New MUS files not displaying properly on Notepad

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Trevor Vincent
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Post by Trevor Vincent » Sun Jul 07, 2024 1:41 am

For some years I have been using Finale 2014 (on Windows 7) to provide scores for my singing group. I used to simply convert the MUSX file to an MUS, and send it as an email attachment. The singers could then open it in Finale Notepad for home practice.
I have had to get a new computer, running Windows 11, and am now using Finale The newest MUS scores I have generated have all lost their noteheads, but will play on Notepad. The old MUS files are ok.
I have been around the Forum a little but can't find an easy fix. Should they upgrade their Notepads? Or download other fonts? Help please.

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Post by motet » Sun Jul 07, 2024 3:07 am

The new Finale uses new fonts; I suspect that's the problem. I don't believe there is a new version of Notepad. But when you create a new file in Finale 27, pick a "Legacy" document style and all should be well.

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Post by BuonTempi » Tue Jul 16, 2024 9:14 am

Finale Notepad is contemporary with Finale 2012, and therefore hasn't been updated for more than a decade.
  • It is not supported on Windows 11.
  • It has problems with hi-resolution displays.
  • It is isn't available for Mac.
  • It won't work with the new fonts in Finale 27.
MakeMusic will likely drop Notepad altogether at some point, in favour of their new web-based notation app, "Compose".

Realistically, you need to find a new method of distributing scores to your choir.

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