I feel that this should be a critical issue for composers of the digital age.
I've used Sibelius since Sibelius 3. I will go to Finale if I have no other choice. I still use Sibelius 6 and may be happy with it for some time until my PC is too far beyond in years of upgrading to handle old programs. I intend to develop my own for my own purposes in time.
What do you think?
There was a big discussion about this a while back and there are actually a whole bunch of people trying to fight to save Sibelius' future. You can start at these places:
I did a search in the forums and to my mistake found no similar discussions. I will do what I can to help.
That's good to hear Bob!
Thanks for the reply!
Is it really that big a deal? Lots of alternatives exist for notation, and anyhow the software you use today isn't going anywhere.
I don't think composers will stop composing if Sibelius disappeared. I just think it would be a great loss to the developers like so many good music programs have gone. Like my first one was "midisoft" I still have it on my old PC. I still have unfinished songs on there. And "tonalsoft" was another one I loved! I know of many but I can't think of their names.
The user friendly environment of Sibelius is its best niche appeal. But that sort of turned around on Sib7 and became a little less friendly for track handling with samples outside of Sibelius like most Eastwest samples.
But as for GUI notation, it's the best I have used and I have used Finale. I had such a hard time figuring Finale out. Nonetheless life goes on.
FYI the sidegrade to Finale from Sibelius is only $200 http://www.finalemusic.com/Store/default.aspx