In my latest article for Strings magazine I researched six popular music notation software programs and apps. The article is out now in the July/August print edition, and also online through the link below (I love that Strings also embedded videos of the programs into the online article).
As a Finale user, with some experience also with Musescore, it was interesting to try out a few very different programs (LilyPond, oh my!), and a few programs that are quite similar to those I'm used to. It also reinvigorated my thoughts about getting my own iPad so I could more quickly, and more permanently, get my ideas down with an app like MusicJOT, rather than my current process which usually involves pencil and paper, then eventually Finale if I need something more profession looking to share with others.
Of course, many more programs exist than these six, and there wasn't a ton of space to go into great depth, but hopefully it will be start for anyone looking to get a program, or upgrade to something new. Enjoy!