MakeMusic has announced upcoming releases of its flagship solutions of Finale notation software. The company says these Finale notation products will be released through the remainder of 2012:
° Finale SongWriter — available on March 8, Finale SongWriter 2012 can be downloaded at http://www.finalemusic.com for US$49.95. SongWriter contains expanded features beyond what’s available in the free Finale NotePad, such as auto-harmonization, real-time music entry, expanded page layout controls and .MP3 export.
° Finale iPad viewer — arriving in May, the Finale iPad viewer is a free app that liberates musicians from carrying and managing printed music, allowing them to have thousands of pieces of music accessible at rehearsals and gigs. Unlike the printed page, the Finale viewer app has playback capability to facilitate learning and selection of new titles. Additionally, users can print scores to any AirPrint printer. Music for the iPad app can be created using the Finale family of notation software.
° Finale 2012b — arriving in June, this release will be free to all owners of Finale 2012. Broader in scope than past updates, Finale 2012b will include further improvements to features added in 2012, address top customer requests and provide new features to help users create digital sheet music.