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Posted By : escheer - 12/1/2008 11:53 AM
I'm new to the forum. Has anyone figured out how to print all the files
in a folder directly to a set of PDF files? I'm using the latest version of Mac
OSX and Finale 2009.
Thank you,
Eddie Scheer

Posted By : Dr. Wiggy - 12/1/2008 4:51 PM
You should be able to do it by Applescript. Automator has a "Print Finder Items" action, but you'll need to change it, in order to print to PDF.

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Post Edited (Wiggy) : 12/1/2008 5:01:22 PM (GMT-6)

Posted By : chsinclair - 12/5/2008 1:36 PM
If you have Adobe Acrobat, you have a "virtual" PDF printer on your computer.
Set the PDF printer on your computer to the default printer.

Paste the Finale script below:
Finale will prompt you to choose which folder you want to batch process

batch process folder

the script will make a PDF of the all the documents in the folder you specified and place them on the desktop.

Posted By : Dr. Wiggy - 12/6/2008 9:43 AM
Except that the Adobe PDF queue doesn't work wit Finale (and some other apps) in Leopard. However, there is "cups-pdf" and "postscriptfile", which are alternative print queues for creating PS or PDF files.

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Ancient Groove Music

Posted By : A Badgley - 12/13/2008 11:25 AM

Do you know how to do the same thing with Windows Vista and Finale 2009?


Posted By : David Kurkowski - 1/3/2009 10:01 PM
Can Finale 2009 convert a PDF to xml and open it in Finale

Posted By : TdM - 4/23/2011 5:42 PM
Hi guys try this cause it works for me:

process all open docs
Menu item "Print..."
Press command+"f"
wait 1 seconds

So long

Posted By : TdM - 4/23/2011 5:47 PM
oups, I forgot to mention you have to go to your keyboard preferences (in System preferences) and program a keyboard shortcut for finale:
cmd-F for
"Save as PDF..."
before all this works

I apologize


Posted By : edodetroit - 2/5/2012 5:44 PM
A year and a half later… Would you mind explaining this in more detail. Is it an Applescript?, Finale script? Automator? I get very confused with programming language. I used to have a program called Quickeys - which was simple enough for me to understand.
My need is because I have many, many finale files, that I would like to turn into PDF's for use in forScore for iPad2. If anyone has any idea how I could convert a whole folder of .mus files to .pdf I'd be very grateful.
Thanks for the time.

Posted By : Dr. Wiggy - 2/6/2012 5:52 AM
The main thing you need to automate the batch conversion of PDFs is a PDF print queue. That is, a "printer" which you can select to be the output device, that you can print all the files to.
There is a program called CUPS-PDF that does this quite well.

Having done this, you can then use the Finalescript Batch Print script to print every document in a folder to the PDF print queue.

Another way:
I have made an Automator Service, which you can run when any Finale files are selected in the Finder. It will then print them in the background. I have posted a thread about it here. Use Google to search this forum, as the forum search is not great.

The whole poit of computers is to automate tasks, and to do things for us which we find tedious. If you find yourself performing a repetitive and tedious task, there's almost certainly a better way. OS X has very powerful and easy to use methods for automating all sorts of tasks.

"This is me helping."

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Posted By : Steve D. - 2/10/2016 9:05 PM
This script works for me in Finale 2014.5 for Windows:

batch process folder c:\temp\finalefiles
Menu item "Export"
Menu item "PDF..."
press enter
Menu item "Close"
press arrow right
press enter