I, like most of the rest of the music professionals in the world, use Finale Notation Software. There are some odd ducks out there who use Sibelius, but I am not one of them for three basic reasons: 1) Their font looks goofy, 2) I have a degree in music technology and I still can't make it do a damn thing, and 3) I am a Finale person and I have been since Finale 95 and there's no switching now. Actually, my first notation software, my heart, was some program I don't remember that ran off an Amiga computer. This makes me sound older than I am.
Anyway. Finale. Use it constantly. I have the most updated version, and it's fine, but I have one major gripe, which is really just all of my smaller gripes combined, and this is that it's not really customizable. That's a little surprising, as Finale users are a fairly diverse group with VERY diverse needs. It's pretty acceptable for everyone, but not really great for anyone. I'm going to, as I think of it, be listing features that I would want to have on my personal Finale. Maybe MakeMusic will notice me.
In the set-up Wizard, I would like to be able to have customized universal tracks to choose from, representing each of my characters. As it is now, I have to reconfigure the tracks/staves every time I do another song. As I'm doing 30-40 songs for the same combination of about 8 characters, this would help a LOT. I want to be able to customize name, abbreviation, MIDI instrument, and anything else I damn well please. I realize I could create a template with all of my characters, and then just delete all the ones I don't need, but that's stupid and cumbersome and deprives me of the rest of the wizard.
And while we're in the Wizard, how come, if I specify a tempo, it takes an act of God to change it in the same fancy font? I have never sucessfully modified an initial tempo marking. I mean, we're just talking numbers here. I just want to change a 5 to a 6 and keep the same font. Why is this hard?
And speaking of hard, I tend to write music in which there are many changes in time signature. SOMETIMES, if I do mass-moves, my time signatures move with the music. Sometimes they don't, which is a monumental pain. There does not appear to be any rhyme or reason to when they do or don't. I wouldn't mind if it asked me, when I moved something with a time signature change in it, if I wanted to preserve the change.
I want the time signature dialogue box to allow me to put a dashed line in bars with a composite key signature. There's a plug-in that will do it for you, but you have to run that one bar at a time, and it's a pain.
I want to be able to specify a pattern of bars, for example 2 of 7/8, 1 of 8/8, 1 of 12/8, without having to do every damn bar separately, especially with the clicky sliders. I would like to have preset buttons of my favorite time signatures from which to choose.
I want to be able to save all of these things globally, not specific to a file.
I want to be able to save my playback preferences globally. There is no time, ever, when my default preference is play from bar 1 over play from leftmost measure. Never. If I want to play from 1, I'll toggle that option or make 1 my leftmost measure.
I also write with a lot of key changes and I would LOVE to be able to raise or to lower the key of the whole piece as a whole (not just transpose, mind you) without having to move every segment individually.
Unless I ever start writing for the legally blind, there will be no time, ever, that I will want the size to be 100%. Why can't I choose and save my own size of preference?
I'm sure I have more, but I have to get back to writing music. Any other Finale Users have features you long for?