As a composer who has used Finale since the early 1990's, (ver 3, I think) I have often found it frustrating when I want to compose music and audition changes from within Finale.
What I would like to be able to do is to highlight a section of my music, say 2 - 16 measures and clone it into several side windows (maybe 4 or so at a time) such that I can make changes - of notes, phrases, harmonies, rhythms, # of measures - and audition each change by clicking from window to window and playing them side by side.
The windows should automatically contain all the information regarding instrumentation, so that I don't have to set up each window as a separate new document. Each window should be stored as part of the current document and open automatically when I open the main document. The windows should be named as Measure xx - yy Variant 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 of the main window and with a single mouse click, I can insert each variant into the main document (while not losing the original music) and audition each version inside (or outside) of the main document in a non-destructive way.
When I decide which variant I like, I would then finalize the change and go on to the next edit. If I decide that none of the edits work, I can close each or all windows and preserve the original music unchanged.
Such a feature would immensely enhance the value of Finale for composers. I realize that Finale was originally intended to be a typesetting / page layout for music that is already composed, but after 30+ years, it might be time to expand the utility of the program beyond the original scope.
Windows 10 / Finale 26.xx
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