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   Posted 1/5/2010 6:46 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Does anybody know how to make an XML file? The instructions I received were:
 
1) From File Menu point to Music XML, and click Export.
2) Save as an XML file to Desktop.
3) From File Menu, point to Music XML, and click Import.
4) Import the file that was just saved from the Desktop.
 
One of the techs walked me through it, but when I tried it on my own, it didn't work.
 
Thanks in advance.
 
 
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   Posted 1/5/2010 7:31 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Mimi,
Are you trying to create an XML file, or open one that someone sent you?



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   Posted 1/6/2010 8:59 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Mimi,

Your steps 1 and 2 will create (export) an XML file (name.XML) of the currently open Finale file (name.MUS). You can, of course name the file anything you want with an XML extension, and save it anywhere you wish, not necessarily on the Desktop.

Steps 3 and 4 will read into Finale a previously created XML file. Again the file does not need to be on the Desktop. In previous versions, you had to have a document open to import into, and use the XML built in plugin (there was no MusicXML option in the file menu), but the later versions, at least 2009 and above, this is no longer the case. Import will always create a new document, if I am not mistaken.

BTW, XML is just text, so you can open the file in any editor like NotePad to review or edit it. It will even open in a browser page to see the XML.

Hope this helps.


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   Posted 1/7/2010 3:47 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Hi, I don't think these steps will let you to create a XAL file. Tey are just to import some previously made XML file to your desktop and then export it to somewhere else .


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   Posted 1/7/2010 5:07 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
No, step 1 is the File menu in Finale, which gives you Export to create the XML file.

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   Posted 1/7/2010 9:39 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Mimi and Javier, and other interested folks,

Believe me when I say that after completing steps 1 and 2 (you can't do one without the other) you will have created, otherwise called exported, the currently open Finale file to your chosen XML file. This process consists of taking the music notation information from the currently selected Finale file and translating it into XML format text and storing that text in the chosen XML file. XML is just pure text that you can view and edit with any text editor like NotePad. It is just another way of storing the music information in a text format that can be read by other XML knowledgeable software. This way, music written in one program, like Finale, can be read by another music program, like Sibelius, and vice versa. That is one of the many features of XML. Another use of XML is to take a file created with a later version of Finale and import it back into an earlier version of Finale. As you may know, typically you cannot read a newer Finale format MUS file into an older Finale program. The file formats are usually incompatible. The reverse is typically not the case. A newer Finale program will update an older MUS file the first time you try to read it. XML lets you get around this file incompatibility. Anyone interested in XML should visit http://www.recordare.com for more information.

Conversely, after completing steps 3 and 4 (again you can't do one without the other) you will have read into a Finale MUS file the chosen XML file, otherwise known as importing the XML into Finale. You will see the result of Finale having translated the XML text into music notation on your screen. You can then save it as a Finale MUS file.

I have done this process, just as described, many times using Finale 2009 and 2010. If it doesn't work for you as described, you may be using an earlier version of Finale where the XML import and export features were available not from the File menu, but from the builtin XML plugin (Dolet Light from Recordare) menu. Also, in earlier versions, you needed to have a blank Finale file already open and selected in order for the import process to have somewhere to put the music notation. This is no longer the case with Finale 2009 and 2010 (at least), which will always create a new Finale document for import.

Hope this clears up any confusion. I hope I have not bored you. Good luck.


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