The manual cannot be Mac-only, because it is a PDF. What you mean is
that they haven't bundled it into the Windows package yet. As they say
out west: "Free is a very good price."
Of course my $5 copy of Finale, even though it is an old version, was a
pretty good deal, too.
David Pickett wrote:
> I downloaded the pre-release of Igor for Windows. The manual, which is
> for MAC only, DOES have to be downloaded separately.
> The executable program file is 64MB (Sibelius.exe is 8MB). I looked at the
> Purcell SATB vocal example (Thou knowest, Lord). This is 53 bars long on
> 2.3 pages. Display is slow in comparison with Sibelius. The cursor was a
> measure behind the sound when I played the piece back.
> I compared this with a Sibelius file of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, which
> I made recently:
> App IGOR SIBELIUS
> Piece Purcell: Thou Knowest Beethoven: Eroica Symphony
> File size 286k 237k
> Loading time 40 secs 2.5 secs
> Many features of Igor do not work at this point, since it is a beta copy.
> At present, unless one is only interested in freeware, Sibelius is streets
> By the way, the Sibelius manual is not huge, since most of Sibelius's
> commands are fairly intuitive and the program is highly memorable.
> Disclosure statement: I am an unpaid beta tester of Sibelius. I am writing
> this solely to set the record straight.
> >Owen scripsit:
> > >In defence of Igor, it should be noted that that 9.7MB PDF of the manual
> > >(and it is a huge, and VERY detailed manual with step-through tutorials)
> > >is INCLUDED in the approximately 25MB download.
> >Fair enough. That makes the rest of it only twice as big as
> >Sibelius. I'll download and check it out -- hopefully it will plug a few
> >holes which Sibelius still has.
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