MakeMusic has released Finale NotePad (http://www.finalemusic.com/NotePad/default.aspx), now available as a free download for Mac OS X and Windows. NotePad is music notation software that enables anyone to create, play and print sheet music.
NotePad users can enter notes, lyrics and markings to produce scores with up to eight instruments. When they wish to create larger scores, or desire more control over the look and sound of their music, they’ll find it easy to trade up to other MakeMusic products, including PrintMusic and Finale, MakeMusic’s industry-standard music notation software, says MakeMusic CEO Karen van Lith.
With NotePad, music plays back with high-quality sounds and prints beautifully, she adds. Musicians can also share their electronic files with others using a wide variety of music programs, including Finale.