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Finale 27, Windows 10.

The erhu, zhonghu, and a number of other Chinese instruments notate glissandi with a straight line with an arrow head at the end.  This is the standard notation and communicates to the performer something different from the Western glissando notation (there is something in the speed and inflection of the slide that relates to traditional performance that is not the same as either the glissando or the portamento in Western classical music).  Could this be added on the smart shapes tab underneath the guitar slide line?  At the moment, composers writing for Chinese instruments have to use graphics to create their own symbols, but these symbols are not as flexible as the smart line tool.  

Specifically: we need two kinds of slide line with arrowhead.  One is a straight line (used for erhu, zhonghu, gaohu, banhu, jinghu), and one is a curved line (used in guzheng).  

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I suppose that you mean layout, not playback - right?

 

A straight line with an arrowhead is already possible.

Use the Smart Shape Tool’s sub-tool Custom Line Tool (icon: a hexagon).

If I Recall Correctly, you should hold down the CTRL key, and click on the hexagon icon.

You will get to the Smart Line Selection where you can choose, edit or create a custom smart line.

 

I could be wrong here, but I do not think that Human Playback will understand, that the custom line is a glissando.

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As Peter said, the straight line is easy. Could you show us an example of the curved line you want? Does it have to be resizeable?

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Thank you both, Peter and Mike.  I didn't mention anything about playback or layout, I don't think. 

The custom line on my version of Finale is an icon of a pen writing a line.  When I select it, however, I can only draw a wavy glissando line with the word glissando written above it.  There seems no option to change that.  

I've compromised by creating a shape in the expression tool.  I have to duplicate it each time I use it, because the exact stretching and angle of the arrow is different each time.  It does the trick more or less.

As for the curvy line, I think I can use an expression for that, because it does not need to be extendable/resizeable.  

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The custom line on my version of Finale is an icon of a pen writing a line.

Another needless change, IMHO. What's more, the user manual still shows the snowflake. In any case, CTRL-Click on that icon, and you should get a new dialogue box, showing a lot of custom lines, which you can use as-is, or customize yourself. (Gliss seems to be selected by default.) Choose the line you want, and you should be good from there.

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Not sure about the curved arrow, but the straight line seems possible by CTRL+Clicking the Line option of SmartShapes.

 

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