Its ironic that I should pose this question since I just recently commented on how much I appreciated Sibelius's intuitiveness....
BUT...After another round of beating my head against the wall to get Sib 5's most recent update to do the SIMPLEST tasks (changing to pizz/arco on the right note this time) I find myself brousing the Finale website and downloading a demo. And this is after ten years not only as a user, but as a passionate advocate of Sibelius!
Well, anyway my question is: does anyone have any experience in learning Finale after multiple years using Sib (or vice versa)? What kind of advantages and disadvantages could I expect from Finale should I switch. How is the interface on Finale? I know I will have to get used to it, but once I do, is it intuitive?
And most importantly (at least from the perspective of a veteran of the Sib playback issues) how well does it integrate GPO and (possibly) other sound libraries? Are they easy to use? Are legatos, keyswitches and such easy to pull off?
I think my biggest complaint with Sibelius at the moment is it just doesn't let me do what I want; which is to compose music and not worry about why the wrong patch is loading, why "con sord" doesn't play back, why tremelos don't respond to dynamics on the first note, why my playback keeps stalling, why everything is happening a note too late, why staccatto notes in strings are too loud, why why....... (breathe....)
Any thoughts on the subject would be helpful and appreciated.
P.S. I doubt I even have to mention this here, but (however frustrated I sound) I really don't want a platform war so...civil please