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New ScoreManager provides musicians with intelligent controls that simplify score creation

Minneapolis - October 7, 2011 - MakeMusic, Inc. (NASDAQ: MMUS) has released Finale® 2012. Finale, the worldwide standard in music notation software, provides millions of musicians with the technology to create, publish and share the music of their imaginations. The new release takes music making to the next level by introducing ScoreManager?, which intelligently controls the way music looks and sounds. Finale 2012 redefines how music is created, shared, seen and heard, thus better enabling musicians to  focus on their inspiration.

"Finale 2012 continues to expand on the renowned power and flexibility that has established Finale as the leading notation software product in the world," said Karen van Lith, MakeMusic president and CEO. "Musicians  I've spoken to are extremely excited about the new ScoreManager because it lets them perfect their music - to their individual taste - more quickly than ever before."

Finale  2012 also includes Unicode font support, broadening Finale's visual  possibilities, additional Garritan sounds which reinforce Finale's  reputation of providing the highest quality playback, and several  advances facilitating greater collaboration.

"Over the years, Finale has become so much faster and easier to use," said ASCAPLUS award-winning composer Chris Opperman. "Truly, you are only limited by your imagination. There isn't anything Finale can't do."

Finale 2012 in brief:

  • ScoreManager - Finale's new ScoreManager helps musicians quickly make their creations look and sound any way they wish. Advanced control over staff playback and appearance are now in one convenient place. See the ScoreManager in action at www.finalemusic.com.
  • Unicode text support - Musicians can easily access any character in today's fonts, facilitating the creation of music in any language and the use of previously elusive font characters.
  • Music education tools - Finale 2012 saves music educators time while helping them provide more for their students. More than 1,000 customizable worksheets and repertoire titles are included, as well as fonts created for music education and exclusive support of SmartMusic®, the interactive music software for band, orchestra and voice.
  • File sharing - Expanded .PDF support and graphic capabilities bring music to word processing and graphics programs. Music XML 3.0 offers collaboration with users of hundreds of other music programs, and additional enhancements redefine playback with other Finale products.
  • Additional improvements - More Garritan sounds, new staff spacing tools, new fonts, auto-detection of MIDI devices, new  tutorial guide and user manual with integrated video, and more.

By providing advances in appearance, playback and new ways to share music, Finale 2012 enables musicians to achieve the highest quality results in less time.

Finale 2012 is now available for download at www.finalemusic.com.

Follow Finale from our Community page, which offers access to the Finale Blog, Forum and links to Finale's presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About MakeMusic, Inc.
MakeMusic®,  Inc. 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, enabling composers, arrangers, musicians, teachers, students and publishers to create, edit, audition, print and publish musical scores. MakeMusic is also the creator of SmartMusic® interactive software that is transforming the way students practice.  With SmartMusic, students and teachers have access to thousands of band,  orchestra and vocal pieces allowing students to practice with  background accompaniment and get immediate feedback on their  performance. SmartMusic allows teachers to individualize instruction and  document the progress of every student. Additional information about  this Minnesota company can be found at www.makemusic.com.

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