"Read Me" documentation and release highlights for Finale 25.2

Updated on January 11, 2017 to add in information concerning Finale v25.2

 

The sections below contain information designed to inform about some of the changes and improvements that have been made in the latest version of Finale. 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, November 2016

Copyright © 2016, 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

It has been discovered that a recent Windows security update (around August 9, 2016) can cause printing issues with Windows applications, including Finale. Microsoft has released a knowledge base article about the security update that states the known issue. You can work around this issue by installing the latest Windows updates.

 

For Windows 7 (SP1)/8/8.1, visit the Microsoft website to download the latest update. Windows 10 requires the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

 

 

 

  • Audio Devices. Users can now enable or disable audio devices from the Audio Setup dialog box. Audio device errors can be viewed by clicking the Device Error Log button.
  • Document menu. Document > Keep Octave Transposition in Concert Pitch has been introduced to allow C instruments that transpose the octave to maintain their octave transposition when Document > Display in Concert Pitch is selected.
  • Measure Number Bar. A Measure Number Bar is now displayed at the top of the screen when in Scroll and Studio View.
  • MusicXML Preferences. Use current document if empty has been added to the MusicXML Preferences dialog box. This allows you to use a custom document or template when importing MusicXML files.
  • For a full list of interface changes and more information regarding specific menu command changes, see Interface Changes in the User Manual.

 

  • Horizonal scrolling. Horizontal scroll with trackpads has been introduced on Windows.
  • For a full list of features introduced in previous versions, see New Features in Finale in the User Manual.

 

 

Blank Pages

Blank pages are no longer deleted when preceding measures are deleted.

 

Extract Parts

Extracting parts maintains note position edits made with Special Tools in linked parts.

When extracted, parts maintain their Display in Concert Pitch setting.

 

Keyswitches

Muted keyswitches for Jazz and Big Band trumpets and trombones work as expected.

Muted keyswitches for Garritan strings work as expected.

Arco and glissando markings in string parts do not cause Finale to crash.

 

Manuscript Textures and Backgrounds

Manuscript Textures and Backgrounds are installed and updated.

Clicking Select to choose a Manuscript Texture in the Preferences, opens the correct default folder.

 

Sassafras Keyservers

In lab settings, Finale correctly recognizes Sassafras Keyservers.

 

Setup Wizard

In the Setup Wizard, Brush Drum Set is now available when selecting instruments.

 

Simple Entry

Simple Entry accidentals are carried over in overfilled measures.

 

SmartMusic SoftSynth

Finale files do not crash with more than 16 instruments using SmartMusic SoftSynth.

 

Text Inserts

Finale copies text inserts without crashing.

 

Time Signatures

Time signature settings for individual linked parts are preserved when extracting parts. Extracting parts does not alter or wipe out time signature font settings or placement offsets in the score.

 

Tuplets

Tuplet numbers and brackets appear on multiple layers when the tuplet begins with a consolidated rest.

 

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, November 2016

Copyright © 2016, 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, 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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

  • Document menu. Document > Keep Octave Transposition in Concert Pitch has been introduced to allow C instruments that transpose the octave to maintain their octave transposition when Document > Display in Concert Pitch is selected.
  • Measure Number Bar. A Measure Number Bar is now displayed at the top of the screen when in Scroll and Studio View.
  • MusicXML Preferences. Use current document if empty has been added to the MusicXML Preferences dialog box. This allows you to use a custom document or template when importing MusicXML files.
  • For a full list of interface changes and more information regarding specific menu command changes, see Interface Changes in the User Manual.

 

 

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

 

 

 

Audio Units

Files that use Audio Units can be opened while the Audio Units Banks & Effects dialog box is on screen.

 

Blank Pages

Blank pages are no longer deleted when preceding measures are deleted.

 

Extract Parts

Extracting parts maintains note position edits made when Special Tools in linked parts.

Parts are successfully extracted when using the Prompt for Each Name option in the Extract Parts dialog.

When extracted, parts maintain their Display in Concert Pitch setting.

 

Keyboard Shortcuts

COMMAND+` (grave accent) correctly switches between open windows.

In documents with multiple parts, COMMAND+OPTION+. (period) and COMMAND+OPTION+, (comma) correctly navigate between parts.

 

Keyswitches

Muted keyswitches for Jazz and Big Band trumpets and trombones work as expected.

Muted keyswitches for Garritan strings work as expected.

Arco and glissando markings in string parts do not cause Finale to crash.

 

Preferences

Preference to Use Large Tool Icons is retained between versions.

 

Setup Wizard

In the Setup Wizard, Brush Drum Set is now available when selecting instruments.

 

Simple Entry

Simple Entry accidentals are carried over in overfilled measures.

Using OPTION+RIGHT ARROW in Simple and Speedy Entry does not result in Finale crashing.

 

SmartMusic SoftSynth

Finale does not crash when using SmartMusic SoftSynth as a playback device.

 

Speedy Entry

MIDI input using Speedy Entry works correctly across page breaks.

 

Switching Documents

Error ID=-177 and hanging no longer occur when switching between documents.

 

Text Inserts

Finale copies text inserts without crashing.

 

Time Signatures

Time signature settings for individual linked parts are preserved when extracting parts. Extracting parts does not alter or wipe out time signature font settings or placement offsets in the score.

 

Tuplets

Tuplet numbers and brackets appear on multiple layers when the tuples begins with a consolidated rest.

 

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

 

 

 

Release highlights

  • Document menu. Document > Keep Octave Transposition in Concert Pitch has been introduced to allow C instruments that transpose the octave to maintain their octave transposition when Document > Display in Concert Pitch is selected.
  • Measure Number Bar. A Measure Number Bar is now displayed at the top of the screen when in Scroll and Studio View.
  • MusicXML Preferences. Use current document if empty has been added to the MusicXML Preferences dialog box. This allows users to use a custom document or template when importing MusicXML files.
  • Templates. New Marching Band Tabloid and Studio Orchestra templates have been added. The Drum Corps and Marching Band Letter templates have been updated.

Fixed defects

Blank Pages

  • Blank pages are no longer deleted when preceding measures are deleted.

Extract Parts

  • Extracting parts maintains note position edits made with Special Tools in linked parts.
  • Parts are successfully extracted when using the Prompt for Each Name option in the Extract Parts dialog.
  • When extracted, parts maintain their Display in Concert Pitch setting.

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • COMMAND+` (grave accent) correctly switches between open windows.
  • In documents with multiple parts, COMMAND+OPTION+. (period) and COMMAND+OPTION+, (comma) correctly navigate between parts.

Keyswitches

  • Arco and glissando markings in string parts do not cause Finale to crash.
  • Muted keyswitches for Jazz and Big Band trumpets and trombones work as expected.
  • Muted keyswitches for Garritan strings work as expected.

Memory Leaks

  • Improved memory management.

Preferences

  • Preference to Use Large Tool Icons is retained between versions.

Setup Wizard

  • In the Setup Wizard, Brush Drum Set is now available when selecting instruments.

Simple Entry

  • Simple Entry accidentals are carried over in overfilled measures.
  • Using OPTION+RIGHT ARROW in Simple and Speedy Entry does not result in Finale crashing.

SmartMusic SoftSynth

  • Finale does not crash when using SmartMusic SoftSynth as a playback device.

Speedy Entry

  • MIDI input using Speedy Entry works correctly across page breaks.

Switching Documents

  • Error ID=-177 and hanging no longer occur when switching between documents.

Text Inserts

  • Finale copies text inserts without crashing.

Time Signatures

  • Time signature settings for individual linked parts are preserved when extracting parts. Extracting parts does not alter or wipe out time signature font settings or placement offsets in the score.

Tuplets

  • Tuplet numbers and brackets appear on multiple layers when the tuplet begins with a consolidated rest.

Worksheets & Repertoire

  • Typo in Eine Kleine Nachtmusik has been fixed.

 

Release highlights

  • Audio Devices. Users can now enable or disable audio devices from the Audio Setup dialog box. Audio device errors can be viewed by clicking the Device Error Log button.
  • Document menu. Document > Keep Octave Transposition in Concert Pitch has been introduced to allow C instruments that transpose the octave to maintain their octave transposition when Document > Display in Concert Pitch is selected.
  • Horizonal scrolling. Horizontal scroll with trackpads has been introduced on Windows.
  • Measure Number Bar. A Measure Number Bar is now displayed at the top of the screen when in Scroll and Studio View.
  • MusicXML Preferences. Use current document if empty has been added to the MusicXML Preferences dialog box. This allows users to use a custom document or template when importing MusicXML files.
  • Templates. New Marching Band Tabloid and Studio Orchestra templates have been added. The Drum Corps and Marching Band Letter templates have been updated.

Fixed defects

Authorization

  • Improved authorization of Finale.

Blank Pages

  • Blank pages are no longer deleted when preceding measures are deleted.

Extract Parts

  • Extracting parts maintains note position edits made with Special Tools in linked parts.
  • When extracted, parts maintain their Display in Concert Pitch setting.

Keyswitches

  • Arco and glissando markings in string parts do not cause Finale to crash.
  • Muted keyswitches for Jazz and Big Band trumpets and trombones work as expected.
  • Muted keyswitches for Garritan strings work as expected.

Manuscript Textures and Backgrounds

  • Manuscript Textures and Backgrounds are installed and updated.
  • Clicking Select to choose a Manuscript Texture in the Preferences, opens the correct default folder.

Memory Leaks

  • Improved memory management.

Sassafras Keyservers

  • In lab settings, Finale correctly recognizes Sassafras Keyservers.

Setup Wizard

  • In the Setup Wizard, Brush Drum Set is now available when selecting instruments.

Simple Entry

  • Simple Entry accidentals are carried over in overfilled measures.

SmartMusic SoftSynth

  • Finale files do not crash with more than 16 instruments using SmartMusic SoftSynth.

Text Inserts

  • Finale copies text inserts without crashing.

Time Signatures

  • Time signature settings for individual linked parts are preserved when extracting parts. Extracting parts does not alter or wipe out time signature font settings or placement offsets in the score.

Tuplets

  • Tuplet numbers and brackets appear on multiple layers when the tuplet begins with a consolidated rest.

Updater

  • Improved updater.

Worksheets & Repertoire

  • Typo in Eine Kleine Nachtmusik has been fixed.