Bill Holab writing at New Music Box:
Sales of Sibelius and Finale are strong, particularly in the education market, and generate enough revenue that the companies that own these products (Avid for Sibelius, and MakeMusic for Finale) can afford to continue development and add features, support existing users, and maintain the software. Yet there have been big changes in these two companies.
I remember the day when Avid announced the closure of the London office where much of the Sibelius team was located. It was the kind of event that fundamentally shook your faith in a product, and by that point I’d been using Siblius more or less happily for some time to write my musical ideas. The new licensing scheme looks completely unappealing (how many software subscriptions do we need nowadays?), and I wasn’t happy at all when Avid stopped supporting Sibelius 6 entirely, which meant it had bugs after OSX upgrades. Additionally, all the new features of Sibelius 8 seem geared towards Windows tablet users, which I’m not.
At this point, it might be time for me to give LilyPond a try.