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RE: Time

From: Bertalan Fodor
Subject: RE: Time
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 12:20:04 +0200

I am/was a quite experienced Finale user. It took me half year to
'master' it. Now I'm getting to be quite experienced with LilyPond, too
(after more than a half year). 

I think that the most time-consuming process in Lily is tweaking the
output. And tweaking is usually not avoidable.  However, if I finish my
plugin for jEdit it will contain a Code Assist that will make tweaking
much faster and easier.

So, nowadays.

To measure the time I must separate two activities:
Writing the score. - This is usually less than in Finale. One page -
less than one hour. I use the jEdit's plugin's document wizard to set up
the score, and it makes it much faster and error free.
Tweaking the output. - This is always much more than in Finale.

If you have to do something you haven't before it can be very time

I think complex music is much faster with Finale, but LilyPond's nicer
output may worth the time.

And one more: using point-and-click is a must.

One of the worst and hardest things in LilyPond is that you must use
your brain very much, not just your eyes and hands, so you quickly can
get tired.


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