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    Finale 2008 for MAC look "prettier" than Windows?

    I know I may sound lame for even asking, but I tried out the trial version of Finale for Windows 2008 and the notes on the page are still the same pixelated crudely-drawn notes from 10 years ago.

    Does the Mac version have nice, smooth, anti-aliased edges yet?

    I'm on the verge of abandoning PC for Mac anyways, so I'm hoping Finale will look better in the process.


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    Re: Finale 2008 for MAC look "prettier" than Windows?

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueMax View Post
    I know I may sound lame for even asking, but I tried out the trial version of Finale for Windows 2008 and the notes on the page are still the same pixelated crudely-drawn notes from 10 years ago.

    Does the Mac version have nice, smooth, anti-aliased edges yet?

    I'm on the verge of abandoning PC for Mac anyways, so I'm hoping Finale will look better in the process.


    ...anyone?
    Hello BlueMax

    I have Finale 2008 for Windows and the notes look fine to me.

    It would be interesting to know if any of our other Finale user members find the same problem.
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    Re: Finale 2008 for MAC look "prettier" than Windows?

    Hi

    I'm using Fin2k8 as well.

    I have no problems with the note display. They look crisp with nice smooth edges.

    BlueMax, what resolution are you running at?

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    Re: Finale 2008 for MAC look "prettier" than Windows?

    1280x1024

    The notes in all views were blocky-looking, the way fonts do without "ClearType" enabled. Maybe it's a demo thing, or maybe it's me expecting too much....

    Kellysmusicandcomputers.com says this:

    Macintosh Enhancements

    State-of-the-Art Enhancements – Finale runs natively on both Intel- and PowerPC- based Macintosh computers. Finale was the first notation software to take full advantage of today’s most powerful computing programs.

    Mac Momentum – Both Mac Intel and PowerPC users will experience speed and redraw enhancements in Finale.

    Mighty Mouse Support – Mac-friendly support for horizontal and vertical scrolling makes viewing your score easier and faster.

    Embedded Fonts in Mac EPS files – Finale embeds TrueType and OpenType fonts as well as Postscript fonts. This ensures that your files look and print the same for others as they do for you. (available with Macintosh OS 10.4 and higher)

    Roll-Over Tool Tips – Just mouse-over an icon to view a tool tip.

    Smoother On-Screen Graphics (anti-aliasing) – Slurs, beams and other graphics have the same smooth appearance on-screen as they do when printed.


    Well why on earth wouldn't the Windows version have it too? Good reason to switch at least.
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    Re: Finale 2008 for MAC look "prettier" than Windows?

    Yep. It's official.

    http://www.finalemusic.com/Finale/fe...macintosh.aspx

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    after Finale 2007, 2008 MAC ONLY
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    Re: Finale 2008 for MAC look "prettier" than Windows?

    I think the "enhancements" you are looking at are improvmenets in how Mac handles the graphics and have nothing to do with any comparison with the results on a PC.

    Mac users had been complaing for years that the graphics were not as good on Mac as under Windows. MM did something about it. This isn't a "one up" of the Mac version over the Windows version.

    In reality, on my Windows PC, Finale looks considerably BETTER than either of those two images taken from a Mac.

    However, the important thing is the end result: the printed page.

    My PC cost me $900. It's a duel core, 3.4 Mghz machine, has 2 gig of RAM, a HUGE hard drive, and it runs Finale like I'm playing solitaire (in other words: very smoothly)! Oh, and that included my 20" flatscreen wide-screen monitor.

    An equivalent Mac would have cost me over $3000.

    My suggestion is: sure go ahead, spend three times as much money for a perceived difference in on screen resolution. Oh, and read the Mac side of the Finale forums a bit. You'll see that things are NOT running quite as smoothly there.

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    Re: Finale 2008 for MAC look "prettier" than Windows?

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueMax View Post
    1280x1024
    Roll-Over Tool Tips – Just mouse-over an icon to view a tool tip.


    By the way... the Windows version has had this since version 2006

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    Re: Finale 2008 for MAC look "prettier" than Windows?

    Quote Originally Posted by qccowboy View Post
    I think the "enhancements" you are looking at are improvmenets in how Mac handles the graphics and have nothing to do with any comparison with the results on a PC.

    Mac users had been complaing for years that the graphics were not as good on Mac as under Windows. MM did something about it. This isn't a "one up" of the Mac version over the Windows version.

    In reality, on my Windows PC, Finale looks considerably BETTER than either of those two images taken from a Mac.

    However, the important thing is the end result: the printed page.

    My PC cost me $900. It's a duel core, 3.4 Mghz machine, has 2 gig of RAM, a HUGE hard drive, and it runs Finale like I'm playing solitaire (in other words: very smoothly)! Oh, and that included my 20" flatscreen wide-screen monitor.

    An equivalent Mac would have cost me over $3000.

    My suggestion is: sure go ahead, spend three times as much money for a perceived difference in on screen resolution. Oh, and read the Mac side of the Finale forums a bit. You'll see that things are NOT running quite as smoothly there.
    Your vehement reply seems to skip over my intention completely. I was hoping the Windows version would be anti-aliased and smooth and pretty-looking on the SCREEN as well as the printed page. I (unlike you) am not as concerned about the print, since I need Finale for composing to a nice audio format, and won't be printing anything for anybody.

    In this day and age, anti-aliased screen fonts are in just about every other program, so why not Finale?

    BTW - it's impossible for your system to look better than one of those two examples - especially since it's equal to the first image. That's just the way the software is. Period. You want visual enhancements while you go, it's Mac or bust.

    Oh... and my iMac would have only cost me a lousy $600. a 20" iMac of near-equivalent specs of your PC would have cost around $1500.

    It's good to know that the Windows version of Finale is apparently running smoothly... it's odd that Mac would be having trouble - especially since mac owners often tout their platform runs much smoother overall...
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    Re: Finale 2008 for MAC look "prettier" than Windows?

    I'm sorry, you are of course right.
    I couldn't care less what it looks like on screen, I print my music. And I don't need to look at it while it plays back.
    I don't find the screen result particularly offensive, however. And it certainly would not be enough to make me change platforms, particularly to one that seems to be having so many identity-crisis linked ones these days.

    As for my price comparison between a PC and a Mac, well, that's based on shopping last year. A Mac equivalent to the one I have would cost me three times as much as my PC did.

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    Re: Finale 2008 for MAC look "prettier" than Windows?

    If you went Mac Pro instead of iMac, you're right on price.


    Moot point, since I've just discovered Sibelius does look pretty in Windows.

    Well, that settles it for me. It's still gonna' work great with GPO and look nice too - without having to switch platforms, which is a good thing since cash is always tight.
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