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It would be a nice feature to be able to export a single pdf file that included the score and all parts or the score and selected parts. I'm using a pc with version 2014.5

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Hi All:

 

Yes, we plan to improve the control over PDF output and the quality of the output as well, FIN-5109 is the story in our backlog. We have made some improvements in v25, but more work remains. 

 

Cheers,

Michael Johnson

VP, Professional Notation

MakeMusic

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I would still want to be able to choose which parts are exported (as you have suggested), but the option to have them all packaged as one document would be a nice option.

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That would be nice if Finale had better PDF writing capabilities. I've used 'Export PDF...' in the past and things don't always show on the page as it should. I haven't used the Export PDF function since v25 was released so I don't know if things are better now.

 

I don't know the intricacies of software writing, so .... is it possible to be able to choose the resolution when exporting to PDF? What resolution does Finale export at anyway? 600 dpi?

 

I think an export wizard where one could choose between all of these options would be cool.

 

Not exactly pertaining to the thread topic, but related:

Someone suggested implementing a comprehensive print preview feature before; I'm just wondering what's the story on this. It's seems like it would be very helpful/useful.

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I was under the impression that PDF was vector-based so that resolution was not an issue.

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I think it depends on the printer.

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I agree with John and Adrian– about the usefulness of being able to create a single PDF file which contains both Score and Parts (as specified by a user's choices). I also agree with George, that it would be nice if Finale users had much more control over PDF writing capabilities. There have been some historical problems with Graphic Export... Titles and page headers that would not appear centered but would shift in position, fonts that drop characters, etc... but which have tended to print correctly, and will create a correct PDF by using the Print command and operating system PDF conversion. I haven't run into those bugs in v25, but there are other issues– and I do agree that uses need comprehensive control over the different aspects of PDF creation.

 

Anything that IS vector based (such as fonts and lines that make up most of the content on Finale pages) should Export as vectors, but my experience with v25 is that vector based logos, which I'm required to use by a couple of clients) may appear pixelated in Finale generated PDF files and do NOT necessarily Export from Finale as vectors. I have to create PDFs from those files via the Print command. But, since Finale is capable of importing other types of graphics (like a Jpeg file) the question of resolution contained in an exported PDF file may still be a valid one. 

 

Indeed, most high-quality publishing programs that allow for PDF creation DO give a wide range of options about the resolution of non-vector content–as well as options to specify a resolution that non-vector art will downsample to, the colorspace that the PDF will be output in, whether or not fonts will be embedded, and the various PDF standards that a PDF file may conform to. With color output, Finale is incapable, for instance, of creating a PDF-X1a file (a standard for commercial printing) because it cannot specify or define colored objects within the CMYK colorspace. But perhaps more troubling is the fact that it can't export a Grayscale PDF either– the PDFs created by Finale are RGB with no control options available– (so if you try to print Finale's black notes on a commercial CMYK printer, the RGB value for black will become: C75, M68, Y67, K90 and would use 4 different colored inks). Only in recent versions did Finale acquire the ability to create EPS files with a true Grayscale 100% black. But, my point is– yes, there are a lot of options that might be given to users (even incrementally) to extend their choices and control over how PDFs are created and exported from within Finale. 

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