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New Features in Finale 2012b
- Range Checking. Finale now alerts you when notes are outside of an instrument's range. See Ranges.
- Automatic Transposition while Copying. Music is now pasted into the most appropriate octave when copied between instruments of different registers. See Copying between instruments of different registers. Also, music is transposed into the most appropriate register when changing instruments with the ScoreManager. See ScoreManager.
- Accessible Text Inserts. You no longer need to venture into a dialog box to edit text inserts (such as the title, composer, or arranger). You can now edit them directly in the score like a regular text box. When you do so, the text insert's definition is updated respectively. See Text Inserts.
- SVG Graphic Export. You can now export Scaled Vector Graphics from Finale. See Graphics.
- EPUB Export. You can now export EPUB files from Finale for viewing on mobile readers. See File/Export/EPUB.
- New Finale Lyrics Font. This font improves lyric spacing, and is the new default for scores created with the Document Setup Wizard. See Finale Lyrics Font.
- Automatic Font Annotation. Finale can now automatically generate Font Annotation Files to accommodate files with 3rd-party music fonts. See Font Annotation and Missing Font Annotation File dialog box.
- Auto-recovery. Unsaved data is now recovered after a hang or system failure. See Recovered Documents dialog box.
- New Aria Player. Finale includes the latest Aria Player from Garritan.
New Features in Finale 2012
- Improved Instrument Handling. Finale now integrates staff attributes and playback sounds into its new Instrument paradigm, which allows for easier score management and automatic assignment of playback sounds. See Instruments.
- ScoreManager™. Administer complete control over score instruments in one convenient, modeless window. The ScoreManager allows you to add, delete, and reorder score instruments, change instrument sounds, and even apply mixer settings like panning and volume. See ScoreManager.
- Easy Instrument Doubling. Introduce instrument changes at any point in the score with a new option under the Utilities menu. Transposition, clef, and other staff settings, as well as playback sound, are configured automatically. See To add a mid-score instrument change.
- New Garritan Sounds, including soprano sax, celeste, accordion, recorder, mandolin, euphonium solo, baroque pipe organ with plenum reed stop, and pipe organ pedal stop. See Garritan Instruments for Finale.
- Improved File Sharing. Maintain high-quality VST playback when exchanging Finale files with colleagues. See Sound Maps.
- Auto-detect MIDI Devices. Finale now identifies external MIDI devices as soon as you plug them in. No setup required! See MIDI Setup dialog box.
- Unicode Support. Finale now recognizes and displays Unicode font characters. See Unicode.
- PDF Export. Save your document, or a selected portion of it, as a PDF directly from Finale. See Creating a PDF document from a Finale file.
- Better Graphics Export. Exporting graphics has never been easier. See Graphics.
- New "Add Again" Metatool. Add the marking you just added, again. No setup required. See The "Add Again" Metatool.
- New Finale Numerics Font. Easily add harmonic analysis and figured bass with stackable zero-width characters. See Finale Numerics font, Harmonic Analysis, and Figured Bass.
- New Finale Copyist Font. Like Broadway Copyist, but lighter-weight and with lower-case characters, this font was inspired by the golden era of handwritten Broadway scores. See Finale Copyist Font.
- Alpha Notes plug-in. Add note letters to your noteheads in a flash with this new plug-in. See Alpha Notes plug-in.
- Space Systems plug-in. Automatically position staff systems according to your particular spacing requirements. See Space Systems plug-in.
- MusicXML 3.0. Finale supports the latest MusicXML technology, including instrument knowledge and Unicode. See File/MusicXML.
- Updated tutorials. Learn all the Finale basics guided by new easy-to-follow, step-by-step tutorials. See Finale Tutorials.
For details on specific interface changes added since Finale 2011, see Finale 2012 Interface Changes.
For the following feature lists, items that have changed as of the Finale 2011 (or earlier) release marked with an *.
What's New in Finale 2011
- Hiding Empty Staves. Finale makes it easy to hide staves that don't contain music, in your whole score or selected regions. See To hide empty staves.
- Auto-Showing Music. If you choose to hide empty staves in your score, and then subsequently move measures or add notes to the hidden staves, the appropriate notes and staves now automatically appear. See Hiding Staves.
- Hiding Staves Containing Music. Finale makes it easy to hide staves that contain music. Need parts for an instrument that you don't want to appear in the score? Simply hide staves in the score. See To hide staves for ossia measures or special playback.
- Moving Staves. It’s now incredibly easy to move staves. Want to increase the distance between staves? Click and drag. Your music updates automatically as you drag and you receive on-screen feedback about the distance between the staves and what staves will be impacted. See To move staves.
- Reordering Staves. Want to reorder staves and/or groups? Now it's easily done instantly in one place. See To reorder staves.
- Enhanced Groups and Brackets. We've simplified the process of editing group names and brackets, and to change groups and brackets for the whole score or just selected regions – and groups automatically adjust their measure ranges when measures are added or removed. It's also easy to show the full staff and group names for any system (very helpful when you're starting a new movement). See Measure Attributes dialog box and Groups.
- Music containing Lyrics Looks Better – Automatically. The default music spacing of music with lyrics is more intelligent, and multiple verses of lyrics are better aligned. Lyrics and music space together more intelligently – the way an engraver would prefer. See Lyrics.
- Word Extensions. In addition to better music spacing on melismatic passages, word extensions now automatically draw to the next rest. Should you choose to edit a word extension, your edits are permanently "locked down," and you can freely drag word extensions to subsequent systems. See To draw "word extension" underlines.
- Intuitive Lyric Entry Interface. Lyric fonts, word extensions, and hyphens now instantly update as you enter and look exactly as they will print. Should you want to fine-tune, you're free to do so with improved handles, drag-select control, and visual feedback including lyric attachment lines. See Lyrics.
- Lyrics window. Whether you are typing directly into the score or click-assigning, Finale's new Lyrics window accompanies you throughout your lyric entry process. See Lyric window.
- Type Into Score and Auto Update. Finale 2011 makes it much easier to access multiple fonts within lyrics. Now you have access to a text menu when you're typing into score. This makes it easy to change fonts and sizes while you're typing, and your lyrics instantly appear just as they will print out. Similarly all word extensions always update automatically. See Text menu (Lyrics).
- Automatic Lyric Numbering. Finale can now automatically add verse numbers to your lyrics. See To number lyrics.
- Additional Music Education Worksheets. Finale 2011 includes more than 350 education worksheets and more than 400 music education flash cards found in previous versions of Finale, plus these additions:
- Dozens of Jazz Improvisation Worksheets: Finale files that playback with the free, downloadable Finale NotePad and offer tips to beginning improvisers AND include jazz rhythm section accompaniment. See Jazz and Improv worksheets.
- New worksheets covering concepts related to form and analysis. See Form and Analysis worksheets.
- Dozens of Classroom Resources – popular public domain literature to be used in the classroom. Includes folk songs, traditional songs and all Bach inventions. See Repertiore.
- A few new additions to the existing collection of music-themed puzzles and games. See Mozart Dice Game and Drum Bingo.
- Finale AlphaNotes Font. Created for use with beginning music students, the FinaleAlphaNotes font places note names inside noteheads. In addition to note names, sharps, flats, and solfège syllables are also provided. Finale 2012 also automates the process of applying these new noteheads to any region of any piece. See Finale AlphaNotes font.
- Finale Percussion Font. Many publishers use icons to represent standard percussion instruments in their scores. This font contains the most complete collection of percussion characters available. Also included are handbell symbols and many unique characters including castanets, sine waves, scribbles, and more. See Finale Percussion font.
- Finale Mallets Font. The Finale Mallets font includes icons to represent any variety of mallet usages, including the ability to create cross-mallet symbol. For example, you could use two of the zero-width mallet characters to indicate the performer should use a yarn mallet in the left hand and a hard mallet in the right hand. Finale Mallets font.
- Apply Capo Chords. Easily add capo chords and fretboards to your arrangement using this new utility. See Add/Remove Capo Chords dialog box.
- Garritan Sounds. Finale now includes more than 375 Garritan sounds. New additions include bass trombone, brass section, children ahs, flute section, electronic drum kit, synth space voice, synth warm pad, and steel drums.
- New Aria Player with a new user interface, clearer controls, an integrated Ambiance reverb, and a powerful new ability to save Ensembles, allowing you to quickly load multiple sounds even when configuring the player manually. See Aria Player for Finale.
- Change Percussion MIDI Maps mid-score. You can now assign a new Percussion MIDI Map to any point in a staff when multiple non-pitched percussion instruments are used. See To change Percussion MIDI Maps mid-score.
- Improved Pickup Measures. Finale now automatically fills pickup measures with the appropriate rest duration. See Pickup Measures.
- Quick Reference Guide. The included Quick Reference Guide shows you how to complete common tasks quickly and easily in Finale. With a graphic-rich presentation, you instantly see how to accomplish your goals without reading lengthy descriptions.
What's New in Finale 2011a
- Updated Scanning Technology. Updated scanning recognition technology provides improved scanning results and expanded support for Canon-brand scanners. See Scanning.
- Additional Expression Menu Commands. Four additional commands now allow convenient copying of expressions to adjacent staves. See Expression menu.
What's New in Finale 2010
- Easier Percussion Entry. Entering percussion has been greatly simplified with on-screen feedback that displays the percussion instrument you are about to enter. See Entering Percussion for a tutorial. See also Percussion.
- New Percussion Layouts. Assigning the staff position and notehead for percussion instrument staves has never been easier with Finale's new percussion layouts. See Percussion Layout Designer dialog box.
- Percussion MIDI Maps. To assign the appropriate MIDI notes to your percussion parts automatically when you change the playback instrument, use the Perc. Map column of the ScoreManager. See also To setup playback for a percussion staff.
- Beat-attached Chord Symbols. Chord symbols are now beat-attached, and no longer require a host note or rest. Notes beneath chords can be edited autonomously. See Chord Symbols.
- Improved Chord Playback. Chord symbols now play for the duration of the measure, or to the next chord symbol. Simply type "N.C." (for no chord) to interrupt chord playback. See Chord menu/Enable Chord Playback.
- Improved Chord Input. Type-in and/or Play-in chords without changing modes. See To type-in chord symbols. and To play-in chord symbols
- Chord scaling. Chord symbols resize with the page automatically. Chords and fretboards can be scaled for a whole document in Document Options-Chords, or for a region using the Change Chord Assignments dialog box.
- Automatic Rehearsal Marks. Adding, deleting, and ordering rehearsal marks is now simple and completely automatic. See Rehearsal Marks.
- Measure Numbering Enhancements. Now, you can specify separate measure number settings for the score and parts. Also, benefit from more font and positioning options based on context, for example, independent positioning for multimeasure rests. See Measure Numbers.
- Alternate Notation. Finale now offers more control over what elements are shown or hidden when you apply alternate notation. See Alternate Notation dialog box.
- Music Education Worksheets. Finale now includes hundreds of ready-made, educator-approved, music education worksheets. See Worksheets.
- Improved Graphic Support. Finale now supports more graphic file types for import AND export. New import support includes JPEG, PNG, BMP, and GIF while new export support includes JPEG and PNG. See Graphics.
- Broadway Copyist Handwritten Music Notation Font. Finale 2010 includes the new Broadway Copyist music notation font, created by Robert Piechaud, designer of the esteemed November and Medieval music fonts. Inspired by the golden era of handwritten Broadway scores, the Broadway Copyist font offers a lighter appearance. See Broadway Copyist character set.
- Audio and Playback Enhancements (including support of
Effects Plug-ins). Finale 2010 now supports VST/AU effects plug-ins, includes the Garritan Ambience reverb plug-in, and offers expanded volume control. See VST Instruments dialog box.
- Export Lyrics. Finale’s Lyrics tool makes it easy to export all or part of your lyrics to a word-processing document, and offers new controls to edit your lyrics (adding verse/chorus designations not found in your score, for example) before you export to the clipboard. See Export Lyrics dialog box.
- Improved Scanning/SmartScore Lite Enhancements. Finale now includes SmartScore Lite version 5, offering the best music scanning ever. A new interface lets you specify the instrumentation of the scanned staves, ensuring transposing instruments are translated correctly. See To scan and import sheet music and Instrument Name Assignments dialog box.
- Improved Help. Not only is Finale easier to use, finding help when you need it is easier too! You will notice a cleaner Help Menu, convenient User Manual welcome screen, and improved topic organization. Powerful filters allow for targeted searches, which allow you to eliminate clutter and quickly identify the content you need. See How to use the Finale 2010 User Manual.
- Transparent Handles. Finale's selection handles make it easy to move anything in your score with great accuracy. In Finale 2010 we've made them transparent, so they never obscure what you're trying to edit. See Preferences-View.
- Smoother On-Screen Appearance. Finale's on-screen display now features anti-aliasing for smoother on-screen appearance (curves in particular) and more accurate on-screen representation of your final output.
- Hyperlink Support. Easily add Hyperlinks to your Finale score. Clickable links appear when viewing your files in other Finale family notation products (including the free Finale NotePad) as well in exported SmartMusic accompaniments. See Hyperlink dialog box.
What's New in Finale 2010a
- Enhanced integration of Staff Styles and Linked Parts. Apply Staff Styles to only the part or score you are viewing, and easily update staff styles in a score to match its part and vice versa. See Staff menu and To apply a staff style.
- 271 Classroom and 126 Individual Flash Cards designed to printed double-sided (with the answers on the back). Topics include keys, note names, rhythm, vocabulary, and musical symbols. See Worksheets: Puzzles, Games and Flash Cards.
- 30 Ear Training Worksheets. Designed to be used with the free, downloadable Finale NotePad, students can print the worksheets, use NotePad to play the examples, and write the answers on the printed worksheets. Topics include intervals, chords and melodic dictation. See Worksheets: Ear Training.
- Support for Windows 7.
- New Percussion Functionality including new options in the Percussion MIDI Map Editor that allow you to create new, custom percussion MIDI maps. See Percussion MIDI Map Editor dialog box and Transpose Percussion Note Types dialog box.
What's New in Finale 2009
- Categorized Expressions. Finale's new Expression categories allow all markings of a similar type (e.g. dynamics) to share font, positioning, and staff list settings. See Expressions and Category Designer dialog box.
- New Expression Positioning. Expression positioning is now part of every expression category's definition, and can also be assigned individually. See Category Designer dialog box and Expression Designer - Positioning dialog box.
- Drag-apply expressions. You can now click and drag over multiple staves to apply expressions en masse.
- Simplified Staff Lists. Staff lists are now part of expression categories, which makes editing, copying, and assigning expressions that apply to the full score easier. See Expressions.
- Easier Expression Metatool Assignment. You can now assign several Metatools at once in the Expression Selection dialog box. See Metatools - To use an expression Metatool.
- Expression Attachment Indicators. Each expression is now equipped with an indicator that displays its attachment point on the staff (relative to the beat or measure). Expressions can now be dragged to different beats, measures, or staves to change their attachment point. See Expressions.
- Selection Dialog Box Zooming and Resizing. New "Zoom In" and "Zoom Out" buttons, and resize functionality have been added to Finale's selection dialog boxes for easier navigation. Some dialog boxes that benefit from this are the Expression Selection dialog box, Articulation Selection dialog box, and Shape Selection dialog box.
- Multiple Page Viewing and Editing. Finale now displays more of your score at once with multiple pages accessible for convenient editing. See Page View.
- FinaleScript 2.0. Finale's scripting language is now capable of calling virtually any command, whether in a dialog box, menu, or list. Press any button, check any check box, or enter a value into any text box. With an integrated dictionary and dynamic text coloring, creating powerful scripts is easier than ever. See FinaleScript Plug-in.
- Updated Human Playback. Human Playback Enhancements include user interface improvements, compatibility with the Aria player, a new technique set supporting Finale 2009’s open VST abilities, and additional fixes and improvements. Plus Human Playback options are now found in Finale’s MIDI/Audio menu, making access to different styles – as well as techniques and preferences – much more accessible. See Human Playback.
- New Aria Player. The Garritan Aria Player is included FREE and is fully integrated into Finale 2009. It offers superior sound, more control, and a vastly improved user playback experience. See Aria Player.
- Use any
plug-in and accompanying instrument libraries. See Manage VST plug-ins dialog box.
- Improved Playback Performance. With new ASIO drivers, Finale's playback engine has been retooled to allow for higher playback quality.
- Updated SmartMusic Accompaniment Creation. Creating SmartMusic Accompaniments (.SMP files) has never been easier with improvements to both Finale's saving mechanism and SmartMusic's interpretation capabilities. See SmartMusic.
- Updated Music XML. File interchange between notation programs and between different versions of Finale is more accurate than ever. See File/MusicXML.
- Tapspace Virtual Drumline Sounds. Finale now includes a library of performance-quality marching percussion sounds by Tapspace. See Setup Wizard.
What's New in Finale 2009a
- Staff Assignment Lists for Expressions. Apply dynamics and other expressions to multiple staves simultaneously using Finale's new Assignment Lists. See To add an expression to multiple staves and Expression Selection dialog box.
- Expression Assignment Shortcuts. Finale now includes several additional shortcuts for expression assignment. For example, select an expression and press CTRL+up/DOWN ARROW to add the expression to adjacent staves. See Keyboard Shortcuts - Expression tool.
- Layer Assignment Improvements for Expressions. In measures with multiple layers, you can now assign expressions to the active layer or all layers using a new option under the Expression menu. See Edit/Favor Attachment to Active Layer. You can now apply layer colors to expressions by checking Layer Colors Apply To All Layer Items in Preferences-Display Colors.
- Improved Category Designer. The Music Font and all positioning options are now available for all categories. See Category Designer.
- Expanded Score Lists. The number of Score Lists (previously called “Staff Lists”) has been increased from 4 to 8. See Category Designer dialog box.
- Score Lists can now be renamed. See Score List dialog box.
- Maintain Expression Attachment when Dragging/Nudging. This new option, in Preferences-Edit, allows you to lock an expression's attachment point while dragging or nudging without using a modifier key. See Preferences-Edit.
- Improved SmartScore Lite Scanning with support for triplet recognition and improved results while scanning polyphonic music. See SmartScore Lite dialog box.
- Improved MusicXML. Finale’s updated MusicXML capabilities include enhanced recognition of chord symbols and fretboards. See File/MusicXML.
- Graphic Export Settings are now preserved between Finale sessions. See Export Selection/Pages dialog box.
- Clearing Staff Styles is Now Easier. With the Staff tool selected, pressing the BACKSPACE key now clears any existing Staff Styles in the selected region. (Press BACKSPACE twice to clear the music.) See Staff tool.
- Improved Cross-Platform Font Handling. Finale now offers the option to reset the list of recognized symbol fonts, or update the document based on Finale's list of symbol fonts. See Font Utilities.
- Show Items Attached to Notes is now available for all Alternate Notation Styles in the Alternate Notation dialog box.
What's New in Finale 2008
Powerful New Selection tool has inherited all the functionality of the expired Mass
Edit Tool. Adapted for selecting measure regions, the Selection tool is
now Finale's universal editing utility. See Selection
Copy, Paste, and Insert Improvements allow unprecedented flexibility
when choosing how, what, and where to copy. Plus, consistent results whether
drag-copying or using the clipboard, even between documents. See Copying
Multiple Scores automatically using the Score Merger. Consolidate
multiple movements horizontally into a single document (even from different instrumentations) or merge a collection
of parts vertically into a full conductor's score. See
files with Score Merger.
An Audio Track to your score by either importing an audio file
or recording a live performance with HyperScribe. See Audio.
Garritan Sounds including saxophone, guitar, jazz bass, choir,
marching percussion and many more. See Setup
- Human Playback updates provide even more support for Garritan products as well as additional Instrument Techniques and an enhanced dictionary. See Human Playback.
- Playback using Garritan and SoundFont instruments simultaneously. See Setup Wizard.
- HyperScribe improvements allow you to easily record first and second endings and offer more control of the recording tempo. See Recording with HyperScribe.
support allows you to install, register, and run Finale on Microsoft’s
latest operating system.
Tuned Percussion Tubes / Chroma-Notes™ Instruments - Ready with
colored noteheads and an accompanying Boomwhackers tubes SoundFont. See Setup
Wizard and Document Options-Notes
Styles allow you to formulate a custom
medley of libraries and document settings, or choose from one of Finale's
offerings, for integration with the instrumentation of your choice in
the Setup Wizard. See Setup Wizard and
- Customize templates when you open them using the last two pages of the Setup Wizard. See Finale Score Templates.
Scanning with MusicXML technology means
better recognition. See Scanning.
MusicXML import and export offers higher quality formatting and page layout, as well as support
for fretboards, metronome markings, piano pedals and can now import the default music font.
Text Inserts including "Arranger,"
"Lyricist," and "Subtitle." These are recorded in
the File Info tab of the ScoreManager
and can also be defined in Finale's redesigned Setup Wizard. See
Text inserts, File
Info dialog box and Setup Wizard.
Setup Wizard Options allow you to select a Document Style, assign
Document Styles to specific ensembles, and add additional score information
including Arranger, Lyricist, and Subtitle. See Setup
Zoom Percentages as you wish them to
appear in the View menu. See View menu.
Documentation provides the information you need quickly and easily.
Finale's new User Manual features improved navigation, context-sensitivity,
and an interactive Visual Index. See How to Use the Finale 2010 User Manual.
What's New in Finale 2008a
- In files with
instruments*, audio files are no longer saved in real-time. The process is now quicker on fast machines, and slower machines will produce better-sounding results.
- Time Signatures can now be excluded when copying stacks. See Edit Filter
dialog box and To Copy Time Signatures.
- Human Playback Improvements to performance, instrument techniques, and more. See Human Playback.
- Measure settings can now be copied when either the source or target constitutes a stack.
What's New in Finale 2007
Parts. Content from the score is now intelligently linked to parts
so editing the score and part documents separately is no longer required.
Print parts directly from your main project file. See Linked
Percussion plug-in. Use this plug-in to automatically create authentic
Latin Percussion rhythm section notation, with a variety of styles to
choose from. See Latin Percussion
Percussion Sounds. You can now make your Latin rhythms sound as
good as they look. See Latin
Percussion Map Table.
Time Code Support. Use MTC to synchronize Finale with the integrated
Movie Window or another MTC-compatible device. See SMPTE
and MIDI Time Code.
On-screen Video. Use Finale’s built-in Movie Window to write to
picture. No external software required. See Movie
to Time. Instantly assign a duration for any region of music. Finale
modifies the tempo to fit the music to the time specified. See Fit
to Time dialog box.
Counter. Finale's Playback Controls now include a counter that
displays SMPTE MIDI Time Code during playback (hours, minutes, seconds,
and frames). See Playback Controls.
Markers. A new Measure Number Style allows you to view the elapsed
time at any measure. See Measure Number dialog box.
Expressions Quickly. Simple key commands can now be used to change
the expression definition directly from the document. See Expressions.
Articulation Positioning. Finale can now automatically flip articulations
to the appropriate side of the staff as stems flip during the addition
or removal of layers. Use the Auto Note/Stem Side setting in the Articulation
Designer dialog box.
Rests Now Update Automatically when a note is added in Scroll or
Studio View to a measure within a multimeasure rest region. See Document
Collision Remover. Automatically reformat the vertical positioning
of staves, systems, and instrument groups to avoid collision of notes,
articulations, smart shapes and other items. See Vertical
Collision Remover plug-in.
Playback Improvements. The Human Playback Preferences dialog box
now includes specific "techniques" designed to give you a completely
customizable Human Playback environment. Techniques also allow Human Playback
to make the most of multiple sound libraries used in the same document.
See Human Playback Preferences
Player 2 for Finale.* (Now Aria Player). The new integrated Kontakt Player 2 allows
you to load up to 64 instruments and channels at once. Also benefit from
optimized sample management, and DFD disk streaming, and more. .
Control of Groups and Brackets. Groups and brackets can now be
edited en mass after a systems has been optimized. [This feature removed in Finale 2012 in favor of new group functionality. See Measure Attributes dialog box and Groups.]
Chords, Fretboards, and Lyrics on Individual Staves. Or, hide them
on a region of a staff with Staff Styles. See Staff
Attributes dialog box and Staff styles.
QuickStart Videos. Finale’s QuickStart Videos have been updated
with a new look and additional content to get you up and running even
faster. See Launch Window.
What's New in Finale 2006
View. Page View is your print shop for layout like Studio View
is your sound stage for playback. Use this new view to audition Finale’s
MIDI performance, "conduct" a tempo, adjust playback settings,
and record HyperScribe transcriptions. See Studio
Controls. Control the volume, panning, and reverb for your full
score, and find the perfect balance using convenient sliders and knobs
for each staff - all in real-time during playback. See Mixer. Use the
convenient Staff Controls of Studio View to adjust these settings as well.
See Staff Controls.
Studio View’s new TempoTap staff allows you to "conduct" your
score by tapping with a MIDI device or your computer keyboard. Your tempo
is recorded and applied to playback. The beat durations can also be edited
to optimize accuracy while recording a tempo. See TempoTap.
Mixer Controls. As part of Finale’s real-time playback
enhancements you can now audition real-time changes to volume, panning,
and instruments. See ScoreManager.
for Finale with Garritan Personal Orchestra.*(Now Aria Player). Assign GPO’s world
class instrument sounds to staves of a new document with the Setup Wizard.
Reverb. Customize the room size, decay, and a collection other
reverb settings that allow you to control of the overall reverb effect
of playback. See VST Instruments dialog box.*
Playback Processing. Without the need to prescan your music, a
click on the Play button initiates playback with almost no hesitation.
Only Human Playback processing is necessary (if HP is enabled).
a measure region as a MIDI or Audio File with a new command in
the Playback Settings dialog box. To
export a MIDI file and To export an audio
MIDI Channels. SmartMusic SoftSynth playback has been expanded
from 16 to 128 channels. Now choose up to eight different MIDI Out devices.
See MIDI Setup dialog box.
Each Staff a Unique Channel automatically while setting up your
score. See Setup Wizard.
Scrolling Playback. Finale now supports scrolling when you use
the spacebar-click method to start playback. See Playback.
Playback Mid-Measure. Finale’s Playback Control interface now supports
a more robust counter, showing the measure, beat, and EDU. See Playback
Playback Improvements. Enhanced support for GPO and improved performance
of percussion rolls and trills are part of the new Human Playback. See
drawing routines and memory handling now provide faster screen redraw
and expedited application startup. You’ve never been able to do
so much so fast!
and Paste Measure and Entry Items Simultaneously using Finale’s
new Items to Copy dialog box. You can now also choose any combination
of items to clear. (Now called the Edit Filter
Insert a © Symbol. You can now insert a Copyright symbol automatically
in the Setup Wizard. See Setup Wizard.
Graphics in your Document. Graphics can now be embedded into Finale
documents. You no longer need to move graphic files independently when
sharing Finale files across computers. See Graphics
Fit Music to a Printed Page using Finale’s new Fit to Page option
in the Print dialog box.
Scanning Recognition. Import grayscale TIFF images with SmartScore
Lite. See Scanning.
Libraries. Save a collection of elements in the same library file
for transfer to other documents. See Save Library
Smart Shape Libraries. Now you can save the Custom Smart Shapes
you created in Finale’s Smart Line Designer dialog box in a library to
open across documents. See Save Library dialog box.
Instrument Choices. Choose from an expanded list of instrument
staves, including a new Orff Instruments category. See Setup
Signature Contextual menu. While using the Key Signature tool,
a measure to choose from a list of several common key signatures. See
Key Signature tool.
Edit Contextual menu.* (Now Selection Tool contextual menu) While using the Mass Edit Tool, simply right-click
a measure to choose from a list of Mass Edit Commands. (Now called the Selection tool)
Manuscript Background. You now have even more ways to customize
Finale’s work environment with a collection of textured manuscript paper
backgrounds. Easier on the eyes after long hours. See Program
Options-Palettes and Backgrounds.
Control over Measure Numbering. It’s now easy to instruct Finale
to skip a measure in a measure number sequence. No complex Time Signature
or Measure tool adjustments required - just uncheck Include in Measure
Numbering. See Measure Attributes dialog box.
in Concert Pitch Warning. If you choose to print parts for your
brass quintet in concert pitch, Finale now reminds you the music is not
prepared for transposing instruments.
a Bells Used Chart Automatically with the new Create Handbells
Used Chart Plug-in. This plug-in scans your handbell score and generates
a bells used chart based on the notes found in the document. See Create
Handbells Used Chart Plug-in.
Chord Symbols with the Chord Analysis Plug-in. This plug-in analyzes
the harmonic progression of a selected region of your score and adds chord
symbols automatically. See Chord
Analysis. Include notes from all staves of your score while adding
chords using the staff analysis method. See Chord menu.
Split Measures Across Systems or Create Dashed Barlines with the
Split Measure Plug-in. No measure number editing required. See Split
Measures and update measure numbering automatically using the Merge
Measures Plug-in. See Merge Measures
Create Mid-measure Repeat Barlines with the Mid-Measure Repeats
Plug-in. No time signature or measure number editing necessary. This plug-in
does it for you automatically. See Mid-Measure
Coda Systems Automatically with the Create Coda System Plug-in.
Isolate a separate coda system, generate coda markings, and even define
a coda for playback with this powerful plug-in. See Create
Coda System Plug-in.
Slurs on Melismatic Passages Automatically with the Auto Slur Melismas
Plug-in. This plug-in can find multiple notes over a syllable and place
slurs accordingly. See Auto Slur
Noteheads of Specific Voices within Chords using the Resize Noteheads
Plug-in. See Resize Noteheads Plug-in.
a Staff List for Generated Tempo Markings using the updated Create
Tempo Marking Plug-in. See Create
Tempo Marking Plug-in.
System Separation Marks Automatically with the Score System Divider
Plug-in. See Score System Divider
What's New in Finale 2006a
Save As Audio Support for VST/AU. Save As Audio
now supports Wave or AIFF output for documents that use Finale’s integrated
GPO sounds or other supported VST instruments. Furthermore, adjustments
to the Mixer or Staff Controls during the saving process apply to the
generated audio file.
What's New in Finale 2006b
Export. EPS graphics can now be exported using any Finale-compatible
for Finale Updates Automatically with the new option Check for
Finale Updates under the Help menu.
Documentation. Learn how to get the most out of GPO and HP with
the new GPO and HP Finale Installation and Tutorials Supplement.
What's New in Finale 2005
Accompaniment Wizard. It is now easier than ever to create SmartMusic
Add SmartMusic Markers. You no longer need to manually add performance
markers with expressions. Easily add pauses, rehearsal markers, and even
scan the score to add repeat markers automatically with the Add
SmartMusic Markers dialog box.
Human Playback capabilities. Combine Human Playback’s interpretation
with your own custom MIDI data in the new Human Playback Preferences dialog
box. Then, use the Apply Human Playback plug-in to apply Human Playback
styles and elements to regions of your score. See Apply Human Playback
plug-in. Human Playback now includes a new "Marching Band" style
and support for Garritan Personal Orchestra. See Human
Continuous Data. You can now record pitch bend, sustain pedal,
and other continuous data controllers in real-time using HyperScribe.
See Record Continuous Data dialog box.
Launch Window. Get up and running quickly with Finale’s new Launch
Window. From here, open existing files, choose how you want to start a
new one, view reference material, and even import scanned documents. See
Setup Wizard. Save time by starting a new document using one of
Finale’s preset ensembles, or create your own custom ensemble. See Setup Wizard.
Tuplets. Tuplet brackets now avoid collision with notes, stems,
rests, and other items and angle appropriately according to the notation.
Finale also offers greater control over the spacing of non-beamed tuplets.
See Document Options-Tuplets.
Repeats. Apply repeats to a region of your score using keystrokes
and contextual menus; playback is set up for you automatically. You can
now also assign staff lists to endings and text repeats. See Repeat
Scanning. Use Finale’s new TWAIN supported scanning to acquire
sheet music from your scanner and configure your scanning software for
Finale import automatically. See Scanning.
Entry Improvements. Toggle enharmonic spelling, add expressions,
and flip ties while entering with Simple Entry. See Keycuts-Simple
Plug-in Improvements. Now, call any plug-in or menu item from the
FinaleScript palette. New commands include "apply staff style",
"clear staff style", "title", "composer",
"copyright", and more. See FinaleScript
as MP3. You can now save audio files in compressed MP3 format.
See Audio Files.
Percussion Sounds have been added to SmartMusic SoftSynth playback.
See Marching Percussion Map
TGTools Plug-ins. Customize rest appearance, divide voices from
one staff into two parts, and generate logical split points with these
new plug-ins. See Modify Rests Plug-in,
Process Extracted Parts
plug-in, and Smart Split Point
Party Sound Font Support. Specify your favorite sound font for
playback or audio output. See SoftSynth dialog
Grace Note Spacing. Spacing of consecutive grace notes has been
improved. See Grace Notes. See Document
Spacing Controls. Specify before and after barline spacing by measure
in the Measure Attributes dialog box. Control spacing between the clef,
key signature, and time signature in Document
Options-Clefs and Document Options-Key
Staff Lists. You can now accurately copy measure expressions, repeat
text and repeat ending brackets assigned to staff lists from one document
to another without manually creating the staff lists in the destination
document. See Expressions.
Change the Path for Graphics. Now, you can manually update the
path for referenced graphics you have placed in the score (instead of
moving or replacing the graphic). See Graphic Attributes dialog box.
Navigation Keystrokes. Press CTRL+= to Zoom in or CTRL+-(minus) to zoom out. See View menu.
New in Finale 2005a
system spacing options. You can now define extra space at the beginning
and end of any number of systems. See System
Space Before/After Music dialog box.
"Show On" settings in Document Options. You can now define
Staff List information for all repeat markings in a document on the Repeats
page of the Document Options dialog box. See Document
Playback improvements include enhanced Incorporate MIDI Data, improved
rolled and strummed chords, trills, turns with an accidental and hairpins.
HP now supports turns with double-sharp and double-flat. Human Playback
Dictionary additions include "slargando", "riten.",
and "rfz". Messages can now be disabled program-wide. See Human Playback Preferences dialog
processing FPA files is now possible with FinaleScript.
What's New in Finale 2004
Note Entry. Enter notes, articulations, and even clef, key and
time signature changes in Simple Entry using your computer or MIDI keyboard.
See Simple Entry.
Simple Entry Keyboard Shortcuts. Customize a set of Simple Entry
commands to your own preferred keystrokes. Edit
Expressions. The redesigned expression designer allows you to use
multiple fonts for the same expression, align expressions with automatic
placement options and add a description for each expression. Expression Designer dialog box.
Font Playback. Finale’s included General MIDI Sound Font offers
high quality instrument simulation. Now, using this sound font, Finale
delivers identical playback from one computer to the next. See MIDI
Setup dialog box.
Playback. Playback of Finale documents, as well as MIDI files and
SmartMusic Accompaniments generated with Finale now simulate a live human
performance with automatic interpretation of expressions, articulations,
hairpins and other markings. Choose from several playback styles including
Baroque, Jazz, and Reggae. See Human Playback.
as Audio File. Like the sound of Finale’s improved playback? You
can now save that performance in Wave format to burn to a CD, or as a
compressed Wave for transfer over the Internet. See Save
as Audio File dialog box.
Redraw. Smoother interface handling. No more residual artifacts,
or need for manual redraws.
Hyphens and Word Extensions. No longer manually add word extensions
or adjust hyphens. Finale does it for you. See Update
Smart Word Extensions and Hyphens.
Page Turn plug-in. Tell Finale to intelligently edit the layout
of an entire part to avoid awkward page turns. See Smart
Page Turns plug-in.
Cue Notes plug-in. Search an entire score for cue note opportunities,
and add them automatically. See Smart
Cue Notes plug-in.
Plug-ins Lite. Easily beam over barlines with the new Beam Over
Barlines plug-in, or edit all beams in a document with the Improved Patterson
Beams plug-in. See Beam Over
and replace text with the new Text Search and Replace plug-in.
(Now an option under the Edit menu).
plug-in. Apply a change or series of changes using many of Finale
features and options to a single Finale document, or batch process multiple
Finale documents at once. See FinaleScript
Groove plug-in. Choose from dozens of drum groove styles to add
to your score along with a percussion map defined for you automatically.
Drum Groove plug-in.
Staff plug-in. Easily move notes across staves with a single keystroke.
Cross Staff plug-in.
Text Inserts. Now, insert a copyright symbol, the total number
of pages, or the performance time into a text block. See Text
Text Style. With this new text style, text blocks can be set to
display on the screen and not in the printout. See Text
SmartMusic Accompaniments with Performance Markers. Now, you can
use expressions to indicate performance markers such as pauses, rehearsal
marks and repeats, for SmartMusic Accompaniments saved from Finale. See
SmartMusic Accompaniment generation. Create SmartMusic Accompaniments
containing many instruments primed for Sound Font playback in SmartMusic.
scanning recognition with SmartScore Lite 3.0. See SmartScore
SmartScore 2.0 and 3.0 Import. Import .FIN files saved in SmartScore
version 2.0 and 3.0. See File menu.* (SmartScore (*.fin) Import no longer supported).
Multiple Articulations at Once. Drag and edit any number of articulations
simultaneously. See Articulations.
Clef Change Selection. Apply a clef change to a highlighted a region
of your score. See Clef tool.
Accidental Positioning. Automatically avoid collision of accidentals
between layers and align accidentals on intervals of an octave vertically.
See Document Options-Accidentals.
Between Layers. Copy notes in one layer to another, without changing
the original notes. See Move/Copy Layers dialog
What's New in Finale 2004b
File Maintenance dialog box allows you to remove duplicate library elements.
Remove Deleted Items and Test File Integrity features are also found here.
(Look in the Options menu/Data Check submenu). See File
Maintenance dialog box.