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by dankreider
Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Finale - quo vadis?
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: Finale - quo vadis?

I'll wait until the 1. of January. If there still is roaring silence considering noticeable development, that will be it. I recognize it's bad form to proselytize here as a general rule, but since you asked... I switched from Finale to Dorico 18 months ago. It took me two weeks to become as fast as...
by dankreider
Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: On to Dorico
Replies: 17
Views: 1244

Re: On to Dorico

I am curious what Dorico would do with the problem in the first link above I posted, with the flats colliding vertically. It seems like Finale uses a rectangle around the accidentals instead of "kerning" them. Here's the passage in Dorico, with no manual adjustments. I'm not crazy about the final s...
by dankreider
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Finale 26 issues?
Replies: 7
Views: 1120

Re: Finale 26 issues?

ebiggs1 wrote:
I couldn't find anything on the Make Music help pages.
I am afraid MM isn't, or going to be, very helpful. It makes me wonder if they are truly into Finale?
I think we all know the answer to that.
by dankreider
Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Underscores in lyrics?
Replies: 30
Views: 2878

Re: Underscores in lyrics?

Simon_Furey wrote:Thanks, Peter. Sadly the PC version of the package does not include that font. However, I have now managed to acquire a copy.
Cheers
Simon
Minion Pro is free to download and use. I downloaded it, legally, and use it almost exclusively in my house documents.
by dankreider
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Finale Numerics?
Replies: 5
Views: 999

Re: Finale Numerics?

Thanks for the replies. Hadn’t thought about the demo.
by dankreider
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Finale Numerics?
Replies: 5
Views: 999

Finale Numerics?

Is it possible to get the Finale Numerics font without owning Finale?

I'm on v25 and use Numerics for Roman numeral analysis, but I'm looking to share some examples via text with other musicians that don't have Finale.

Just curious. Thanks!
by dankreider
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Manually re-spacing staves within a system by dragging
Replies: 8
Views: 1866

Re: Manually re-spacing staves within a system by dragging

If I understand you correctly, double click on the handle to move the staff down. It’ll move all of them the same.
by dankreider
Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Dorico, Finale, and crystal balls
Replies: 24
Views: 4971

Re: Dorico, Finale, and crystal balls

I haven’t gotten that far yet. The documentation is in progress. In the meantime, check out of the Dorico YouTube channel, go to playlists, “how to: play mode.”
by dankreider
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Choral arrangers, what fonts do you use?
Replies: 6
Views: 1515

Re: Choral arrangers, what fonts do you use?

Mike, here's one example (attached), if it's helpful. We have been singing from our hymnal for several years now, and I think it's proved to be very legible overall. YMMV. Note that, because of a lot of resizing in the file, the *actual* font size ends up being around 9.8. If I were to do it over ag...
by dankreider
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Choral arrangers, what fonts do you use?
Replies: 6
Views: 1515

Re: Choral arrangers, what fonts do you use?

Well, for our hymnal, I used 10-point Minion Pro. It's been very well received, even by our older folks. I like Minion Pro because it has a proportionately tall x-height (the height of the lowercase characters). That makes it much easier to read than, say Garamond. Also, it's a little darker (stroke...
by dankreider
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Mixing fonts in a custom character map?
Replies: 4
Views: 1070

Re: Mixing fonts in a custom character map?

Thanks, that's exactly what I was wondering.

Darn that "p" in November. No way I want to get into creating fonts!

I'll probably end up doing what you suggested: mixing and matching articulations and customizing tempo/expressions.
by dankreider
Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Mixing fonts in a custom character map?
Replies: 4
Views: 1070

Re: Mixing fonts in a custom character map?

Facepalm, thanks.

For some reason, I thought it was harder.
by dankreider
Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Mixing fonts in a custom character map?
Replies: 4
Views: 1070

Mixing fonts in a custom character map?

I've been looking into different kinds of music and text fonts, and I've gotten a lot of helpful insights from engravers about different stylistic choices. I hear a lot of people say they use one font for noteheads, another for stems, another for clefs, etc. Personally, I'd like to change out the "p...
by dankreider
Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Can you create a video file from a scrolling playback?
Replies: 3
Views: 1200

Re: Can you create a video file from a scrolling playback?

I'd recommend something like Movavi Screen Capture. I use it all the time and it's excellent. You can select the window (1280x720 or whatever), click record, and play your file in scroll view. Then you can do a little simple editing (basic fade in and fade out maybe) and, voila!
by dankreider
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Dorico, Finale, and crystal balls
Replies: 24
Views: 4971

Re: Dorico, Finale, and crystal balls

@mghaub: again, not trying to proselytize here, but the first step is to watch the excellent tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIOwP19omIVDSUq2rTGgHKw/playlists?shelf_id=7&view=50&sort=dd If you just jump in, I agree it's frustrating and baffling. But I watched the tutorials first—actually...
by dankreider
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Custom chord suffixes no longer working?
Replies: 5
Views: 1275

Re: Custom chord suffixes no longer working?

Oh geez.

Zuill, do you accept credit? Or do you prefer ca$h?

That is to say, I'm an idiot, and thank you.
by dankreider
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Custom chord suffixes no longer working?
Replies: 5
Views: 1275

Re: Custom chord suffixes no longer working?

Interesting!! I don't. :?

Now I'm confused.
by dankreider
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Custom chord suffixes no longer working?
Replies: 5
Views: 1275

Custom chord suffixes no longer working?

Seems lame, but I had to create a whole bunch of "custom" chord suffixes because using an italiziced font for the chord symbols made the suffixes too squished. I made a custom chord suffix library, exported it, and have been importing it every time I need it. It's been working fine—for example, A133...
by dankreider
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: New upgrade to Finale.
Replies: 97
Views: 16406

Re: New upgrade to Finale.

The [Dorico] workflow is terrible... Wake me up when it’s ready. I don't think the workflow is going to drastically change in the future, as the philosophy behind it formed the basis for the entire interface. It may be that you just don't care for it, which is fine. I agree some features are not ye...
by dankreider
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Dorico, Finale, and crystal balls
Replies: 24
Views: 4971

Re: Dorico, Finale, and crystal balls

I'll also add that I've logged about 5 or six hours over the past week watching and re-watching the tutorials, pencil in hand. I just started to jump in to actually scoring yesterday. I'm happy to say that, after 20 years in Finale, this is a surprisingly easy switch. Dorico is making sense to me mo...
by dankreider
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Dorico, Finale, and crystal balls
Replies: 24
Views: 4971

Re: Dorico, Finale, and crystal balls

if you have a developed personal workflow and knowledge of Finale, there is at this point no reason to switch to Dorico. Maybe some day, in the future ... (and/or if you start using a notation program for the first time and have the patience to wait for their updates to implement what often are eve...
by dankreider
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Dorico, Finale, and crystal balls
Replies: 24
Views: 4971

Re: Dorico, Finale, and crystal balls

@miker: I'm 36! :lol:

Your point is well-taken. To be honest, I'm getting tired of all the micro-tweaks in Finale. Usable orchestral scores for my players require sometimes an hour of manual adjustments. I'm tempted.
by dankreider
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Dorico, Finale, and crystal balls
Replies: 24
Views: 4971

Dorico, Finale, and crystal balls

I've used Finale daily since 1999. I know it well for what I do - standard sorts of stuff, and sometimes some engraving nuances. Like most of you, I have hotkeys, custom libraries, and lots of templates that I've amassed over the past (almost) 20 years. I don't have any major complaints. Finale work...
by dankreider
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Understanding page resize and staff height
Replies: 3
Views: 1116

Understanding page resize and staff height

I've been trying to better understand staff size, rastral numbers, and Finale settings. I've been really helped by Robert Puff's post ( http://www.rpmseattle.com/of_note/understanding-controlling-staff-height-size-in-finale/ ) and Peter Thomsen's comment ( https://www.finaleforum.com/viewtopic.php?f...
by dankreider
Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Adding a custom chord suffix to a slash chord
Replies: 5
Views: 1520

Re: Adding a custom chord suffix to a slash chord

To be clearer: I want a chord like A/C# or D/F#. The problem is that when I use an oblique font transformation, the sharp sign is too close to the letter. So I'm trying to find a way (any way) to modify the space between the letter and the sharp. I created a custom shape for regular chords, but I ca...