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   Posted 3/19/2006 7:01 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I am trying to save a large population (about 3,000) of .MUS files to .ETF files. Apparently Finale script does not save as .ETF or am I missing something?
 
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   Posted 3/20/2006 7:25 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Silly question - but why?


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   Posted 3/20/2006 9:24 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Because I want to be able to read and write text and lyrics to compare to the database I have of what should be in them. I am creating a mammoth hymnal and want to automate more of the process, as each file contains a lot of text and currently requires many tedious copy and paste operations. The Enigma format allows fairly straightforward reading and writing of the textbox and lyric data, while the .MUS format is highly compressed and its format is kept mysterioso.
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   Posted 3/21/2006 6:26 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Out of interest, does your automation software only work with a specific release of ETF (eg, Finale 2006), or can it work generically with all versions of ETF so far published?

Brian


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   Posted 3/22/2006 9:22 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

At this point the automation is something I am exploring. I don't think it would be practical from what I have seen so far to have it do too many things. However, it looks like the places where .ETF files store text and lyrics have been rather static, so if I can be successful with one version, it might work on other versions. Obviously, with a file format that changes as frequently as Finale's, it is a rather risky venture to invest too much effort in modifying Finale files outside the system. However, Finale has not provided users with any practical way of addressing text boxes (note that they are numbered in the text editing box if you open them with nothing highlighted, but you can't move from one to another without using mouse clicks, as the control for selecting the boxes can't seem to respond to keyboard commands). As so much of what is in Finale's dialog boxes uses non-standard controls, automating tasks within Finale is something of a nightmare. 

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   Posted 3/22/2006 2:38 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

Hi Tom,

You might find it easier to work with MusicXML files rather than ETF files. MusicXML handles the variations in file formats from 2000 on for Windows and 2004 on for Macintosh OS X. You can use standard XML software tools rather than parsing an ever-changing ETF format. You could also handle music files where the originals come from different programs and you want to get them into Finale. For more information, see:

http://www.recordare.com/xml.html

Unfortunately Finalescript doesn't do batch read/write of MusicXML files in 2006, but this is available with our Dolet 3 for Finale plug-in.


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