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Brad Beyenhof
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   Posted 2/4/2005 4:34 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Dave Hage said...

More printing control (page setup)
Attach script to Key Command or have a script "menu"


These are my absolute top two, especially since they promised hotkey integration the day it was announced...

However, if there could be a hierarchical Scripts menu it would be easy enough to set up a QuicKeys shortcut to access the various scripts.
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   Posted 3/28/2005 7:25 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I would love some form of documentation and some kind of tutorial would be really helpful. This program looks like it could really help me.

Jim


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   Posted 3/29/2005 5:59 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

I would like to be able to search for the Filename Text Insert.

I receive files from arrangers who use the Filename insert in headings, and with the folders that I use to organize my files, the filename sometimes covers the entire page and I have to change it on everyone of the extracted parts.  Currently FinaleScript won’t let you search for the filename.

 

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Darcy James Argue
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   Posted 4/10/2005 8:08 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Robert,

Personally, I think the first priority, before adding new features, would be to fix the batch processing bugs. When converting a large number of documents to the current Finale version, there are three main problems:

1) On Mac, FinaleScript has a 32-character filename limit and prompts for all files with longer names (which happens quite a bit if you're also appending "_2k5" to the filename), and using the ".mus" extension.

2) Some filename characters -- for instance the em dash" -- become mangled.

3) During large batch operations -- such as converting a large folder of files -- FinaleScript causes Finale to crash. A lot. Even when there's nothing else running. This is a bummer. I have attached the most recent FinaleScript-related crash log.


- Darcy
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Mac OS X 10.3.8
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Post Edited (Darcy James Argue) : 4/11/2005 12:13:07 AM GMT



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   Posted 4/10/2005 8:13 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I also second the request for a tutorial and more extensive documentation.


- Darcy
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   Posted 6/14/2005 7:06 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
This might have been said already but it would be really nice to assign buttons in the toolbar to scripts.
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   Posted 8/1/2005 3:36 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
It would be nice to have access to the options within the measure attributes dialog. I have hundreds of files where I have to force key signature and times signature to display manually, which seems rather time consuming to me.


Ansgar Krause

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   Posted 8/11/2005 11:41 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
My dream script or dream Finale would have recopy from part to score. For example, today I finished a jazz chart; at the point of extracting parts I realized the bass line was terrible in some measures. I made corrections in the parts but I wish it would automatically be corrected (updated) in the score.
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   Posted 8/16/2005 1:16 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Could there be a script for "repeating the last command" again. I have no idea if using the undo log to accomplish this would work but if a user could repeat a command, flipping stems or ties for example, on various selected portions of a score with only one click it would speed things up. Could be used for transposition, change duration, change notehead or any complete command.
 
Ken


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   Posted 8/27/2005 11:34 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I use macros in Microsoft applications (Windows) & I'd like to see similar features in Finalescript. Here are some of them:

+ The ability to record specific keystrokes & further edit the code.
+ Arrangement of related scripts into modules
+ Branching program flow
+ Error-trapping routines
+ Full support for all the commands that can be done manually (e.g., implode two staves & put the new staff on the bottom of the score)
+ The ability to set constants & variables used later in the code
+ The ability to pass arguments from one routine to another

These are standard features in Visual Basic for Applications & Microsoft did a great job of making extremely powerful automation available to its users through VBA.
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   Posted 9/8/2005 4:44 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Named macro creation where keystrokes and mouse movements are trapped to a macro/subroutine that can then be invoked as needed.

This would be similar to the Excel Record macro facility.


-Ray
 
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   Posted 9/10/2005 11:16 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
From reading this thread I think other post may have suggested something similar.
 
The main reasons I don't use Finalescript as much as I probably should is:
 
1) Syntax - I'm not a programmer and am clumsy when it comes to remembering correct syntax - always making mistakes like not putting font names within square brackets or forgetting to use quotes where I'm suppose to, etc. (Not to mention stupid spelling error)
2) The learning curve - Hats off to Robert for making the lanuage as natural as possible but there are so many ways to say the same thing - and I always say them incorrectly. This means constant reference to the manual)
3) I have QuicKeys
 
These reasons can be negated if there was a way Finalescript could record our mouse clicks and/or keystrokes or simply the result of our mouse clicks/keystrokes and then transcribe them into the Finalescript language. Am I asking for a macro program with record capabilities?
 
This way a user can click RECORD in Finalescript, do anything they want as they usually do it within Finale and when they click END Finalescript shows them the resulting script in the Finalescript Editor. (As I said, I'm no programmer, so I don't know if it would be easier to have FS record the series of commands from the Finale menus or if it's easier for Finale's menus to be duplicated within the FS window and have the user record them from there.)
 
This would:
1) Eliminate syntactical errors since FS would be writing the intial script, not the user (user editing could still be done through the Finalescript Editor - adding "process folder" for example),
2) Eliminate the learning curve since the user would simply be doing want they would normally do in Finale in order to create the script. For those would want to learn more it would be helpful because they could study the code that was create, with correct lanuage and syntax, of each command they recorded.
3) Elminate the need to load QuicKeys to use with Finale. Now with GPO, many of use can't spare the RAM other background programs require.
 
Ken


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Post Edited (KennethKen) : 9/10/2005 5:11:15 PM (GMT-5)

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   Posted 9/29/2005 7:05 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Two big requests that would greatly improve my workflow:

1) Being able to access staff attributes (such as the "Items to Display" check-boxes) would be *really* handy for batch-processing parts coming out of a symphonic score

2) Being able to create new text items with standard text (such as the staff name), and being able to alter the font and text item attributes (e.g. page range, etc) programmatically.

mike
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   Posted 3/1/2006 12:55 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
This is what I would like:
1. support for importing graphics with transparent backgrounds.
2. support of use of "layers" similar to graphics programs (photoshop, flash, etc). In my ideal world, a user could then turn on or otf these layers (they might contain fingerings, bowings, alternate notation, etc).
Thanks - just found this thread -
Linda


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