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by mark carlson
Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Page margin & margin windows won't open where I want
Replies: 17
Views: 5956

Re: Page margin & margin windows won't open where I want

I followed Buon Tempi's advice and trashed these: com.makemusic.finale.plist and com.makemusic.finale.fprf I also "reset all preferences" in the Preferences menu item under Finale. And the same crap keeps happening: with certain files, the Edit System Margins and Edit Page Margins windows abruptly s...
by mark carlson
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Time Signature Metatool Gone?
Replies: 25
Views: 11101

Re: Time Signature Metatool Gone?

I just trashed these: com.makemusic.finale.plist and com.makemusic.finale.fprf But the time signature metatool is still not working. BTW, here is the information about the Predefined Time Signature Metatools: https://usermanuals.finalemusic.com/FinaleMac/Content/Finale/Metatools.htm#Time_Signature I...
by mark carlson
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Time Signature Metatool Gone?
Replies: 25
Views: 11101

Time Signature Metatool Gone?

The keyboard shortcut I've been using for changing the time signature of a single measure seems to have disappeared. Until this week, I have been able to select the time signature tool, select, say, the number 4, double click on the measure, and have it change to 4/4. Now when I try that, a dialogue...
by mark carlson
Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Page margin & margin windows won't open where I want
Replies: 17
Views: 5956

Re: Page margin & margin windows won't open where I want

It isn't just this file though, and it isn't every file, but it sure is a lot of them. That's very weird, because as far as I know, the window position isn't document-specific: it's an app setting. So a document shouldn't be able to affect it. I suggest that something is resetting the window positi...
by mark carlson
Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Page margin & margin windows won't open where I want
Replies: 17
Views: 5956

Re: Page margin & margin windows won't open where I want

It isn't just this file though, and it isn't every file, but it sure is a lot of them.
by mark carlson
Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Page margin & margin windows won't open where I want
Replies: 17
Views: 5956

Re: Page margin & margin windows won't open where I want

This keeps happening to me. I'll attach a file which I just now opened up and found the Edit Page Margins and Edit System Margins smack in the middle of the score. So I moved them to the left where I wanted them and saved the file. Then I clicked through to a different file and back to this one, and...
by mark carlson
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Page margin & margin windows won't open where I want
Replies: 17
Views: 5956

Re: Page margin & margin windows won't open where I want

I trashed the Preferences, and so far, everything is OK. I tried it out on the files that were giving me trouble, and now those windows are opening in the place I want them.

Thanks!
by mark carlson
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Page margin & margin windows won't open where I want
Replies: 17
Views: 5956

Re: Page margin & margin windows won't open where I want

OK I'll try trashing the preferences. But are you saying that there is a setting in Preferences that has to do with windows opening in the same position all of the time? I'm finding that this bug is associated with specific files and doesn't happen with most.

Thanks!

Mark
by mark carlson
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Page margin & margin windows won't open where I want
Replies: 17
Views: 5956

Page margin & margin windows won't open where I want

This is probably in the arena of first-world problems, but it is annoying, nonetheless: Ever since switching to Finale 25, the windows for Edit Page Margins and Edit System Margins, under the Page Layout menu, open up right in the middle of the screen, and I have to move them over to the left side, ...
by mark carlson
Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Cursor has transformed into something unusable
Replies: 6
Views: 1889

Re: Cursor has transformed into something unusable

Thanks! Yes, restarting the computer did the trick. In the meantime, a few slurs mysteriously disappeared, but I think I got them all back.

Mark
by mark carlson
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Cursor has transformed into something unusable
Replies: 6
Views: 1889

Cursor has transformed into something unusable

In smart shapes, my cursor has abruptly turned in to what looks like a plus sign with SOMETHING in the upper right quadrant--it's too small to see what it is supposed to look like. Nothing I do will make it change back to a normal cursor. In trying to get it to return to normal, I clicked somewhere,...
by mark carlson
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: How to use Score Merger Successfully
Replies: 2
Views: 1250

Re: How to use Score Merger Successfully

I guess I can just copy and paste the titles from the score into the parts. Is that the way to go?
by mark carlson
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: How to use Score Merger Successfully
Replies: 2
Views: 1250

How to use Score Merger Successfully

On the suggestion of someone in an earlier post, in which I was asking how to get half-pages of parts onto one page, I am trying Score Merger, but not entirely with success. I merged the scores of all six songs into one document (I did save the originals, so they are untouched), and I am finding unw...
by mark carlson
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Spacing in vocal music/much respacing work undone
Replies: 13
Views: 4114

Re: Spacing in vocal music/much respacing work undone

Thanks for all of the useful tips!

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by mark carlson
Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Spacing in vocal music/much respacing work undone
Replies: 13
Views: 4114

Re: Spacing in vocal music/much respacing work undone

Thanks! And I agree that lyrics present a difficult challenge, but I never see the weird spacings I find in Finale piano parts to vocal pieces that I find it traditional engraved 19th c. songs, for example. It's definitely a compromise and is a challenge (at least for me) to find the most normal loo...
by mark carlson
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Spacing in vocal music/much respacing work undone
Replies: 13
Views: 4114

Spacing in vocal music/much respacing work undone

This is a two-part question: I. One of the things Finale is bad at, in my opinion, is music spacing in vocal music: the spacing is done primarily to accommodate the lyrics, but then often the piano part looks ridiculous--four quarter notes in a row have nothing even resembling equal spacing; the fir...
by mark carlson
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Crescendos/decrescendos that won't stay as I draw them
Replies: 13
Views: 5150

Re: Crescendos/decrescendos that won't stay as I draw them

Thanks! It's pretty predictable on my end! I found another one in the same movement and just fixed using the arrow followed by redraw until it's in the right place. But that shouldn't be necessary.
by mark carlson
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Crescendos/decrescendos that won't stay as I draw them
Replies: 13
Views: 5150

Re: Crescendos/decrescendos that won't stay as I draw them

I found interspersing arrow keys and Ctrl-D helpful to get it just right. This of course affects other beat-attached smart shapes as well (and I guess the problem existed there all along). The above fix is probably not immune to measure respacing, so if it changes, you'll need to retweak, and score...
by mark carlson
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Crescendos/decrescendos that won't stay as I draw them
Replies: 13
Views: 5150

Re: Crescendos/decrescendos that won't stay as I draw them

motet wrote:And, it looks like there's a problem with independent time signatures and clef changes:
Is there any solution to this?

Thanks,

Mark
by mark carlson
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Crescendos/decrescendos that won't stay as I draw them
Replies: 13
Views: 5150

Re: Crescendos/decrescendos that won't stay as I draw them

Thank you! I will try it first thing in the morning.
by mark carlson
Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Crescendos/decrescendos that won't stay as I draw them
Replies: 13
Views: 5150

Re: Crescendos/decrescendos that won't stay as I draw them

OK Thanks! The independent time signatures, by the way, were only because, back in the early days of Finale, it was incredibly labor-intensive to create triplets, so as I time saver, since the piano plays almost nothing but triplets, I just gave it independent meters of 12/8 and 18/8. It might look ...
by mark carlson
Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Crescendos/decrescendos that won't stay as I draw them
Replies: 13
Views: 5150

Crescendos/decrescendos that won't stay as I draw them

I keep having this happen in various movements of this piece. (Again, if it matters, it was written and copied originally in Finale in 1992). I put in a hairpin, either descrescendo or crescendo, have it perfectly placed, and then the next time I see it, it is extended beyond where I want it to end....
by mark carlson
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Measure numbers wrong
Replies: 11
Views: 4046

Re: Measure numbers wrong

That's Jeff Sessions, isn't it? ...in editing another piece of this same era, the automatic multi-measure-rest creator managed to leave out a measure in a multi-measure rest in ONE part. That may be due to editing the score after the part was generated, with the setting "multimeasure rests: update ...
by mark carlson
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: General Finale Help
Topic: Advice about layout/reducing pages
Replies: 4
Views: 1683

Re: Advice about layout/reducing pages

Thanks for the advice! That is definitely some stuff I did not know about, in spite of using Finale since 1989.

Yes, I accomplished a lot in my one year of life!

Mark