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   Posted 7/5/2004 3:47 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
After what I admit is only a cursory glance at Finale Script, my impression is not favorable when I compare it to the speed and efficiency I obtained in Finale 2002 when using Quickeys (Mac, System 9).

If the point of updating is to improve speed and efficiency, both Mac (OSX) and Finale have failed. After years of using Quickeys, and amassing a large library of sophisticated scripts which made even complex operations a one-button cinch, I am now finding myself starting from scratch on 2004(b). Quickeys is made for OSX, but operates as a seperate application now (not integrated into the host program as in System 9 and previous versions).

Am I wrong about Finale Script when compared with the old Quickeys? I'd like one-button scripts to convert note heads, resize music, lengthy formatting operations, explode, etc. Also, I wish that Finale Script, if it IS capable of these operations, had an interface more like Quickeys, which allowed the recording of commands and clicks...very intuitive.

Set me straight...sell me on this "upgrade"...please!
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   Posted 7/6/2004 8:26 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I think that you have to remember that the Finalescript is a new plugin feature, and isn't going to be as mature as something like Quickeys which has been around forever. It's not as all-encompassing as Quickeys in terms of its macro abilities, but I have found it to be quite useful in other ways, e.g. swapping one font for another, which Quickeys could never do. Of course this usefulness is compounded by the fact that I don't have Quickeys X on my computer...

I hope that as Finalescript develops over time, it becomes increasingly useful to do other things as well, e.g. manipulate pitches and the like. You're still probably going to need a macro programme as well though. There would be little point in it trying to replicate a full-blown macro programme - it's better to concentrate on things that macro programmes can't do, I would say.

Just my 2c.
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   Posted 7/6/2004 3:01 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
...I'm sticking with 2002b in System 9 (with Quickeys) for as LONG as possible...Time is money in this business, and I lose money when I work slower.
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   Posted 7/26/2004 6:16 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
In OSX I have started using a shareware program called iKeys, which is working out very well for the macros. It's a bit more complicated to make the shortcuts at first but they work as well as my Quickeys ever did.


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