MakeMusic has released Finale 2014, the 25th anniversary edition of the music notation software for Mac OS X and Windows. It “represents the next step in assisting musicians to efficiently notate and share their music,” says Karen VanDerBosch, CEO of MakeMusic.

Among Finale 2014’s technological investments is a completely new file format, offering great flexibility for the future, and allowing Finale 2014 users to effortlessly share files, back and forth, with users of the previous version of Finale, she adds. Other architecture enhancements include improved Apple OS X support and a new audio engine.

Finale’s Linked Parts feature, which provides a dynamic link between a score and the associated parts, has been enhanced to provide increased flexibility in areas where users may wish selected items to look different in the score than the parts. Dozens of additional world-class Garritan instrument sounds have also been added to Finale’s collection.

Finale 2014 is available at for US$600 ($350 for academic/theological licenses). Upgrades from previous versions are $139.95. MakeMusic’s Finale and Garritan products are exclusively distributed through Alfred Music in North America, India, Australia and New Zealand and are available through music resellers worldwide.