Export Selection/Pages dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose View > Page View.
  2. Choose the Graphics tool icon. The Graphics menu appears.
  3. Choose Graphics > Export Pages . Or, double-click and drag to enclose the musical excerpt you want to export. Choose Graphics > Export Selection.

What it does

Whether you choose Export Selection or Export Pages, the dialog box settings are the same, except for the title. The only difference is that you’re either exporting a selected region, or exporting an entire page (or range of pages). Use this dialog box to export pages of your score into a graphics file format usable in other programs such as word processing or desktop publishing programs. These files can be saved as Encapsulated PostScript (ClosedEPSAn EPS file is a high-resolution graphics file format that uses PostScript to define images and text. You can create music examples in Finale and save them as EPS files for use in desktop publishing and word processing programs.), JPEG, PDF, PNG, SVG, or ClosedTIFFTagged Image File Format—format for storing bitmap images/graphics. This format is supported on both Mac and Windows (.tif extension) and does not require a PostScript printer. graphics file types.

  • Type: EPS • JPEG • PDF • PNG • SVG • TIFF. Select the type of graphics file you want Finale to create. If you choose EPS the PostScript Options will be available. If you choose TIFF, the TIFF Resolution settings will be available. Make changes to these settings as needed.
  • Allow Transparency. Choose this option to export graphics with transparent backgrounds. This option is available when EPS, PDF, PNG, SVG, or TIFF is selected in the Type pop-up menu. When this option is selected, Finale's output is true black.
  • Pages: All • From ___ to ___. Click All to export every page of your score to a graphics file. Click From to export a range of pages, then enter the page numbers in the two text boxes. Note that each page is saved to a separate graphics file.
  • File Names: Generate names from • Prompt for each name. If you want Finale to name each file automatically, select Generate names from and enter the file’s title in the text box, followed by a number sign (#). Finale uses the title you enter and replaces the number sign by a sequential number to create a unique title for each file (if, for example, you’re exporting a range of pages to separate files). Select Prompt for each name if you want Finale to ask you for a title each time a file is created.
  • Noteman says: Finale automatically displays a file extension as part of the file name: EPS for Encapsulated PostScript files and TIF for TIFF files. If you type a new name replacing the file name and extension, Finale uses the name you enter.

  • PostScript Options: Include TIFF Preview • Include Fonts. These options are only available when EPS is the selected file type. Use this group box to change the PostScript settings for EPS files that you export. Select Include TIFF Preview to have a preview of your EPS file appear when you place the EPS file into other programs. Select Include Fonts to have Finale save the music fonts used in the document as part of the EPS graphics file being exported. Select Allow Transparency if you want to create a transparent EPS file. (These options work the same way as the options in the Compile PostScript Listing dialog box. See Compile PostScript Listing dialog box for details.)
  • TIFF Resolution: 72 • 150 • 300 • 600 • 1200. Choose an option from the TIFF Resolution pop-up menu to change the resolution of the TIFF file, or enter a value between 1–3500 dpi into the text box; the higher the value, the better quality of printout you’ll obtain. Generally, you should set this value to match the resolution of your printer. For example, if you’re printing on a 300 dpi printer, enter 300. If you’re printing on a 600 dpi printer, enter 600.

    Be aware that the higher the resolution you select, the larger the resulting files will be, and your printer may run out of memory. If your printer has trouble printing TIFF files, choose a lower resolution when exporting files—perhaps 300 dpi to match the resolution of your printer, or 72 dpi to match the resolution of your monitor.

  • OK • Cancel. Click OK to save the graphics file; the standard Save As dialog box is displayed. Click Cancel to return to the score without saving the file.

Tip: Include Fonts in the EPS file if you will be using the file on a machine that does not have Finale installed.

See also:


Graphics Tool