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Converting Pdf Score to Finale

Postby adamg » Mon May 29, 2017 1:24 am

Greetings to everyone on the forum, I am a first time user here.

I have been sent a PDF of a clarinet part - 5 pages.

What is the best way to import it into Finale?

Is there a Application that will scan it into Finale?

I need to be able to transpose it and manipulate notes etc

Thanks in advance
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Re: Converting Pdf Score to Finale

Postby miker » Mon May 29, 2017 3:27 am

Welcome to the forum.

You can't bring a PDF directly into Finale. If you have an older version (2014.5 or previous) you can convert it to a TIFF file, and import it through SmartScore Lite. However, this will not allow you to edit until it gets into Finale, and it can often be quite a problem to clean up. Since I see that you have 2014, you can give it a try. YMMV

If the PDF was created DIRECTLY from a music app, PDF to Music Pro will work. However, the demo only does one page at a time, and if the PDF is a scan of a published sheet music, it won't work at all.

The best way to handle it is with one of the scanning programs from Musitek. These allow editing before the creation of the XML that you import into Finale. Many of us have found that it's a great timesaver, but it does have a learning curve to use it to its fullest.

Otherwise, you would have to enter the score manually.
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Re: Converting Pdf Score to Finale

Postby zuill » Mon May 29, 2017 4:48 am

Or.......

Hire someone to do it. I'm game.

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Re: Converting Pdf Score to Finale

Postby adamg » Mon May 29, 2017 11:29 am

Great thanks - how do i contact you? I have not been on forum long enough to use private message the rules tell me :)
If you could email me adam45spiritATaol.com .. I could send you pdf for your view
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Re: Converting Pdf Score to Finale

Postby MikeHalloran » Mon May 29, 2017 3:43 pm

Read this thread for more information.

http://www.finaleforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=15205
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Re: Converting Pdf Score to Finale

Postby Antinus » Wed May 08, 2019 9:45 am

Try PlayScore 2 for iOS. It is very accurate and will scan a whole PDF into MusicXML for a fraction of the cost of a PC scanning program. You can download and try it free.
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Re: Converting Pdf Score to Finale

Postby MikeHalloran » Mon May 27, 2019 6:22 am

Antinus wrote:Try PlayScore 2 for iOS. It is very accurate and will scan a whole PDF into MusicXML for a fraction of the cost of a PC scanning program. You can download and try it free.

PlayScore 2 for iOS now has much of the functionality of of SmartScore Lite — except at $16 a year. Expressions, lyrics, text... nope. The Android version cannot handle more than one page at a time.

Here’s a recent review:
https://techinmusiced.wordpress.com/2019/02/09/playscore-2-another-tool-to-buy/
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