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Erin Vork
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   Posted 12/3/2014 11:38 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Posting this on behalf of Gear Fisher, MakeMusic's new CEO:

Greetings everyone! I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Gear Fisher, and I’m the new CEO of MakeMusic. I thought I’d take a moment to update you on some of what has taken place since I became involved with the company a few months ago. These are exciting times and a lot has been happening behind the scenes.

First of all, as you may have heard, the company is currently in the process of moving to Boulder, Colorado. We have completely remodeled a new office space and we’ll be starting the move-in during the first week of December. about 30 people from the existing Minnesota-based team will be making the move to Boulder, helping to ensure that we maintain continuity and consistency for all of our customers going forward. I’m incredibly appreciative to them for their commitment and dedication to seeing the future of MakeMusic continue to thrive. We’ll also be hiring for dozens of new positions from product development to marketing, support and beyond. If you are interested in being part of a great new team, keep an eye on our careers page. It’s no understatement to say that we are completely re-imagining the company, and the future holds tremendous opportunity.

This is also a perfect time for me to introduce the new MakeMusic leadership team:
  • Adam Wig, Manager, Customer Success Team
  • Sonia Bertek, Director of Marketing
  • Michael Johnson, Director of Engineering
  • Mark Adler, Notation Product Manager
  • Fred Flowerday, VP of Product
  • Michael Good, VP of Research & Development
  • Stephen Hancock, VP of Sales

This group of exceptionally talented individuals will oversee the future of MakeMusic. If you will be attending the Midwest Clinic, NAMM or one of the many Music Education Association conferences across the country, I hope you’ll introduce yourself. We are dedicated to establishing trust within the community, and delivering excellence in our products. I am personally committed to SmartMusic and Finale, and focused on making those two products better than ever.

Finale
With today’s release of 2014d, I want to reassure everyone that we are fully dedicated to Finale’s future. You’ll note that I’ve appointed two professional musicians, Mark and Fred, to oversee its development. They are both longtime MakeMusic employees, highly respected, and incredibly passionate about enabling improved workflows, speed and quality within Finale. The first order of business will be to shore up and modernize the systems and processes we use for building Finale, which means we are not racing to release another upgrade. Look for us to deliver several more incremental updates over the coming year to improve stability and speed. We’re going to take the time to get it right. Quality is paramount; it leads to trust, and I’m focused on earning it. It will take time, and it will take action, and it will take some patience on everyone’s part.

SmartMusic
The 2014 back-to-school season saw growing adoption of SmartMusic across thousands of schools. We have continued to develop exciting new content for SmartMusic and we’re working to add much, much more. From a product development standpoint, we have a lot of work to do to improve the user experience for both educators and students. We need to improve workflows and make it easier to onboard both the educator and an entire classroom of students. Gradebook usage continues to grow, but it is still underused by the vast majority of teachers. This incredibly useful and powerful resource provides qualitative, objective assessment as well as straightforward tools to deliver and receive assignments. Look for us to make it easier for every student to use SmartMusic, both on their computer and iPad in the coming year.

Overall, I want to see Finale become more integrated with SmartMusic. We need to make it easier to publish content into SmartMusic and help teachers, students and performers discover and use that content. This will be an over-arching goal for MakeMusic going forward.

With all the change going on, it would be easy to be overwhelmed, but we have tremendous enthusiasm and commitment across the company and the future is bright. I’m out to build a world-class company that delivers world-class products. That’s my life’s work, that’s what I care about, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead MakeMusic into the future.

Post Edited By Moderator (Jon Cielinski) : 6/23/2015 4:31:37 PM (GMT-5)

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esossai
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   Posted 1/12/2015 10:34 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Welcome and i hope all the success for all MakeMusic products, specially Finale and SmartMusic. It would be a great start for your public and clients to know when the compatibility issue in SmartMusic and Finale 2014 on accompaniments will be fixed. that would be great.
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Jon Cielinski
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   Posted 1/13/2015 2:16 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Hi Essossai,

SmartMusic actually received an update this past summer which allowed SMPX files to be imported from Finale 2014. If you haven't already updated, choose "Check for Updates from SmartMusic's help menu.


Jon Cielinski
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   Posted 1/21/2015 10:48 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Hi Jon,
 
Thank you for your reply. I believe I got this update but will double check tonight just to make sure but maybe I did not explain correct the issue. When I export the music from Finale 2014 to SmartMusic it will import fine but there is a message saying that SmartMusic wont be able to read the accompaniments from finale 2014 yet and is waiting an update. The music would import and work fine but wont have any accompaniments. Was that also fixed on the patch from last sumer?
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Jon Cielinski
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   Posted 1/21/2015 11:57 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Hi Esossai,

Since the SmartMusic update in early summer, there shouldn't be any restrictions on using Finale 2014 generated .smpx files. If you haven't already, I'd recommend opening a case with our technical support team at smartmusic.custhelp.com/app/ask. If you send them a Finale file that you've seen that error with they should be able to track down why the accompaniment isn't playing once imported into SmartMusic.


Jon Cielinski
SmartMusic Product Specialist
MakeMusic, Inc.



These on-line forums are intended for the exchange of ideas among the users of MakeMusic products. If you'd like individual help from our technical support staff, please contact us directly at www.smartmusic.com/support.

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