Choose one of these commands to export an audio file, EPUB, Finale 2012 file, MIDI file,
- Audio File. Choose this command to create
a WAVor MP3 file based on the document’s MIDI performance. When you choose this option, the Save Audio File Asdialog box is displayed. To record these audio files, Finale uses the currently selected SoundFont. See Audio Files.
- EPUB. Choose this command to save the file in EPUBEPUB is a free and open standard for distributing content via electronic stores such as iBooks and Google Play. 3 format, which allows you to view the file on mobile readers. Playback data is not saved with EPUB files, as they are intended for viewing only.
If you plan to publish and/or sell EPUB files exported from Finale, additional updates to the file will be required. For recommendations, see To convert a Finale document to a publishable EPUB file.
- Finale 2012. Choose this command to save the file in .mus format, which allows you to open the file in Finale 2012, SongWriter 2012, or NotePad 2012. To save files for use in Finale 2011 products and earlier, use File > Export > MusicXMLA standard open format for exchanging digital sheet music. MusicXML provides a solution for tasks such as publishing interactive musical scores on the Internet and collaborating with other musicians who use different music applications..
Note that features introduced in Finale 2014 and later are not available in previous versions of Finale; for example, a .mus document with a keyless key signature that has been exported from Finale 2014 or later will display accidentals when opened in Finale 2012.
- MIDI File. Choose this command to save the file in MIDIMIDI is a standardized protocol by which music applications, computers and MIDI instruments talk to each other. format. MIDI filesA type of file written in a standardized format that can be understood by music programs from different manufacturers so that one file can be used in several different programs. For example, music created in any sequencer program can be opened by Finale and converted into written notation. are used by many music programs, including most sequencers, to retain playback data. This includes tempo changes (for those sequencers that support a tempo, or conductor, track), dynamics, pitch wheel data, MIDI channel assignments, in addition to Human Playback settings. Text and layouts are not retained in MIDI files. See MIDI files.
- PDF. Choose this command to save the file in PDF format. When you choose this command, the Save As dialog box is displayed with Save as type set to Adobe PDF Files (*.pdf). Here, you can click Additional Properties to add PDF property data to the file. See Adobe PDF Documents.
- Classic SmartMusic. Choose this command to save a copy of your file in a format that can be opened by classic SmartMusic. Classic SmartMusic was retired on August 1st, 2020 so files exported in this format can no longer be used. The Share feature is now the recommended options for using SmartMusic.
- MusicXML. Choose this command to save a Finale document in Compressed MusicXMLA standard open format for exchanging digital sheet music. MusicXML provides a solution for tasks such as publishing interactive musical scores on the Internet and collaborating with other musicians who use different music applications. (.mxl), MusicXML (.musicxml), or XML (.xml) format. MusicXML files can be opened in many music software programs, including previous versions of Finale. MusicXML is the technology used for sharing music with the Share feature in Finale v27.
In the Export MusicXML File dialog box, use the Save as type
dropdownmenu to choose from a Compressed MusicXML file, a MusicXML file, or an XML file. To specify how a MusicXML file is exported, use File > Export > MusicXML Preferences.More about MusicXML
MusicXML was designed from the ground up for sharing sheet music files between applications and for archiving sheet music files for use in the future. You can count on MusicXML files being readable and usable by a wide range of music notation applications, now and in the future. MusicXML complements the native file formats used by Finale and other programs, which are designed for rapid, interactive use.
Just as MP3 files have become synonymous with sharing recorded music, MusicXML files have become the standard for sharing interactive sheet music. With MusicXML you can create music in one program and share your results – back and forth – with people using other programs. Today more than 200 applications include MusicXML support.
Read more about MusicXML at www.musicxml.com. Full documentation about the MusicXML format can be found at http://www.musicxml.com/UserManuals/MusicXML/MusicXML.htm.
- Linked Parts to MusicXML. Choose this command to export all linked parts in a score as Compressed MusicXMLA standard open format for exchanging digital sheet music. MusicXML provides a solution for tasks such as publishing interactive musical scores on the Internet and collaborating with other musicians who use different music applications. files (.mxl). When you choose this command, you are prompted to save the files in an existing folder or create a new folder. If the score has no linked parts, a dialog box appears letting you know how to generate parts.
- Translate Folder to MusicXML. Choose this command to save a batch of Finale documents in Compressed MusicXMLA standard open format for exchanging digital sheet music. MusicXML provides a solution for tasks such as publishing interactive musical scores on the Internet and collaborating with other musicians who use different music applications. (.mxl) or MusicXML (.musicxml) format, based on your selection in the MusicXML Preferences dialog box. When exporting uncompressed MusicXML 3.0 and older files, this option produces files with the .xml extension.
These batch routines will overwrite any files with the same name that are currently in that directory.
- MusicXML Preferences. Choose this command to edit the way that MusicXML files are exported. When you choose this option, the MusicXML Preferences dialog box is displayed.
Finale can export MusicXML 3.1 and 3.0 files (compressed and uncompressed, .mxl, .xml and .musicxml), MusicXML 2.0 files, MusicXML 1.1 files (for use with Finale 2006 and 2007, uncompressed, .xml), as well as MusicXML 1.0 files (for use with Finale 2003 to 2005 on Windows).