Spacing Widths dialog box
How to get there
- Choose Document> Document
Options > Music Spacing.
- Click Spacing Widths.
What it does
In this dialog box, enter width durations
and scaling for music spacing, either using a Width Table or entering
Spacing Width Table; Widths. Select Use Spacing Width Table to
use the spacing set-ting in the currently loaded Spacing Table. Click
the Widths button to enter the Spacing Widths dialog box, where you can
view or change the actual pairings of rhythmic values to width allotments.
These Values: Reference Duration; Duration • Reference Width • Scaling
Factor. Use These Values to use a spacing ratio for all values
instead of setting individual values using the Spacing Table. The Reference
Duration is the selected note to base the spacing on, such as the quarter
note or whole note. Click Duration to bring up the Set Duration dialog
box to select from a palette instead of typing in the EDU for the specified
duration. See Set Duration. The Reference Width
tells Finale the amount of space to allocate to the Reference Duration.
The Scaling Factor (a number from 1.0 to 2.0) determines the spacing relationship
between the Reference Duration and other durations in the document. For
example, if a quarter note has a Reference Width of 72 EVPUs and the Scaling
Factor is set to 2.0, the half note will receive 144 EVPUs (or twice as
much) space. Conversely, a Scaling Factor of 1.0 will give the same amount
of space to every note. The Scaling Factor for Fibonacci Spacing, a commonly
used relationship in many fields, not just music spacing, is 1.618.
Default Width If Duration Not In Table. In each of the Spacing
Width Libraries Finale uses to calculate the appropriate spacing to give
each note, there are width allotments assigned to each of two dozen note
values. For example, Finale knows precisely how much space to give a quarter
note, an eighth note, and so on. Sometimes, however, Finale will encounter
a note in your score for which it doesn’t have a predetermined width value—a
quintuplet sixteenth note, for example. If you leave Use Default Width
unselected, Finale will automatically consult its Spacing Library to find
out the widths assigned to the nearest note values—a sixteenth note and
a 32nd note, in the quintuplet example—and interpolates a new value automatically.
This intelligent method will always give you the most professional results.
If you select Use Default Width, Finale will assign all unknown note values
to a single default catch-all width value.
Click OK (or press enter) to confirm, or Cancel to discard, the changes
you’ve made in this dialog box. You return to the Document Options dialog