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Windows 10, Finale v26 and v27

Is there a way to change the font for extracted parts, making them different from the score.

That is, my score is in Maestro, but I might want to make the font for my parts in a handwritten font.

Thank you,
:-)
Nessa

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Unlike linked parts, extracted parts are separate Finale documents; they are not linked to the score document.

Just open the Finale document containing the extracted part, and change the font - or whatever else.

The score document will not be affected.

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"The score document will not be affected."

 

There isn't many good reasons to use extracted parts but this might be one. I don't know why you might want a different font but hey. 

The problem is and was exactly like quoted above. You score and parts is completely separate. If a change is made in either one you must do the same in the other manually.

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Rather than Extract every part as a new document, just create a duplicate of the Score and Parts Linked document, and change the Music font. 

There are various other reasons why a separate document for parts might be necessary in some workflows.

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"... just create a duplicate of the Score and Parts Linked document, and change the Music font."

 

Not a great deal of difference as you will still need to make edits or corrections in two seperate documents.

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True, but it's easier to keep on track of edits in two documents with 'score views' than 12 separate parts.

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What Ben says. By focusing on the task you’re trying to accomplish you will often find ways to do it more efficiently.

 

Making duplicates of Finale documents often saves me a lot of time over trying to accomplish everything in one.

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I actually started that practice long ago. Especially when it became oblivious Finale can't make a great score and a great parts and a great sound file all rolled up in one file. Still you must remember if you make a change or edit in one you need to make it in all, in my case, three files.

And, I agree, this method is far better than extracted parts. Although an edit or change may affect simply one extracted part at a time. Making two files to update instead of, in my case, three. I haven't used extracted parts ever since linked parts came on the scene. 

MM has so many places where upgrades like this would make life so much easier. 

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Well, aren't I glad I asked!

I have been stuck in the old school and not using "linked" parts, nor knowing of them nor the difference until this string.
Thank you all!

My own personal reason for the font difference is for clarity in performance.
To me, using Maestro (or something equivalent) in the score allows for more precision in complicated bars with lots of accidentals and smaller note values while keeping the bar widths to a maximum per page--eliminating excessively long scores.

On the other hand, the articulations and even note stems are so refine with such fonts as to present a more difficult challenge for the performer to see and read them correctly, hence a hand-written type of font might be more in order.

With v27, it looks like I will have many more font options from which to choose.

As it is, I now typically use a duplicate score for exporting audio files.
This gives me more control over each instrument by expanding the number of staves for percussion and for doubled parts in layers on a staff.

Now, I see how using a duplicate score would grant me more flexibility in the parts.

It looks like I have lots of catching up to do, especially in learning some of the "newer" features in Finale.

You guys are great--thank you!

:-)
Nessa

 

 

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… On the other hand, the articulations and even note stems are so refine with such fonts as to present a more difficult challenge for the performer to see and read them correctly, hence a hand-written type of font might be more in order …

 

In articulations you can use any fonts, regardless of the Default Music Font.

 

You are talking about the Line Thickness for stems - right?

It is a misunderstanding that stems are font characters; they are not.

Take a good look in

Document Options - Stems

where you can control the stem thickness.

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I now typically use a duplicate score for exporting audio files.
This gives me more control over each instrument by expanding the number of staves for percussion and for doubled parts in layers on a staff.

 

I find it best, or perhaps a better word easier,  to give each instrument a staff of its own. All on layer one. This is particularity true in the percussion instruments.

A lot of scores have alto sax 1&2 or horn 1&2 , on the same staff for example and for a score that's fine but not when you make a sound file. I put each percussion instrument on a seperate staff. I.E., snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, etc., all on its own staff. Everything!

 

Another reason for a separate sound file is I use NotePerformer3 but I don't like using it while composing or arranging.

 

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Thank you, Peter

It looks like one can make the changes per document (Document Options...) but not globally via Preferences.

Also, one has to change each Articulation separately--which is probably a good thing.

Also, I noticed that "Stem thickness" seems to need at least a .0005 increment to make changes. The default is 0.00765 and I didn't see any change until 0.0012.

Good to know, though.
:-)
Nessa

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… I noticed that "Stem thickness" seems to need at least a .0005 increment to make changes. The default is 0.00765 and I didn't see any change until 0.0012 …

 

It sounds like the Measurement Units are set to Inches.

Many users prefer setting the Measurement Units to smaller units, like Points or EVPUs, to make the layout values (and layout calculations) easier to handle (= fewer decimals).

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Also distinguish between differences one may see on screen and what will change in a printout with its higher resolution.

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To proofread on the computer screen, zoom in to a high zoom percentage.

 

Also, for on-screen viewing it may be a good idea to proofread a PDF file (in Black-&-White) rather than the original Finale document (in display colors).

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Great tips and advice, guys.
THANK YOU!
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Nessa

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I, too, encourage paper prints of your music for proofreading. I don't really understand why seeing it printed out is easier to spot issues than on screen but it is. I usually sit in my easy chair with a yellow highlighter. On my stuff Perfect Layout is so good and through it is easy to begin overlooking something by just assuming PL got it right.

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Yes, for some reason.

I remember taking my string parts to the local printing/photocopying shop and as I put the original on the counter would spot errors. Why I couldn't see them at home (although I did find many), the different environment gave me a different set of eyes.

:-)
Nessa

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To carry this further I had my local print shop cut me 9x12 concert size paper.  As far as I can find, you can't buy 9x12 paper so you need someplace that will cut it to size for you. I have a Brother large format printer that is fantastic and will print the score out on the 9x12 paper so I can actually see the finished product.

I make the finished score and simply have the print shop do the final printing from my copies. If you think this approach is something you would like to try not all large format home printers will print on 9x12 paper since it isn't a standard size. I have an HP  large format printer besides the Brother. It refuses to do it for instance. Calling HP tech people for solutions did not work or help either even though they claimed it would.

The Brother is a Business Smart MFC-J654DW but I suspect there is a newer model by now as mine is several years old. Not a cheap printer but not terribly expensive either. All wireless and Finale lets you print odd and even pages which helps a lot.

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