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Posted By : apollon - 5/15/2002 12:56 AM
I need to enclose a melodic pattern into a graphical box followed by a straight arrow. In other words, how can I create a musical module graphics to be repeated across several measures ? Is this possible to do with Finale 2002 ? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Andrew

Posted By : Jesper Hendze - 5/15/2002 9:12 AM
Andrew,

You can make the box as an Expression:
Create a Shape with the Rectangle Tool in the Shape Designer (set the Line Thickness to 2 points or more), place it in the measure, double-click its handle and resize to the desired proportions.

Then add an arrow which you could also draw in the Shape Designer, or you could use one from a 'special' font. EngraverText has one located on Shift-; (- you could set the point size to somewhere between 48 and 72).

Use a MetaTool to place the rectangle in the score if you plan to use it more than once. That makes them independently adjustable.

Jesper

PS. I would like to see a font with horizontal arrowheads (heads only). Does anybody know of one?

Posted By : Ric - 5/15/2002 1:37 PM
>PS. I would like to see a font
>with horizontal arrowheads
>(heads only). Does anybody
>know of one?

Is something like Wingdings 3 what you had in mind?

Although not shown in the above linked page, there are indeed a few arrowheads, along with complete arrows (the latter make up the most part of the font, however).
             Riccardo

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Posted By : Peter Thomsen - 5/15/2002 9:34 PM
Both Wingdings and Zapf Dingbats have various horizontal arrows. Unfortunately not heads only.

Peter

Posted By : Jesper Hendze - 5/16/2002 10:30 AM
Thanks Riccardo and Peter,

- I need to clean up my system fonts! Actually I do have Zapf Dingbats and I found a quite useful arrowhead on Shift-Option-R.

A Smart Shape 'custom line' with 4 pt. thickness (End H: -36 evpu/V: 33 evpu) and that arrowhead at 24 pt. could look quite good as a 'simile' indication - maybe in connection with a 4 pt. rectangle.

I must see if I can find a Wingdings 3 chart somewhere.

Regards,

Jesper

Posted By : Ric - 5/16/2002 2:32 PM
>I must see if I can find a
>Wingdings 3 chart somewhere.

Search no more :-)

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Posted By : Peter Thomsen - 5/16/2002 11:52 PM
I don't have Wingdings 3. Where can I get it?

Peter

Posted By : apollon - 5/17/2002 12:34 AM
Jesper,

thanks for your help. In fact, I made the box as an Expression (Rectangle Tool, Shape Designer) but I couldn't find where to increase the line thickness in the Dialog Box options. Would you help me to find it out ?

By the way, you can find black arrowheads in Wingding Fonts (options 223 to 238 ).

Andrew

Posted By : Jesper Hendze - 5/17/2002 1:58 AM
Sure Andrew,

In the Shape Designer you should use the Select Tool (the arrow) to click on the rectangle, then go to the Shape Designer menu> Line Thickness.

There's a lot of other possibilities in the menu as well.

Good luck,

Jesper

Posted By : Ric - 5/17/2002 10:04 AM
>I don't have Wingdings 3.
>Where can I get it?

This page contains a partial character chart and suggests that Wingdings 3 can be obtained for free with the MS Office Value Pack (Macintosh). For those who find the Microsoft site to be too much of a mess, hostile to any non-IE browser, a Google search for Wingdings 3 should yield plenty of working links.

             Riccardo

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