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by HaraldS
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: position smart shape
Replies: 16
Views: 324

Re: position smart shape

You need to construct the box from smart shapes, too. Then extend the arrow line to the left so that its starting point is in the same measure and at the same position as the boxes' right border line.

If Update Layout then changes the measure's width, both smart shapes will stay attached.
by HaraldS
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Main tools palette disappeared! Help!
Replies: 8
Views: 262

Re: Main tools palette disappeared! Help!

Trashing the preference file has helped other people in comparable situations:

How to do it: Resetting Finale's preferences (using a tool crashes Finale, etc.)

e.g.: window with sharps, flats, naturals, etc has disappeared
by HaraldS
Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Hardware Issues
Topic: Minimal laptop requirements to avoid total frustration
Replies: 2
Views: 103

Re: Minimal laptop requirements to avoid total frustration

The real source of frustration with Finale on a laptop for me woud be the small screen size, not any other technical spec. 17'' or the like is not enough to display enough music to work senseful in Finale, as is my experience. Working speed in Finale depends highly on the ability to copy things; thi...
by HaraldS
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Courtesy natural in key signature
Replies: 8
Views: 162

Re: Courtesy natural in key signature

Hector's bug aside, has anyone seen this notation of cancelling and then reintroducing the same sharp or flat when there's a mode change? "Behind Bars" doesn't mention it, and I don't think I've ever seen it. It's odd that there's not an option to turn it off in Finale. I wonder if it's even intent...
by HaraldS
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Replacing articulations etc with a metatool double-tap
Replies: 5
Views: 184

Re: Replacing articulations etc with a metatool double click

Thanks for reminding me about that. I recall to have heard of that technique years ago, but I seldom used it. But did you know this trick? I could find nothing about it in the documentation. It's mentioned e.g. in the FInale 2014 manual: To change an existing marking to a different one using a Metat...
by HaraldS
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Tying chords
Replies: 5
Views: 206

Re: Tying chords

Is there a way to tell Finale that in speedy, when I hit =, top ALWAYS tie the entire chord? The answer to your question is no, unfortunately. I would like such a command, too. On Windows, I programmed a hotkey within a macro program called Autohotkey. It sends "Arrow down" 10 times, triggers the t...
by HaraldS
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: One voice across two staves
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: One voice across two staves

Gwyn wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:36 am
Is it possible to beam one voice across two staves? I've attached a sketch of the sort of thing I'm hoping to achieve.
Of course: Finale QuickTips: Cross-Staff Beaming
And a bit more in depth: Cross-staff notes
by HaraldS
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Hardware Issues
Topic: Smart Shapes with Mac Trackpad
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Re: Smart Shapes with Mac Trackpad

Or you can add smart shapes by selecting a region and execute a script, here's an example for slurs.
by HaraldS
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Making Smart Shapes Appear in All Parts
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: Making Smart Shapes Appear in All Parts

How can I link the horizontal dotted line so that it appears in all the parts? One solution: don't use a Smart Shape. Instead, create a new expression in the "Tempo" category which consists of a single hyphen: "-" (without quotes). Put together the dashed line by inserting this expression multiple ...
by HaraldS
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Playback Issues
Topic: Does your Finale saturate the CPU?
Replies: 6
Views: 450

Re: Does your Finale saturate the CPU?

If you have a 32-bit Windows machine, and you start the Windows task manager (control-alt-delete-Start Task Manager), and you start any simple Finale playback, what percentage of all CPU time does your Finale use? Nearly none, as my sounds are produced by external synthesizers. Of course, if you ha...
by HaraldS
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Playback Issues
Topic: Dynamics not being recognized
Replies: 5
Views: 362

Re: Dynamics not being recognized

You have several options of narrowing down the error to its source. E.G. reduce the score to only one staff/measure, copy individual measures/staves of the score to a new document or lead Finale's MIDI data through a MIDI monitor to see which data gets sent effectively.
by HaraldS
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Rectangular cells for improvisation
Replies: 6
Views: 358

Re: Rectangular cells for improvisation

How do you best adjust the alignment of this box? I used the pointer tool but it broke it apart line by line. The box ended up w/ some collisions and not how I'd like it positioned. The size of the box depends on the size of the measure and the entered values in the dialog. Thus, if Finale's layout...
by HaraldS
Sat Oct 05, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Youtube Playback ID error message when Finale is open.
Replies: 7
Views: 248

Re: Youtube Playback ID error message when Finale is open.

I am unable to get audio from other apps if Finale is running. I don't know if there's anything you can do--I suspect Finale is mis-programmed. That works on my system. All audio streams get mixed, each one gets its own fader in the Windows mixer window. I use a Focusrite Saffire audio interface; I...
by HaraldS
Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Playback Issues
Topic: Faster way than the MIDI tool?
Replies: 6
Views: 347

Re: Faster way than the MIDI tool?

You could create a new articulation like staccato, which sets the note duration to 90%. You could apply that (invisible) articulation to all notes in your score and check later, whether the 90% work or if any other value is more appropriate. By changing that value you have an individual, faster and ...
by HaraldS
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Using a forward repeat at bar 1
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Re: Using a forward repeat at bar 1

My intention is to have the following order of bars: Bars: 1,2,1,2,3,1,2,3 || : .............. | | ................ : || | ................ : || Write "Da capo senza repetitione". You can also translate the "senza repetitione" to "without repeats" or any language you like. The "Da capo" is a techni...
by HaraldS
Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: changing copyright easily
Replies: 17
Views: 540

Re: changing copyright easily

Not sure how much you know JW Lua, but this is possible with it. I've never personally written a script that will add/change text boxes on every open file, but it might be worth looking into. So here's my proposal. "Search and Replace Text Blocks.lua" searches for text in all page text blocks in al...
by HaraldS
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: changing copyright easily
Replies: 17
Views: 540

Re: changing copyright easily

In every case, it's not so easy to write a reliable solution in FinaleScript; and yes, it will probably take significantly more time to do it in JWLua. I tend to think that for a non-code-addict it might be the easiest to open each file seperately. But it depends on how many files we're talking abou...
by HaraldS
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Using a forward repeat at bar 1
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Re: Using a forward repeat at bar 1

|| : .............. | | ................ : || | ................ : || Question: I know that a forward-repeat barline is not usually required at the opening bar of a piece, but in this case, would you agree that one is needed? I would not agree. You can omit the first repeat. But the last (=closing)...
by HaraldS
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: expressions default
Replies: 11
Views: 366

Re: expressions default

ebiggs1 wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:46 pm
Thanx guys for your patience and answers but I found the answer on another Finale blog.
So what's the solution then? I would be very interested, please share that solution with us. Thanks in advance.
by HaraldS
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Vector graphics blurry
Replies: 16
Views: 590

Re: Vector graphics blurry

BTW, you can use the script Formes d'onde et boucles (JW Lua) which creates wavy lines as user shapes. It has lots of parameters for different wavy shapes. Using that, you could avoid the whole issue of importing graphics, if it's allowed to discard the original graphic and to re-create it in Finale...
by HaraldS
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Playback Issues
Topic: Playback Does Not Start
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Re: Playback Does Not Start

A visual cursor not advancing occurs when Finale waits for external MIDI synchronization (MIDI Time Code = „MTC“). I‘m not at home and can‘t say where that is located exactly. Maybe this option is selected?
by HaraldS
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Rectangular cells for improvisation
Replies: 6
Views: 358

Re: Rectangular cells for improvisation

Another option is to use a JW Lua Script on Elbsound.studio: https://elbsound.studio/jw-lua-scripts.php (script #11) Thanks for pointing to a script of mine; the direct link is this one . Since I wrote the script, a user uttered the need for colored boxes . This can't be done by this script, as it ...
by HaraldS
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Ties and large time signatures
Replies: 4
Views: 577

Re: Ties and large time signatures

That looks indeed like an error.
For workarounds for getting a "tie break" 8) see this thread.
by HaraldS
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Wishlist
Topic: Piano composers, unite!
Replies: 20
Views: 1220

Re: Piano composers, unite!

Using JWLua is a tall order unless you're a serious software type. Well, I think I wouldn‘t count as a serious software guy, as I don‘t have any formal/academic education in that field. I teach trombone and piano and work as a freelancing musician. But I do code since my youth, and this applies to ...