Smart Shape Options dialog box
How to get there
- Click the Smart Shape tool . The Smart Shape menu appears.
- Choose Smart Shape > Smart Shape Options.
What it does
If you find yourself adjusting the shape
of every new Smart Shape crescendo in the same way—for example, decreasing
the opening of every crescendo mark—you can define a default opening width
for the crescendo/decrescendo shape using this dialog box. Then, your
Smart Shapes will have the appearance you specified. (You can always adjust
them after they’re placed in the score, of course.)
You can choose a different character and
font for any Smart Shape that uses a symbol from a font. Fonts and symbols
can be set for Octave Up (8va), Octave Down (8vb), Two Octaves Up (15ma),
Two Octaves Down (15mb), Trill (tr), Trill Extension (~),
glissando and custom line. You can also make fine adjustments to the line
width for Crescendo and Decrescendo markings, and set the exact length
of hooks on single and double hooked Smart Shapes.
Note: Most changes you make to the Smart
Shape Options settings affect all existing Smart Shapes in the score,
except manually edited shapes. Changes made to the Make Horizontal checkbox
affect only future crescendos or decrescendos.
Octave Up (8va) • Octave Down (8vb) • Two Octaves Up (15ma) • Two Octaves
Down (15mb) • Trill (tr) • Trill Extension (wavy line ~);
Select; Set Font. Choose the Smart Shape symbol you want to change
from the pop-up
list. Click Select to display the Symbol Selection dialog box. Select
a new symbol, then click Select to return to the Smart Shape Options dialog
box. Finale will use the new symbols for shapes created with the Smart
Shape Tool. Click Set Font to display the Font dialog box, where you can
choose a different font for the currently selected symbol.
Note. The Trill Extension
settings affect the wavy line by itself and the wavy line with the "tr"
Octave Symbols as Text. Select this option to use only numbers
8 or 15, instead of Maestro’s octave symbols. When selected, Finale displays
8 for the octave up (8va) and octave down (8vb) markings, and 15 for the
two octaves up (15ma) and two octaves down (15mb) markings. The numbers
are displayed in the font set for the particular symbol, so if you prefer
a font other than Maestro, be sure to change it for each octave symbol.
Lines: Glissando • Tab Slide • Custom Line • Guitar Bend; Line Style Number
• Select. Select the type of Glissando, Tab Slide or Custom Line
you would like to use with the palette using this pop-up list. The line style selection
you’ve made will be displayed in the Line Style Number text box next to
list. To change your selection, or edit or create your line styles click
Select and the Smart Line Selection dialog box will appear. See Smart
Line Selection dialog box.
Thickness. This text box lets you specify how thick you want Smart
Shape straight lines to be—the lines you draw using any of the straight-line
bracket tools, for example. Custom lines have their own thickness settings.
This setting, as well as the dash settings, apply to all Smart Shapes
in the document, meaning that the ones you’ve already created will change
to reflect the new settings (except custom lines).
Length • Dash Space. These text boxes govern the "dashedness"
of dotted (dashed) lines. The Dash Length governs the length of each dash,
and the Dash Space is the length of the gap between dashes, drawn by any
of the dashed Smart Shape tools. Custom lines have their own dash settings.
Length. Enter a value in measurement units for the length of hooks
on lines with a single hook, lines with a hook at both ends, and lines
on the octave and two octaves up and down shapes. A larger value lengthens
the hook and a smaller value shortens it. Custom lines have their own
hook length settings.
Opening Width. In this text box, enter the width, in current measurement
units, you want the open end of all new crescendo or decrescendo hairpin
shapes to have.
Line Thickness. Enter a value in measurement units to alter the
line thickness of all hairpin markings in the score. As the value increases,
the lines become thicker; as the value decreases, the lines become thinner.
Note. This setting
affects line thicknesses of crescendo and decrescendo markings only. Line
thickness for all other Smart Shape lines in the piece is defined by the
other Line Thickness setting in this dialog box or in the Smart Line Designer
dialog box for custom lines.
Make Horizontal. Check this box to draw all future hairpins along
a horizontal line. Uncheck this box to allow hairpins to draw at an angle.
You can also use the contextual menu to turn horizontal settings on or
off on individual hairpins and other Smart Shapes.
• Cancel. Click OK to confirm, or Cancel to discard, the changes
you’ve made to the Smart Shapes. You return to the score.