is there any software that can help write sheet music rather simply, easily, and hopefully is cheap?  i don't mean finale or sibelius, but something on a much smaller scale.  i just need the ability to quickly place notes on a line and write chord notations quickly above the measures.  the sheets would look like a fake book basically.  i don't need all the options of finale-like programs.  not only do i not need a huge featureset, but i prefer not to have one.  sometimes, these programs are so capable of doing so much, that it becomes very hard to do something simple.
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try band in a box - any version. easy to use and to produce ok lead sheets
try notepad from finale; it is free.
finale notepad is pretty good, especially for a free program.  band in a box is not really the most practical thing that i'm looking for.

is there something like finale notepad that will also do chord notation in a more direct way other than using a general text or lyric tool?
i haven't tried it, but it looks interesting.  and it's a jazz specific software to boot!  check it out:

i'll write more after i try it out.
looks promising. i'll try it too. thanks for posting this.
awesome little tool! took me a while to figure out the whole drag and drop thing, but now that i got a hang of it, it think it's really really neat. just yesterday i was cursing at a whole list of tools who just made no sense to me. now you come with exactly what i needed.
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