Preferences-Open dialog box
How to get there
Choose Finale 2012 >
Preferences > and select Open.
What it does
Use the Open category to specify how Finale
treats various types of files while opening them.
Convert Text In Files From Other Operating Systems • Show Dialog On Automatic
Conversion. Check to Automatically Convert to translate upper-ASCII
characters (such as è, ö and hard spaces) into the appropriate character
on the current system. If Finale was unable to translate the character,
it will display the problem character as a question mark. Finale will
only check text fonts, as defined in the MacSymbolFonts.txt file, not
music or symbol fonts. See Configuring Macsymbolfonts.txt.
Check "Show Dialog on Automatic Conversion" to display a list
of text items checked, items converted and other information about the
- Clean Up File Data • Show Any File Cleanup Data Results. Check Clean Up File Data to automatically run Finale's File Maintenance mechanisms, including Remove Deleted Items, when opening files. See File Maintenance dialog box. Check Show Any File Cleanup Data Results to display the Deleted Items Statistics dialog box when the procedure is complete. See Deleted Items Statistics dialog box.
- Automatically Sync Files to Symbol Fonts List. Check this box to automatically sync fonts to the Symbol Fonts List if fonts used in the file being opened are not included in the Symbol Font list. For information regarding adding fonts to the Symbol Font List, see Configuring MacSymbolFonts.txt.
Of Recent Files In File menu. By changing this option you can control
how many files appear in the list of recently used files in the File menu.
Conversion: PostScript • Screen • Ask When Converting. These options
are used when converting files previous to Finale 97 for determining how
to handle ties. In versions before Finale 97 ties were represented differently
on the screen than when they were printed on a PostScript printer. Since
Finale 97 and later versions no longer have this difference, older files
can be converted either using the screen representation of ties, or using
PostScript settings of ties. You can also have Finale ask about converting
ties during the conversion process by selecting the Ask When Converting
- Hidden Note Conversion: Reveal the Hidden Notes • Keep the Notes Hidden • Ask When Converting. Choose Reveal the Hidden Notes to automatically show all staves that include notes that were previously hidden due to systems when opening files converted from Finale 2010 or earlier. (If you have not intentionally optimized systems in order to hide notes, choose this option). Choose Keep the Notes Hidden if you want staves with hidden notes to remain hidden (usually in order for these notes to apply to playback without showing). When you choose this option, Finale automatically applies a Staff Style to all hidden staves with notes in systems that were formerly optimized. After opening a score with this option chosen, you can view the hidden measures in Scroll View. While in Scroll View, choose the Staff tool to display Staff Style bars above measures that have been hidden. To show Staff Style names in the bars, from the Staff menu, choose Show Staff Style Names. Measures that have been hidden automatically can be identified by the "Hidden Staff (Auto-created on conversion)" Staff Style. Check Ask When Converting to display the Hidden Notes Found dialog box whenever notes exist in hidden, optimized staves when converting old files.
- Set Human playback for Finale Notation Files Created Prior to Finale 2004.
Choose this option to automatically enable Human Playback while opening
files created in earlier Finale versions (pre-Finale 2004). See Playback
Settings dialog box.