Finale Launching FREE NotePad 2012 And iPad App Soon!

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There are some ridiculously cool things coming from Finale and the MakeMusic folks very soon and -if I’m the first to tell you about them… well, you heard it from me and MusTech.Net first!

MakeMusic/Finale will be offering their Finale NotePad 2012 version FREE!   … and it’s bigger and “badder” than before!   The NotePad 2012 version will include Unicode font support (think writing in multi-languages) and aspects of their new “ScoreManager” interface for simplified control of the playback audio.

The free version of Finale Notepad 2012  is set to be released on February 15, 2012 (very soon!)  To find out more about this upcoming release version, please read this post at the Finale Blog. 

To make things even cooler, MakeMusic  has also announced an upcoming  “score viewer” app that will allow users to play, view, and print their Finale-based notation via the iPad!  Find more about this iPad app at this link.   Very cool things coming indeed!


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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website

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