File Integrity Test Results dialog box

How to get there

  1. Choose Document > Data Check > File Maintenance.
  2. Ensure Check File Integrity is checked and click OK.

What it does

Finale 2001 created files that were approximately one-third the size of files created with previous versions of Finale. This new capability, unfortunately, introduced a problem in which a small percentage of files were damaged when saved in the original release of Finale 2001. The symptom of this problem is that the last nine (or fewer) notes or rests that were entered before the file was saved AND closed will be missing when the file is reopened.

Modern versions of Finale prevent further damage from occurring. While using the most current version will completely prevent the problem from occurring in new files, files previously saved in Finale 2001 may already be damaged. The File Integrity Utility will examine the file for inconsistencies and try to repair the file.

Files last saved in Finale 2001 will automatically be tested for file integrity and corrected. Files created before Finale 2001 and last saved in Finale 2001a or later will ask if you wish to test file integrity. Once the file has been tested for file integrity and saved, you won't be prompted on that file again. Other files may benefit from the Test File Integrity utility.

The Test File Integrity dialog box displays a message stating whether it found inconsistencies in the file. Click on Details to display the types of items that were repaired in your score.

  • Unused Entries. The utility removed notes or rests found in the file but not used. This is similar to Remove Deleted Items or emptying the Recycle Bin. Unused entries, without any repaired items, do not indicate a damaged file.
  • Orphaned Entry Details. The utility removed items attached to notes or rests found in the file but not used, such as articulations that were attached to notes you erased. This is similar to Remove Deleted Items or emptying the Recycle Bin. Orphaned Entry Details, without any repaired items, do not indicate a damaged file.
  • Repaired Entries. The utility repaired notes or rests that referenced a corrupted note or rest. We recommend you check your file for missing notes or rests.
  • Repaired Frames. The utility repaired groups of notes that referenced a corrupted note or rest. We recommend you check your file for missing notes or rests.
  • Repaired Frame Attachments. The utility repaired frames (one layer of a measure) that referenced a corrupted note or rest. We recommend you check your file for missing notes or rests.
  • Missing Measures. The utility repaired gaps in the sequence of measures.
  • Repaired Staff Optimization Lists. The utility repaired errors in optimization data. (Optimization was the method of hiding empty staves in Finale 2010 and earlier).
  • Unnecessary Expressions Removed. The utility found and deleted empty expression assignments.
  • List of possible error locations. If the utility can determine the location, it will provide a list of locations of missing notes or rests.
  • OK. Click OK to return to the score.

See also:

Document menu

File Maintenance