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From: Carlos Garcia Suarez
Subject: Re: (no subject)
Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 10:10:29 +0200

I have used Finale and other Windows oriented programs, like Notheworthy Composer. They are normally easier to learn. Notherworthy is very simple and quick to use but it has limitations when getting into the printing chapter.
I certainly prefer the graphic environment of Windows to the command oriented environment of Linux. A couple of decades ago I was happy to leave in Unix but that looks like another life to me. However, I have found that Lilypond produces much nicer printer music that any of the windows oriented programs, included Finale. Finale does not seem to be easy either, I have only used in someone else computer for I do not have licencense but it takes a lot to figure out how things are organized.
Lilypond looks more complicated initiatlly and it is difficult to find how to do certain things (from the mere reading of the manual). However, it produces much nicer printed music and I think it ends actually being faster to type the music directly into a file. I can normally do this without even looking to the screen, so I can keep my eyes into the score and type as I read which it is more relaxing that tying to find out where that g (sol) should go.  I think Lilypond uses more "intelligent" and it is more musical in its structure. For example, the uses of voices, or the input in relative mode, etc, are things that approach the editing to the actual musical content and that is nice.
The dissavantge for me it is the relatively long time that it takes to rund under Windows in the cgwing environment but I am happy paying the price, and looking to the time when I can get more expert and be faster (and make less errors).
In summary, I am planning to use lilypond for getting scores printed and maybe still use the Windows programs, for execersies or in the future for Midi input.
I hope these thoughts are of help.
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Sent: Monday, May 20, 2002 4:42 PM
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I have this desire ot remove Windows form my computer and run entirely with GNU/LINUX. What keeps me "hooked" in to Windows is one program: Finale by Coda Music.  I was very happy to happen on to your web page.  I've downloaded the Windows version of Lilypond and to be frank, haven't been able to get past the first command -- I was never very good at DOS.  My question is, does Lilypond have the same capabilities as Finale and does it always operate with DOS commands?  Also, Finale lets me input music (note pitches) with a MIDI keyboard;  the quantitative values of the notes or chord are esblished with the number pad.  For example I can hold down a C7 chord on the piano and strike the #7; the notation will place a C,E,G,Bb in whole notes in the score.  Does Lilypond have a similar function? I am open to trying new things and believe in the GNU philosophy. 

Best regards,  Rick Tocce

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