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Dan Kenton
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   Posted 5/9/2010 3:31 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
From the perspective of entering music from the computer keyboard, is it worth it to upgrade to 2010 from 2005?  I currently use only the very basic functions of the solftware: entering music, transposing, chord symbols, etc.  
 
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   Posted 5/9/2010 5:18 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
IMHO, upgrading from 2005 to 2010 is worth every penny, simply for the new selection tool. But if your needs are really that basic, why not consider PrintMusic, or even SongWriter? Download the demos, and try them out.

(However, a quick look at ALL the 2010 products show system requirements of XP/Vista/Windows 7. I don't know if you can run them in 98SE.)



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   Posted 5/9/2010 6:30 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I think 2010 might not be 98 friendly - as it is it runs flawlessly on my Vista installation and has intermittent crashes on my XP.


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   Posted 5/9/2010 7:44 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
As Mike said, it is worth it. Buy a new computer; you won't be able to use Finale with Win98.


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   Posted 5/9/2010 11:18 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
For the simpler projects, 2005 is just fine. Even for the complex ones.

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   Posted 5/10/2010 12:05 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
My apologies...I am actually using Win XP SP2, not 98SE. Obviously it's been some time since I've updated my profile. Anyway, the new selection tool sounds interesting but is the new version easier on the brain? Version 2005 is not very intuitive at all IMHO and I have been waiting for a more user-friendly interface as opposed to the numerous icons and submenus that are found in 2005.


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   Posted 5/10/2010 12:10 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I love 2010 and would never go back to 2005. There are a lot of added and improved functionalities and sound font additions that I love. But that's for me.

Sounds like that for you, you will be happiest staying with 2005. The buttons and menus are basically the same. There is some restructuring as to how they appear in the menus, but it is essentially the same interface.


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   Posted 5/10/2010 8:12 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
You could just download the demo, use it, then decide if it's what you want. Would you buy a car on a stranger's recommendation without test driving it?


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   Posted 5/10/2010 11:03 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Operations that required several steps in 2005, now can be done in one or two mouse clicks in 2010. However, you will have some relearning to do. Be patient and follow all the tutorials and quick start videos even if you are already a whiz at earlier versions. It is worth the effort.

--And, I have never had a crash of any Finale version on Windows XP/SP 2.


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   Posted 5/10/2010 11:14 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I recently got a new computer and made the decision to only install Finale versions 2008, 2009 & 2010. I see no reason to even bother with 2005 any longer. But it will take some re-learning to get used to the changes in 2010 that have been made to fully take advantage of the improvements.

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   Posted 5/10/2010 11:34 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

Thanks all...some things to think about for sure.   I am downloading the demo now.

 


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