I (currently) have Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1, Finale 2012a and am contemplating upgrade to Finale v26, then Windows 10
Regarding resizing notes with lyrics
Often I have multiple layers on a "lyric-notes" staff--one for each verse in the section. But then I'll want to resize the lyrics of the 2nd verse to be "cue notes". Unfortunately, resizing entire notes also resizes lyric and chord text assigned to the layer in question. If I enlarge the font size for the 2nd verse, the vertical height and thickness of the hyphens and word-extensions is all wrong. The other simple solution is to resize note heads and stems individually--a tedious, error-prone process, and one bound to result in goofy-looking (oversized) flags and beams for eighth and shorter notes.
My present solution (using Finale 2012a) is to copy the notes from the 2nd verse to a 3rd layer. Then I resize the notes of 1 of the "2nd-verse" layers but attach no lyrics, while attaching lyrics to and hiding (using Speedy Edit) the notes of the extra layer. This gets the professional-looking visual results I'm looking for, but it wastes a layer (thank God there are 4!).
Finale should, if it doesn't already, allow the "auto-resizing" of lyrics and chord names with notes to be disabled, so notes and text can be sized independently.
- Regarding hyphens/word-extensions in repeats and codas: It would be nice (if it's not too difficult) for Finale, when analyzing D.C.'s, D.S.'s, codas, and repeat section-beginnings and repeat endings, to notice when notes at the beginning of the bar in question don't have assigned lyrics and see if the lyric syllable begins elsewhere in the piece and intelligently add hyphens and word-extensions. Of course, if that's too logistically problematic, you can instruct users to use a dot or an invisible character as the "lyric" for the first note--to which Finale would then add the needed hyphens/word-extensions.
- Regarding hiding empty staves: Finale allows "empty [note-less] staves" on a system to be hidden. It should, if it doesn't already, allow Page View to intelligently "collapse" systems with empty staves vertically and fit more systems on a page when possible. Many full-score professional transcriptions will have a few systems on a page in sections where the whole band plays, but several systems on a page representing a section with only a few instruments playing--making the most efficient use of the paper. I think this "vertical collapse" is supported by Finale 2012, but chord-name elevations are not adjusted to deal with "hidden" staves on top of a system--causing the symbols to sometimes be displayed up in the previous system. So maybe there should also be an option in Finale to have all chord names/symbols automatically displayed above whatever stave is the topmost visible one for a given system; a similar option already exists for repeat-ending notation, after all. Finally, when setting size/margins for page and system, there ought to be a way for Finale to account for very high notes in the top stave of the top system and very low notes in the bottom stave of the bottom system, so that one doesn't have to play around too much to keep notes from being "chopped off the page" vertically.
- Regarding tab staffs: I would like it if, when one selects a staff with more or fewer lines than five (i.e., 6 for guitar-tab or 4 for bass-tab), the Score Manager intelligently figured out where to vertically position the rests, "stem flips", time signatures, repeat symbols, and so on. It is already possible to manually re-position where rests and stem flips occur, but it's a little tedious, and doesn't work for time signatures, repeat symbols, etc. Also, the option to display notes as X's works funny on notes on tab staff: they're displayed on "ledger" lines (which should happen with tab), and using "rhythmic notation" on notes/chords in layers besides layer #1 (on any kind of staff) doesn't work right! (What's up with that??) Finally, it should be possible to adjust stem-lengths for stemmed tab-notes without the (absolute) vertical position of the stem's ends being fixed (fixing them prevents the possibility of "diagonal beams"). (Adjusting the length of regular "notation" notes doesn't have this issue, but allowing the vertical position of a tab-note/chord's stem to vary with the height of the numbered note/chord is only possible if the stem height is unadjusted--in which case the stem is often too short to accommodate notes with lots of flags/beams [i.e., 32nd notes].)