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Posted By : Matthew Hindson - 6/8/2004 6:31 PM
Just started using OSX Finale 2004b for a project yesterday, and found that Finalescript was extremely handy, particularly for things like updating document options from previous versions of the Finale and automating swapping of fonts and so forth. The Command Language was so remarkably straightforward and easy to use that I thought I must be missing something. So thanks to Robert and Makemusic for this plugin!

A few queries:

- I gather it's not possible presently to insert information into the File Info fields via Finalescript?

- With the commands dealing with Import Options, where are these imported from? An existing file? Or a separate library file? Then what does one do with it?

- With the Zoom functions in Finalescript, the Command Reminder only lists 50, 75, 100, 200 etc. So I can't specify, for example, 144% or anything else I choose?

- In the Finalescript window itself, holding down on the scroll arrows does not continue the scrolling action, necessitating much clicking. It would be nice if this functioned in the normal way.

- If I leave the Finalescript window open on the side, I have trouble with it always becoming the front window even if I don't click on it. Is this normal behaviour?

Posted By : Robert P. - 6/10/2004 8:04 AM
Hi Matthew,

Nice to hear FinaleScript is easy and useful to you!

<< I gather it's not possible presently to insert information into the File Info fields via Finalescript?>>

Not yet...

<<With the commands dealing with Import Options, where are these imported from? An existing file? Or a separate library file? Then what does one do with it?>>

The Import Options command doesn't do anything in command line. The reason is that, by design, in a script, options are imported from the current active doc to a folder of docs and/or the other open docs. I hope this clarifies.

<<With the Zoom functions in Finalescript, the Command Reminder only lists 50, 75, 100, 200 etc. So I can't specify, for example, 144% or anything else I choose?>>

Correct, you cannot specify other zoom % for now.

<<In the Finalescript window itself, holding down on the scroll arrows does not continue the scrolling action, necessitating much clicking. It would be nice if this functioned in the normal way.>>

Noted!

<<If I leave the Finalescript window open on the side, I have trouble with it always becoming the front window even if I don't click on it. Is this normal behaviour?>>

It normally shouldn't be that way. However, you can use FS shorcut (Opt+Cmd+Q) to toggle between the doc windows and FS.

Best regards
Robert

Posted By : Robert P. - 6/10/2004 8:17 AM
Hi again,

Matthew wrote:
<<With the commands dealing with Import Options, where are these imported from? An existing file? Or a separate library file? Then what does one do with it?>>

Then, I replied:
<<The Import Options command doesn't do anything in command line. The reason is that, by design, in a script, options are imported from the current active doc to a folder of docs and/or the other open docs. I hope this clarifies.>>

Sorry, I realized I misunderstood your question. Options are always imported from the current active document. Let me take a short example to explain.
Suppose you want to apply the Piano Braces Options from an existing doc to a set of docs. Open the document that is your template. Select the batch process folder, or alternatively, open all the docs you want to apply the option to. Create a new script:

batch process folder //or process all open docs
import piano braces from active doc

Now launch the script with your template as the active doc. That's it!

And, as stated before, Import Options only makes sense in a script, not in command line.

Robert

Posted By : Matthew Hindson - 6/10/2004 10:07 AM
Thanks for clarifying this, Robert. Now that I understand the import function a little better, it's going to be tremendously useful.