I'm dusting off my old notation software, and find myself in the dilemma of whether to upgrade my Finale 2012 into the 2019 version, or discard it and go for Dorico; the new hot and cool software.

Finale is an old trusted workhorse, but the 2012-version have a lot of quirks, and probably a lot of spaghetti code has carried over to the newer iterations. There are a lot of things that Dorico presumably does better than Finale e.g. automatic formatting), but also some features are currently lacking (like pitch before duration).

As long as Steinberg keeps placing their money behind Dorico, it will probably keep being developed. However, what are the chances that MakeMusic will step up their game and upgrade the features of Finale to compete on user-friendlyness?

Switching regularly between software is a pain, so any choice made will probably be for the long term. What are the pros and cons of choosing Finale or Dorico?

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    We won’t really have an answer for you here, and you might also consider Musescore. Aug 27, 2019 at 14:26
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    FWIW, Dorico has now implemented pitch before duration input. Since 2012, Finale has implemented very little.
    – benwiggy
    Jun 21, 2020 at 13:22
  • That’s my impression as well. After using Dorico pro 3.0 for roughly a year, note input was the only area where Dorico was really inferior to Finale in terms of features (inputting series of notes with varying durations were a royal pain). With version 3.1 this hole has been plugged, and finally there are no reasons for looking back.
    – FredrikH-R
    Jun 21, 2020 at 14:44


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