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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Makemusic updates Finale NotePad and Finale Reader

Minneapolis íńž Oct 1, 2009 íńž MakeMusic, Inc. (NASDAQ: MMUS) announced today the simultaneous release of Finale NotePad¨∆ 2010 and an updated, free-of-charge Finale Readerí—Ę. Both music notation software packages support current operating systems and provide compatibility with files created with Finale¨∆ 2010, MakeMusic's world-standard music notation software program.

Finale NotePad 2010 represents the easiest and most affordable introduction to the world of music notation. Available as a download for $9.95, or purchased on disc for $19.95, NotePad lets anyone create, play, print, save and share music notation. Notes can be entered with a mouse, a MIDI keyboard, or by opening MIDI files. Music plays back with the nuance of Human Playback¨∆ and can be heard via the 128+ included sounds or through an external MIDI device. NotePad also fosters collaboration as it can edit, play, print and save files created with other Finale music notation products.

NotePad 2010 includes several new features:
¨Ö Improved Percussion Notation - NotePad simplifies the process of getting notes on percussion staves to look íńž and play back íńž exactly the way you want them to.
¨Ö Fully compatible with Finale 2010, PrintMusic 2010 and SongWriter 2010 files.
¨Ö Improved documentation, transparent selection handles and more.

The Finale Reader is a free download that can open, view, print and play files created by Finale and other MakeMusic products. In addition to full compatibility with files created by Finale 2010, PrintMusic 2010 and SongWriter 2010, this latest version of the Reader can also display colored note heads in files created with Finale.

"Finale NotePad and Finale Reader put the promise of Finale into everyone's hands," stated Ron Raup, MakeMusicíńŰs CEO. "From music educators sharing Finale-created quizzes with students using the Reader, to composers and arrangers collaborating on edits to Finale scores with Finale NotePad, these two products let everyone participate in the world of music notation."

Learn more and download NotePad and Reader at www.finalemusic.com. Meet some MakeMusic employees on Flickr and follow their activities on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

About MakeMusic, Inc. íńģ
MakeMusic¨∆, Inc., a Minnesota corporation, is a world leader in music technology whose mission is to develop and market solutions that transform how music is composed, taught, learned and performed. For more than 20 years, Finale¨∆ has been the industry standard in music notation software. It has transformed the process by which composers, arrangers, musicians, teachers, students and publishers create, edit, audition, print and publish musical scores. Additionally, MakeMusic is the creator of SmartMusic¨∆, the complete practice tool for band, orchestra and voice and SmartMusic GradebookTM, the web-based student grading and records management system. Further information about the company can be found at www.makemusic.com.

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