I am having trouble making elided syllables in my Portuguese choral music. I just up-graded to Finale 25.
I never tried using an underscore since elision between two words is normally slurred in a score. I've never sung an opera in Portuguese but would be surprised if the rules were different than Italian in that regard.
With Italian, there are three ways to handle an elision but using an underscore is not any of them. One is to write two syllables as one—this is done when both are in the same word (no formatting is required for that, of course). The other two are used to a) connect the words with a slur and b) to leave a space while the two are assigned to the same note (I won't go into what applies when). Anyway, here's how to do both:
An elision is when two or more syllables are sung under the same note, such as in a folk song, chant or foreign language. Because Finale advances to the next note if you enter a space, you’ll need to add a hard space between the two syllables. You can also use this method to place verse numbers with the first syllable.
You can also insert a hard space by choosing Text > Insert Hard Space.
You should still be able to use an underscore, however. If you are unable to do so, use the Submit a request link at the top of the page to contact support.
The link I gave contains additional info on underscore, word extensions and the like. You may have something checked that shouldn't be, most likely in Smart Shapes.
The problem for me is that I can't get the elision to work. The "I" gets de-selected before I can change the font to Engraver Font Set.
Also can confirm that an underscore forces a new syllable in my setup as well.
MacOS Ventura 13.2.1
iMac 2019, 3 GHz 6-core Intel, 8GB RAM
If you select the I, it should stay selected while you go to the TEXT menu. Yes, I know you’re working in lyrics, but the text menu is available as well.
Another way to do it is to use an upper-case X instead of the I. Unless you’re writing about Xerxes, you shouldn’t need them in the lyrics. Enter all the lyrics, and then use Text Search and Replace to change the X to the elision, all at once. More complicated, but that’s how I used to do it.
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