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Graeme Gilmore
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   Posted 5/28/2016 7:13 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
A help in learning Finalescript.

Make available a downloadable PDF of the Finale User Manual Finalescript pages that has been lightly edited so that it prints with intelligent pages breaks on 8.5 by 11 paper.

Background

When I first started working with Finalescript in 2008, I copied the help files to Word, adjusted the page breaks, and then printed it as a booklet. The ability to reference the print copy was a definite benefit in learning Finalescript.

Since then Microsoft lost permission to use XML and stripped it out of Word. Now, when the Finalescript pages are copied into word, some colors and other formatting elements are changed. So it is no longer possible to just copy and then adjust where the page breaks should come. Making a straight PDF of the webpage keeps the formatting, but the page breaks come where they may.


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   Posted 5/11/2016 3:14 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Five years after the last post I in this thread, I would like to point everyone still interested in better scripting functions to JWLua. A lot of the discussed functions could be done more easily in JWLua than in Finalescript. Have a look and consider learning it, it opens amazing possibilities within Finale.

Harald


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   Posted 2/23/2011 12:49 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

Hi,

Perhaps you can take a look at the Visual Basic Editor in Office programs.

  • You can step through the code line by line and see what it does
  • You can set a breakpoint to stop the code
  • There is intellissense (completing words you write)
  • When writing code obvious errors are put in red

kind regards,

Erik


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   Posted 12/23/2010 2:32 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
It would be nice if it were available to linked parts.


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   Posted 12/22/2010 7:33 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
In addition to documentation, tutorials would be useful.


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   Posted 12/22/2010 6:16 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
It's really "documentation by rumor." There are examples of the commands available, but nothing describing the syntax or options, nor any organized list. It's such a wonderful thing that it deserves better documentation.


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   Posted 12/22/2010 4:54 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
This is related to my post in July. What I really need is more batch processing: exporting graphics and creating audio files. If there's a way, I haven't figured it out.

I'll also second Motet's request for better documentation. What is available really assumes you have time to hack around for fun. Wish I did have time, but I don't.


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   Posted 12/22/2010 8:49 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Tikimon21 said...
I'm having a hard time batch printing files to PDF on my Mac. I'm running OSX 10.5 and currently there are only 1-2 virtual printers available and I can't get them to install correctly. Is there are script that I'm missing that will let you use the in-Finale "Save As PDF" command, and if there isn't, then one would certainly be useful.

Thanks

Try using Quickeys instead, I think you'll have better luck.


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   Posted 12/22/2010 1:05 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Finalescript is very cool, but I would like to see better documentation.


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   Posted 12/21/2010 2:27 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I'm having a hard time batch printing files to PDF on my Mac. I'm running OSX 10.5 and currently there are only 1-2 virtual printers available and I can't get them to install correctly. Is there are script that I'm missing that will let you use the in-Finale "Save As PDF" command, and if there isn't, then one would certainly be useful.

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   Posted 7/8/2010 1:54 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Well, I'll port my request for help over to this thread... Please give me the ability to pass the name of the file into dialog boxes like those we get when we export audio or graphics. For me, in fact, if it's easier, the file's title field would be fine. I always use it because I have a lot of small files and print them. But clearly Finale knows both because both are available as inserts with the Text tool (altho the file name insert uses the full path which is less good).

As long as I'm writing, I'll add my vote for a "record keystrokes" macro.


Jeanne
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   Posted 6/29/2010 12:46 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I'd like to see the Shortcut Editor window intercept any keystrokes sent before displaying to what they are currently assigned. I don't know if this is possible, but it is annoying testing possible key combinations and having them execute on the system or in Finale. Would it not be possible to simply have the window report the current assignment (if any) without having them trigger the assigned behavior?


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   Posted 5/28/2010 4:05 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
The ability to search replace text/part of text contextually

Search for abc1* replace with cba1*
Search for *abc1 replace with *cba2

"Wait for user imput" - inthe midle of the script allows me to make a specific change and once I close that window the script continues.

For example I'm compiling a book, and among others I am creating the page numbering and trough the script call up the "Edit Page Offset"
here the script pauses and waits for that window to be closed before resuming. I type the page offset and press OK, and the script resumes with the rest of the tasks.


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   Posted 5/4/2010 7:20 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I've not figured out a way to specify chromatic transposition for an instrument. I can transpose by key, but not chromatically. Perhaps I've missed something.

command in samples is

transpose instrument to F

thanks


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   Posted 2/28/2010 11:15 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Robert,

I'd like to be able to call up a contexual menu with FS. (Maybe this is already possible, but I'm not sure what terminology to use to get this)

JT


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   Posted 2/6/2010 7:03 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
KennethKen said...
Let's let Robert determine what he can or cannot do.


And that's exactly what I do. :-)
I didn't disagree with the original idea about recording, just gave an additional alternative suggestion.

However, I now noticed that my original response was incorrectly spelled, it should be "If the suggestion quoted above would be too complicated..."


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   Posted 2/2/2010 3:42 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Jari Williamsson said...
KennethKen said...
Too complicated for who? The user?

The developers (from a resource point of view).
Robert asked for suggestions. If I users held their tongue or dismissed thinks because they thought something would be too complicated for the developer to develop we'd still be engraving on metal plates. Let's let Robert determine what he can or cannot do.
 
Ken
BTW - When you suggest a Wizard that asks questions (which is a good idea although limited by having to anticipate the user's questions), wouldn't that be harder to do than simply having an interface like TGTools' Key Assignment DBX which would then translate the command into Finalescript (with the necessary user data input fields, of course)? Now you've got me thinking like a developer. Damn you!


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   Posted 2/2/2010 9:36 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I second Wiggy and Jari's idea about a wizard--something like Microsoft Word's feature that records a macro from keystrokes.


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   Posted 2/2/2010 8:33 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
KennethKen said...
Too complicated for who? The user?


The developers (from a resource point of view).


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   Posted 2/1/2010 8:38 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Jari Williamsson said...
Wiggy said...
The ability to record a user-generated sequence of commands. i.e. Hit <record>, then click on menu items, and FS would create a script.


It the suggestion quoted above would be too complicated,...
Too complicated for who? The user?


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   Posted 2/1/2010 4:45 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
The ability to change the fonts as extensively as "Data Check" does. So that the user can choose to change fonts in 3 different ways:

1. SPECIFIC AREAS (lyrics, expressions, etc...as it currently works)
2. in the DOCUMENT (as it currently works).
3. GLOBALLY so it will change the Document Option Fonts also (New).

Thanks,
SF


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   Posted 2/1/2010 4:00 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Wiggy said...
The ability to record a user-generated sequence of commands. i.e. Hit <record>, then click on menu items, and FS would create a script.


It the suggestion quoted above would be too complicated, perhaps a Wizard that auto-created scripts or script lines from the approach "What would you like to do?", where the user is guided through the Wizard?


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   Posted 2/1/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I'm editing a bunch of text blocks right now and would love the ability to write a script where you could specify a point in the text to change the font, size, and/or style from that point to the end of the text without specifying the exact text (pix attached if you need a visual). In the case attached I would specify the RETURN as the item to search for and replace it with a "space ~ space" applying the top line's font to this and the remaining text that would be brought up.

Also, it would be great if there was an easier way to deal with returns (or line breaks). I always have to go back to the documentation to figure out how to remove or replace a "return" in a block of text.

Thanks,
SF


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   Posted 1/30/2010 11:15 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Wiggy said...
The ability to record a user-generated sequence of commands. i.e. Hit <record>, then click on menu items, and FS would create a script.


BINGO! Zero learning curve.


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   Posted 1/29/2010 5:20 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
The ability to record a user-generated sequence of commands. i.e. Hit <record>, then click on menu items, and FS would create a script.


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