MakeMusic, Inc. has announced that in the next few weeks they will stop offering older versions of their Finale NotePad software for free download from their website. (They will start charging $10 for NotePad 2009, and offer a new free Finale Reader that has no editing functions.)
This means that anyone who might be interested in using John Keller’s method for transnotating traditional music notation into chromatic-staff notations using Finale software should go and download NotePad 2006 right now!
NotePad 2006 was the last version with the feature that let you copy and then paste blank (alternative) staff styles onto existing (traditionally) notated music. This is the best way to transnotate music using Finale software. If you own the full, paid version of Finale, it still has this feature, but NotePad 2006 is the last of the free NotePad line to have it. Get it while you can!
UPDATE: Notepad 2006 is no longer available from MakeMusic’s Finale website.