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Posted By : phil_richcreek - 3/1/2005 7:17 PM
I'm looking into acquiring the Sharpeye software for scanning. The stuff I've read talks about the NIFF output format, plus a propietary Sharpeye format, that are produced by the lower-priced version of Sharpeye.  Which of the Finale products can handle these formats (either one or both)?
 
Does anyone have an opinion about whether Sharpeye, if it can be read into one of the Finale products, produces significantly better results than Smartscore Lite? Is there a "Smartscore Heavy" that might compete with Sharpeye?
 
Thanks,
 
Phil

Post Edited (phil_richcreek) : 3/1/2005 11:29:45 PM GMT


Posted By : Gary Daggett - 3/1/2005 9:39 PM

I just purchased Sharpeye 2.61 and am using Finale 2005b. I also still use Finale 2003a and it works with it also. I purchased Sharpeye because the included Smartscore lite was poor compared to the one included in Finale 2003a. Sharpeye actually works and I am able to move a good number of scans over to Finale without much clean up if the original is formatted to common standards and it is a clean scan. Sharpeye does an impressive job recognizing notes and fair on text and lyrics. I save as MusicXML which can be read in Finale through the MusicXML import.

Sorry, I can't speak of the other programs but if they have the Recordare MusicXML plugin included they will read it in. This is the only translation format besides midi (poor, last resort) that I know works with Finale. I am not aware that it can import from NIFF or the native Sharpeye file format.

 

 


Gary Daggett
Finale 2003a 2005a, Windows 2000, Santa Cruz sound card


Posted By : Tyler - 3/2/2005 1:35 AM
Only Finale has the Music XML plug-in for importing files, so with Allegro or Finale Guitar you'd be limited to using MIDI.

I haven't tried the latest SmartScore, but Sharp Eye compared well to SmartScore in the past. I believe you can download a demo of SmartScore from www.smartscore.com.


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Posted By : Michael Good - 3/2/2005 2:23 PM
And only SharpEye 2 produces the MusicXML output that Finale can import. You can try SharpEye free for 30 days, together with the Dolet for Finale plug-in that will import SharpEye output into any version of Finale back to Finale 2000. They are available at:
 
 


Michael Good
Recordare LLC
 


Posted By : phil_richcreek - 3/3/2005 10:55 AM
Michael Good said...
And only SharpEye 2 produces the MusicXML output that Finale can import [emphasis added]. You can try SharpEye free for 30 days, together with the Dolet for Finale plug-in that will import SharpEye output into any version of Finale back to Finale 2000. They are available at:
 
 
 
 

 
With Finale 2005, does the Dolet for Finale finale plug-in need to be purchased separately to read MusicXML? Or is it, or a functionally similar capability, included along with the Finale product as one of its plug-ins?
 
Thanks.  


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Posted By : Michael Good - 3/3/2005 8:40 PM
MusicXML import has been included since Finale 2003 on Windows. The full version gives you much better capabilities that the light version included in 2003 and 2004. For 2005, the differences are less pronounced. For 2000 through 2002, there's no MusicXML import built into Finale, so the plug-in is required. There's more information at:
 
http://www.recordare.com/finale/dolet-upgrade.html

You can always try SharpEye with the light version of Dolet built into Finale, then download the full version of Dolet for a free 30-day trial to see if it makes a difference.


Michael Good
Recordare LLC
 

Post Edited (Michael Good) : 3/4/2005 12:43:18 AM GMT


Posted By : phil_richcreek - 3/4/2005 12:40 AM

 

Thanks to all of you who replied. I tested SmartScore Pro, SmartScore Songbook, and Sharpeye. All did a much better job scanning than the SmartScore Lite included in the Finale Guitar product. I decided to go with SmartScore Songbook because it can write its output to a .fin file, which can be read by Finale Guitar, which I already own.  I could not really justify the cost of the full-featured Finale product plus Sharpeye2.

Again, thanks for all the good information.  smile


 
 
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