Finale or Sibelius

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Re: Finale or Sibelius

Post by OCTO » 01 Apr 2018, 11:11

Right Laurence, so it is. I'v just started with Sib on a smaller-size project (chamber opera), where no particular extended technique is used. It works good so far. It works more quick for what I do now.
Yet I am missing some features of "total control" what is found within Finale.
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Re: Finale or Sibelius

Post by benwiggy » 16 Apr 2018, 13:48

jan wrote:
11 Jan 2018, 12:01
And there is one thing one may not forget: Finale is single-threaded.
Are you sure? Finale on the Mac typically runs between 10 and 20 threads. It has done so for several versions.

It would be interesting to run your tests on Finale 25.5, across the board. Also I'd like to run it on some Macs, to get a reference for that platform. That would be helpful to see if Macs were generally slower than Windows in Finale.

Of course, it's not really surprising that faster computers are faster. :)

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Re: Finale or Sibelius

Post by jan » 17 Apr 2018, 06:21

The Finale core is single-threaded, i.e. where the note/layout processing is done. I don't know if Finale/MacOS opens up threads for other reasons (for example Window handling). But have you noticed that Finale really handles multiple things at the same time? On Windows it doesn't. This is different in a program made for multiple-CPUs like the video editing software Adobe Premiere where many processes are running in the background (e.g. converting audio/video files to the correct format).

If you look at this video where two slow Finale plugins are processed, you'll see that the CPU usage never exceeds 10% - so it definitely does not make use of multiple CPU cores:
I suggested some things for parallelizing tasks in Finale plugins on the JW Lua mailing list back in 2014 and in a feature request to MM.

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