I just worked in Finale with Full GPO for about 2 hours. At the end I realized why it has been over 2 years since I tried to compose anything or work on existing compositions. FAR TO COMPLICATED! I found that at the end I was extremely frustrated with the complication of trying to learn GPO and Finale all over again. Worst of all is trying to get full GPO loaded into existing compositions and have it sound satisyfing. Not all the instruments seem to be playing, even though they are the volume adjustments does not continue after being set. One of the most frustrating issues is getting the basic orchestra sounds to even play. Bells, cymbles and percussion instruments are barely audible. However, when I play the compotion using Finale's Softsynth sounds which I used to compose the piece, (before I purchased GOP), it sounds just the way I intended. I save the fine under a new name and trie the GOP sounds and only end with great frustration.
Now I know why I stopped composing. the GPO sounds are the most awsome software created and the Finale notation software is the greatest tool a composer can have. Unfortunately, the learning curve seems to rob me of my creativity trying to learn the two pieces of software. Will this ever get any easier. Is there a way, other than quill and paper to compose using these monumental achievements and not use the alloted time on technical issues.