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Posted By : Jari Williamsson - 11/25/2009 8:23 PM
Could a couple of friendly Finale user please test a (extremely small) Windows plug-in for me? The plug-in is attached to this message and should work on any Finale version from FinWin 2005a and above. Download the file and put it in Finale's "Plug-ins" folder. If everything "works", these 2 things should happen when you restart Finale.

1. The Plug-ins menu should get a menu item called "Test Menu Item" (it's enabled when a document is opened)
2. When that menu item is selected, you should get a message box with a text starting with "Just a test..."

Please quit Finale and remove the plug-in from the Plug-ins folder after testing. Let me know if the plug-in appeared and worked for you.

If it works for you, I'll get back to you explaining what this is. :-)

Thanks in advance!!!


Jari Williamsson

Windows XP, Pentium 4
2.40 GHz, 4 GB RAM

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Posted By : Loride - 11/29/2009 5:51 PM

Works for me! Now I'm intrigued.

 

Mike


F2010a; TGTools Pro 2.45b
Vista Home Premium on a HP laptop 2Gb Ram
Full GPO 2.0, JABB, CMB
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Edirol Studio Canvas SD-80
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Posted By : Jari Williamsson - 11/29/2009 6:45 PM
Well, this is what I did:

1. This plug-in (as well as the curly quote plug-in) was developed without using the normal Finale PDKs.
2. This plug-in was developed with open source tools only. In this case, I used the WinGW/msys as the C++ compiler, and NetBeans 6.7.1. NetBeans is a fantastic development environment, although the C++ support there is quite new and not yet at the same level as the Java/Ruby/PHP support. (However, lots of cool IDE things are inherited automatically, such as refactoring and version control.)

What I'm trying to say here is that doesn't need to cost one cent to develop a Finale plug-in. And the open source tools out there are really excellent for the task.


Jari Williamsson

Windows XP, Pentium 4
2.40 GHz, 4 GB RAM

Forza! and Forza! Lite plug-in collections for Finale: http://www.jwmusic.nu/forza/

The Finale Productivity Tips site: http://www.finaletips.nu/


Posted By : Dr. Wiggy - 11/30/2009 5:24 AM
Jari

You mean you didn't use the MakeMusic APIs? That's pretty radical. It would be great to know how you did this. Again, from the Mac side, Xcode comes free with every Mac, and is a fantastic suite for developing software.


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Posted By : Jari Williamsson - 11/30/2009 9:59 AM
Wiggy said...
You mean you didn't use the MakeMusic APIs? That's pretty radical. It would be great to know how you did this.


Well, I still have to call the Finale API functions to use the Finale functionality. ;-)

But my naming conventions and approach to data structures (for example) are quite different compared to a Finale PDK plug-in.

Wiggy said...
Again, from the Mac side, Xcode comes free with every Mac, and is a fantastic suite for developing software.


Yes, NetBeans on the Mac requires/uses the Xcode tools.


Jari Williamsson

Windows XP, Pentium 4
2.40 GHz, 4 GB RAM

Forza! and Forza! Lite plug-in collections for Finale: http://www.jwmusic.nu/forza/

The Finale Productivity Tips site: http://www.finaletips.nu/