I'm using Finale for over 20 years now and learned early on after many crashes that typing lyrics directly in a score was not the way to go.
So I did and do this:
- I prepare all the lyrics in a dedicated word-processor, including hyphens to separate syllables in every word if necessary. I found that TextWrangler was the best choice because it has no fancy formatting of its own and uses the lyrics font that was chosen in Finale after pasting the text in the Lyrics Window..
- I copy/paste the lyrics verse by verse and chorus by chorus in the Lyrics Window.
- I use click assign to put the syllables under the notes.
This worked fine in all versions of Finale I bought so far (since Finale 1998) up to version 2014.5
Since I had to upgrade to V25/26 due to compatibility issues with a newer MacOS, this presents a problem: the invisible line-feed or carriage return characters are stripped when I paste the lyrics into the Lyrics WIndow and the last word of a sentence is attached to the first word in the next sentence, therefore ruining the position of the syllables under the music notes.
When I corrrect this in the Lyrics Window (... it is hard to position the cursor correctly ...) and copy/paste the lyrics from Finale to TextWrangler, the CR/LF characters are there. When I copy/paste the other way around, they are gone again.
Somebody knows what is going on here?
And please don't say that a re-write of the Lyrics Window is on its way and will fix it all, that promise was already made in the previous century...