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Postby jjvibes » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:16 pm

Hello all,
Windows 10 finale version 26.
I'm just wondering if there are shortcuts to activate – simple entry, speedy entry. In other words not always going for the mouse and clicking those items. I know that Mac users can create a master toolset and was wondering if any PC users have any tips or tricks.
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Postby motet » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:31 pm

If anything, shortcuts are even better on Windows than the Macintosh. Start by reading the manual section on "keyboard shortcuts." There's also a key remapper under Plug-ins/TG Tools/Menu shortcuts, which is perhaps the easiest way to assign keystrokes to invoke various tools.
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Postby jjvibes » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:21 pm

I always thought Macs were much better with music and in this case, with Finale. So many users use them...
I will look into what you suggested hopefully that will help and thanks!!
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Postby motet » Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:12 am

That may have been the case 20 or 30 years ago; it would be harder to make that argument now.
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Postby jjvibes » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:33 am

That is good to know as I can't pull the trigger and spend lots of money anyway! :)
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Postby HaraldS » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:57 pm

Especially with Autohotkey and Bome's MIDI Translator, we PC users do have some very strong tools for hotkeys. These possibilities don't exist similarly for the Mac. If used wise, Autohotkey can save lots of time.
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Postby BuonTempi » Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:16 pm

HaraldS wrote:These possibilities don't exist similarly for the Mac..

Except for apps like Keyboard Maestro, which can trigger sequences of keystrokes from key commands or MIDI input. The OS also has scripting capabilities and user-defined key shortcuts built-in.

There's also Metagrid, which works for Mac and Windows with iPad, turning your iPad into a configurable keypad that can trigger command sequences, including MIDI.
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Postby motet » Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:43 pm

For an external keyboard macro program to be useful in Finale for all but the simplest things one needs to be able to insert delays, wait for windows to open, and the like--if you just send a string of keystrokes or mouse clicks there can be timing issues. (Keyboard Maestro looks pretty full-featured!)
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