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Posted By : Edward Windels - 6/5/2016 4:40 PM
Windows 7, Finale 2014.5

Is it not possible to copy scripts or script text at all? If so, how? There are scripts I created in 2011 that I'd like to replicate in 2014.5, but I can't seem to copy the script text at all, even in to something intermediary like Word. And when I do making pasting copies of the script in the appropriate software folder in 2014.5 from 2011, 2014.5 won't start.


Posted By : Daz - 6/6/2016 2:13 PM

There is no right-click menu option for editing options in the finalescript editor.
However, I was able to select the entire script text (using the mouse) and then copy the text by pressing <ctrl>C

I could then open a text editor and paste the script into that.

Going the other way, in the text editor (notepad etc) select the script and copy normally
Then in the Finalescript editor, press <ctrl>V to paste.


Daz. :o)

Finale 2006-2011 - Win7 64 bit

Posted By : Edward Windels - 6/6/2016 5:34 PM
Hi Daz,

No luck. I've CTRL+C'd till I'm cross eyes, but when I get to a text editor nothing happens: the Paste function is greyed out, so it's telling me there's nothing to be pasted.

I've tried adding in // to the top of the original script to see if it will recognize the text as just text, and nothing.

I've even tried copying existing scripts in 2014.5 in to new script documents, but again nothing. There's something about copying and pasting within scripts on my end that isn't working.

FWIW, I can copy and paste fine in any other software, and within Finale generally itself.

Posted By : Daz - 6/6/2016 11:14 PM
Hi ewindels

Finale 2014 now uses XML files, whereas Finale 2011 used text files. That's probably why you're not able to just copy the files themselves.

You could try and convert your scripts yourself.

To make things easier, I would suggest using something like UltraEdit, or some other 'Programmer' editor.

Go to where the scripts are located for Finale 2014 (usually %AppData\MakeMusic\Finalexxxx\Finalescript)
You'll see that the scripts there are all in XML format.
Just open one in the text editor of your choice.

No find the same script in Finale 2011 and open that in the editor.
You'll notice the differences.

What I would do is open a random file from the Finale 2014 scripts, and use that to create a blank template.
Then open the 2011 scripts and essentially tranfer the script body into the new format.
ie Every line between the <$script and $script> tags gets copied across to between the <lines> and </lines> tags,
with <line content=" at the start of the line and " /> at the end of the line.
don't forget to change the <script name tag at the top of the file.

don't worry too much about the following tags (in the Fin 2011 script)

you can assign them later in Finale itself.


Daz. :o)

Finale 2006-2011 - Win7 64 bit

Posted By : MAKAI Music - 7/17/2016 8:22 PM
I am having trouble locating the .xml Finalescript I created in Finale 2014.5. I went to "C:\ProgramData\MakeMusic\Finale 2014.5\Finalescript" and only the default scripts were there. Any idea where I can look?

Brett Macias, Composer, Copyist, & Arranger
Finale 2007c/ 2008b/ 2009a/ 2010b/ 2011/ 2012/ 2014c
Windows 8.1
Custom Built PC
i7 2.5GHz
18G Ram

Posted By : Daz - 7/17/2016 8:49 PM

Hold down the windows Key and press R
In the box that comes up, type in "%appdata%\MakeMusic" (without the quotes) and press enter.
Windows explorer should open. Double click on the version of Finale that you're using, then enter the "Finalescript" folder. Your scripts Should be there.


Daz. :o)

Finale 2006-2011 - Win7 64 bit