New Features in Finale

For details on specific interface changes added in the most recent version of Finale, see Finale Interface Changes. For a list of fixed defects, refer to the Read Me document that was installed with your version of Finale or Fixes in Finale.

What's New in Finale Version 25.5

  • Clear function. Non-extended keyboard users can now access the clear key functionality by using FUNCTION+SHIFT+DELETE. This function can be used to reset the positioning of the following:
    • Group and staff names
    • Brackets
    • Tuplets
    • Slurs
    • Measure numbers
    • Expressions
    • Articulations
    • Repeat brackets
  • Garritan Instruments for Finale. The Garritan Instruments for Finale installer has been updated to improve speed and produce a higher installation success rate.
  • MusicXML.
    • MusicXML 3.1 support has been updated to the final version from the W3C Music Notation Community Group.
    • The Include subfolders option has been added to the MusicXML Preferences dialog box. When selecting a single folder to translate to or from MusicXML, files that are located in the selected folder's subfolders are now included in the import and export process.
    • Measure number text is now exported when a file contains measure numbers that are repeated in multiple movements or sections.
    • Buzz rolls and unmeasured tremolos are now supported.
    • Line lengths are now supported for doit, falloff, scoop, and plop elements.
    • Finale expressions with a mix of text and musical symbols from any Finale built-in font are now supported.
    • Unexpected symbols in Finale articulations from any Finale built-in font can now be exported in a way that can be exchanged with other applications.
    • Unexpected symbols in MusicXML files can now be imported into Finale articulations if the symbol is present in any Finale built-in font.
    • Grace cue notes are now supported.
    • Image height and width attributes are now supported.
    • Metric modulation arrows are now exported from metronome marks written in the MaestroTimes font.
    • The brass-bend, flip, golpe, half-muted, harmon-mute, haydn, inverted-vertical-turn, open, smear, soft-accent, and staff-divide elements are now supported.
    • Sostenuto and abbreviated pedal symbols are now supported.
    • The beater pictograms for drum stick, slide brush on gong, and superball are now supported.
    • The beater pictograms for glockenspiel, gum, hammer, superball, and wound stick types are now supported.
    • The effect pictograms for lotus flute and megaphone are now supported.
    • The glass pictograms for glass harmonica and glass harp are now supported.
    • The membrane pictograms for Chinese tomtom, cuica, Indo-American tomtom, and Japanese tomtom are now supported.
    • The metal pictograms for agogo, bell tree, cencerro, chain rattle, jaw harp, jingle bells, musical saw, shell bells, and tam tam with beater are now supported.
    • The pitched pictograms for celesta, lithophone, steel drums, and tubaphone are now supported.
    • The wood pictograms for bamboo scraper, castanets with handle, football rattle, quijada, rainstick, reco-reco, and whip are now supported.
    • The handbell belltree symbol is now supported.

What's New in Finale Version 25.4

  • Round Corners. The Round Corners checkbox and Corner Radius field have been added to the Enclosure Designer dialog box and the Standard Frame dialog box. Use these options to round corners for enclosures that surround expressions, text repeats, text created with the Text tool, and measure numbers.
  • Key Signature Cancellation. The When Switching Between Sharps and Flats checkbox has been added to the Document Options - Key Signatures dialog box. When unchecked, canceling naturals are not displayed when moving between sharp and flat keys such as Bb to G or F to D.
  • Audio Unit Instrument Presets. When selecting an Audio Unit instrument from the Audio Units Banks & Effects dialog box, presets can now be selected by using the Preset popup menu in the Audio Unit Viewer dialog box.
  • MusicXML 3.1. MusicXML 3.0 has been updated to MusicXML 3.1. When translating a folder of Finale files to uncompressed MusicXML 3.1 files, the .musicxml file extension is now used. In addition to the new file extension, the following has been improved between MusicXML 3.1 export and import:
    • Arrowhead symbols
    • Circled noteheads
    • Dynamics such as n, pf, and sfzp symbols
    • Hidden ledger lines
    • Enclosures with more than 4 sides
    • Expressions or text blocks that contain a mix of Maestro text and symbols
    • Parenthesized accidental marks
    • Unexpected Maestro symbols used for articulations
    • Distinction between Finale's two default percussion clefs (rectangle and vertical lines)
    • To see a full list of MusicXML features, refer to the Read Me.

What's New in Finale Version 25.3

  • Crescendo and Decrescendo Openings. The opening width of short and long crescendo/decrescendo markings are now independent of each other and can be set in the Smart Shape Options dialog box.
  • MusicXML Preferences. Restrict MusicXML formatting has been added to the MusicXML Preferences dialog box.
  • Nonstandard Key Signatures. A Symbol button has been added to the Symbol List dialog box. This allows Unicode Musical Symbols to be used as accidentals in nonstandard key signature definitions by selecting them from the Symbol Selection dialog box.
  • Finder and Spotlight. Metadata has been improved and updated to 64-bit. This allows users to search by Title, Composer, Copyright, Description, Time Signature, Key Signature, Lyricist, Pages, Page Width, Page Height, Content Creator, Duration, Fonts, Default Music Font, Arranger, Subtitle, Staves, Parts, Instruments, and Tempo. See Finale Spotlight Plug-in.
  • Simple Entry Cursor. The Simple Entry Cursor now reflects the color selected in the Preferences - Display Colors dialog box for each layer. See Entering multiple voices with Layers or the QuickStart Videos to see this in action.
  • SMuFL Symbols. If a SMuFL font is installed locally, SMuFL symbols are imported when a MusicXML import or export is performed.
  • MusicXML Export. MusicXML export supports nonstandard key signatures created with Unicode symbols.
  • Patterson Beams. Patterson Beams has been updated to respect Keep Octave Transposition in Concert Pitch. See Patterson Beams Plug-in and the Document menu.

Previous versions

For the following feature lists, items that have changed as of the current version of Finale are marked with an *.

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