I suppose I could have done this privately, or even on another forum, but my guess is that I am not the only one who is quite married to his scoring tools, so for those who have no desire to try a new scoring tool I thought I'd offer my words of warning<G>...
Scoring software... since the days of the Amiga and Dr. T's Copyist I've been looking for a tool that let me generate both beautiful paper output, and pleasing aural output.
And I'm not there yet!!!
But it seems that each year the tools do get better, and certainly GPO is a big part of the equation.
About five years ago I spent a great deal of time working with the demos from Final, Sibelius, and a couple of others, but it was clear that only Finale and Sibelius were contenders. So I spent even more time with them, and in the end, I discovered that both
- would provide pretty darned good printed scores and parts
- a sequencer was still necessary to get acceptable audio
- the learning curves were equally steep
- the work-flow was very different
About that time I started working part time at the local high school, and Finale offered an educators discount, and yes, that was the key to my decision. All else being equal, price did have an impact.
Since then I've been a very happy Finale customer. And I was really excited about Finale 2006 and a less cumbersome integration with GPO. I had not yet upgraded for financial reasons, but it was next on the list after JABB.
Then I downloaded the Overture4 demo...
Now Overture was one of the tools I evaluated way back when (it was marketed by Cakewalk at the time, I think), but it was not as flexible as the other two, and I ended up cutting it from the list. And, when I bought GPO I did install Overture 3LE, and I was quite pleased to see that it had improved quite a bit. But there was no compelling reason to change, so I continued to use Finale2005.
I just spent a couple of hours using the Overture4 demo, and I have to say, my decision making process just got complicated! I am really impressed with how easy it is to use, and it does a marvelous job of importing MIDI files, and the integration with GPO, or other VST instruments is tops!
Inertia is an issue, I've been using Finale for almost five years, and it is comfortable. I know how to do the things I need to do, and I know how to find out how to do new things that I need to do.
Part extraction is also a little easier in Finale, but from my initial time with Overture, that's about the biggest missing feature, and I suspect I'll figure it out shortly.
Then there is the old financial thing, but the difference is so small that I'm not sure it is important.
No, as it turns out I now need to wait for the demo version of Finale2006 to be made available so I can decide. UGH!
To the folks who created Overture4 I tip my hat. It is remarkable, very easy to use at first blush, clearly loaded with lots of other features I need to explore, and the integration with GPO... well!
This was supposed to be a no-brainer, and you have made it a very difficult decision... bravo!