I use Finale 25 on Windows 10 (but I suspect the issue I present below is also present for Mac users)
This request concerns two pretty obvious deficiencies with how Finale 25 currently saves text expressions to a library:
(1) It won't save your custom made expression "categories" to a library.
(2) Any library file you do create won't maintain the careful organization of expressions you've set up within any given expression "category."
Here's a more full explanation:
As to (1), if one clicks on the Expressions tool, they will see the Expressions Selection window. To create a custom CATEGORY of expressions, one would first click on the bar on the lower left that says "Edit Categories." At the next screen they would click on "Duplicate" and then they would just type in the new name they want to give to the category of expressions they want to create in order keep all such similar expression in one place. So far, so good. That works great.
The problem is that when one returns to the document, clicks on the File menu, and then clicks on Save Library (to save their newly modified library so it will be available to them for all future documents), the saved library does NOT contain the new custom expression category you just created. It only contains the original default Finale expression categories. It seems like an enhancement would be a simple fix. It would definitely help me. Hopefully others agree and will weigh in since it will only happen if it gets a lot of "Me too" requests.
As to (2), the problem concerns saving the ORGANIZATION of expressions to a library. For example, I like to have several dozen tempo markings saved so I can quickly and easily select them while experimenting with whatever would be the optimal tempo to select at some point in a song. I have created many tempo expressions (e.g. quarter note = 50, quarter note = 53, etc.) beyond those that Finale provides by default. To make them easy to locate, I move each expression up and down within the list of expressions in any given category so that they will appear in numerical order within the Tempo Marks expression window, i.e., so the expression for quarter note = 50 would be right before the expression for quarter note = 53, etc., rather than right next to, e.g., half note = 200.
After I have created dozens of tempo expressions for quarter notes, I do additional sets of tempo marking expressions for eighth notes, dotted quarter notes, half notes, etc. It takes a lot of time to create all these and then organize them numerically within a category so I can easily find them when I want to use one.
The problem is that when I then save my expressions to a library, the saved library, while INCLUDING all my new tempo markings, nonetheless forgets all the organization I did to arrange them in numerical and logical order. So, each time I call up the saved library, I have to go to the considerable time and effort of reorganizing all these randomly saved tempo markings.
It would be much appreciated if Finale would add an enhancement so saving the library of text expressions would also save the order within which they appear within any given expression category.
I hope others agree and request this as well.
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