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Step 1: Installation for Mac

Installing Finale is typically easy and automatic, accomplished by following the directions displayed during the installation process. However, if you do have trouble installing, use the following procedure to resolve the most common installation problems.

Before you begin installing Finale, make sure there’s enough room on your hard disk to hold the program and its associated files. For a full installation, you’ll need about 1.2GB of free space on your hard disk. An additional 3.3GB is required for all the Garritan sounds. You should also bear in mind that, like many other software programs, Finale creates and makes use of “temporary files” during its normal operations, which it then deletes from your hard disk when you exit the program. We recommend having an additional 10MB of free disk space for these files.

Noteman says: The Installer sets up a folder called “Finale 2014” for the Finale program and its associated files and folders. Do not alter this setup.

Tip: If you have a previous version of Finale installed on your computer, you do not need to uninstall it prior to installing the new version. In fact, if you want to migrate particular settings or configuration files from the previous version as listed in step 6 below, you must not uninstall the previous version before the new version is installed.

  1. Insert the Finale disc into your CD/DVD drive. Its icon appears on your desktop.
  2. Double-click the CD/DVD icon. The contents of the CD/DVD appear on your screen.
  3. Double-click the Installer icon. You are prompted to enter your Mac administrator password.
  4. Enter your password and click OK. In a moment, the Finale Installer screen appears.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen until the installation is complete. The Finale Installer lets you select which files you want installed and where you want them placed on your hard disk. The Installer offers to create a folder called “Finale 2014.” We recommend that you install all of the Finale files into this new folder. For the most part, you can press Return to confirm the defaults.
  6. If you want to migrate particular settings or configuration files from a previously-installed version of Finale, follow the steps at To migrate settings and support files from one version of Finale to another.

Finale 2014 will not disturb an older Finale folder. You can copy any custom files and song files into the new Finale folders, then delete the previous Finale folder if you want to free up disk space.

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