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Jari Williamsson
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   Posted 1/29/2011 4:57 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
To all Finale users:

I'm planning to create a plug-in to space full measure rests proportionally. The things that the plug-in should handle:
  • A full measure rests with "long" time signature should require more space than a full measure rest with a short time signature
  • A long multimeasure rests should require more space than a short multimeasure rest


I would like feedback on how you would like this proportionality to be handled:

  • Should it be proportional to the current spacing factor?
  • How much space should a full measure rest require, compared to a multi-measure rest?
  • Should multimeasure rest widths be proportional to the actual beat duration within the multimeasure rests?
  • Other things?


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   Posted 1/30/2011 1:47 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
  1. Proportionality to the current spacing factor sounds resonable to me
  2. Multi-measure rests should be larger than 1 full measure rest. Perhaps there could be a user defined setting (e.g., Minimum MMR length = "x.xx" of a full measure rest of the current time signature [where "x.xx" can be a multiplier of the full measure rest length, e.g. "1.25")
  3. The above suggestion along with the 1st bullet in your first bulleted list should cover this, I think. I could be misunderstanding you though.

Did you plan on having the threshold for what is considered a "short" MMR verses a "long" MMR be user definable?
Will there be an option for a "medium" MMR?

Perhaps having a separate, user definable setting for the propotionality of MMRs and to full measures rest when "Use Symbols for Rest Less Than..." (Document/Doc Options/MMR) is checked would be helpful. Would the number in the "Use Symbols for Rest Less Than..." then be used to define "short" verse "long" MMRs. Since the symbols usually take up less space than long, horizontal black bar this would accomodate both scenarios without the user having to change the settings when opening and using different files that use different MMR symbols. Odd thing, of course, is that when using the symbols the 3 measure mmr symbols rests takes up more space than 4 measures mmr symbols because of their placement.

Ken

PS Since your dealing with measure widths, how about a plugin to adjust the widths of single and double repeat bar symbols. I wrote to Tobias to see if he'd include it in his measure widths plugin a few years back. He said it was a good idea that he'd like to include but he may simply not have the time or incentive to do it.

 


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   Posted 1/30/2011 6:09 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I have often thought about making multi-measure rests slightly proportional. But it's a complex area, and I can situations where it will be difficult to pre-specify behaviour, rather than simply adjust it by hand.

Obviously, there's no point in making a 4-measure MMR take up the same space as 4 empty measures. But I can see some sense in displaying a 19-measure MMR as slightly longer than a 5-measure MMR, if they are on the same system, with a couple of music measures between them.

I'm not quite sure about the first idea of the plug-in. I would have to think and test about what Finale does and what expected behaviour is.


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Jari Williamsson
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   Posted 1/30/2011 7:18 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Wiggy said...
I'm not quite sure about the first idea of the plug-in. I would have to think and test about what Finale does and what expected behaviour is.


The obvious target for this plug-in is parts where there's a lot of rest counting.

I've attached a sample screen shot of a (made-up) part, where you should see the problems. If anyone would put small chunks of music between the rests in that sample, it's evident that it would be impossible to graphically estimate when the music should start (caused by Finale's default fixed-size rest spacing).


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   Posted 2/2/2011 9:14 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Jari,

Here are some relevant screenshots from Sibelius, which does this automatically. Do you have Sibelius? If not let me know if you want me to mock up anything.

Great idea for a plug-in.


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   Posted 2/2/2011 10:19 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Philip. said...
Here are some relevant screenshots from Sibelius, which does this automatically. Do you have Sibelius? If not let me know if you want me to mock up anything.


Thanks Philip! I currently only have the Sib 5 demo, but the settings in your screenshot exist there as well. (Most annoying to hear the Sibelius Third when starting Sib 5, BTW. But OTOH, what should they use for Sib 8 - Tapiola? And OTOH, what do the Avid people really know about the real Sibelius...? :-) )

Those settings in the screen shot are too inflexible IMO. Anyhow, what I can't figure out is how the proportionality of the single bar rests (proportionality according to time sig measure duration) are controlled?


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   Posted 2/2/2011 10:29 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Jari Williamsson said...
Those settings in the screen shot are too inflexible IMO. Anyhow, what I can't figure out is how the proportionality of the single bar rests (proportionality according to time sig measure duration) are controlled?

I don't know if it is possible to control this, but there is an option for a fixed empty bar width in Note Spacing Rules, similar to Finale.

Ha, I enjoyed the startup sound for the first couple times, then switched it off in Preferences, luckily that's an option :)


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   Posted 2/2/2011 2:10 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Philip. said...
I don't know if it is possible to control this, but there is an option for a fixed empty bar width in Note Spacing Rules, similar to Finale.


Ok, thanks for the info. I think it's very important to be able to control the proportionality of the single full rests as well. The question is if this value should be relative to the note spacing factor or if it should be a different value.

Regarding the MM rests, a user on the Finale e-mail list pointed out that he wanted a ceiling where MM rests should end being proportional. I think that's a very good option.

I'll probably post a dummy dialog sample here later on.


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   Posted 2/7/2011 9:34 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I'd like to add a suggestion for those that do "commercial" copying or published jazz ensemble arrangements that have that "commercial" style and look. (Basically talking about the style as put forth in Clinton Roemer's book "The Art of Music Copying")

It would be nice, on a system with 1 measure and a 3 bar multi rest, to have the 1 measure space normally and the 3 bar multi occupy the rest of the line. Actually, I try to avoid this situation but occasionally need to employ it. Another less severe and a very common example in my work would be 2 measures sharing a line with an 8 bar multi - space the two measures normally and have the multi occupy (about) half the line.

I'm sick and tired of manually adjusting MM rest widths via the Edit dialog. I've gotten pretty good at guessing width settings, but it would be great to have a tool that calculates this accurately.

Thanks for your hard work and generosity in making your plugins available!

N.


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   Posted 2/8/2011 4:56 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
N. Grossingink said...
It would be nice, on a system with 1 measure and a 3 bar multi rest, to have the 1 measure space normally and the 3 bar multi occupy the rest of the line. Actually, I try to avoid this situation but occasionally need to employ it. Another less severe and a very common example in my work would be 2 measures sharing a line with an 8 bar multi - space the two measures normally and have the multi occupy (about) half the line.


I think it probably would be best to have an option like "Acceptable stretch of measures with contents" (suggestion for better name of the option highly appreciated :-) ) in the plug-in.


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   Posted 2/11/2011 8:20 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I've been doing this manually for years and I would absolutely welcome a plugin which could do this automatically, but with user-definable parameters. A typical example: in 3/8, empty measures are considerably larger than ones with three eighths or, especially, a quarter and an eighth. This looks really ridiculous and always needs tweaking, something which can be very time-consuming. MMRs with proportionally variable widths would be most welcome, as well.


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   Posted 2/11/2011 9:11 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
If you set Document Options->Music Spacing->Minimum Measure Width to 0, empty bars are a reasonable width.

I personally don't think varying multimeasure widths according to their length would make much difference. It's not of much benefit to the player. I suppose it would be nice if you had several together as in the Sibelius example above, but I wouldn't want it to take up more room that if you didn't do it at all.


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   Posted 2/12/2011 3:17 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Motet said...
I personally don't think varying multimeasure widths according to their length would make much difference. It's not of much benefit to the player. I suppose it would be nice if you had several together as in the Sibelius example above, but I wouldn't want it to take up more room that if you didn't do it at all.


FWIW, I got the initial idea to the plug-in after playing from unreadable parts (with much rests and time sig changes).


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   Posted 2/13/2011 9:25 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Motet said...
I personally don't think varying multimeasure widths according to their length would make much difference. It's not of much benefit to the player.
As a tuba player (someone who always has alot of rests in his part) I find it useful in addition to being logical and aestheically pleasing. Therefore, I always try to incorporate proportionality in my MMRs. It may not help others...but if it helps some that's reason enough for me to support it.
 
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   Posted 10/13/2011 4:33 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but the subject has come up on a recent thread in the "Finale - Windows" forum. Did anything ever come of this? Such a plug-in would save me a great deal of time ...


 
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   Posted 11/13/2011 7:41 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Version 1.00 is now available for download from the Finale tips site.


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   Posted 11/14/2011 7:24 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Many thanks for this, Jari. Once again, Finale gets better and better because of your work.

It's good to see some of your plug-ins included with Finale's installer. I hope you got paid well! (Though I don't expect you to answer! smilewinkgrin )

Of course, while the plug-ins are better than nothing, it would be nice to have some of these functions built into Finale by default, so that Finale spaced MMs automatically this way.

I keep meaning to make a checklist of plug-ins that I need to run before the work is finished!


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