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bcarwell
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   Posted 2/17/2016 10:51 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I've read that you can import pdf files created by Finale into Finale if they are changed to TIFF files, but it seemed sketchy.

And I've also read of a utility from a company in France that takes pdfs and makes them importable into Finale (maybe as MusicXML ?) But its $200.

So has there been any improved technique for importing Finale's PDFs back into Finale ?

I have Finale 2012.

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   Posted 2/17/2016 11:28 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Make sure you are not violating copyright. TIFF is not going to be as good as PDF, since the latter has the info as to what character is being used.i

There is some special program that does this. Someone will know.


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Post Edited (Motet) : 2/17/2016 10:35:31 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 2/18/2016 8:03 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
NP re copyright. These are my own compositions.

Dunno if the "special program" is the one I was referring to. Its from some outfit in France that allows Finale to accept PDGs. But, as noted,
its $200- a bit rich for my limited use.

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   Posted 2/18/2016 11:53 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
PDF TO Music Pro will do it IF, AND ONLY IF the PDF was generated directly from a notation program. If it's a scan, it doesn't work. And yes, it's about $200.

The Finale import method runs it through its scanning program, SmartScore Lite. Results are so-so. You would probably have better results with a full scanning program.



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   Posted 2/22/2016 7:09 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I bought the French program, and played with it for a while, using a number of commercial PDFs generated from Finale as input. For simple stuff (one voice per staff, simple rhythms and lyrics), it was good enough almost to be useful - but this kind of music is so easy to enter from scratch, I wondered what was the point.

Sadly, on more complex scores (multiple voices per staff, music cues, complex annotations) it readily gets its knickers in a serious twist.

In more than a few cases, the resulting MusicXML won't even parse correctly - although to be fair, I was using a fairly old version of Dolet.

Perhaps I should upload a couple of (short, fair use) scans as MusicXML here, to show the issues ...

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