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Sibelius 3 Notation Software

Sibelius 3, the latest music notation software from the British Finn twins, Ben and Jonathan, reminds me of a British sports car I once owned: fast, powerful, with head-turning class. But quirky-the left taillight kept burning out and the speedometer occasionally stuck. Sibelius 3 is true to that fine British tradition. As with my old Austin Healy, I love it, warts and all.

A single license of Sibelius 3 will let you load the program on two computers so that you can create on the road with your laptop, then listen and print on your better-equipped home PC. I tested it on my Compaq Presario 8000 workstation and a Toshiba Satellite laptop, both with Pentium 4s running at 2.5 GHz with 512 MB of RAM, so I had no trouble handling Sibelius 3’s many bells and whistles. For slower machines, you can turn off some of the frills, such as the 63 choices of paper colors and textures, to avoid bogging down.

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