When I was in college Finale had fallen out of favor, and Sibelius was on the upswing. It was trendy to hate on Finale. You were the cool kid if you used Sibelius. If you had quirky behavior on your music that didn’t look right we’d say “Must’ve been Finale’d.” There was pride in the being on the right side of the argument.
I’d often hear the complaint “I couldn’t figure out how to _______ in Finale.” How could a program be so unfriendly to the user? How could there be so many bugs that were unexplainable? We must have picked the right side.
About five years ago I needed to learn Finale for a project. Many film composers use it exclusively, so I had no choice. I bit the bullet and spent the next few weeks getting a handle on how to use it. I expected it to be frustrating and clunky.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. After two weeks I was working at my normal speed again. Now I’m noticing composers saying “I couldn’t figure out how to _________ in Sibelius.” Turns out the program is not, and never was, the issue. The enemy is us, and always was. Pick a tool and master it.
So whichever one you use, stick with it. And if you don’t own one, flip a coin. That time you spend debating is time you could spend writing music.