, you should. 

https://www.scoringnotes.com/ 

It's a good resource and back issues are searchable. There are good reviews and you'll read about tips, news and updates etc. to these as well as Finale/Sibelius/Dorico/MuseScore. 

 

Although Notion ($14.95 w/ in-app purchases) does what I need, you might want to explore StaffPad ($89.95 with in-app purchases — the free version is a reader only). Now that Fender has bought PreSonus and Muse has bought StaffPad, both are expected to get upgrades but when? No one knows.

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Thanks. I do read ScoringNotes online but will subscribe to their newsletter-much appreciated information. Sometimes it's a little Sibelius/Dorico-heavy but does have some useful stuff about Finale. 

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If MM does go Finale on ipad, I would never use it. So, it is s moot point for me. No interest at all.

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As much as it pains me to do so, I agree with EB. What would be the advantage? Even with my 12" iPad Pro, it would be way too small to see what I were doing. And as soon as it was released, we'd have people complaining that it won't work on their phone.

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Honestly, I could see some real utility on the iPad. I could tweak files and then transfer to my MBP to do additional work when I need my full hardware resources. But having a single program with a single file format that can work on both my MBP and iPad would be really useful. I use Office on my iPad and while the experience is better in my MacBook Pro, it’s still quite good on iOS. I’ve used it in a pinch on my phone and that’s not great but still doable. I can’t see anyone trying finale on a phone. Let’s be real. But I think it’s something that MM should strongly consider but only if it does it with sufficient resources. Fix the existing Mac/windows Finale and add some real innovative features or at least start gaining parity with competitors. Then add iOS.

I find it hard to believe that it’s only useful for dórico and Sibelius users to have iOS versions of their software. 

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I thought so too, so a few years ago I took my laptop along to rehearsals with me. Finale allows two installs so I thought, why not. I even bought a 17" laptop to help with the small screen. I don't do it any longer. Yeah, I guess there is some small advantage if you need to make some edits. However, you can't print them out for the folks if you don't also take a decent printer along too. I find it as easy to jot down the measure number and the edit I want and do it at home on my big desktop 32" monitor..

Along the same lines I see very little benefit with the big deal, bigger, better and greater, new and improved, "sharing" that MM has touted as the best new feature of 27.

Neither holds any interest to me. YMMV.

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Yeah, I don't need to share Finale files with anyone; I make my score PDFs all freely available on my own web site and only once has any performer wanted the actual file (because it was an open instrumentation work and he wanted to reformat it for his own new music ensemble, which he did and the performance was amazing. I'm sure the sharing thing is useful for some, but when there are so many things that could be a) fixed and b) enhanced about Finale, it boggles my mind why "sharing" would be the compelling feature. 

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I agree David. All the best this new year.

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same to you!

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If MM does go Finale on ipad, I would never use it. So, it is s moot point for me. No interest at all.

 

I quite agree. Especially now that there are four iPadOS notation apps with varying degrees of MusicXML support.

 

I sometimes sketch ideas in Notion for iPad but that’s as far as I go with it. The idea of trying to get real work done on a 12.9” iPad Pro boggles the mind — no thanks! (says the guy who used Deluxe Music Construction Set on his 9” Mac Plus with a dot matrix printer in the 1980s — yikes!)

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