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Duration Allotments dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose Document > Document Options then select Music Spacing.
  2. Click Spacing Widths. Then click Widths.

What it does

By spacing your music with the aid of a Spacing Library, you can create extremely professional-looking scores, in which measures are neither wider nor narrower than they need to be.

There are several spacing libraries provided with Finale: Fibonacci, Loose, Medium, Tight, etc. After you’ve loaded one of these libraries into the document (by choosing Load Library from the File menu), you apply its spacing to your music by selecting the desired region and using the Music Spacing command in the Utilities menu. You can also edit or create your own Spacing Table using this dialog box.

Instead of calculating the EDU equivalent, however, you can also click Duration to display a visual palette of rhythmic values. Click the desired value (and the dot, if it’s a dotted value) and click OK; Finale returns to the Duration Allotment box and fills in the EDU equivalent in the Duration box for you. (If, when viewing a duration/width pairing whose EDU number isn’t evenly divisible into a quarter note—a quintuplet value, for example—the duration palette will display the closest possible value.)

See Also:

Music spacing

Music spacing dialog box

Utilities menu

Document Options-Music Spacing dialog box



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