Preferences-Save dialog box
How to get there
> and select Save.
What it does
In this category, set Finale to save automatically
at regular intervals, make backups while saving
or save preferences while quitting Finale.
Save File(s) Every ___ Minutes. If you tend to forget to save your
work to your hard disk every so often (by choosing Save from the File
menu), Finale’s Auto Save command is a good safety net. When this feature
is on, Finale will update a second copy (not the one you’re working on)
at regular intervals. This second copy of your file is stored in the folder
specified in the Folders page of the Document Options dialog box. Select
this checkbox; in the text box, specify how often Finale should save your
work to the duplicate copy of the file you have open. After the number
of minutes you specified have passed, a message will appear, letting you
know that Finale is saving your work. (This feature does not save your
changes when you exit from Finale, however. Be sure to save changes to
your primary file when you exit.)
Backups When Saving Files. If this option is selected, Finale will
automatically save a backup copy of your file in the Backup folder specified
in the Folders group box. If no folder is specified, the backup files
are stored in the Music folder. Although the concept of a backup seems
simple enough, it does warrant a little explanation. The first time you
save a file, you have to give the file a name. All subsequent times you
save this file, you are automatically replacing an earlier version of
the file with the same name. When you turn the Make Backups When Saving
Files feature on, and perform a Save command, this earlier version of
the file is preserved as a backup. Therefore the backup is always one
version behind your current file (in case you just saved something you
shouldn't have). Keep in mind that the first time you save a file, no
backup is made, since there isn't a previous version to preserve. Similarly,
no backup is made when you perform a Save As function.
Preferences When Exiting Finale. This option is selected by default.
When selected, Finale automatically saves your preferences each time you
exit the application. However, if you prefer that Finale saves your preferences
only on command, make sure this option is not selected. If that’s the
case, Finale will only save your preferences when you choose the Save
Preferences command from the File menu.