Are you speaking of the Check Range Plug-in? Finale does have built in automatic range checking and does work on the Baritone (T.C.) and Baritone (B.C.) horns for band. Notes out of range will turn orange; color is user definable.
Michael, what you described IS what I'm looking for... and while I DO see the ability to add both Baritone (T.C.) and Baritone (B.C.) as brass instruments (and I've done quite a bit of this recently, as an alternate instrument for the Scores of one of my publishers) actually, I'm not finding it in the instrument list to be able to check the range through the plug-in. As far as I can tell, all the instruments are listed alphabetically; here's a screen shot of the available instruments...
Of course, I might be missing something, but if the ranges are available to check shouldn't (Baritone (B.C.) and Baritone (T.C.) be listed right here after Banjo and before Baritone (Voice)?
Hi Ric: Sorry for my confusing message. Totally my bad. Yes, I can confirm the Baritone horns are missing from the Check Range Plug-in. We do not plan to update the plug-in at this time.
Finale's built-in ability is not tied to the plug-in. Finale's instrument knowledge (clef, range, Garritan instrument, percussion map, etc.) are all built into a huge database that is included and not editable by users. That last point is a point of contention, I know.
So, instead of composing all of your music and then needing to remember to run the plug-in, you can rest assured that when you enter a note via Simple, Speedy, MIDI import, etc if the note turns orange it is out of range for that instrument. As documentation points out, you can set a preference of ranges in the View menu (Off, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced). Finale's definition of ranges are documented here
Please note, if you don't set up the instruments with the setup wizard / Score Manager then Finale can't work its magic. I created a blank staff, set the clef to Bass, named it "Barítono" and there was no range checking love.
That does clarify the situation. The circumstances that brought this to my attention stemmed from editing Orchestra Scores that a client is preparing for publication - where I haven't created the original templates or input the notes, and I only have partial control over the parts I receive. One of the jobs that I've been assigned is to create alternate parts... doubling certain parts and transposing appropriately, in case the customers don't have access to the original instrumentation. So one of my parts is typically named – Tenor Sax/Baritone T.C. (Doubles Tbn. 1, 2). I could set up the part using either Tenor Sax or Baritone T.C. but from that point, it's a copy and paste process to transfer the notes from the (previously created) Trombone part - so there isn't a chance to use Finale's built-in ability to check ranges and the plug-in becomes my only option for checking several similarly created parts. Sometimes the ranges of the original instruments will work well, and other times I've found I'll need to do some octave shifting or re-writing to make the parts work... so for what it's worth, the plug-in is still a useful tool to me for these situations.