Designorati is an online publication for creative professionals in the fields of visual design (web design, typography, graphic design, illustration, and so on), written by a team of creative professionals who themselves have many years of experience. It’s somewhat unusual for the site to carry a review of music software, but I am delighted that founding editor Jeremy Schultz has reviewed Sibelius 6. He says:
I heard that Sibelius—now the industry standard—was owned by video powerhouse Avid and had just been updated to version 6. I use music in my multimedia work and so I was curious to see what Sibelius 6 can do for composers, and I came away with an unbelievable experience.
Jeremy was an Encore and Finale user in the late 1990s, but has been away from music notation software since that time. He concludes:
It is amazing how far music notation software has come since I used Encore and Finale in 1997. Encore is now owned by gvox and… Finale is still regularly updated and is probably Sibelius’ strongest competitor. However, I can only speak about my experience with Sibelius 6, which is exceptional. There are a few things I would suggest improving, mostly with little things like the audio exporting functions, but it is a phenomenal product for composers and also for music educators.
Read the whole review here.