How to get there
Choose Plug-ins > FinaleScript > FinaleScript Palette.
What it does
Noteman says: For a complete tutorial written for beginners through advanced users, see Using FinaleScript.
The FinaleScript Plug-in, created by Robert Piéchaud, is Finale's integrated scripting utility, allowing you to execute a series of commands in order to automate repetitive tasks, create customized pseudo-plug-ins, and even apply changes to several documents at once. Every Finale menu and virtually all dialog box settings are accessible through FinaleScript.
- Script List. This list displays the all the scripts available. Every script you have saved appears in this list. Scripts are saved as individual XML files, and are available for use in any document and after closing and reopening Finale. To change the order of scripts or folders, simply click and drag them into place.
- Play . Click this button to play the script selected in the Script List (or click while a script is running to pause it).
- Stop . Click this button to interrupt a script process at any time.
- New Script . Click this button to create a new script and open it in the FinaleScript Editor dialog box.
- View Current Script . Click this button to open the FinaleScript Editor dialog box where you can edit the selected script.
- Duplicate Current Script . Click this button to duplicate the currently selected script.
- Delete Script . Click this button to delete the selected script.
- Create a New Folder . Click this button to create a new folder in the script list, which you can use to organize scripts. Right
/CONTROL-click and choose Rename to rename the folder. Simply drag and drop to add scripts to the folder.
- Report . Click this button to display a script report, if one exists. This report (or log file) displays information regarding the success or failure of commands from the most recently run script. The report also lists the folders and subfolders that were processed.
- FinaleScript Options . Click this button to open the FinaleScript Options dialog box where you can change many aspects of FinaleScript's behavior.
- Help . Click this button to display the FinaleScript help topic (this document) in your Internet browser.
Command line[Text box]. In this text box, you can apply any single FinaleScript command to the main open document. Separate each attribute with a space (e.g.
Fit Measures 3).
- [Active Document]. Displays the name of the active document while running a script.
- [Current Process]. Displays each command as it is applied to the active document.
Contextual menus are reached by right
|Menu item||What it does|
|Edit||Opens the script in the FinaleScript - Editor dialog box|
|Edit keyboard shortcut||Opens the FinaleScript - Shortcut Editor dialog box where you can assign the script to a different keyboard shortcut|
|Run||Runs the selected script|
|Rename||Opens the FinaleScript - Rename dialog box where you can rename the script|
|Duplicate||Duplicates the selected script|
|Insert new script||Inserts a new "Untitled" script to the script list|
|Insert new folder||Adds a new folder to the script list|
|Delete||Deletes the script|
|Help||Opens the FinaleScript Help Topic of the Finale User Manual|
Tip: For a complete tutorial written for beginners through advanced users, see Using FinaleScript.