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Finale 2006, Allegro, Finale Guitar & PrintMusic! Feature Comparison

Published: Thu September 15, 2005  News Feed

The following chart compare the features of the various software products from Coda.


  Finale Finale Allegro Finale Guitar Finale PrintMusic! Finale SongWriter
Current Version 2006 2005 2003 2004 2005
Overall power and flexibility. Very High High High Medium Entry Level
Ease of Use. Easy Very Easy Very Easy Easier Easiest
Multi-user Discounts (licenses for more than one user per serial number). Site Licenses** & Lab Packs Lab Packs available   Lab Packs available  
Can open files created by same or earlier versions of NotePad, SongWriter, PrintMusic!, Allegro, Guitar or Finale.
For example, users of Finale 2005, Allegro 2005 and Notepad 2005 can share files with each other and read Finale PrintMusic and Finale Guitar and earlier versions of Finale, PrintMusic, Notepad etc. PrintMusic 2002 can read and write Notepad 2002 files but cannot read Notepad 2004 files.
Number of Staves. Unlimited 32 32 24 8
Video Tips on CD that shows you how to get started.
Lyric Verses Allowed. Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 6
Automatic Chord Symbols and Guitar Fret boards.
Create Non-standard key signatures No No No No
Chromatic and diatonic transposition
Transpose to any key, scale, interval or instrument anywhere. Standard keys only Standard keys only Standard keys only Standard keys only
Step-time (one note at a time) from mouse/ touchpad.
Step-time (one note at a time) from computer keyboard.
Real-time (as you play) entry from MIDI device/keyboard.
Real-time entry from an acoustic single-line instrument.
Real-time entry without a click track (Hyperscribe). With click track only With click track only
Import/Export MIDI files.
Imports SmartScore, Encore, and Rhapsody files. No
SmartScore Lite Music Scanning technology included.

Pre-designed templates. 68 50 53 31 No
Save as an audio file No No
Save as SmartMusic Accompaniment
With Wizards & Markers

With Wizards & Markers


Human Playback (multiple styles)
User customizable

Standard Style Only
Standard Style Only

Standard Style Only
Includes 100+ Garritan studio quality sounds No No No No
Support of Native Instruments VST/AU players No No No No
SmartMusic SoundFont
(128 sounds included Free)
Instant Orchestration (Explode feature). No No No
Studio View and Mixer No No No No
Conduct tempo changes with Tempo Tap No No No No
Allows multiple/3rd party music fonts. Limited Limited Maestro/ Jazz No
Number of Staff lines available. 0-100 0, 1,5 or 6 0, 1,5 or 6 1 or 5 5 plus tablature
Import any TIFF (both platforms), WMF (Windows only), or PICT (Mac only). No No No No
Export page as a TIFF or PICT file.    
Export any section of a page as a TIFF or PICT file. No No No No
Ability to edit MIDI data. No No
Over 50 Plug-ins that save time like Automatic Tablature, Range Checking, etc. No No No No
Band-in-a-Box Auto Harmonisation
Limited to 2 or 3 voices
No No
Limited to 2 or 3 voices
Row-Loff Marching Persussion Sounds
No No No
Exercise Wizard No No No No
Create Finale Performance Assessment Files No No No No
Chord Charts w/Slash Notation
Automatically adds Drum Grooves No No
Compound or additive time signatures. Compound only Compound only
Staff Optimization - automatically hides non-active staves. No No
user customizable

user customizable

user customizable
No Standard Guitar and Bass only
Percussion Notation
can create perc. Maps

can create perc. Maps

can create perc. Maps

perc. staves have fixed mapping

perc. staves have fixed mapping
Extract Parts No
Special Tools No No No No
Page and Scroll View Page View Only
Page Layout Controls Limited
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