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When using a first and second repeat there is brackets for N° 1 and N°2. now in Finale if you have more then one measure the first measure in the repeat will have a left bracket, the last measure in the first repeat will have a right bracket the measures in between isn't covered. then you need to manually pull the brackets together.

My feature would be that the bracket covers all measures automatically. It has ramifications if I do it manually, let say I add measures and the repeat moves, the bracket that was lengthened stays how it is even off the page. It doesn't follow with the measures in the repeat to the next system.

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Hi Nachmen:

 

This is indeed a longstanding design omission to Repeat brackets in Finale. Kudos to Peter for making the best suggestion as a workaround in the meantime. I look forward to addressing this notational faux pas in Finale. I've added your comments to FIN-4369, a story in our backlog on the topic.  Thank you for posting and for your use of Finale.

 

Cheers,
Michael Johnson
VP, Professional Notation
MakeMusic

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According to most sources that I’ve seen, connecting the beginning and ending brackets isn’t necessary.

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In all the printed scores what I saw it was connected. I don't connect them I leave them open, because what I wrote in the second part of my post. But I feel that it's doesn't look finished.

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Nachmen B. Rubinstein,

 

I suggest that you do not “manually pull the brackets together” - because of the problems you point out.

 

Instead, connect the two brackets with a smart shape Custom Line that has the same line thickness as the repeat brackets.

If you zoom in (to a high view percentage), you can position the Custom Line at the same vertical position as the repeat bracket.

 

The smart shape line will automatically adjust to layout changes, such as a system break in the middle of the first ending.

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Thank you for that go around, but I still don't understand why the brackets shouldn't be automatic?

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… I still don't understand why the brackets shouldn't be automatic? …

 

If I have expressed myself unclearly, I apologize.

I was merely suggesting a solution with Finale as the program is now.

 

I don’t think that anybody would argue against having “automatically joining repeat ending brackets” as an option, you could toggle on or off as needed.

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This is what I meant by posting a feature request. We need to stay ahead of the competition.

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Thank you Peter it's a brilliant idea. I tried it.

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Thank you MM_Michael Johnson
I want with my whole heart that Finale should stay on top. The guys at Dorico are pumping heaven and earth about there product. I am ready to help in any way, that Finale should stay on the lead of the competition.

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Hi Nachmen:

 

Thank you for the kind words and voice of support. I sincerely appreciate your use of Finale and feedback on ways to improve the product. I've always said one of Finale's greatest assets is the user base -- you are a prime example! Thank you.

 

Cheers,

Michael Johnson

VP, Professional Notation

MakeMusic

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