"Read Me" documentation and release highlights for Finale v25.3

Updated on March 30, 2017 to add in information concerning Finale v25.3

 

The sections below contain information designed to inform about some of the changes and improvements that have been made in the latest update of Finale (currently v25.3). The "Read Me" files are designed to help communicate important information concerning running Finale, interface changes that have been made, and some features and fixes that have been implemented. The "New in Finale..." sections have release highlights for features and fixed defects.

 

 

Additional Information about

Finale for Windows

Finale Read Me, March 2017

Copyright © 2017, MakeMusic, Inc.

 

IMPORTANT: Read this document before you begin working with Finale; you may want to print a copy of it to keep with your Finale information.

 

This file contains important information about Finale not included in the User Manual, as well as information about converting older files into the new version's format. Please note that Finale files cannot be opened in versions of Finale prior to 2014 without being converted to a different format.

 

The Read Me contains the following sections:

 

Running Finale

Interface Changes in Finale

New Features in Finale

Fixes in Finale

 

You may also visit www.finalemusic.com for updated information about Finale and information on new releases.

 

 

Windows 7 (SP1)/8/10 (64-bit compatible). Intel Core 2 Duo processor or AMD Athlon processor (Intel i3 or AMD Athlon II X2 and above recommended). 600MB hard drive space required for software.

 

USB port required for installation or high-speed Internet connection for download. 800x600 minimum monitor resolution (1366x768 and above recommended). Minimum 2GB RAM (8GB or more recommended for optional use of Garritan and Tapspace (AU) sounds: more RAM = more available sounds.) An additional 2GB hard drive space is required for all included AU sounds. Internet connection required for updates and help resources.

 

Optional: MIDI interface. MIDI input and/or playback device. Printer. A soundcard, including standard DirectSound, WASAPI, or ASIO, is required for playing VST sounds in Windows.

 

 

If any previous version of Finale has been installed on the machine, Finale recommends that you restart your computer and log on as System Administrator before installing. This will prevent erroneous font warnings.

 

We recommend that you install Finale, and any other software, when logged in as System Administrator.

 

If you encounter problems during installation, we recommend that you do the following:

 

1.        Turn off any programs running in the background. Virus detectors can often prevent Finale from installing necessary files and updating the registry. Rest assured, your Finale USB does not contain any viruses.

2.        Press CTRL-SHIFT-ESC and click on the Process tab. In the Processes Tab, click on "User Name" to sort the running programs by user ID name. This lists every process that is running on the system.

3.        Under the User Name column, look at all of the processes ("Image Name") with your account name. Click on each one, and then click "End Process" and select OK. Do this for every process assigned to your name except “taskmgr.exe”, “explorer.exe”, and “System Idle Process.”

4.        Close the Task Manager.

5.        Check your system tray (lower-right corner of the screen) for any running programs, especially antivirus software, which can interfere with proper installation of programs. Right-click each and choose Close.

 

 

 

User Manual

For full, up to date documentation on how to use Finale, choose Help > User Manual. Finale opens the User Manual using your default browser and accesses the latest online content from MakeMusic’s servers.

 

 

 

The first time you launch Finale, you will be prompted to authorize. To authorize a single copy of Finale, click Authorize Now to open the Authorization Wizard (or, choose Help > Authorize Finale). Then follow the instructions to authorize your copy of Finale via the Internet or mail. If you choose not to authorize, you will be prompted to do so each time you launch Finale. If you do not authorize within thirty days, printing and saving are disabled until you choose to authorize.

 

Note that the User/Authorization Codes are computer specific, and will only work on the given computer installation. Make sure that the Authorization Code is typed in using capital letters, and also verify that the correct serial number has been entered. Your copy of Finale can be authorized on two computers simultaneously, and, with an Internet connection, authorization can be moved from one computer to another at will. Simply choose Help > Deauthorize Finale to open up a free slot. Your copy of Finale can now be authorized on a different computer. When you deauthorize, printing and saving are disabled until authorization has been restored.

 

If you make a change to the computer (such as replacing the hard drive or motherboard, or installing a new operating system), then you will need to re-authorize the installation. If you have already installed and authorized twice, you will need to contact the Customer Success Team online at www.finalemusic.com/support with your serial number and the location ID for the specific installation in question. If the software is not "reminding" you to authorize when you run the program, then the registration/authorization has been successfully completed.

 

 

 

Most applications (including MakeMusic products) require a set of files, the Microsoft redistributables, in order to work successfully on your system. These redistributable files are normally already present on most systems and are not generally included in application setup/install scripts. These files are constantly updated by Microsoft and are operating-system specific; including these files in an application installer could result in incorrect files being added in your system and subsequent problems.

 

In rare cases these files may be missing or out of date on your system. In this case an error will be reported when you start the program. Here are some examples of the errors that could be reported:

If the files are missing...

'The dynamic link library MSVCP60.DLL could not be found in the specified path...'

or

'The dynamic link library MSVCRT.DLL could not be found in the specified path...'

If the files are out of date...

'The OCXTS.EXE file is linked to missing export MFC42.DLL:6880.'

 

If you see one of these messages, visit www.microsoft.com for more information regarding these files and how to restore them.

 

 

 

To accommodate the autonomy of each of a computer's multiple users, and to prevent permissions issues, Finale installs its components to various locations on your hard drive depending on their function and required accessibility. See “Finale Installation Details” in the User Manual for more information.

 

Download and Finale Trial

Finale is available as a download from our website. The trial version is identical to the full version, but does not include the Garritan sounds or music files. After the 30-day trial period, printing and saving are disabled. To purchase the full version of Finale, along with all sounds and features, choose Help > Purchase Finale. Trial users: after purchasing, another download is necessary to acquire the Garritan sounds and music files.

 

Contacting the Finale Customer Success Team

For Finale support, visit www.finalemusic.com/support.

 

 

 

Finale is available as a download from our website. The trial version is identical to the full version, but does not include the Garritan sounds, local help files, or music files. After the 30-day trial period, printing and saving are disabled. To purchase the full version of Finale, along with all sounds and features, choose Help > Purchase Finale. Trial users: after purchasing, another download is necessary to acquire the Garritan sounds, help files, and music files.

 

 

 

Converting Finale 2012 (and earlier) documents into Finale documents

Finale 2014 and later have a different file format than earlier versions and will open and convert older versions' documents, giving them the default title "UNTITLED.MUSX.” We recommend saving a newly converted document with a different name than the original file, keeping the older unconverted file as a backup. If you do want to save the file using the same name, choose Save As from the File menu. Finale Maintenance is run automatically to check for any errors while opening old files as long as Clean Up File Data is checked in Finale > Preferences > Open (checked by default).

 

 

 

Finale 2012 (and earlier versions) for Windows or Mac cannot open any standard Finale 2014 or later file. To open a Finale 2014 or later document in an earlier version, choose File > Export > Finale 2012 (for Finale 2012 only) or File > Export > MusicXML (all other versions). Finale for Windows includes the MusicXML importer back to version 2003, and then back to 2000 using software available separately. Finale for Mac supports MusicXML import back to version 2006, and back to 2004 (OS X only) using software available separately. See www.musicxml.com.

 

 

 

 

Crescendo and Decrescendo Openings. The opening width of short and long crescendo/decrescendo markings are now independent of each other and can be set in the Smart Shape Options dialog box.

MusicXML Preferences. Restrict MusicXML formatting has been added to the MusicXML Preferences dialog box. This option allows you to import a MusicXML file into a template without overriding formatting options within the Finale file.

Nonstandard Key Signatures. A Symbol button has been added to the Symbol List dialog box. This allows Unicode Musical Symbols to be used as accidentals in nonstandard key signature definitions by selecting them from the Symbol Selection dialog box.

For a full list of interface changes and more information regarding specific menu command changes, see Interface Changes in the User Manual.

 

 

 

 

Simple Entry Cursor. The Simple Entry cursor color reflects the currently selected layer.

SMuFL Symbols. If a SMuFL font is installed locally, SMuFL symbols are imported when a MusicXML import or export is performed.

MusicXML Export. MusicXML export supports nonstandard key signatures created with Unicode symbols.

Patterson Beams. Patterson Beams has been updated to respect Keep Octave Transposition in Concert Pitch.

Audio Device Failure. Audio device failure detection has been improved. An Audio Initialization Notification dialog box now appears to allow you to disable the device, quit Finale, and/or wait.

For a full list of features introduced in previous versions, see New Features in Finale in the User Manual.

 

 

 

 

Characters

All characters display correctly in a file when opened between minor releases and cross platform.

 

Device Error Log dialog box

The Help button in the Device Error Log dialog box redirects to the correct user manual article.

 

Document Options dialog box

When Cancel Outgoing Key Signature is deselected and In C, Display Naturals at Start of Staff System is selected in the Document Options - Key Signatures dialog box, Finale displays a canceled key signature when moving to a keyless section for all transposing and non-transposing instruments.

 

Files

Finale files that previously didn't open on Windows 7 machines, now open successfully.

 

Finale Authorization

Authorization is successfully maintained on Windows 10 machines.

 

Fretboard Styles dialog box

Unicode characters can be used in the Fretboard Styles dialog box and are maintained through a MusicXML export and import.

 

Hanging

Finale does not hang after selecting Play Finale through MIDI while the Score Manager is open.

 

Percussion MIDI Map Editor

Percussion MIDI Map Editor supports unicode in the MIDI map and custom note type names.e deleted.

 

ReWire

Finale's playback cursor no longer vanishes when using DAW playhead to reposition in ReWire mode.

 

Staff Lists

Unicode characters can now be used for category staff lists, repeat staff lists, and staff assignment lists.

 

Stems

In Simple Entry, flipping stems in a linked part does not affect the score.

 

For a full list of fixed defects in previous versions, see Fixes in Finale in the User Manual.

 

 

 

Additional Information about

Finale for Mac

Finale Read Me, March 2017

Copyright © 2017, MakeMusic, Inc.

 

IMPORTANT: Read this document before you begin working with Finale; you may want to print a copy of it to keep with your Finale information.

 

This file contains important information about Finale not included in the User Manual, as well as information about converting older files into the new version's format. Please note that Finale files cannot be opened in versions of Finale prior to 2014 without being converted to a different format.

 

The Read Me contains the following sections:

 

Running Finale

Interface Changes in Finale

New Features in Finale

Fixes in Finale

 

You may also visit www.finalemusic.com for updated information about Finale and information on new releases.

 

 

 

 

OS X 10.10-10.12. Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better (Intel i3 processor and above recommended). 700MB hard drive space required for software.

 

USB port required for installation or high-speed Internet connection for download. 800x600 minimum monitor resolution (1366x768 and above recommended). Minimum 2GB RAM (8GB or more recommended for optional use of Garritan and Tapspace (AU) sounds: more RAM = more available sounds.) An additional 2GB hard drive space is required for all included AU sounds. Internet connection required for updates and help resources.

 

Optional: MIDI interface. MIDI input and/or playback device. Printer.

 

 

 

For full, up to date documentation on how to use Finale, choose Help > User Manual. Finale opens the User Manual using your default browser and accesses the latest online content from MakeMusic’s servers.

 

 

The first time you launch Finale, you will be prompted to authorize. To authorize a single copy of Finale, click Authorize Now to open the Authorization Wizard (or, choose Help > Authorize Finale). Then follow the instructions to authorize your copy of Finale via the Internet or mail. If you choose not to authorize, you will be prompted to do so each time you launch Finale. If you do not authorize within thirty days, printing and saving are disabled until you choose to authorize.

 

Note that the User/Authorization Codes are computer specific, and will only work on the given computer installation. Make sure that the Authorization Code is typed in using capital letters, and also verify that the correct serial number has been entered. Your copy of Finale can be authorized on two computers simultaneously, and, with an Internet connection, authorization can be moved from one computer to another at will. Simply choose Help > Deauthorize Finale to open up a free slot. Your copy of Finale can now be authorized on a different computer. When you deauthorize, printing and saving are disabled until authorization has been restored.

 

If you make a change to the computer (such as replacing the hard drive or motherboard, or installing a new operating system), then you will need to re-authorize the installation. If you have already installed and authorized twice, you will need to contact the Customer Success Team online at www.finalemusic.com/support with your serial number and the location ID for the specific installation in question. If the software is not "reminding" you to authorize when you run the program, then the registration/authorization has been successfully completed.

 

 

 

To accommodate the autonomy of each of a computer's multiple users, and to prevent permissions issues, Finale installs its components to various locations on your hard drive depending on their function and required accessibility. See "Finale Installation Details" in the User Manual for more information.

 

 

 

Finale is available as a download from our website. The trial version is identical to the full version, but does not include the Garritan sounds or music files. After the 30-day trial period, printing and saving are disabled. To purchase the full version of Finale, along with all sounds and features, choose Help > Purchase Finale. Trial users: after purchasing, another download is necessary to acquire the Garritan sounds and music files.

 

 

 

 

 

Finale 2014 and later have a different file format than earlier versions and will open and convert older versions' documents, giving them the default title "UNTITLED.MUSX.” We recommend saving a newly converted document with a different name than the original file, keeping the older unconverted file as a backup. If you do want to save the file using the same name, choose Save As from the File menu. Finale Maintenance is run automatically to check for any errors while opening old files as long as Clean Up File Data is checked in Finale > Preferences > Open (checked by default).

 

 

 

Finale 2012 (and earlier versions) for Windows or Mac cannot open any standard Finale 2014 or later file. To open a Finale 2014 or later document in an earlier version, choose File > Export > Finale 2012 (for Finale 2012 only) or File > Export > MusicXML (all other versions). Finale for Windows includes the MusicXML importer back to version 2003, and then back to 2000 using software available separately. Finale for Mac supports MusicXML import back to version 2006, and back to 2004 (OS X only) using software available separately. See www.musicxml.com.

 

 

 

The Finale Preferences file contains many program settings, from the configuration of your tool palette to the display colors you select. Finale stores this file in your System Folder's Preferences folder, although it will look first in the same folder for a Preference file.

 

Finale does not share the preferences file with older versions of Finale. Finale will automatically load the new Finale default settings upon launching Finale for the first time. To use Finale's default settings at any time, simply reset your Finale Preferences file by choosing Finale > Preferences and clicking the Reset All Preferences button. A new preferences file will be generated the next time you start Finale.

 

Keep in mind that older versions cannot read the newer version's preferences.

 

 

 

 

        •        Crescendo and Decrescendo Openings. The opening width of short and long crescendo/decrescendo markings are now independent of each other and can be set in the Smart Shape Options dialog box.

  • MusicXML Preferences. Restrict MusicXML formatting has been added to the MusicXML Preferences dialog box. This option allows you to import a MusicXML file into a template without overriding formatting options within the Finale file.

        •        Nonstandard Key Signatures. A Symbol button has been added to the Symbol List dialog box. This allows Unicode Musical Symbols to be used as accidentals in nonstandard key signature definitions by selecting them from the Symbol Selection dialog box.

        •        For a full list of interface changes and more information regarding specific menu command changes, see Interface Changes in the User Manual.

 

 

 

 

        •        Finder and Spotlight. Metadata has been improved and updated to 64-bit. This allows users to search by Title, Composer, Copyright, Description, Time Signature, Key Signature, Lyricist, Pages, Page Width, Page Height, Content Creator, Duration, Fonts, Default Music Font, Arranger, Subtitle, Staves, Parts, Instruments, and Tempo.

        •        Simple Entry Cursor. The Simple Entry cursor color reflects the currently selected layer.

        •        SMuFL Symbols. If a SMuFL font is installed locally, SMuFL symbols are imported when a MusicXML import or export is performed.

        •        MusicXML Export. MusicXML export supports nonstandard key signatures created with Unicode symbols.

        •        Patterson Beams. Patterson Beams has been updated to respect Keep Octave Transposition in Concert Pitch.

 

 

 

 

 

Characters

        •        All characters display correctly in a file when opened between minor releases and cross platform.

 

Clef Designer dialog box

        •        The Clef Designer dialog box accurately previews new character selections.

        •        Characters above 127 can now be selected in the Clef Designer dialog box.

 

Document Options dialog box

        •        When Cancel Outgoing Key Signature is deselected and In C, Display Naturals at Start of Staff System is selected in the Document Options - Key Signatures dialog box, Finale displays a canceled key signature when moving to a keyless section for all transposing and non-transposing instruments.

 

Fretboard Styles dialog box

        •        Unicode characters can be used in the Fretboard Styles dialog box and are maintained through a MusicXML export and import.

 

Keyboard Shortcuts

        •        Switching between open windows works automatically when using COMMAND+` (grave accent).

 

Patterson Plug-ins

        •        Patterson plug-ins correctly close when pressing ESC.

 

Percussion MIDI Map Editor

        •        Percussion MIDI Map Editor supports unicode in the MIDI map and custom note type names.

 

Printing

        •        Finale printing can be accessed through Apple Script or by dragging a file to the printing queue.

        •        Printing custom page sizes no longer crashes Finale.

        •        When printing, the scaled size of the printed result adheres to the Scale value set in the Page Setup dialog box.

 

Rebeam to Time Signature dialog box

        •        The Rebeam to Time Signature dialog box is now fully functional.

 

ReWire

        •        Finale's playback cursor no longer vanishes when using DAW playhead to reposition in ReWire mode.

 

Shape Designer dialog box

        •        A Staff Template displays correctly by selecting Shape Designer > Show.

 

Staff Lists

        •        Unicode characters can now be used for category staff lists, repeat staff lists, and staff assignment lists.

 

Stems

        •        In Simple Entry, flipping stems in a linked part does not affect the score.

 

Typo

        •        Typo in the Change Noteheads dialog box has been corrected.

 

For a full list of fixed defects in previous versions, see Fixes in Finale in the User Manual.

 

 

 

 

Release highlights

  • Finder and Spotlight. Metadata has been improved and updated to 64-bit. This allows users to search by Title, Composer, Copyright, Description, Time Signature, Key Signature, Lyricist, Pages, Page Width, Page Height, Content Creator, Duration, Fonts, Default Music Font, Arranger, Subtitle, Staves, Parts, Instruments, and Tempo.
  • Crescendo and Decrescendo Openings. The opening width of short and long crescendo/decrescendo markings are now independent of each other and can be set in the Smart Shape Options dialog box.
  • MusicXML Preferences. Restrict MusicXML formatting has been added to the MusicXML Preferences dialog box. This option allows you to import a MusicXML file into a template without overriding formatting options within the Finale file.
  • Simple Entry Cursor. The Simple Entry cursor color reflects the currently selected layer.
  • SMuFL Symbols. If a SMuFL font is installed locally, SMuFL symbols are imported when a MusicXML import or export is performed.
  • Nonstandard Key Signatures. A Symbol button has been added to the Symbol List dialog box. This allows Unicode Musical Symbols to be used as accidentals in nonstandard key signature definitions by selecting them from the Symbol Selection dialog box.
  • MusicXML Export. MusicXML export supports nonstandard key signatures created with Unicode symbols.
  • Patterson Beams. Patterson Beams has been updated to respect Keep Octave Transposition in Concert Pitch.

Fixed defects

Characters

  • All characters display correctly in a file when opened between minor releases and cross platform.

Clef Designer dialog box

  • The Clef Designer dialog box accurately previews new character selections.
  • Characters above 127 can now be selected in the Clef Designer dialog box.

Document Options dialog box

  • When Cancel Outgoing Key Signature is deselected and In C, Display Naturals at Start of Staff System is selected in the Document Options - Key Signatures dialog box, Finale displays a canceled key signature when moving to a keyless section for all transposing and non-transposing instruments.

Fretboard Styles dialog box

  • Unicode characters can be used in the Fretboard Styles dialog box and are maintained through a MusicXML export and import.

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Switching between open windows works automatically when using COMMAND+` (grave accent).

Patterson Plug-ins

  • Patterson plug-ins correctly close when pressing ESC.

Percussion MIDI Map Editor

  • Percussion MIDI Map Editor supports unicode in the MIDI map and custom note type names.

Printing

  • Finale printing can be accessed through Apple Script or by dragging a file to the printing queue.
  • Printing custom page sizes no longer crashes Finale.
  • When printing, the scaled size of the printed result adheres to the Scale value set in the Page Setup dialog box.

Rebeam to Time Signature dialog box

  • The Rebeam to Time Signature dialog box is now fully functional.

ReWire

  • Finale's playback cursor no longer vanishes when using DAW playhead to reposition in ReWire mode.

Shape Designer dialog box

  • A Staff Template displays correctly by selecting Shape Designer > Show.

Staff Lists

  • Unicode characters can now be used for category staff lists, repeat staff lists, and staff assignment lists.

Stems

  • In Simple Entry, flipping stems in a linked part does not affect the score.

Typo

  • Typo in the Change Noteheads dialog box has been corrected.

 

Release highlights

  • Crescendo and Decrescendo Openings. The opening width of short and long crescendo/decrescendo markings are now independent of each other and can be set in the Smart Shape Options dialog box.
  • MusicXML Preferences. Restrict MusicXML formatting has been added to the MusicXML Preferences dialog box. This option allows you to import a MusicXML file into a template without overriding formatting options within the Finale file.
  • Simple Entry Cursor. The Simple Entry cursor color reflects the currently selected layer.
  • SMuFL Symbols. If a SMuFL font is installed locally, SMuFL symbols are imported when a MusicXML import or export is performed.
  • Nonstandard Key Signatures. A Symbol button has been added to the Symbol List dialog box. This allows Unicode Musical Symbols to be used as accidentals in nonstandard key signature definitions by selecting them from the Symbol Selection dialog box.
  • MusicXML Export. MusicXML export supports nonstandard key signatures created with Unicode symbols.
  • Patterson Beams. Patterson Beams has been updated to respect Keep Octave Transposition in Concert Pitch.
  • Audio Device Failure. Audio device failure detection has been improved. An Audio Initialization Notification dialog box now appears to allow you to disable the device, quit Finale, and/or wait.

Fixed defects

Characters

  • All characters display correctly in a file when opened between minor releases and cross platform.

Device Error Log dialog box

  • The Help button in the Device Error Log dialog box redirects to the correct user manual article.

Document Options dialog box

  • When Cancel Outgoing Key Signature is deselected and In C, Display Naturals at Start of Staff System is selected in the Document Options - Key Signatures dialog box, Finale displays a canceled key signature when moving to a keyless section for all transposing and non-transposing instruments.

Files

  • Finale files that previously didn't open on Windows 7 machines, now open successfully.

Finale Authorization

  • Authorization is successfully maintained on Windows 10 machines.

Fretboard Styles dialog box

  • Unicode characters can be used in the Fretboard Styles dialog box and are maintained through a MusicXML export and import.

Hanging

  • Finale does not hang after selecting Play Finale through MIDI while the Score Manager is open.

Percussion MIDI Map Editor

  • Percussion MIDI Map Editor supports unicode in the MIDI map and custom note type names.

ReWire

  • Finale's playback cursor no longer vanishes when using DAW playhead to reposition in ReWire mode.

Staff Lists

  • Unicode characters can now be used for category staff lists, repeat staff lists, and staff assignment lists.

Stems

  • In Simple Entry, flipping stems in a linked part does not affect the score.