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 26.3.1

Dark Mode Support

  • Finale now includes a more comprehensive user experience when running the application in macOS Dark Mode.


  • Finale's underlying drawing mechanism has been updated to offer better performance and responsiveness while editing and scrolling.


  • If Finale encounters a problem saving a document, a warning is displayed with suggestions for further action.


  • Music written with percussion clefs using standard rather than percussion notation now exports correctly.
  • Music written with 2- or 3-line staves now exports and imports correctly.
  • Percussion notation rests set to a specific staff position now export and import correctly.
  • Custom clef designer definitions are now exported.
  • Stacked chord symbols are now exported and imported.
  • Measure numbers now export more accurately from documents with multiple measure number regions.
  • Stems shortened to nothing using the Stem Length tool are now exported correctly.
  • MusicXML import no longer changes MIDI quantization settings.
  • When notes display in other layers when rhythmic notation is applied, their stem directions now export correctly and articulations are displayed after import.

What's New in Finale version 26.2

ARIA Player

  • v1.959. The ARIA Player has been updated to v1.959 in the full Finale installer. Note: The new ARIA version may cause older versions of Finale to display an incompatibility message. Users can find the ARIA Player v1.959 installer in the MakeMusic Download Library.

Document Options

  • Cleanup. Architectural cleanup efforts have been made to the Document Options.
  • FinaleScript. FinaleScript's import options commands now import all associated options.
  • Guides. Guides are now included when saving a Document Options library.


  • ReWire. ReWire has been updated to comply with Mac notarization standards.
  • Security. Finale executables and installers have been updated and modernized to comply with current OSes and security practices.

Patterson Beams Plug-in

  • Grace notes and resized notes. The Patterson Beams Plug-in has been updated to affect grace notes and resized notes. Stem lengths and beam angles look like they would at full size, but without trying to avoid wedges with the staff lines.

Previous versions

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