Finale - MuseScore Comparison Chart
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some exFinale 2014
PrintMusic 2014
SongWriter 2012
NotePad 2012MuseScore 2.0.3
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Price$600$119.95$49.95$0Free to install and to share - $0
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System Requirements
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Mac OS 10.7-10.10
Windows Vista/7/8
Mac OS 10.7-10.10
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Mac OS 10.5-10.8
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Mac OS 10.5-10.8
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Mac OS 10.7-10.10. MuseScore 1.3 works on Mac OS 10.6.
Recent Linux distributions
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Maximum number of stavesUnlimited2488Unlimited
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Number of staff lines
available
0-100
(Plus Tablature)
1 or 5
(Plus Tablature)
5
(Plus Tablature)
5
(Plus Tablature)
1 to 15 (Plus tablature)
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Setup WizardYesYesYesYesYes
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Music fonts included
Maestro
Broadway Copyist
Engraver
Finale Copyist
Jazz
Maestro Wide
Finale Percussion
Finale Mallets
Finale Numerics
Finale AlphaNotes
Finale Lyrics
Maestro
Broadway Copyist
Jazz
Finale Percussion
Finale Mallets
Finale Lyrics
Maestro onlyMaestro only
Musical Fonts:
* Emmentaler
* Gootville
* Bravura

Musical Text Fonts:
MscoreText
GootvilleText
BravuraText
MuseJazz
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QuickStart videosYesYesYesYes
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Pre-designed templates6810727
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SmartScore® Lite music scanningYesYes
Import PDF as an experimental service https://musescore.com/import
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Step-time entry (one note at a time) from mouse/computer keyboard
YesYesYesYesYes
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Step-time or Real-time (as you play) entry from MIDI device/keyboard
YesYesYesStep time onlyStep Time only
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Real-time entry from an acoustic single-line instrument
Yes
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Real-time entry without a click track (HyperScribe®)
YesYes
With click track only
No real-time entry
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Import MIDI and MusicXML filesYesYesYesYesYes
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Number of stavesUnlimited2488Unlimited
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Lyric verses allowedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited1Unlimited
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Unicode text supportYesYesYesYesYes
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Compound or additive time signaturesYesCompound onlyCompound onlyCompound onlyYes
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Number of staff lines available
0-100 (Plus Tablature)
1 or 5 (Plus Tablature)
5 (Plus Tablature)
5 (Plus Tablature)1-15 (Plus Tablature)
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Tablature
User customizable
Standard guitar and bass only
Standard guitar and bass only
Standard guitar and bass onlyUser customisable (including Lute)
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Chord symbolsAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManual text entryManual
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Automatic guitar fretboardsYesYesYes
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Chord charts with slash notationYesYesYesYes
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Percussion notation
Automatically configured for playback
Automatically configured for playback
Automatically configured for playback
Automatically configured for playback
Automatically configured for playback
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Create Coda systemsYesYesYesYes
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Selection tool for easy editingYesYesYesYesYes
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ScoreManager™ easily controls how staves look and sound
YesYesYesYesDo not apply
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Multiple page editingYesYes, to some extent
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SmartFind and Paint®Yes
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Includes 425+ Garritan studio-quality soundsYes
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Tapspace Virtual Drumline soundsYes
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Row-Loff™ marching percussion soundsYesYes
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SmartMusic SoundFont (128 sounds)YesYesYesYes
includes a 128 instrument good quality soundfont FluidR3GM
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Human Playback® (multiple styles)Customizable
Standard styles only
Standard styles only
Standard styles only
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External sound library support (VST/AU instruments and effects)
YesYesYes, via JACK to some extent
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Print professional-quality sheet musicYesYesYesYesYes
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Save as audio file (.MP3, .WAV, .AIFF)YesYesYesYes (.MP3, .WAV, .OGG, .FLAC)
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Can open files created by same or earlier versions of all products on this chart*
YesYesYesYesYes, for any earlier versions of MuseScore
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Export MIDI and MusicXML filesYesYesYesYesYes
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Export as graphics file
Section or full page.
PDF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, or EPS
Section or full page.
JPEG and PDF only
Section or full page PNG,PDF,SVG
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Backward and forward compatibility with Finale 2012
YesYes
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Save as EPUBYes
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Save as SmartMusic® accompanimentYes
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Music education worksheets, flash cards, and repertoire
More than 1,500 included
More than 50More than 40Find them on https://MuseScore.com
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Export music to a word processing program to create worksheets or quizzes
Section or full page
Section or full page
Yes, Image Capture
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Finale AlphaNotes™ font and colored noteheads
YesYes via plugins
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Finale Numerics font (harmonic analysis, figured bass, and Schenker graphs)
YesFigured bass built-in support, no harmonic analysis
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Teach composition w/ StudioView®Yes
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Exercise WizardYes
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Orff instruments in Setup WizardYesYes
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Chromatic and diatonic transpositionYesYesYesBy key sig. for entire piece onlyYes
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Link and/or extract partsBothExtract OnlyYes,both
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Band-in-a-Box® auto harmonizationUp to 6 voices2 or 3 voices2 or 3 voicesNo, plugin for Impro-visor
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Latin percussion rhythm soundsYes
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Automatic drum groovesYesYesYes
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Automatic rehearsal marksYesYesYesYes, in the menu: Tool > Reorder rehearsal marks
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ScoreMerger™YesYes to some extent via the Album Manager
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Video support (movie window and SMPTE support)
YesPossible via Jack and Xjadeo
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Record/Import audioYes
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Ability to edit MIDI dataYesYes to some extent, velocity, noteon, noteoff
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Conduct tempo changes with TempoTap®Yes
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MixerYesYesYesYes
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Document styles
14 and create your own
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Not built-in, but users can create, save, export and load styles
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Import graphics files
BMP, EPS, GIF, JPG, PDF, PNG, TIF
BMP, EPS, GIF, JPG, PDF, PNG, TIF
Yes (SVG, PNG, JPG)
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Create non-standard key signaturesYesYes, except irrational
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Page layout controlsYesYesYesYes
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3rd-party music font supportUnlimitedLimited selection only: Emmentaler, Gootville, Bravura
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Easy Keyless ScoresYesYes
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Player app for Mobile platformsYes, for iOS and Android
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Score sharing platformYes, at https://musescore.com
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Localization
8 (EN, FR, DE, NL, IT, JA, PL, SE)
6 (NL, FR, DE, IT, PL, SE)
3 (EN, PL, DE)3 (EN, DE, IT)50+ languages
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DocumentationYesYesYesYesYes, 180 pages free community handbook and commercially available books
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