One of my favorite whipping boys is SmartMusic. This program could be so great, and yet, MakeMusic seems not to want to put that little extra polish on it. Case in point, the latest “update” to SmartMusic is a large download, some 95 Megabytes. Took some time to download. Here is what is listed as being “new”
- Compatibility with SmartMusic accompaniments created in Finale® 2008.
- Support for Windows Vista.
- Improved Clarinet assessment.
I emailed MakeMusic’s tech support about the first thing a while ago, when Finale 2008 came out. Never heard back. Figures. Well, at least they didn’t wait nearly a year to update SmartMusic to read the SmartMusic files generated from the latest version of Finale (last time, it was August 2006 when Finale 2007 came out, and not until April 2007 when SmartMusic could read the SmartMusic files generated by Finale 2007).
Ok, new stuff. I don’t see anything. There still is no green line tweaking, and in one song, which I don’t remember the name of, the line got almost 2 beats behind. This is on a 2 gigahertz Core 2 Duo iMac. With NOTHING else running. I’ll have to add the name of the song tomorrow. No Normalizing of all the real audio accompaniments (which is really needed!), or anything else improved/fixed. *Sigh*
One good thing about SmartMusic 10.1 is that it is a little less aggressive about being the front window when it is downloading updates and backgrounds. It still is absolutely insane that you can’t move over to say iTunes while SmartMusic is updating it’s Catalog.
UPDATE 09/05/07 The name of that SmartMusic song is “I Sit Alone In Martin’s Church” by Thomas Duffy.