Use this information to identify the location of commands and options that have been renamed, changed or added since a previous Finale version (back to Finale 2007).
Finale version 26
Multimeasure Rest dialog box
The Shape Selection dialog box appears when clicking Select in the Multimeasure Rest dialog box.
The Place stem side when multiple layers are present checkbox has been added to the Articulation Designer dialog box.
MusicXML Preferences dialog box
The Include linked parts in compressed files checkbox has been added to the MusicXML Preferences dialog box.
Finale can now be used to convert existing classic SmartMusic files (.SMPX and .SMP) to files for the web-based SmartMusic (.SMZ). This option can be used by selecting File > Convert. See Convert submenu. The option to create .SMPX and .SMP files has been renamed but can still be found under File > Export > Classic SmartMusic.
Articulation Designer dialog box
The Articulation Designer dialog box has been updated to include settings to control how articulations are stacked and how they interact with slurs.
Articulation Selection dialog box
The items in the Articulation Selection dialog box now indicate if and how an articulation can be stacked.
Simple Entry Rests palette
The Simple Entry Rests palette is now one of the default palettes displayed when launching Finale.
Go to Measure
Use the following key to identify commands that have moved or changed names since Finale v25.
|Finale v25 menu||Finale v25 menu command name||Finale v26 menu||Finale v26 menu command name|
|-||-||File||Convert (added in Finale version 26.1)|
|File||Export > Classic SmartMusic (renamed from SmartMusic to Classic SmartMusic in Finale version 26.1)|
|-||-||View||Go to Measure|
|-||-||Articulation||Edit Articulation Definition|
|-||-||Articulation||Reset to Default Positioning|
Finale version 25
Translating a folder to or from MusicXML can now be canceled mid-operation by using the work in progress dialog box.
MusicXML Preferences dialog box
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.
Enclosure Designer and Standard Frame dialog boxes
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.
Document Options - Key Signature dialog box
The When Switching Between Sharps and Flats option has been added to the Document Options - Key Signatures dialog box. This option determines whether or not naturals appear when moving from a sharp to flat key signature, and vice versa.
MusicXML Preferences dialog box
When translating a folder of Finale files to uncompressed MusicXML 3.1 files, the .musicxml file extension is now used. This option is listed as Export uncompressed (.musicxml) in the MusicXML Preferences dialog box. When translating a folder to uncompressed MusicXML 3.0 and older files, the .xml file extension is used when selecting Export uncompressed (.musicxml).
Smart Shape Options
Short span opening width, Maximum short span length, and Long span opening width fields have been added to the Smart Shape Options dialog box. Control the size of crescendo and decrescendo opening widths by using these options.
Restrict MusicXML formatting has been added to the MusicXML Preferences dialog box. This option allows you to import a MusicXML file into a template without overriding formatting options within the Finale file.
Measure Number Bar
A Measure Number Bar is now displayed at the top of the screen when in Scroll and Studio View. This option is set in the Preferences - New dialog box.
Use current document if empty has been added to the MusicXML Preferences dialog box. This allows you to use a custom document or template when importing MusicXML files.
Keep Octave Transposition in Concert Pitch
Document > Keep Octave Transposition in Concert Pitch has been introduced to allow C instruments that transpose the octave to maintain their octave transposition when Document > Display in Concert Pitch is selected.
Users can now enable or disable audio devices from the Audio Setup dialog box using the Enable check box. Audio device errors can be viewed by clicking the Device Error Log button. See Device Error Log dialog box.
The positioning of the repeat ending brackets in your document can now be selected in the Repeat Endings dialog box.
Document Options - Lyrics
You can select your own hyphen character for your document by using the Document Options - Lyrics dialog box.
Export graphics with a transparent background by selecting Allow
Export Linked Parts to MusicXML
Users can now export the parts of their score to MusicXML by selecting File > Export > Linked Parts to MusicXML.
Finale's Playback Controls, including Tempo, can now be used while in ReWire mode. The Slave to ReWire Master Tempo check box has been added to the
A transparent background can now be selected in the Graphic tool's Export dialog box.
Reset All Preferences button added
Create Large Time Signatures
Transposed Instrument Note Entry
Transpose Audio On Input option added under MIDI/Audio > Device Setup to help aid QWERTY and mouse entry for transposed instruments.
Obsolete or infrequently-used plug-ins and tools have been deprecated
Classic Eighth Beams, Count Items, and Band-in-a-Box plug-ins have been removed. The Mirror tool has been removed. You are prompted to convert mirrors when opening older Finale files with mirrors. The tempo tool has been removed. You can still use some of the same functions with the MIDI Tool. The Movie Window has been removed with the introduction of ReWire. Garritan Ambience has been removed. Garritan Convolution Reverb and Ambience can be added using the ARIA Player.
Contoured Dashed Slurs and Curves
Contoured dashed slurs are now available in the Smart Shape Palette and under Tools > Smart Shape > Dashed Slur. The previous Dashed Slur Smart Shape has been renamed to Dashed Curve and is still available in the Smart Shape Palette and under Tools > Smart Shape > Dashed Curve.
The ability to import scanned documents and TIFF files has been removed from Finale.
Use the following key to identify commands that have moved or changed names since Finale 2014.
|Finale 2014 menu||Finale 2014 menu command name||Finale v25 menu||Finale v25 menu command name|
|File > Import||SmartScore Lite Scan||-||- (removed in Finale version 25)|
|File > Import||TIFF file||-||- (removed in Finale version 25)|
File > Import
|-||-||File > Import||MusicXML Preferences|
|-||-||File > Export||Linked Parts to MusicXML (added in Finale version 25.1)|
|-||-||File > Export||Translate Folder to MusicXML|
|-||-||File > Export||MusicXML Preferences|
|-||-||Document||Keep Octave Transposition in Concert Pitch (added in Finale version 25.2)|
|-||-||MIDI/Audio||Device Setup > Transpose MIDI On Input|
|-||-||MIDI/Audio||Device Setup > Reset ReWire|
|-||-||Tools||Smart Shape > Dashed Slur|
|Tools||Advanced Tools > Mirror||-||- (removed in Finale version 25)|
|Tools||Advanced Tools > Tempo||-||- (removed in Finale version 25)|
|Plug-ins||Miscellaneous > Count Items||-||- (removed in Finale version 25)|
|Plug-ins||Note, Beam, and Rest Editing > Classic Eighth Beams||-||- (removed in Finale version 25)|
|Plug-ins||Scoring and Arranging > Band-in-a-Box Auto-Harmonizing||-||- (removed in Finale version 25)|
|Movie Window||-||- (removed in Finale version 25)|
Finale now uses
Apply Human Playback and Change Noteheads plug-ins have been internalized
The Apply Human Playback plug-in has been replaced with the Apply Human Playback option in the MIDI tool menu. The Change Noteheads utility has been updated to include the functionality of the removed Change Noteheads plug-in.
Latin Percussion plug-in styles have been renamed
The names of the Latin Percussion styles have been updated to reflect whether they use the Maestro or Jazz font.
All Finale plug-ins have been modernized
Obsolete or infrequently-used plug-ins have been deprecated
The Clear Measure # Positioning, Command Line, Find Parallel Motion, Midline Stem Direction, and Smart Page Turns plug-ins have been removed.
MicNotator is no longer available
This feature for transcribing audio performances has been removed, but you can still record an audio track into a Finale document.
Audio Setup dialog box no longer lists AirPlay
Finale no longer supports playback through AirPlay devices, which were causing Finale to exhibit erratic playback.
File and Edit palettes have been introduced
These palettes, which restore the functionality of the corresponding toolbars in Finale 2012, can be displayed via the Window menu.
Palette customization has been restored
You can now customize the appearance and layout of all palette buttons exactly as you could in Finale 2012.
Page View and Scroll View buttons have been added
These buttons appear on the View palette so you can easily switch between views.
Optional large-format palettes have been provided
Palette buttons of an increased size have been added to improve visibility and navigation. The larger palettes can be enabled in Preferences - Palettes & Backgrounds.
Snapping of beat-attached Smart Shapes can now be disabled
Deselect Smart Shape > Snap When Attaching to Beats to return to the Finale 2012-style method of placing Smart Shapes.
View and Layout palettes have been introduced
These palettes, which restore some of the functionality of the toolbars removed in Finale 2014, can be displayed via the Window menu.
TG Tools plug-ins have been modernized
While there is no change in functionality, the only visual indication is an OK button replacing the Go button.
Human Playback Preferences have been moved to the Preferences dialog box
To access the Human Playback Preferences, choose
The Percussion Layout Designer has been updated to:
- Display the current staff name and Percussion MIDI Map.
- Access the Percussion MIDI Map editor.
- Display the MIDI note values from the current Percussion MIDI Map for assigned note types.
- Optionally only allow note types found in the current Percussion MIDI Map.
- Provide a button to add all note types from the current Percussion MIDI Map.
Movie Window controls have been improved
The playback controls and error handling in Finale's Movie Window have been updated to provide greater flexibility and ease of use.
Transcription Mode has been removed
This method of recording MIDI data was previously found as an option in the HyperScribe Tool. MIDI data previously recorded with Transcription Mode is embedded in your document and still plays back.
VST Plug-ins dialog box only manages VST directories
Finale now uses an audio engine that automatically scans
Toolbars have been removed
These toolbars (and their customization), which duplicated commands available in Finale's menus, have been removed to free up screen space.
Composer's Assistant plug-ins have been removed
These seldom-used plug-ins have become out-of-date and no longer appear in the Scoring and Arranging submenu.
Improvements to Mixer, Studio View, and Scroll View
The Mixer and the control modules in Studio View have been updated for clearer control. Staff names are fully visible and remain to the far left when zooming and scrolling in Scroll View.
Open dialog box defaults to All Readable Files
By default, the Open dialog box now displays all file types that Finale can open.
Menu order has been unified
The order in which menus display in Finale has been aligned so that they appear identical on Mac and Windows. Additionally, the Plug-ins icon has been removed in favor of a text "Plug-ins" menu on Mac.
Use the following key to identify commands that have moved or changed names since Finale 2012.
|Finale 2012 menu||Finale 2012 menu command name||Finale 2014 menu||Finale 2014 menu command name|
|File||Save as (MIDI file)||File > Export||MIDI File|
|-||-||File > Export||Finale 2012|
|File||Post at Finale Showcase||-||-|
|Speedy||Auto Freeze Accidentals||-||-|
|MIDI/Audio||Device Setup/Manage VST Plug-ins||MIDI/Audio||Device Setup/Manage VST Plug-in Directories|
Device Setup/Rescan for
|Smart Shape||Attach to Measures||Smart Shape||Attach to Beats|
|-||-||Smart Shape||Snap When Attaching to Beats (added in Finale 2014d)|
|Window > Toolbars||Options Toolbar, MIDI/Audio Toolbar, Help Toolbar, View Percent Toolbar, Customize Toolbars||-||- (Note: some functionality of these toolbars has been restored in Finale 2014c's View and Layout palettes.)|
|Window > Toolbars||File Toolbar, Edit Toolbar, View Toolbar, Layout Toolbar||Window||File Palette, Edit Palette, View Palette, Layout Palette (added in Finale 2014d)|
|Window||Customize Palettes||-||- (Note: this submenu has been restored in Finale 2014d.)|
||Help Improve Finale (added in Finale 2014d)|
|-||-||Staff||Reorder Staves (added in Finale 2014.5)|
|Plug-ins > Playback||Apply Human Playback||MIDI tool||Apply Human Playback (moved in Finale 2014.5)|
|Plug-ins > Note, Beam, and Rest Editing||Change Noteheads||Utilities > Change||Noteheads (moved in Finale 2014.5)|
|Plug-ins > Note, Beam, and Rest Editing||Clear Measure # Positioning, Midline Stem Direction||-||- (removed in Finale 2014.5)|
|Plug-ins > Miscellaneous||Command Line||-||- (removed in Finale 2014.5)|
|Plug-ins > Scoring and Arranging||Find Parallel Motion, Smart Page Turns||-||- (removed in Finale 2014.5)|
"Program Options" have been renamed "Preferences"
To access the Preferences, choose
The File menu has been reorganized
Several File menu commands have been moved into new Import and Export submenus, as well as new commands added to 2012b. See File menu.
Undefined text inserts appear gray and do not print
Undefined text inserts, such as those that appear in the first page header after finishing the Setup Wizard, are now gray in color, indicating they will not print. You can update these inserts directly in the score using the Text tool. See Text Inserts.
Staff Styles now support staff transpositions
The ability to include staff transpositions in Staff Styles has been restored (allowing Staff Styles to be an alternative method for creating mid-score instrument changes). See Staff Styles dialog box.
Out-of-Range notes submenu added to View menu
2012b's new automatic range-checking feature includes this submenu. See Ranges.
Selecting Instrument Types
The ScoreManager window can now be resized. See ScoreManager.
Audio Setup dialog box
Input and output channels can now be selected for ASIO audio drivers. See Audio Setup dialog box.
The following updates have been made to Finale's menus. For a side-by-side comparison with Finale 2011, see Finale 2011 vs. Finale 2012 menu reference chart.
- The File Info menu item and dialog box have been removed. Commands formerly in the File Info dialog box, including File Statistics, are now available in the File Info tab of the ScoreManager.
- Open Finale Worksheet has been renamed Open Worksheets & Repertoire.
- The Instrument Setup submenu has been removed, and replaced by a new item,
VSTBanks & Effects, which opens the VSTBanks & Effects dialog box (formerly called the " VSTInstruments dialog box").
- Prioritize Sound Maps menu item added. See Prioritize Sound Maps dialog box.
- Reassign Playback Sounds menu item has been added. See MIDI/Audio/Reassign Playback Sounds.
Many functions previously available under the Staff menu are now handled by the ScoreManager, including New Staves, New Staves (with Setup Wizard), Delete Staves, Delete Staves and Reposition, and Reorder Staves.
- Instrument changes can be added or removed by choosing Utilities > Instrument Change > Add/Remove. Because this feature is under the Utilities menu, it is available whenever a region is selected (with any tool that allows regional selection).
- Reset All Groups & Brackets has been added to the Check Notation submenu. See Utilities/Check Notation/Reset All Groups & Brackets. This accompanies the new check box Automatic Instrument Family Groups Brackets in Preferences-Edit.
Show PostScript Preview has been removed from the Show submenu.
- The Instrument List has been removed. Most features that were available in Finale 2011's Instrument List are now available under the Instrument List tab of Finale 2012's ScoreManager.
- Keyboard shortcut. Press
CTRL+K to open the ScoreManager.
- Zoom Window and Minimize commands have been added. See Window menu.
Font dialog box
Settings have been rearranged and an updated preview window has been added. The Script drop-down menu has been removed. See Font dialog box.
The Instrument List has been replaced with the ScoreManager.
MIDI Setup dialog box
The Auto-Detect Input Devices check box has been added to the MIDI Setup dialog box.
The Channel controls have been removed from the Mixer. To assign channels, use the ScoreManager.
Playback/Record Options dialog box
Send Patches Before Play has been renamed Send Patches to MIDI Device on Playback and moved to the Playback/Record Options dialog box (from the former Instrument List). See Playback/Record Options dialog box.
- Automatic Instrument Family Groups Brackets has been added to Preferences-Edit, which disables Finale's automatic group updating. See Preferences-Edit.
- Page 1: Garritan ensembles have been removed. All instruments are now automatically related to Finale's included Garritan sounds with Sound Maps.
- Page 2: The Instrument Set
dropdownmenu has been removed. Instruments are now designated using the ScoreManager. (See Configuring Instrument Playback.)
- Page 2: The Use a Separate Channel for Each Staff check box has been removed. Instruments are now always set to separate channels.
- Page 2: The Generate Linked Parts check box has been removed. Parts are now always generated when starting with the Setup Wizard.
Space Systems Evenly dialog box
The default value for "Space Pages More Than _ Full" has been changed from 25% to 60%.
Staff Attributes dialog box
Several former 'staff attributes' are now part of Finale 2012's new instrument paradigm, including the staff name, transposition, and clef. These settings have been moved to the ScoreManager.
These items have moved from the Staff Attributes dialog box to the ScoreManager:
- Full Staff Name
- Abbreviated Staff Name
- First clef
- Staff Type (number of lines)
- Notation Style (Tablature and Percussion)
- Alternate Notation
- Color Noteheads
The Note Shapes menu command is no longer under the Notation Style
Staff Styles dialog box
The Staff Styles dialog box includes Staff Name and Abbreviated Staff Name commands, in addition to the options in the Staff Attributes dialog box. See Staff Styles dialog box.
Tablature Staff Attributes dialog box
The Set Font button has been removed from the "Fret Numbers" section of the Tablature Staff Attributes dialog box. The font for tablature fret numbers is now set in the Notation
Finale now includes a new Instrument paradigm that establishes a relationship between all attributes of score instruments, including staff attributes and sound assignments, and also facilitates mid-score Instrument changes. As you add, remove, or change instruments, Finale updates group brackets for instrument families automatically. See Instruments.
The file "Instruments.txt" is no longer included with your Finale installation. Finale's internal default instrument definitions cannot be changed. All visual aspects of Instruments in a document can be changed in the ScoreManager.
Percussion and Tablature Notehead Fonts
In Finale 2011 and before, the Tablature and Percussion Notation Styles were set to an Independent Notehead Font in the Staff Attributes dialog box. For Tablature, this font could be changed in Document Options - Fonts, but was not dynamic (i.e. it only applied to tablature staves added after the setting had been changed). In Finale 2012, percussion and tablature staves use the font selected for "Tablature" and "Percussion Noteheads" under the Noteheads
External MIDI Instruments
To assign non-General MIDI sounds to score Instruments, in the ScoreManager, click the drop-down arrow in a slot under the Sound column and choose Edit Patch. See Establishing MIDI sound settings for a score instrument. (MIDI "instruments" as defined in Finale 2011 and before, and accompanying instrument libraries, are not available in Finale 2012).
Staff Styles used for instrument changes/instrument doubling, such as transposition, notehead style, and number staff lines have been removed. This functionality has been added to the Utilities menu (Utilities > Change Instruments). See Adding mid-score instrument changes.
The following items related to Staff Styles have changed
- Instrument change Staff Styles have been removed from Finale's included Staff Style library (formerly available in the Staff Style context menu and Apply Staff Style dialog box).
- Items removed from the Staff Attributes dialog box (see "Staff Attributes" above) have also been removed from the Staff Styles dialog box.
Use the following key to identify commands that have moved or changed names since Finale 2011. New commands, menus, and submenus are marked with an asterisk (*). "" means the menu item's name has not changed.
|Finale 2011 menu command name||Finale 2011 menu||Finale 2012 menu||Finale 2012 menu command name|
|File Info||File Info||""||(see File Info tab of ScoreManager)|
|Open Finale Worksheet||File||""||Open Worksheets & Repertoire|
|-||-||MIDI/Audio||*Sound Map Priority|
|-||-||MIDI/Audio||*Reassign Playback Sounds|
|-||Instrument Setup (submenu)||-||-|
|Instrument List||MIDI/Audio/Instrument Setup||Window||ScoreManager|
|Staff||New Staves||-||- (see ScoreManager)|
|Staff||New Staves (with Setup Wizard)||-||- (see ScoreManager)|
|Staff||Delete Staves||-||- (see ScoreManager)|
|Staff||Delete Staves and Reposition||-||- (see ScoreManager)|
|Staff||Reorder Staves||-||- (see ScoreManager)|
|-||-||Utilities/Check Notation/Check Notation||*Reset All Groups & Brackets|
New File Maintenance Preferences
Two new check boxes have been added to the Preferences - Open dialog box, "Clean Up File Data" and "Show Any File Data Clean Up Results." The former is checked by default, prompting Finale to run File Maintenance procedures automatically when opening old files. See the Preferences - Open dialog box.
Expanded Broadway Copyist Text Extended font
The Broadway Copyist Text Extended font now includes additional characters, including Ø, Æ, Œ, ¡, and ¿. See Broadway Copyist Text Extended Font Character Set.
Lyric syllable handles
In Finale 2010 and earlier, syllable handles only appeared on one beat at a time. In 2011, all lyric syllable handles are visible simultaneously and include beat attachment indicator lines, offering more editing flexibility. See Lyrics.
The default music spacing of music with lyrics is more intelligent:
- Excessive space at the beginning of measures has been removed. See To align syllables at the beginning of measures.
- When one lyric is sung on several notes, the first note no longer receives unnecessary space.
- Overall the appearance of music attached to lyrics has been improved, and the lyrics themselves are better spaced.
- Punctuation, at the beginning or end of a lyric, can now be ignored for better alignment and centering. See "Ignore Syllable Edge Punctuation" in Document Options - Lyrics.
- While adjusting syllables, the top lyric handle has been removed, but clicking a note will select all syllables attached to that note for easy editing en masse.
New Lyrics tool Text menu (with Hard Space and Hard Hyphen)
A new Text menu appears when you select the Lyrics tool that can be used for editing lyrics in the score or Lyrics window. You can now add 'hard spaces' and 'hard hyphens' using this new menu. See Text menu (Lyrics tool).
Word extensions now appear instantly while entering lyrics. The option Create Automatically When Notes Follow Without Lyrics in the Word Extensions dialog box has been renamed Only Create on Lyrics with Underscores (_). There is no change in functionality.
New display colors
Finale's default display colors have changed. See Preferences-Display Colors.
Fewer staff and group handles
Extraneous editing handles have been eliminated, leaving less ambiguity and obstruction while editing staves, systems, and groups.
"Staff system optimization" paradigm replaced with new "hide empty staves" functionality
Finale 2011's method of optimizing page usage by eliminating empty staves is superior to Finale 2010's in several ways:
- Music nudged across systems into hidden staves now always displays. Previously, music added in Scroll View, or moved across systems, could be hidden when viewed in Page View due to Staff System Optimization.
- Hiding empty staves is now easier. See To hide empty staves.
- A dashed line appears within systems, indicating the location of hidden staves. The handle of this line can be used to show empty staves. See To show empty staves.
- Staves containing notes can be 'forced' to hide using a staff attribute for the whole staff (see To hide staves for ossia measures or special playback) or for specific systems (see To hide staves with music from specific systems).
- Dragging or nudging staves vertically within individual systems can be done at any time with the Staff tool. Selected staves can be nudged with the up and DOWN ARROW keys. (Press
CTRL+UP and DOWN ARROW to move measures to the previous/next system).
- Dragging the top staff of the first system adjusts the distance between the top staff and the top system margin. Dragging the top staff of any other system adjusts the distance between systems. See To move staves.
If a Finale file from an earlier version is opened in Finale 2011 that includes notes hidden due to optimization, Finale displays the Hidden Notes Found dialog box, which allows you to reveal hidden notes. If you choose to leave notes hidden, Finale applies a staff style to the measures so that they will be 'force' hidden. Hidden note conversion settings can also be configured in the Preferences - Open dialog box.
Groups and brackets
Staff groups are now assigned to measure regions. In files converted from Finale 2010 or earlier, brackets on optimized systems that have been manually edited will be individually defined when the file is opened in Finale 2011. To define brackets for systems individually in Finale 2011, see To modify brackets on a system-by-system basis.
To remove groups and brackets from selected regions, select a region of measures, then choose Staff > Groups & Brackets > Remove.
The Update Groups and Brackets plug-in has been removed
To accommodate multiple users on the same machine and to prevent permissions issues, Finale 2011 now installs application-specific files to different locations on your hard drive. Refer to Finale Installation Details to identify the new locations for Finale's various components. See also Preferences-Folders.
Staff Usage and Respace Staves
The Staff Usage List dialog box no longer measures the distance from the top of the window in Scroll View. It always lists the distance between the staff and the top of the previous staff for that system (Page View). Or, it lists the "global" distance between the staff and the previous staff (Scroll View). Staff spacing between Scroll View and Page View are not related. Finale now uses positive values to indicate space between staves. (If a negative value is entered, Finale converts it to positive automatically). The Respace Staves dialog box now applies to all selected systems (instead of the whole score). You can also use this dialog box to apply the staff spacing in Scroll View to Page View.
Staff ordering and Sort Staves
Sort Staves has been removed from the Staff Menu. Staff sorting is now completely automatic. Staves can no longer be dragged out of order. To reorder staves, use the ScoreManager. See Reordering Staves.
Changes to Accommodate the new Finale AlphaNotes font
An AlphaNotes notehead character can be assigned to a pitch for the whole score or a staff (in the Document Options - Notes and Rests dialog box, and Note Shapes dialog box, respectively). Click the At Pitch
Use the following key to identify commands that have moved or changed names since Finale 2010. New commands (as of Finale 2011), menus, and submenus are marked with an asterisk (*). "" means the menu item's name has not changed.
|Finale 2010 menu command Name||Finale 2010 menu||Finale 2011 menu||Finale 2011 menu command Name|
|Edit Lyrics||Lyrics||""||*Lyrics Window|
|Update Groups and Brackets||Plug-ins/Scoring and Arranging||-||-|
|-||-||*Text (Lyrics tool)||*Font|
|-||-||*Text (Lyrics tool)||*Size|
|-||-||*Text (Lyrics tool)||*Style|
|-||-||*Text (Lyrics tool)||*Font Settings|
|-||-||*Text (Lyrics tool)||*Insert Hard Space|
|-||-||*Text (Lyrics tool)||*Insert Hard Hyphen|
|-||-||*Text (Lyrics tool)||*Insert Symbol|
|-||-||Expression||*Copy Expression to Staff Above|
|-||-||Expression||*Copy Expression to Staff Below|
|-||-||Expression||*Copy Expression to All Staves Above|
|-||-||Expression||*Copy Expression to All Staves Below|
|-||-||*Groups and Brackets submenu|
|Add Group and Bracket||Staff||""||Groups and Brackets/Add|
|Edit Group Attributes||Staff||""||Groups and Brackets/Edit|
|Remove Group||Staff||""||Groups and Brackets/Remove|
|-||-||Staff||*Show Staff Spacing while Dragging|
|-||-||Utilities||*Add/Remove Capo Chords|
|-||-||Utilities||*Move to Previous System|
|-||-||Utilities||*Move to Next System|
Utilities menu/Transpose Percussion Notes
This new command under the Utilities menu allows you to change the note type of percussion notes by region. See Utilities menu.
File menu/Open Finale Worksheet
View menu/Show/Percussion MIDI Values
To view the MIDI value associated with each percussion note, select this option. See Show submenu.
Transpose Percussion Note Types dialog box
This new dialog box is displayed when you select a region including percussion notes and choose Utilities > Transpose Percussion Notes. It allows you to assign new note types for the existing percussion instruments. See Transpose Percussion Notes dialog box.
Updated Percussion MIDI Map Editor
Additional options for percussion editing have been added to the Percussion MIDI Map Editor dialog box.
Finale 2010 includes the following interface changes since Finale 2009a.
Finale's transparent handles can be modified or turned off in the Preferences-View dialog box.
Percussion Maps as they appeared in Finale 2009 no longer exist in Finale 2010. Functionality of Finale's former Percussion Maps has been split between Percussion LayoutsA percussion layout is a list of percussion instrument variables available for use in a staff. These variables include staff position, notehead style, and Note Type (snare drum, cymbals, etc.). Percussion Layouts are defined in the Percussion Layout Designer dialog box. and Percussion MIDI MapsA Percussion MIDI Map is simply a list that matches each percussion instrument in a sound library with a particular MIDI note number (e.g. bass drum = 36, snare drum = 38, etc.). These maps are required to properly assign the same percussion notation to various playback devices, and are also used to accommodate the many different percussion sound banks that can be used for input with an external MIDI device..
Percussion Layouts allow you to assign percussion instruments to staff positions and noteheads. These features, which previously existed in the Percussion Map Designer dialog box, are now available in the Percussion Layout Designer dialog box.
Percussion MIDI Maps
The MIDI mapping of percussion notation is now handled automatically during entry. If you change the playback device under the MIDI menu, and the MIDI notes no longer match the desired percussion sounds, simply select the Percussion MIDI Map for that playback device for that staff, which is available in the ScoreManager.
If you are using an external MIDI device for percussion input, you can select a Percussion Input Map for your device and patch to ensure the desired percussive instruments are entered onto the staff on the appropriate MIDI notes. Percussion Input Maps are available in the MIDI Setup dialog box. See Percussion MIDI Maps dialog box.
The former Resize Fretboards option under the Chord menu and the Resize Fretboards dialog box have been removed. You can resize Fretboards globally in Document Options - Chords. To resize fretboards by region, use the Change Chord Assignments dialog box.
Broadway Copyist Font
Finale's default handwritten font in now the new Broadway Copyist font.
The following menu items have been removed or changed:
- Chord/Type Into Score has been removed. All type into score functionality has been added to Chord/Manual Input. See To type in chord symbols.
- Chord/MIDI Input is now called Chord/Allow MIDI Input. Select this menu item to play-in chords while using Manual Input. See To play in chord symbols.
The following plug-ins have been removed
- Extract Lyrics plug-in. Removed in favor of the new Export Lyrics option under the Lyrics menu.
- Easy Measure Numbers. Removed in favor if Finale's integrated measure number functionality.
- MiBAC Jazz Rhythm Section Generator.
Use the following key to identify commands that have moved or changed names since Finale 2009. New commands (as of Finale 2010), menus, and submenus are marked with an asterisk (*). "" means the menu item's name has not changed.
|Finale 2009 menu command Name||Finale 2009 menu||Finale 2010 menu||Finale 2010 menu command Name|
|Type Into Score||Chord||""||- (see Manual Input)|
|MIDI Input||Chord||""||Allow MIDI Input|
|-||-||Utilities||*Transpose Percussion Notes|
|-||-||File||*Open Finale Worksheet|
|-||-||View/Show||*Percussion MIDI Values|
Finale 2009a includes some interface changes related to expressions and font handling.
Score Lists for Expressions
Staff Lists for expressions have been renamed Score Lists. See Category designer dialog box. The number of available score lists has been increased from 4 to 8, and they can now be renamed. See Score List dialog box.
Staff Assignment for Expressions
Staff assignment functionality has been introduced for expressions not eligible for Score Lists. See Expression Selection dialog box and Assign to Staff dialog box. Keyboard shortcuts have been added to allow easy assignment to adjacent and/or all staves. See Keyboard Shortcuts.
Font Utilities dialog box
Font-related commands under the Data Check submenu, including: "Check Document Fonts Against System Fonts," "Swap One Font for Another," Scale Fonts," and "Convert Text for
Finale 2009 includes some interface changes that provide a more intuitive workflow environment, particularly in areas related to expression entry and management.
The definition of the Finale term "expression" has changed in Finale 2009 to facilitate organization, editing flexibility, and ease of entry.
In Finale 2008 and earlier, "measure expressions" were assigned and positioned relative to a measure. They always applied to all staves, and could be "turned off" in some staves using a Score List (or by selecting an option in the former Measure Expression Assignment dialog box). For example, the measure expression could have been set to "this staff only," or "all staves," or (in the Score List dialog box) "top staff only," and so on. Each measure expression essentially included its own Score List and positioning settings, and only one expression's settings could be changed at a time (e.g. the option to change the font of all dynamics was not an option). Furthermore, when the expression was copied across documents, its Score List would be copied with it, which could result in a multitude of Score Lists assigned in a document.
In Finale 2008 and earlier, "note expressions" were assigned and positioned relative to a single note. They had a completely different set of positioning options that could be used to change the positioning of the expression relative to the note. Like measure expressions, each note expression also included its own positioning settings, and only one could be changed at a time.
In Finale 2009, "note expressions" and "measure expressions" have been merged, and any expression can have properties of either. The major distinction between expression types is now based on their score function. Specifically, expressions have been separated into six categories, each with its own font, positioning, and Score List settings (see Expressions). Changes to these settings can be applied to all expressions in that category (both in the library and in the score). (These settings can also be assigned individually, independent from the category when required - see Expression Designer). Score List definitions are now defined for categories rather than individual expressions, and are only available in categories that benefit from their usage.
To understand the benefits of this new model, it is important to recognize that all expressions are classified in one of two ways:
- Expressions that apply to the entire score (all staves). These include tempo markings, tempo alterations, and rehearsal marks. These expressions will generally appear on all parts, but only once, or a few times, in the score.
- Expressions that apply to a single staff. These include dynamics, expressive text, style markings,and technique text. Although more than one staff/part may require the same expression at the same measure, each of these types of expressions apply to their respective staff only.
The first type includes all expressions that can possibly benefit from Score Lists because it is standard practice in scorewriting to assign certain types of markings (e.g. tempo marks) in a consistent fashion throughout the duration of the score (e.g. above the top staff of each instrumental section). Therefore, the need for many Score List definitions was replaced with four (Score List 1, Score List 2, etc.). You can make changes to these Score Lists in the Score List dialog box. Changes to a category's positioning, font, or Score Lists can be made in the Category Designer dialog box.
When you begin a new score with the Setup Wizard, Finale automatically assigns expressions to the Score List 1, which places expressions above the top staff and above the top staff in each instrumental section.
If, in previous Finale versions, you used measure expressions and Score Lists to add dynamic markings (and expressive/technique text), you may miss the ability to apply many dynamics at once. If this is the case, use Metatools and "drag-apply" to enter dynamic expressions onto multiple staves quickly and easily. See Expressions.
Expression Editing Changes
- An attachment indicator line displays each expression's attachment point. As you drag horizontally the attachment point adjusts by beat or measure.
- Hold down
ALTto drag an expression without adjusting the attachment point.
- Drag an expression over a staff to snap the attachment point to that staff.
- Double-clicking an expression (or selecting its handle and pressing
ENTER) now opens the Expression Selection dialog box, where you can double-click to easily swap it for another expression, edit the expression, or move it to a different category.
- A single Expression Assignment dialog box replaces the Note Expression Assignment and Measure Expression Assignment dialog boxes. This dialog box does not appear automatically after entering an expression (as in Finale 2008). To access it, SHIFT+double-click an expression's handle. In addition to positioning and playback, you can use this dialog box to assign expressions to individual layers or only the score, only the parts, or both score and parts (for files converted from previous versions).
- An expression that is assigned to a Score List requires a stack selection to be copied.
Copying and pasting expressions across documents
When you copy a region of music including expressions of a category that does not exist in the target document, or if the same category contains different settings, Finale creates the new category in the target document automatically and inserts the new expression into that category.
Commands and Dialog Boxes Removed in Finale 2009
- Measure Expression Assignment (replaced with Expression Assignment)
- Note Expression Assignment (replaced with Expression Assignment)
Use the following key to identify any commands that have moved or changed names since Finale 2008. New commands (as of Finale 2009), menus, and submenus are marked with an asterisk (*). "" means the menu item's name has not changed.
|Finale 2008 menu command Name||Finale 2008 menu||Finale 2009 menu||Finale 2009 menu command Name|
|Save as SmartMusic Accompaniment||File/Save Special||File||Export to SmartMusic|
|Save as Audio File||File/Save Special||File||Export to Audio File|
|-||-||View||Page View Style submenu|
|-||-||MIDI/Audio||Human Playback submenu|
|-||-||MIDI/Audio||Device Setup submenu|
|Audio Setup||MIDI/Audio||MIDI/Audio/Device Setup||""|
|MIDI Setup||MIDI/Audio||MIDI/Audio/Device Setup||
|MIDI Thru||MIDI/Audio||MIDI/Audio/Device Setup||""|
|Tablature MIDI Channels||MIDI/Audio||MIDI/Audio/Device Setup||""|
|Send MIDI Sync||MIDI/Audio||MIDI/Audio/Device Setup||""|
|Send MTC||MIDI/Audio||MIDI/Audio/Device Setup||""|
|-||MIDI/Audio/MIDI File Options||*MIDI File Options submenu|
|Import MIDI File Options||MIDI/Audio||MIDI/Audio/MIDI File Options||""|
|Export MIDI File Options||MIDI/Audio||MIDI/Audio/MIDI File Options||""|
|-||-||MIDI/Audio/MIDI Clipboard||*MIDI Clipboard submenu|
|Import MIDI from Clipboard||MIDI/Audio||MIDI/Audio/MIDI Clipboard||""|
|Export MIDI to Clipboard||MIDI/Audio||MIDI/Audio/MIDI Clipboard||""|
Finale 2008 included several interface changes that provide a more intuitive and streamlined workflow environment. These changes included the consolidation of functions into fewer tools and menus, and as a result, some commands were moved, added, renamed, and/or moved to different locations. If you have upgraded to Finale 2008 from Finale 2007, use the information here to reference the new location of these commands.
The New Selection tool
The Selection tool has inherited all functions previously encompassed by the Mass Edit Tool. Select regions of measures, copy, and edit music, apply plug-ins and make other changes to score regions (or the full score)with the Selection tool. Most commands previously under the Mass Edit menu have been moved to the Edit menu and the new Utilities menu. Others now also appear in the MIDI menu (now called the MIDI/Audio menu) and Mirror menu. See the Finale 2007 to Finale 2008 Menu Reference Chart below for details.
There are some notable changes regarding selection, copying, and filtering:
The Select Partial Measures command has been removed
Finale always allows you to select full or partial measures without requiring a menu selection. See Selecting Music for more details.
- Double-click to expand a selection including partial measures to include full measures. Or, double click full measures or unselected measures to select a full measure stack (full measures, all staves).
- Hold down SHIFT and use the left and right arrow keys to expand or retract the selection note-by-note (or measure-by-measure for empty measures). Or, hold down SHIFT and click to expand/retract the selected region.
- Hold down SHIFT and press the End, HOME, PAGE UP, or Page Down keys to expand selection to the end, beginning, top staff, or bottom staff of the score (respectfully).
Copy, paste, or insert measure settings by selecting a "stack"
In Finale 2007 and earlier a measure could be selected in, for example, four horn parts of an orchestral score. Inserting this music elsewhere would add the measure in all staves, filling only the target selection with the source horn music (the inserted measure in all other staves would be empty). Now, to insert full measures, the source and target must include full measures, and all staves, called stacks.
In a stack selection, highlighting extends between all staves (vertically) of a selected region. Double-click full measures to select the measure stack. For details, see Copying Music.
- Stacks can include extra measure information such as key signatures, measure widths, and barline styles. For a list of items that can only be copied with a stack selection, see Edit Filter dialog box.
- A stack selection is required to delete a full measure and all their attributes in all staves. Without a stack selected, the DELETE key always clears music from the region.
- A stack selection is required to insert a full measure in all staves.
- A stack can only be inserted or pasted to another region that qualifies as a stack. Pasting always replaces existing music.
- Eligible regions to paste or insert a stack are indicated with a green border or insertion bar respectfully when drag-copying or drag-inserting.
Copy and Insert/Copy and Replace
In Finale 2007 and earlier, drag-copying either inserted or replaced entries depending on a setting under the Mass Edit menu. Now, selected regions can be easily inserted or pasted (replacing entries) by dragging or using the clipboard (see Copying Music). All musical elements in a region, including measure-attached items, can be copied, pasted, and inserted with all methods of copying - within the same document or across documents.
- Clipboard-copying and pasting (e.g.
CTRL+C/ CTRL+V), clipboard inserting ( CTRL+I), drag-copying, and drag-inserting now always yield identical results.
- Clipboard-copying and pasting (e.g.
CTRL+C/ CTRL+V) now always yields identical results to drag-copying and pasting. Press CTRL+I to insert material copied to the clipboard.
- Finale now always uses the "Copy and Replace" behavior (now called "Paste") when drag-copying unless the Insert modifier (
ALT) is used.
In Finale 2007, musical elements were excluded from target regions while pasting using the Items to Copy dialog box. Finale 2008's equivalent is the Edit Filter dialog box. The Measure Settings can be either inserted or pasted, but only if the source is a stack selection. Using the clipboard to copy, paste, and insert now always includes the same elements whether drag-copying, drag-pasting, and drag-inserting. In other words, the same mechanism is now used for clipboard-copying as drag-copying.
Modeless Editing Commands
The following changes mean less switching tools and more universal controls.
New Utilities menu
The Utilities menu was introduced in Finale 2008 and includes many commands that previously existed under Finale 2007's Mass Edit menu and submenus. Commands that apply to the entire document, such as Update Layout, are always available. Editing commands that require a regional selection are available whenever any measure region is selected (with the Selection tool or any other tool that supports regional selection). See Utilities menu.
Copy and edit with any tool that allows regional selection
right+click a measure region with the Selection tool or Measure tool selected to access a new expanded context menu. Now, to insert full measures,he source and target must include full measures, and all staves, called stacks.
Cut, copy, paste, insert, and apply any command under the Edit and Utilities menus whenever a region is selected. The following tools allow regional selection:
- Selection Tool
- Staff Tool
- Measure Tool
- Key Signature Tool
- Time Signature Tool
- MIDI Tool
- Clef Tool
- Repeat Tool
- Mirror Tool
- To Clear Staff Styles, use the context menu (
right-click) or the main menu, or click the Staff Style Bar and press DELETE.
- To Delete Staves, the Staff handles must be selected and there must be no measure highlighting.
- To Clear Repeats, highlight the handles only and press DELETE or use the Repeat context menu.
- With a measure region selected, use the "Clear" item in the MIDI Tool to delete the MIDI Data checked in the MIDI tool menu.
Some commands are accessible in many tools
The following commands can be applied with any tool that allows regional measure selection. A single-key alternative is available for some of these commands if the Selection tool is chosen. (These are similar to previous Mass Edit keyboard shortcuts).
CTRL(Selection tool = 4) CTRL+5 = Apply Beat Spacing (Selection tool = 5) CTRL(Selection tool = 6-9) CTRL+SHIFT+6 thru 9 = redefining transpositions (was previously SHIFT+ 6-9) CTRL+1,2 and 3 = Custom Zoom percentages (instead of fixed view percentages)
- Keystrokes for fixed view percentages (CTRL+4 for 400%, CTRL+5 for 50%, CTRL+7 for 75%) have been removed (except for CTRL+0 for "Other") in favor of user definable Custom Zoom Keystrokes:
CTRL+1, CTRL+2 and CTRL+3.
- Keystroke for Check Elapsed Time (5) has been removed.
CTRL+L to lock measures. Selection tool = L) CTRL+U to unlock measures. (Selection tool = U)
- Edit menu > Add Measures(previously required Measure tool selection).
- Utilities menu > Music Spacing > Apply Music Spacing (previously required Mass Edit Tool selection)
- Utilities menu > Fit Measures (previously required Mass Edit Tool/Page Layout tool selection)
- Edit menu > Multimeasure Rests > Create for Parts/Score (previously required Measure tool selection)
- Document menu > Measure Numbers > Edit Regions (previously required Measure tool selection)
- The "Create a Movable Mid-Measure Clef" command has been removed from the Change Clef dialog box. The clef tool now accepts partial measure highlighting. To add a mid-measure clef, start the highlighting where you want the clef to appear in the measure. Double-click to open the Change Clef dialog where you can select the new clef.
- You can now call dialogs by pressing Enter in addition to double clicking. For example in the Staff tool, highlight a measure and press Enter to open the Staff Attributes dialog box.
- Double clicking the Staff tool now adds a blank staff to the bottom of the score.
Commands Removed from Finale
- Edit/Select Partial Measures. Finale now offers partial measure selection at all times. See Selecting music.
- Mass Edit/Copy and Replace. Finale now always uses the "Copy and Replace" behavior (now called Paste) when drag-copying unless the Insert modifier (
ALT) is used. This is identical to copying and pasting using the clipboard.
- Mass Edit/Copy and Insert. Finale now always uses the "Copy and Replace" behavior (now called Paste) when drag-copying unless the Insert modifier (
ALT) is used. This is identical to copying and inserting using the clipboard.
- Home Position. The Home Position menu item has been removed. To easily navigate to the Home Position, press the HOME key.
- Redraw Options. The Redraw Options menu command and Redraw Options dialog box have been removed. Recent technology and performance improvements have replaced a need for these options.
Use the following key to identify any commands that have moved or changed names since Finale 2007. New commands, menus, and submenus (as of Finale 2008) are marked with an asterisk (*).
|Finale 2007 menu Command Name||Finale 2007 menu||Finale 2008 menu||Finale 2008 menu Command Name|
|-||-||Edit||*Copy All Items|
|-||-||Edit||*(SmartFind and Paint (submenu)|
|Add Enclosures||Measure/Measure Numbers||Measure||Add Measure Number Enclosures|
|Apply Articulation||Mass Edit||Utilities||""|
|Apply Beat Spacing to Current Part/Score||Mass Edit/Music Spacing||Utilities/Music Spacing||""|
|Apply Note Spacing to Current Part/Score||Mass Edit/Music Spacing||Utilities/Music Spacing||""|
|Apply SmartFind and Paint||Mass Edit||Edit/SmartFind and Paint||""|
|Apply Time Signature Spacing to Current Part/Score||Mass Edit/Music Spacing||Utilities/Music Spacing||""|
|Articulation Assignments||Mass Edit/Change||Utilities/Change||Articulations|
|Automatic Music Spacing||Edit||Preferences-Edit||""|
|Automatic Update Layout||Edit||Preferences-Edit||""|
|Break||Measure/Multimeasure Rest||Edit/Multimeasure Rest||""|
|Change (submenu)||Mass Edit||Utilities||""|
|Change Lowest Fret||Mass Edit/Utilities||Utilities/Change||Lowest Fret|
|Check Accidentals||Mass Edit/Utilities||Utilities/Check Notation||""|
|Check Elapsed Time||Mass Edit/Utilities||Utilities/Check Notation||""|
|Check Ties||Mass Edit/Utilities||Utilities/Check Notation||""|
|Chord Assignments||Mass Edit/Change||Utilities/Change||Chords|
|Clear Entries and Smart Shapes||Mass Edit||Edit||Clear All Items|
|Clear Items||Mass Edit||Edit||Clear Selected Items|
|Convert Mirrors||Mass Edit/Utilities||Utilities/Check Notation||""|
|Create||Measure/Multimeasure Rest||Edit/Multimeasure Rest||""|
|Create for Parts/Score||Measure/Multimeasure Rest||Edit/Multimeasure Rest||""|
|Delete||Measure||Edit||Delete Measure Stack|
|Deselect SmartFind Source Region||Mass Edit||Edit/SmartFind and Paint||""|
|Edit||Measure/Multimeasure Rest||Edit/Multimeasure Rest||""|
|Edit Measure Attributes||Measure||Edit||""|
|Edit Measure Number Regions||Measure/Measure Numbers||Document and Measure||""|
|Explode Music||Mass Edit/Utilities||Utilities||""|
|Fill With Rests||Mass Edit/Utilities||Utilities/Check Notation||""|
|Fit Music||Mass Edit||Utilities||Fit Measures|
|Freeze Stems Down||Mass Edit/Utilities||Utilities/Check Notation/Stem Direction||Down|
|Freeze Stems Up||Mass Edit/Utilities||Utilities/Check Notation/Stem Direction||Up|
|Hide Numbers||Measure/Measure Numbers||Measure||Hide Measure Numbers|
|Implode Music||Mass Edit/Utilities||Utilities||""|
|Import MIDI from Clipboard||Edit menu||MIDI/Audio/MIDI Clipboard||""|
|Insert||Measure||Edit||Insert Measure Stack|
|Items to Copy||Mass Edit||Edit||Edit Filter|
|Lock Systems||Mass Edit||Utilities||""|
|Measure Numbers||Measure (submenu)||Measure||(Items loose in menu)|
|Mirror||Mass Edit||*Mirror||Dragging Copies Music|
|Dragging Mirrors Music|
|Move/Copy Layers||Mass Edit||Edit||""|
|Multimeasure Rest (submenu)||Measure||Edit||""|
|Music Spacing (submenu)||Mass Edit||Utilities||""|
|Note Durations||Mass Edit/Change||Utilities/Change||""|
|Note Expression Assignments||Mass Edit/Change||Utilities/Change||Expressions|
|Note Size||Mass Edit/Change||Utilities/Change||""|
|Rebar (submenu)||Mass Edit||Utilities||""|
|Rebeam (submenu)||Mass Edit||Utilities||""|
|Remove Manual Slur Adjustments||Mass Edit/Utilities||Utilities/Check Notation||""|
|Remove Stem Changes||Mass Edit/Utilities||Utilities/Check Notation/Stem Direction||Use Default Direction|
|Respell Notes||Mass Edit/Utilities||Utilities||""|
|Restore Defaults||Measure/Measure Numbers||Measure||Restore Measure Number Defaults|
|Scale View To||View||View||Zoom|
|Set SmartFind Source Region||Mass Edit||Edit/SmartFind and Paint||""|
|Show Numbers||Measure/Measure Numbers||Measure||Show Measure Numbers|
|Special Part Extraction||Edit||Document||""|
|Toolbars||View/Customize Palettes||Window/Toolbars||Customize Toolbars|
|Unlock Systems||Mass Edit||Utilities||""|
|Update Smart Word Extensions and Hyphens||Edit||Utilities||""|