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MakeMusic Releases NotePad 2006

Free Downloadable Music Notation Software (November 21, 2005)

MakeMusic, Inc. announced today the release of Finale NotePad 2006, the latest version of the popular freeware. Based on the award-winning Finale music notation software, NotePad allows users of both Windows and Macintosh OS X computers to create, play back and print sheet music. NotePad has been downloaded nearly 4 million times by musicians in over 200 countries worldwide. The current version is available for download at

NotePad offers a variety of powerful and timesaving features for educators, students and hobbyists including compatibility with Finale 2006 files. The software is especially popular with music educators, allowing them to create assignments in Finale and share these creations with their students via NotePad.

NotePad users can set up a music score and enter clefs, time signatures, key signatures, notes, rests, lyrics, markings and musical instructions. The Finale technology automatically arranges the many elements on the page just as an engraver would and prints the sheet music with the same high quality publishers enjoy. 

Highlights of new features in Finale NotePad 2006: 

--  SmartMusic SoundFont(R) - over 128 of the sameprofessional-grade sounds found in the award-winningSmartMusic(R) practice system are included for free. 

--  Full compatibility with Finale 2006 - NotePad now reads anyfile created by Finale 2006. 

--  Textured Manuscript Background - provides pleasing on-screenappearance and reduces eye fatigue. 

--  Display in Concert Pitch Warning - NotePad now asks forconfirmation before printing non-transposed parts. 

NotePad also serves as an introduction to the entire Finale family of music notation software. Many NotePad users decide they would benefit from additional features and upgrade to more advanced Finale products. Because all of these products can share files (including between Windows and Macintosh computers), music created in NotePad is fully compatible with the entire Finale 2006 family of music notation products. Visit for complete details. 

About MakeMusic, Inc. 

MakeMusic, Inc. is a world leader in music-education technology whose mission is to enhance and transform the experience of making, teaching and learning music. Among its leading products are Finale(R), the world's best-selling music notation software, and SmartMusic(R), the complete music practice system that features Intelligent Accompaniment(R) and the world's largest interactive accompaniment library. MakeMusic maintains its corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company can be reached at

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