Buy "Perfect Layout v1.1" for Finale®/Windows
(for Finale 2014, 2014.5, v25 and v26)

(Price list and purchase buttons below )

What's the difference between the plug-in versions? (Silver400, Silver, Gold)

Most important is:
  • The default output of Silver400, Silver and Gold is identical! All examples on this homepage can be done with any of the three versions.
  • You can upgrade from Silver400 to Silver or Gold at any time, so you might start with Silver400 and upgrade later if you are unsure.
  • The main difference between Silver/Silver400 and Gold is: Gold has more options for fine-tuning than Silver/Silver400.
    So while Silver/Silver400 gives a very good result for standard notation, Gold might be the choice if you want to have more fine-tuning of symbol distances or more flexibility over deactivating standard features.

    Silver400 Limit:
    The features of Silver400 of are identical to Silver, except that Silver400 is limited to scores of up 36 (visible) staves with a max. of 400 measures each: that means any piece with a maximum of 36 staves x 400 measures would be possible (=not more than 400 measures in length and not more than 36 visible staves, but theoretically a score spanning 14.400 "frames"). So a big band score of 200 measures and 18 instruments would be fine, while a piano piece of 600 measures is too much as it exceeds the 400 measures limit.
    It is also ok to have more than 36 staves, if only 36 are visible in the score (e.g. separate staves for scores/parts or staves for MIDI playback only are also possible) in the Silver400 version.

    In short: Silver is targeted to standard or power users, Gold is meant for publishing houses.
    For more info have a look at the different user dialogs of Silver and Gold.

    Do I really need this plug-in?

    Yes, you do! It will save you lots of time with Finale and guarantee you a much higher quality output than you would have been able to achieve manually in the saved time. We asked our beta users after 8 month of testing how much time the plug-in will save them.
    Nearly half of the users (44%) answered that Perfect Layout saves them 25% of more of their overall Finale working time.
    25%! That is one week per month. Still not convinced? Here is more user feedback and our example and video gallery.


    Price List

    Standard Editions

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    EditionFeaturesRestrictionsCommer­cial
    Usage Al­lowed*
      Licenses &     Activations   Target GroupPrice
    (incl.VAT)
    Purchase
    Silver400
    (1 computer)
    All default features from the Gold edition, but fewer options to select from
    Recommended for all users with standard scores!
    limited to max. 36 (visible) staves with max. 400 measures each
    (=14.400 frames in total)
    yes
    1 License,
    1 Activation
    Standard/ Power Users83,30 USD
    83,30 USD net plus 0,00 USD (0,00%) tax
    Silver400
    (2 computers)
    All default features from the Gold edition, but fewer options to select fromlimited to max. 36 (visible) staves with max. 400 measures each
    (=14.400 frames in total)
    yes
    1 License,
    2 Activations*
    Standard/ Power Users130,90 USD
    130,90 USD net plus 0,00 USD (0,00%) tax
    Silver
    (1 computer)
    All default features from the Gold edition, but fewer options to select from
    Recommended for all users with huge scores!
    none
    (=unlimited measures and staves)
    yes
    1 License,
    1 Activation
    Standard/ Power Users178,50 USD
    178,50 USD net plus 0,00 USD (0,00%) tax
    Silver
    (2 computers)
    All default features from the Gold edition, but fewer options to select fromnone
    (=unlimited measures and staves)
    yes
    1 License,
    2 Activations*
    Standard/ Power Users226,10 USD
    226,10 USD net plus 0,00 USD (0,00%) tax
     

    Publishing House Editions

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    GoldAll featuresnone
    yes
    1 License,
    1 Activation
    Publishing Houses333,20 USD
    333,20 USD net plus 0,00 USD (0,00%) tax
    *The "Publishing House Editon" can also be bought by individuals, but usually the Silver edition is sufficient. The Gold edition makes sense if you have your own house style and need to control every parameter: the Silver edition has ca. 120 options, the Gold edition ca. 220.
     

    Discount Editions*

    Students/University/Theological
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    EditionFeaturesRestrictionsCommer­cial
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      Licenses &     Activations   Target GroupPrice
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    Purchase
    Silver
    Student
    See SilverFor students with student/academic license of Finale® only
    no
    1Music students53,55 USD
    53,55 USD net plus 0,00 USD (0,00%) tax
    Gold
    Student
    See GoldFor students with student/academic license of Finale® only
    no
    1Music students99,96 USD
    99,96 USD net plus 0,00 USD (0,00%) tax
    Silver University/
    Theological
    See SilverFor staff at education institutions and churches only
    yes
    1Staff at education institutions and churches142,80 USD
    142,80 USD net plus 0,00 USD (0,00%) tax
    Gold University/
    Theological
    See GoldFor staff at education institutions and churches only
    yes
    1Staff at education institutions and churches266,56 USD
    266,56 USD net plus 0,00 USD (0,00%) tax
    *Please note that the license key for discount editions will be sent out after we have received your email with the proof of your discount eligibility (more see below).
     

    Upgrades*

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    EditionFeaturesRestrictionsCommer­cial
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      Licenses &     Activations   Price
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    Purchase
    Upgrade 1Silver400->SilverSee Silver
    yes
    (as in original license)
    95,20 USD
    95,20 USD net plus 0,00 USD (0,00%) tax
    Upgrade 2Silver Student->
    Silver
    See Silver
    yes
    (as in original license)
    124,95 USD
    124,95 USD net plus 0,00 USD (0,00%) tax
    Upgrade 3Silver->Goldnone
    yes
    (one activation only)
    154,70 USD
    154,70 USD net plus 0,00 USD (0,00%) tax
    Upgrade 4Gold Student->
    Gold
    none
    yes
    (as in original license)
    233,24 USD
    233,24 USD net plus 0,00 USD (0,00%) tax
    *Please note that the license key for upgrades will be sent out via email after we have checked your eligibility, i.e. if you had purchased the corresponding Perfect Layout version before and deactivated the old version, so that we can remove the old key from the valid license key database.
     

    Demo*

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    Request
    DemoSend us your Finale document. We will process it with the plug-in and return the result to you.limited to 300 measures
    no
    0
    Free
    (max. 2 files)
    *We might add a downloadable demo version in the future. But at the moment there is only the "Send in your files"-option.
     

    Multi-User- / Site Licenses

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    EditionFeaturesRestrictionsCommer­cial
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    Silver AcademicSee SilverSee Silver, for student/academic licenses of Finale® only
    no
    2 or moreEducation InstitutionsPlease contact us for an individual offer dependent on the required licenses!
    Gold AcademicAll featuresSee Gold, for student/academic licenses of Finale® only
    no
    2 or moreEducation InstitutionsPlease contact us for an individual offer dependent on the required licenses!
    Gold CompanyAll featuresnone
    yes
    2 or moreMusic CompaniesPlease contact us for an individual offer dependent on the required licenses!

    *License Notes:
    "2-Activations-Option"

    This special double license is meant for users who have two computers: for example a desktop PC and laptop, or a Mac and a PC.
    The 2-License option allows installation and usage on two Windows PCs and, (when released for MacOS) alternatively on two MacOS computers, or one Windows and one MacOS computer).
    The activation of the plug-in requires that both computers are in the same network during the installation of the plug-in. After installation you can use them in any network (or even without network connection).
    But it's not possible to activate this license twice on different locations! In this case you need to purchase two individual license keys from a "1-License edition".

    May I run the plug-in on multiple Finale versions (on one computer) with one activation?
    Yes. The automatic installer installs the plug-in for ALL Finale versions that are registered on a computer - also for other Windows users on that computer. So if you have for example Finale 2014, 2014.5, v25 and v26 installed for two users, then eight instances of the plug-in will be installed in the configuration and plug-in folders of each Finale version. You can run all of these plug-ins at the same time with just one activation (though this may require a very fast computer with lots of cores and memory).

    Multiple activations and/or licenses are only required for running the plug-in on multiple computers at the same time. You can, of course, install and uninstall the plug-in as often as you want. So if you only acquired one activation but have two computers, it's still possible (but tedious through lots of installations and deinstallations) to work with the plug-in on two computers.

    Please read the FAQ for more info on how to activate the plug-in on multiple computers.


    Commercial Usage Allowed

    Commercial usage is allowed for all editions, except for student discount editions of Perfect Layout and for files created with the demo.
    This means: in case of scores or parts processed with the student edition it is only allowed to distribute scores/parts created with Perfect Layout for free.
    But it is not allowed to sell these scores, rent out, get royalties, etc.. Doing so is an infringement of the end user license agreement (EULA).
    To make scores created with the student edition available for sale, you need to buy a "Student to Standard Version" update.


    Eligibility for Discounts

    To become eligible for a discount, please contact us.
    Please include a clear scan, PDF, or photo of your documents:
  • Name and address of education/theological institution
  • Proof of enrollment including dates
  • Valid current full time status for students
  • Valid credentials for instructors/theological staff
  • If the license is only valid for academic/student versions of Finale, we need a proof of purchase of that version (e.g. invoice).

  • System Requirements

  • Finale® 2014, 2014.5, v25, v26 for 64bit Windows 7, 8, 10
    (MacOS is not supported in the first release, but is to be supported in the next release)
  • Windows Powershell must be installed and correctly registered (it is installed by default on Windows unless the user has removed it)
  • Minimum 4 GB RAM, for huge orchestra scores exceeding about 20.000 frame assignments 8-12 GB RAM and Finale® v25 or v26 are required, otherwise the plug-in may run out of memory.
  • About 100 MB of free hard drive space, plus space for the font annotation files dependent on the number of fonts that are installed
  • For the installation you need a user with administration rights
  • Internet connection during the installation and update process, and an email address to receive the activation code or an installed email program to request the activation code.
  • Internet connection for accessing the online documentation.
  • The faster the processor speed, the faster the plug-in (see this comparison). The plug-in is single-threaded, so multiple cores do not speed up the processing.
  • Data Privacy: For the activation and license validation of the software the following data will be stored on our servers (for more info read Data Privacy at Elbsound.studio and the EULA)