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I was just wondering... Once the piece is completed and the all parts and the score have been checked to be ready for printing;  wouldn't it be fantastic if somehow instead of having to concert each part to pdf individually, I could export all parts and the score to a single pdf in one click?

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You can use score merger....open your score and them use score merger to append each part to your score...then save the whole thing as a pdf.

Note, however, that there are problems using score merger and you may have to fix things after you merge the scores.

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  "...there are problems using score merger and you may have to fix things..."  Yeah.  No kidding.  On every page or part.  The ones that actually "survive" the process.  I've tried it several times and am wondering why it's an option.

  Evidently, it's purpose is not for exporting a score and parts for printing.  Is there such a process?

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Score Merger fills a specific need, it was never intended to be a solution for printing score & parts.  To the OP, the best solution is to print the score and all parts to individual pdf files, then combine those into a single PDF.

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Ok, so what was this "specific need"? it is called score merger and it is designed to merge scores...how is that different from what it was designed for?... which it totally sucks at.
Why dont they just add a simple pdf merge option?

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Score Merger (used horizontally) was intended to, say, add separate movements to create one score.

 

Vertically it allows one to add one set of instruments to another, or to add a music file to a template for further development. (To see an example of this, view "Extreme Australian Orchestration" at Tim Davies's https://www.timusic.net/debreved/ site.)

 

If you want to combine PDF files, buy (or find a free) PDF program. It's not Finale's job to develop its own; they have plenty they need to do already.

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Well, my problem is completely solved.  I got a PDF merger online, merged my score and parts, and they're off to the presses.

 

I think the name "Score Merger" threw me off for a while, because it looks pretty close to what a PDF merger would do.  There's an article in the Finale Encyclopedia, under "Adobe PDF documents" which explains a lot, and, I think, is linked to some "Score Merger" articles as a "Score Merger is not the same as PDF merger," because someone knew some of us would get confused...

 

The "specific need" is, evidently, to cut and paste parts of a score, in the creative process; not necessarily in the finalized, printing process.  If I'm not mistaken, "Score Merger" can't differentiate between, say, a landscape 11x14 score, and a portrait, 8.5x11 part, whereas a PDF merger doesn't need to.

 

(Always have enjoyed Tim Davies' site.)

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Then they ought to call it something different, or better yet, make something that actually works. BYW back in the prehistoric days when MM was actually providing support, I complained about this, I was trying a add parts to a score and nobody at support ever even hinted that I was using the ever said that I was using the plug in

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No one hinted that I was using the plug in for an incorrect operation. They agreed that that was fir joining any two scores together.
I'm sorry, but after using Finale for over 15 years I have gotten used to the rationalization or just plain laziness of parts of their software that are crappy. Should I just mention the playback problem?

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