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Bret Boulon
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   Posted 11/16/2016 9:17 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
search field in expression selection window

easy way of entering parenthesized “trill to” notes

exponential smart shapes for cresc/decr

smart shapes for cresc/decr starting or ending with a symbol (n. or 0)

automatic, correct and frozen placement of articulations if the option is requested

automatic and dynamic vertical adaptation of musical elements in page if the option is requested

intelligent and dynamic collision remover between hairpins and dynamics if the option is requested

Incorporation of expressions in spacing calculation.
It is really incredible that something like this is the way it is in 2016.

And Let me remind you that this use to be fine ! Expressions were taken out of spacing calculation in Finale 2009 leading to the current spacing issue.

automatic slur and hairpin on selected region

select by rule /visual filter
Not the one we have.. A visual one that hides whatever is chosen for display and editing

ability to apply certain global changes to a region only
- beaming rules
- stem lengths

easy boxed and opaque text blocks

ReflowSystems Across Pages available on regions rather than globally

Reflow Measure Options (Maintain Locks, etc) available on regions rather than globally
(and Automatic Settings should be upfront instead of buried into preferences. One often needs to adjust this according to context)

Beaming options available on regions rather than globally

Quarter tones support both in speedy and simple entry with transposition capabilities

UI revamp !
modern non modal windows for options etc
no more "mac plus era" size of old windows like ‘"smart shape" designer, etc

Bret

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   Posted 11/16/2016 9:52 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
You know it's not much use telling us here on this forum.
if you want to have any sort of effect you have to send your complaints to to MakeMusic directly. They only superficially monitor this forum.


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   Posted 11/16/2016 11:09 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
All of these points are really good. I'm in formatting mode now, which is far and away Finale's weakest link. (When Sibelius users look at the beautiful pages of my score, I think, you have NO idea how much work it took get these pages to look this way!)

And so many of these problems have existed forever (tremolos on whole notes anyone?).

I have been meaning to assemble a list to suggest to MM. It would be great if there was a running list somewhere - a Google Doc or something - that assembled all of the feature requests, but particularly these kinds of requests for basic functionality.


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   Posted 11/16/2016 11:20 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Bret Boulon said...
exponential smart shapes for cresc/decr

Layout or playback ??
I am not sure what you mean by your word “exponential” ??
Please explain.


Bret Boulon said...
UI revamp !
modern non modal windows for options etc
no more "mac plus era" size of old windows like ‘"smart shape" designer, etc …

I have looked carefully in the Smart Shape Tool, but I can not find any Smart Shape Designer.

Dp you perhaps mean the Smart Line Designer?
- or perhaps the Smart Shape Options?


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   Posted 11/16/2016 12:56 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I meant shape designer of course..
I rush when I get furious.

Here an example of exponential crescendo.
And the shape designer window. The same since Finale 1.0 when I bought mine along with a mac plus...
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   Posted 11/16/2016 12:59 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Micher R. E. said...
You know it's not much use telling us here on this forum.


Well, if people care here, and agree to some of the proposals, they will "hear" since they read this forum...
The other method seems to me a complete waste of time (reading the kind of answers i get when I try this way..)
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   Posted 11/16/2016 1:44 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I agree, completely with you. I feel your frustration. Finale can be better, yes. smilewinkgrin

MM has opened this FORUM (1) so that users can help each other. It is on .makemusic.com domain but they don't monitor. scool
If you don't get help or improvements here, you might try via their SUPPORT (2). I tried several times, and I was not particularly satisfied. Also, the help that is not visible to all users, is a 1/2 help.
Than we have a BLOG (3), but you cannot comment to suggest.
Than, they opened a FACEBOOK account (4), for quick help.
Than they opened another help forum at ZENDESK (5).

Maybe you can send your message to the all 5 (4) instances. ;-)

(extra emoticons added, to confirm the feelings)




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   Posted 11/16/2016 1:44 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Just curious, what's the difference between pp<ff and pp-'exponential crescendo'-ff?


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Vaughan said...
Just curious, what's the difference between pp<ff and pp-'exponential crescendo'-ff?


In pp<ff, the volume increases evenly from the beginning to the end. The exponential variety increases slowly and "flares" near the end. Trombone players are probably fond of that effect.

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   Posted 11/16/2016 2:30 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
N. Grossingink said...
Vaughan said...
Just curious, what's the difference between pp<ff and pp-'exponential crescendo'-ff?

In pp<ff, the volume increases evenly from the beginning to the end. The exponential variety increases slowly and "flares" near the end. Trombone players are probably fond of that effect.
I sometimes write this effect with first poco and then più above the hairpin - if there's space; but then often there isn't, so as long as players can be expected to understand the exponential hairpin illustrated in this thread, it might indeed be a useful addition to the Finale armoury.


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   Posted 11/16/2016 3:43 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Exponential crescendos are very much in use in new music since 20 years.
All the engravers working for my publisher had to switch to Sibelius in order to be able to do these since that are present in so many scores now.
I asked MM for this about 20 times over the years.
How hard can that be to add a smart shape like this ??
Really..
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   Posted 11/16/2016 4:49 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Exponential crescendos can be created in Finale as a combination of a hairpin and an expression.
Some fonts include the "exponential opening" of the hairpin (for example Opus Special).
By using a plugin for automatically connecting hairpin and expression it can get very easy to use - even in Finale.
It's more or less the same as a niente hairpin like in this plugin demo - only connected to the other side:
/www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNYfVVNnYgw

But of course, it would be more helpful if MM added such a smartshape.

Jan
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   Posted 11/17/2016 2:58 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Thanks Jan

That's the thing. It's always possible in Finale but when you are in a rush, all the workarounds are a plague.
hoping that things won't move then when you change something else...
It looks like your plugin will save our lives. Can't wait..

Since I'm here, I just added another important request to my original post :
Quarter tones support both in speedy and simple entry with transposition capabilities

Bret

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   Posted 11/17/2016 5:05 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Almost all these requests I have sent them more than 5ya.




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   Posted 11/17/2016 5:50 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
OCTO. said...
Almost all these requests I have sent them more than 5ya.

In the last 6 years, MakeMusic has seen (at least?) 4 CEOs, 2 changes of ownership and 1 relocation to another state. Since the new team in Boulder has been in place, with a new leadership and new resources, they have achieved a huge amount in updating Finale's 25-year-old codebase and fixing considerable bugs.

Saying "I told the company about this 5 years ago, so I'm not going to tell them again" does you no good. Of course those bugs that are most frequently reported --or even 'voted for' on the other forum-- are going to get put to the top of the queue.

Members of this forum used to compile a list of the most egregious issues with Finale, and submit it regularly in the development cycle. It may well be time to restart that.


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   Posted 11/17/2016 6:00 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I wish they understood that the competition is really not in their favor now.
My published (very big house...) has to publish tons of scores every year and I know they asked all engravers to move to Sibelius.
I had to export latest work to xml (with all the loss it represents with graphics) because the engraver that was taking care of parts and house rules for the score was on Sibelius.

And gradually the same at Boosey's..
If Finale is not anymore considered the top engraving solution in the professional world, that should somehow ring a bell !
If not, well, then it's going to be a long and sad agony...

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   Posted 11/17/2016 6:45 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
For quarter tones there are at least three solutions:
1.) If you only require #, 4#, natural, 4b and b you can replace the existing five accidentals accordingly.
Then you will have quarter tone accidentals in speedy entry.
The main problem remains: the quarter tone accidentals are not transposed correctly.
See this template: finale-logiciel-aide-gravure-musicale.eu/modo/Haldom/fichiers.mus/quart_ton.mus

2.) Another way is to use articulations or expressions over the accidentals that will be transformed to custom accidentals later (i.e. what the Tools->Accidental Mover would do).
This is the approach that I took in this "Accidental plugin" which supports 4 different quartertone styles and 25 fonts.
Again the main problem remains: the quarter tone accidentals are not transposable.
So you must at least run another plugin to update the transposing instruments before printing.
Supported styles:

How to enter (any articulation/expression can be used): /www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7kq-32u_S0
More: /elbsound.studio/quarter_tone_accidentals.php
(Will also be available when JW Lua gets more updates)

3.) Setting up a custom quarter tone scale in Finale ... the way that Finale suggests by default.
With the disadvantage that you need to double the transposition values of transposing instruments.

Jan
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   Posted 11/17/2016 7:12 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I have used the custom key signature, but recently moved to "change accidental". Here is the script:
http://forum.makemusic.com/default.aspx?f=12&m=487886
And you can create for each accidental its own key shortcut.

Of course, the quartertones SHOULD be implemented in Finale by default.




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   Posted 11/17/2016 7:24 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
That's more or less what the plugin above does.
It creates a custom accidental (i.e. what Tools->Accidental Mover does).
But it's faster than your script as you can use metatools to assign the articulations with one click per note and more flexible with the font style selection.
/www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPIfR3vorhc

Jan

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   Posted 11/17/2016 11:23 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Bret Boulon said...
Incorporation of expressions in spacing calculation.
It is really incredible that something like this is the way it is in 2016.
And Let me remind you that this use to be fine ! Expressions were taken out of spacing calculation in Finale 2009 leading to the current spacing issue.

You mentioned this before. Can you give an example? I fired up Finale 2005 and looked at the spacing options. One of the choices was "avoid collision of note expressions" but when I looked up "note expression" in the manual it said "see articulations." I'm not challenging you, but would like to understand where you're using expressions that need to be taken into account by music spacing.


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   Posted 11/17/2016 11:27 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Shnootre said...
And so many of these problems have existed forever (tremolos on whole notes anyone?).

Are you talking about the fact that the hash marks on whole notes are not placed properly? If so, this is easily solved. Duplicate the existing articulation to make a new one just for whole notes with these settings (EVPUs):



Apply with a metatool.

Of course, JW Yaddeh-Yaddeh is a big help to, if and when it runs on F25.


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jange said...
That's more or less what the plugin above does.
It creates a custom accidental (i.e. what Tools->Accidental Mover does).
But it's faster than your script as you can use metatools to assign the articulations with one click per note and more flexible with the font style selection.
/www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPIfR3vorhc

Jan

It is a great plugin, but I don't see how it works faster than my script with the shortcut?
In your case you have to enter first note with an accidental, than move to expression tool to add these arrows, than to apply plugin.
While it works on the whole document, and my script on a measure level, I am not sure I would have the whole score full of arrows before applying your plugin. I would do on a measure basis, and that is the point.

In my case I enter a pitch, than with the accidental mover I select one or more accidentals and hit the shortcut.
Not saying that I have assigned the shortcut to the Accidental mover, so it takes 4 seconds to accomplish that.
I use EngraverSuper (modified Engraver for that purpose, NOT Petrucci symbols), so if you know how, than you will edit this in order to get it work for you:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no" ?>
<script name="QT_B-down">
    <shortcut command="" enable="0" in-menu="1" />
    <lines>
        <line content="Enter" />
        <line content='Uncheck "Use Default Accidental Font"' />
        <line content='Click "Set Font…"' />
        <line content='choose item from list "Engraversuper"' />
        <line content="Enter" />
        <line content='Uncheck "Use Default Character"' />
        <line content='Type "G" near to "Select…"' />
        <line content="Enter" />
    </lines>
</script>


EDIT:
BTW; does your plugin incorporate pitch bending within the Articulation? If it does, than hats down!




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   Posted 11/17/2016 4:21 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Bret Boulon said...
I will no more upgrade until a few of these requests are addressed by MM


Well... then don't upgrade till those issues are addressed. Makes sense to me.


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OCTO, you apply the plugin to a selected area. This can be done note-wise, measure-wise or on the full document.
If you put the plugin also on keyboard short cut, then you only need to call the short cut and enter return.
The plugin will always use the last settings. So even if you call it measure-wise it's just two keyboard hits.

If you select an articulation/expression that mimics the quarter-tone style, you don't even notice that it's not a real accidental.
For example something like this (the first one is unlinked from the part):

In that case you can apply it at the very end as they are not really distracting.

Here is another demo of entering three measures with quarter-tone accidentals using expressions assigned to metatools.
/www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEaBfQCVg4c
In this demo the expressions are not deleted afterwards, but only hidden, so that they still do playback.
AFAIK it's not possible to handle quarter-tone playback directly through articulations and HP.
The only ways I know are through expressions or by manipulating the MIDI.
The disadvantage of expressions is that they need a "Set to 0" on the next non-modified note.
The disadvantage of MIDI manipulation in Finale is that it is more difficult to delete.

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