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Coda Music Releases Finale Millennium Edition Music Notation Software

Jul 20, 2000

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Coda Music Technology today announced the release of its much-anticipated Finale 2001 Millennium Edition, the latest upgrade to the world’s best-selling music notation software. Finale 2001 is being heralded as the "Millennium Edition" because it is a major rewrite of the powerful application. Its revolutionary new features automatically connect Finale users --publishers, composers, arrangers, teachers and students -- to the Internet’s extraordinary distribution potential.

"Finale 2001 earned the title of Millennium Edition because it provides the tools musicians need to publish and access print music on the Internet," stated Coda’s John Paulson. "It automates and simplifies this process for novices while providing incredible flexibility for experienced professionals. Teachers can easily publish exercises for their students while composers can publish music for profit. To aid Internet downloads, Finale 2001 file sizes have been reduced to 30% of past versions. Combined with the newly integrated music scanning technology, the ability to play a wind or brass instrument and see what you played notated instantly, the new guitar fretboard editing and other advanced features, this upgrade is a whole new program! Even with all these new functions, the Millennium Edition is still compatible with past versions of Finale so the world’s music publishers can continue to rely on Finale as their standard development tool."

New Automatic Web Publishing

Finale’s Millennium Edition provides three new commands to publish scores on the Web right from the program:

1."Save as Web Page" creates an HTML version of the print music ready for posting or editing with any web page editor and Finale’s Viewer.

2."Post on Finale Showcase™" automatically posts Finale 2001 music files at a new exclusive Finale Web community for composers, arrangers and educators so work can be shared—FREE.

3."Distribute on Net4Music" automatically posts the print music at net4music.com, the leading downloadable print music Internet site, where the music can be secured and sold via an established e-commerce system.

All three commands allow the user to control which options are available to Web surfers: hear the music, transpose the music, specify a different solo instrument, print the music, save the music, etc.

New MidiScan Music Scanning Technology Included The best-selling music scanning technology, MidiScan from Musitek, is now integrated into Finale at no additional cost. Import any TIFF file and Finale will scan it automatically and display the music notation in a new Finale file. Musicians with the SmartScore music scanning product can also import those files directly into Finale.

Exclusive MicNotator Microphone-to-Score Entry Method

The dream of being able to play a melody and have it automatically notated is now reality with Finale 2001. Any wind or brass instrument can be used to play a single-line melody into a computer microphone—Finale will accurately notate the melody as it is played. Though MicNotator will work with most computer built-in microphones, best results are achieved with a microphone that clips right on or near the instrument being played, available for a nominal charge. Finale’s MicNotator is the easiest possible way to enter notes—and it’s fun!

Easiest to Use. Easiest to Learn. Most Powerful.

Expanded Set-Up Wizards, a new "point-and-click" selection tool, Quick-Start Video training, a new Fretboard Creator and many more new upgrade features have been provided, all with the goal of making the distance between a musician’s inspiration and notation as short as possible.

Finale Family of Products Share Files

Finale ($275 suggested academic/$545 suggested retail) shares files with the same or later versions of PrintMusic!; ($69.95 suggested retail) and Allegro ($199 suggested retail), Coda’s entry-level and mid-range level notation products. Furthermore, all files are cross-platform and work with Windows and Macintosh computers. This is particularly attractive for students who use Finale at school and want to use a more economically priced product of their own at home or in the dorm. The feature sets in each product are more limited as the price goes down, but many first-time notation customers find these products perfect to start with. As their notation requirements increase, they can easily upgrade to the next level of product with more advanced features.

Product Registration and Upgrade Purchase Available Online

No matter which version customers may own, this Millennium Edition will change the way they think about Finale. To make upgrading as simple as possible, Coda has an online registration and shopping location: http://www.codamusic.com/coda/ This web site is also available for more product information and for the location of dealers who can sell first-time buyers their new Finale 2001 product. Finale 2001 for Macintosh is coming soon.

For more information, visit their web site at www.codamusic.com.
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