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I have over 1250 .mus files that I've made ever since I first purchased Printmusic 2002. Now, I'm told that to change those from .mus to .musx files, I'm going to have to do it one at a time, saving them to Printmusic 2014.

Not going to happen. For all the advantages that version 2014 may have over version 2010, it's not worth the time to do that. So, I'll stick with version 2010 and I'll likely uninstall/delete 2014 from my hard drive since it's caused complications with 2010 on at least one song that I've done.

Michel Brazeau

 

 

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Hi all:

Michel: Sorry to hear that you're having a bad experience with PrintMusic 2014. Please contact CS https://makemusic.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new if there is a specific problem with can help with. My general experience is that 2014 is significantly better than 2010. Also, we do not plan to provide batch processing to PrintMusic.

As for Finale, Ric made great points and mentioned FinaleScript. We do include a batch process conversion FinaleScript sample script with Finale. I also wholeheartedly agree with Jeffrey -- why convert at all until you need to? Of course, I would highly recommend back ups for your files in a few formats (Hard copy, PDFs, MusicXML, backups of the .mus on another machine / location). And I do acknowledge Adrian's point that there are files that for a file specific reason will not immediately convert from an earlier version. So, yes, if the file is important -- take care of it. 

As for the feature request, which actually none of you requested, but I want is a headless Finale that would allow me to edit files in a batch process without launching the app. For example, update all my copyright notices in all my files to current date, or some other batch process. While we don't offer that and don't have plans to, you could accomplishing some amazing things by exporting to MusicXML (which as of 25.1 can be done as a batch) and then edit the XML files with a Text Editor. I realize there is formatting loss with the MusicXML roundtrip, so this is far from ideal. But... just a thought.

Anyway. Fun discussion. 

Cheers,
Michael Johnson
VP, Professional Notation
MakeMusic

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I understand you'd like Printmusic and Finale to accomplish this, but as a suggestion– for a Mac user, Name Mangler from Many Tricks software could rename all your files in less than a minute. I'm sure there's something similar if you're on a PC.

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Changing from .mus files to .musx files is more than a name change; it is a change in the file format itself. I'm pretty sure Name Mangler is not set up to change file formats internally.

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Of course, Adrian, the file type represents more than just a name change, and I can't speak for PrintMusic since I only use Finale, but simply changing the file suffix does still accomplish 2 things: it can determine which version of Finale opens the file by default. (And you CAN open older Finale files in newer versions of the program with the updated suffix.) And the second difference is that once you've worked on a file with an updated suffix, you can simply "Save" to overwrite the file, rather than using "Save As", and having to manually rename the file and winding up with 2 separate versions of the file – a .mus and a .musx. 

I recently completed a single project that involved updating more older files than Michel mentioned. Changing the filenames (including the suffix) allowed me to save significant time because I did not have to manually rename each file individually as I saved them. In fact, after writing a Finalescript to accomplish my repetitive task, I was able to select a folder containing hundreds of files at a time; open them; save a PDF file of each; save the updated file itself (IN the new format); and close the file– moving to the next file to apply the same process. I'd literally walk away from the computer for 5 minutes and return to find 200 PDF files saved and 200 Finale files saved to the new format.

You're correct to point out that automating the name change addresses only one part of the problem Michel presented. While I used Finalescript to address the second part of the task (saving the files) it IS possible for his request to be automated using the 2 tools I mentioned. And perhaps it might be easy for MakeMusic to implement part of his feature request – by including a batch Finalescript that simply opens and re-saves files.

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IMO, there's no reason to update any files until you have a need to use them in a newer version. Once you do need to edit them again, then you'll open the older file in the new version, make your edits, then saving will put it in the new file format with the correct suffix.

 

I've got thousands of legacy files that are just sitting there in the old format, waiting for the day that I'll need to open them again. No need to bother with them until I need them.

 

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I have seen enough people complain that a file created long ago could not open successfully in a newer edition of Finale; so I do my best to update crucial files whenever a new version of Finale comes out. That way I at least still have the former version of the program available to help if things go south.

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