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Finale for $100, Expires May 19, midnight

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 12:23 pm
by tokuno
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I'd forgotten to mention the offer's expiration in the original posting. Apologies.

Offer expires at Midnight CST
Sunday, May 19th, 2013

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Email upgrade offer today from MakeMusic to get the full version of Finale 2012 for $99.95 (download version - they charge an extra $10 for the DVD & reference guide, if you want it).

If anyone's interested, they included a coupon code that appears to work without having to validate ownership of a previous product.

https://store.makemusic.com/Store/
Add the full retail version ($600) to your cart, and enter the coupon code: UP2FINALE

Given the previous discussions on other software options, Finale might not be a great value at any price if someone's not already familiar with the interface, but since my stuff is all already in Finale format, and I've spent the time learning some of its quirks, it's a pretty good deal to me.

And no, I don't have any affiliation with makemusic, other than as a customer.

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 4:46 pm
by TMurphy
Promo code worked perfectly! I am now $100 poorer, but have a copy of Finale 2012 to use in grad school next year. Thanks!

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 5:06 pm
by Mark Finley
WOW!

What an amazing deal. I was still using finale 2002, but I just brought myself into the modern world

thanks for the tip!

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 5:12 pm
by bort
I got that email this morning and deleted it thinking it was spam. Too good of a deal, and never heard of the store before. Whoops!

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 5:21 pm
by Rick F
My version of Finale is real old — version 2001. I've not kept up with all of the patches and updates... don't remember what email addy I used to register so long ago either.

I wonder if this update will work for me? Too good of a deal to be the whole program I would think.

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 5:28 pm
by Todd S. Malicoate
Rick F wrote:My version of Finale is real old — version 2001. I've not kept up with all of the patches and updates... don't remember what email addy I used to register so long ago either.

I wonder if this update will work for me? Too good of a deal to be the whole program I would think.

I'm still on Finale 2002 and have never given them an email. I don't think that started until 2004. I just entered the key code on the package to "unlock" the program.

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 5:34 pm
by Lectron
Isn't there a free version of Sibelius?

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 5:37 pm
by Todd S. Malicoate
Lectron wrote:Isn't there a free version of Sibelius?

Sure, for 30 days.

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 5:40 pm
by Mark Finley
wow three of us using finale 2002 or older.

that's ok, I still use MS Word 2003

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 5:43 pm
by Lectron
Todd S. Malicoate wrote:
Lectron wrote:Isn't there a free version of Sibelius?

Sure, for 30 days.

Aw..ok lol

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 5:48 pm
by TMurphy
Rick F wrote:My version of Finale is real old — version 2001. I've not kept up with all of the patches and updates... don't remember what email addy I used to register so long ago either.

I wonder if this update will work for me? Too good of a deal to be the whole program I would think.



It's the full version, not an upgrade. At least, if you follow the OP's directions, anyway.

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 6:00 pm
by KiltieTuba
I had an old copy of 2001 Finale, didn't like. Then tried the college's updated 20xx version and didn't like that either. So I kept using Sibelius 4. Now I'm on Sibelius 7 and hate it, but all my scores are from Sibelius 7 so I can't just use Sibelius 4 again...

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 11:21 pm
by Dan Schultz
I did the same thing about three weeks ago. I had been using Finale 'Print Music' that I originally purchased for $99. The upgrade to the full version was $99.95.

There is a slight 'catch'... the new registration number is the same as your old number. You have to have a Finale product. It ain't exactly a 'freebie'.

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 10:22 am
by MaryAnn
I got all the way to the point where it asked for my birth date, for some "children's privacy" thing. What the hell is that? I did not purchase because I don't go putting information like that into sites where I'm buying a product.
MA

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 12:20 pm
by imperialbari
I have been on Finale 2012 since it came out in 20011. How well it works for me others will have to tell. I like it anyway.

There is a history behind the current offer. MakeMusic got new owners in 2011, which were intend on investing in a rewrite of the code. So there wasn’t a 2013 version coming out in 2012.

A 2014 version is expected this year, but a date has not been announced yet. The low price for the full 2012 version to me looks like having a double purpose: getting cash from a product where there are next to no costs associated with selling extra samples. And at the same time expanding the potential customer base for the 2014 upgrade.

Klaus

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 12:23 pm
by MaryAnn
So it comes down to
a) do I want to upgrade my 2005 to 2012, with probably a minimum of bugs
or
b) do I want to wait for the 2014 new code which will probably be riddled with bugs.

Still wanting to know why my birth date is any business of theirs, however at least I do not time travel as does Klaus who apparently has memories of the year 20011.

MA

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 12:50 pm
by Mark Finley
MaryAnn wrote:I got all the way to the point where it asked for my birth date, for some "children's privacy" thing. What the hell is that? I did not purchase because I don't go putting information like that into sites where I'm buying a product.
MA



I thought that was odd too, but it was only month/year so I didn't consider it as intrusive as some questions

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 1:30 pm
by Schlepporello
MaryAnn wrote:Still wanting to know why my birth date is any business of theirs, however at least I do not time travel as does Klaus who apparently has memories of the year 20011.

MA

Klaus is a Time Lord?

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 3:19 pm
by ralphbsz
MaryAnn wrote:I got all the way to the point where it asked for my birth date, for some "children's privacy" thing. What the hell is that? I did not purchase because I don't go putting information like that into sites where I'm buying a product.
MA

Probably needed because of an "abundance of caution" about recent child protection legislation. For the same reason Facebook doesn't allow people under 13 to open an account (a rule that is mostly honored in the breach, looking at my son's middle school friends). Over time, I expect more and more web sites to take measure to prevent children from accessing their sites (meaning they're covering their behind legally, without having any real effect).

imperialbari wrote:...The low price for the full 2012 version to me looks like having a double purpose: getting cash from a product where there are next to no costs associated with selling extra samples. And at the same time expanding the potential customer base for the 2014 upgrade.

I call that the drug dealer sales technique: The first hit is free; once the customer is hooked, you charge them.

Re: Finale for $100

PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 7:58 pm
by jsmn4vu
Done. Thank you!