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Release Notes

Dolet® 6 Plugin for Finale Release Notes

Version 6.10
March 2017

Windows Installation

The Dolet 6 for Finale plug-in is not compatible with with earlier versions of the Dolet for Finale plug-in. Please uninstall any older versions of the Dolet for Finale plug-in before using the Dolet 6 for Finale plug-in. To uninstall:

  • Go to the Start Menu and select the Control Panel.
  • Choose Uninstall a program (Windows Vista or later) or Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) and wait for the program list to appear.
  • If Dolet 5 for Finale is listed, click on it and then double click on it (Windows Vista or later), or click Remove (on Windows XP). Follow the instructions to uninstall. Do the same for Dolet 4 for Finale, Dolet 3 for Finale, and Dolet for Finale if they are listed. If you have Finale 2006 installed, keep Dolet Light for Finale 2006 installed rather than removing it.

During the installation, you will be asked for the directory where most of the Dolet files go, including the MusicXML language definitions. By default, this will be in the Program Files directory on the drive with the most space available (for example, C:\Program Files\Dolet 6 for Finale). Do not move or copy these files after installation.

The actual Finale plug-in file (Dolet6.fxt) will be installed into the MusicXML folder of your Finale plug-ins directory. The plug-in will automatically install into your default version of Finale. If you have multiple versions of Finale installed on your machine, the plug-in will also be installed automatically into your installations of Finale 2009 and later.

Dolet 6 for Finale is supported on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 for the versions of Finale that are supported on each of these operating systems. Dolet 6 for Finale also requires that Java 8, 7, or 6 be installed on your machine. You may install Oracle’s Java software from http://java.com.

Mac OS X Installation

If you are using Finale 2012, Finale 2014, or Finale 2014.5:

Note: if you have changed the location of the Finale plug-in folder, follow the instructions below for Finale 2011 or earlier, copying to your custom plug-in folder location in step 3.

  1. Quit all versions of Finale currently running (be sure to save your work first).
  2. In the Dolet 6 for Finale Finder window, drag the MusicXML folder into the appropriate Finale 201x Plug-ins folder.
  3. Repeat these steps for any other versions of Finale where you want to install the Dolet plug-in.

If you are using Finale 2011:

  1. Quit all versions of Finale currently running (be sure to save your work first).
  2. In the Dolet 6 for Finale Finder window, select the MusicXML folder and choose Edit > Copy “MusicXML”.
  3. Choose Go > Go to Folder… and type the path name “/Library/Application Support/MakeMusic/Finale 2011/Plug-ins”. A Finder window appears displaying your Plug-ins folder.
  4. Choose Edit > Paste Item. The MusicXML folder is copied to the Plug-ins folder for that version of Finale.

If you are using Finale 2009 or Finale 2010:

  1. Quit all versions of Finale currently running (be sure to save your work first).
  2. In the Dolet 6 for Finale Finder window, select the MusicXML folder and choose Edit > Copy “MusicXML”.
  3. Choose Go > Applications. A Finder window appears displaying your Applications folder.
  4. Open the Finale 20xx/Plug-ins folder for the appropriate version of Finale.
  5. Choose Edit > Paste Item. The MusicXML folder is copied to the Plug-ins folder for that version of Finale.
  6. Repeat these steps for any other versions of Finale where you want to install the Dolet plug-in.

When you restart Finale, the plug-ins will be available. Keep these release notes and the license files wherever you like.

Dolet 6 for Finale is not compatible with earlier versions of the Dolet for Finale plug-in. Remove any Dolet5.bundle, Dolet4.bundle, Dolet3.bundle, and Dolet2.bundle files from any Finale plug-ins folders where you are installing the Dolet6.bundle file.

Dolet 6 for Finale is supported on Mac OS 10.7 and later for the versions of Finale 2009 through 2014.5 that are supported on each operating system. Dolet 6 for Finale also requires that Apple Java be installed on your machine. You may download Apple’s Java software from https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1572.

Using Dolet for Finale

Dolet software serves as a translator between music programs. These translations are done using the MusicXML file format. Dolet can read and write MusicXML files, allowing you to exchange music between Finale and any other program that can read or write MusicXML.

To bring MusicXML files into Finale, first create a new Finale document. Go to the Plug-ins menu and select the MusicXML submenu. Then select the “Import MusicXML…” item. If you have an empty Finale document open, Dolet 6 for Finale will import the MusicXML file into this empty document, making use of your document settings wherever possible. Otherwise, Dolet 6 will create a new default Finale file and import into that.

To bring files from other programs such as Sibelius and PDFtoMusic Pro into Finale, first save the files in these programs in MusicXML format. Then use the Import MusicXML feature to read the file into Finale.

To save a Finale document as a MusicXML file, go to the Plug-ins menu, the MusicXML submenu, and then select the “Export MusicXML…” item. You can choose to save files in MusicXML 3.0, Compressed MusicXML 3.0, MusicXML 2.0, MusicXML 1.1, MusicXML 1.0, or Open Score Format. The earlier versions are useful when sharing files with programs that do not yet support the newer versions of the MusicXML format.

If you want to read a Finale file in an earlier version of Finale, first save a MusicXML file in the newer version of Finale using Export MusicXML. Then read this MusicXML file in the older version of Finale using Import MusicXML.

You may translate an entire folder of Finale files to MusicXML format or vice versa. These batch routines will overwrite any files with the same name that are currently in that directory. Use the “Translate Folder of MusicXML Files…” menu item to save Finale files from your MusicXML files (batch import). Use the “Translate Folder of Finale Files…” menu item to save MusicXML files from your Finale files (batch export).

To export Finale files to the new web-based SmartMusic, it is usually easiest to export all linked parts at once. A new menu item, “Export Linked Parts to MusicXML…”, exports all the linked parts in a Finale file to compressed MusicXML files in a folder that you select.

Dolet 6 for Finale supports Finale 2009 through 2014.5 on Windows and Mac, reading and writing files in MusicXML 3.0 format.

When using Dolet 6 for Finale, please be sure to just use the full version from the plug-ins menu. Going back and forth between the MusicXML functions in the Plug-ins and File menus may confuse Finale and produce error messages. If this happens accidentally, just restart Finale to get things working correctly again.

What’s New

Version 6.10 adds a new MusicXML import preference, “Restrict MusicXML formatting”. This preference only applies during single-file MusicXML imports when the “Use current document if empty” preference is also selected. When selected, the amount of formatting data imported from the MusicXML file is greatly restricted, especially for document settings, system breaks, and page breaks. The formatting preferences for the current empty document are used instead. This preference is ignored if there is no document open, or the current document is not empty.

Version 6.10 also adds the following features and fixes:

  • Layer-assigned expressions without a corresponding layer now export correctly.
  • Expressions in a multimeasure rest beyond the first measure no longer export, except for playback data if present.
  • Measure-attached text and graphics in a multmeasure rest beyond the first measure are no longer exported.
  • Page-attached text and graphics export their positions more accurately and precisely. Assignment of page items to MusicXML measures is more accurate, and offsets are now exported for musical positioning within the measure.
  • Default font sizes are correctly imported when the MusicXML file does not contain scaling information.
  • Cross-system hairpin spreads are now exported correctly.
  • Hairpin spreads are imported more accurately, both within and across systems.
  • Line numbers are now correctly reported for XSD validation errors.
  • Enclosures, font weight, and font style formatting are now exported for numbers in music and music text fonts.
  • Engraver Font Extras and Toccata font characters that combine a trill mark with an accidental are now exported.
  • More versions of the circular (harmonic) and plus (stopped) symbols in Finale’s built-in fonts are now exported.
  • MIDI device names now export correctly on Mac as well as Windows.
  • Noteheads that use C0 control characters now export as blank noteheads.
  • Hidden MaestroTimes expressions are now handled correctly during export.

Version 6.9 added a new MusicXML import preference, “Use current document if empty”.  Selecting this option maintains the previous Dolet for Finale plug-in behavior of importing a file into the currently opened document if the document is empty and opened to a score rather than a linked part; otherwise a new document will be created. Turning this option off uses Finale’s previous behavior of always creating a new document based on the Finale default document during MusicXML import. MusicXML preferences are available in Finale 2014.5, as well as the built-in MusicXML available in Finale v25. Keeping this option on offers the greatest flexibility of importing MusicXML documents into a template with the formatting you prefer.

Version 6.9 also added the following features and fixes:

  • The Finale Copyist Text font is now supported.
  • Metronome mark export is more accurate for marks with multiple font changes, brackets, or plus signs.
  • Compound dynamics such as f – ff that are created entirely in a music font now export correctly.
  • More chord symbols are recognized and exported as chords instead of text.
  • Single-character music symbols entered as lyrics are now exported.
  • Notes written for Bb instruments in concert B major / written Db major now export in the correct octave.
  • Notes with undefined MIDI notes in the Percussion Layout Designer now export the note appearance correctly.
  • Unicode text in the MaestroTimes font is now exported more accurately.
  • Invalid 0 duration values are no longer exported.
  • Invalid octave values less than 0 or greater than 9 are no longer exported.
  • The default lyric font is now exported more accurately.
  • Unrecognized text repeats and measure-attached text blocks are now
    logged with XML processing instructions.

Version 6.8 added a new menu item, “Export Linked Parts to MusicXML…”. This exports all linked parts as compressed MusicXML files into a single folder, making it easier to bring Finale files into the new web-based SmartMusic. Version 6.8 also added the following features and fixes:

  • Percussion staves in MusicXML files exported from Sibelius now import with the correct staff positions.
  • The MaestroTimes font is now supported during export.
  • Finale articulations are now positioned more accurately during import.
  • Lyrics attached to hidden rests are now exported correctly.
  • Vertical positioning for single-note glissandos is now supported.
  • Center text for short, single-system smart shapes are now exported.
  • Piano pedal lines now export more reliably.
  • Measure number regions that span the top and bottom part now export accurately.
  • Expressions with staff lists that include the top or bottom staff no longer export incorrect duplicates.
  • Chord symbol root and alternate bass now export correctly from percussion notation.
  • Chords that do not display a suffix now export correctly.
  • Custom lines with a character line style now export the staff element correctly.
  • Line breaks are now exported from “Score Name” insert text.
  • More noteheads are exported from Finale music fonts.
  • More articulations and percussion noteheads are exported from the Jazz and EngraverFontExtras fonts.
  • Arrow characters are now supported in the EngraverText fonts.
  • Accidental inserts in page-attached text blocks are now exported.
  • Note shape tool changes from a percussion map notehead to a normal notehead are now exported.
  • The end points of multi-measure smart shapes are now exported more accurately.
  • Expressions and chord symbols attached to the last note in a measure now export more accurate positioning.
  • Laissez-vibrer ties are exported more accurately from Finale articulations and expressions.
  • Tacet files with no instruments can now be exported.
  • Hyperlinks for page-attached text blocks are now exported.
  • Settings for the display of staff names and time signatures on staves in linked parts are now exported correctly.
  • Voiced linked parts now export correctly.
  • Page attached items now export correctly from linked parts when the score has cover pages not present in the parts.
  • Export now works even when Finale files reference various types of deleted items.
  • Playback with a tempo of 0 is no longer exported from expressions.

As part of our continued MakeMusic technology modernization, Version 6.8 no longer supports Finale versions prior to Finale 2009. You may continue to use version 6.7 with earlier Finale versions and operating systems.

Finale v25 now includes all the additional MusicXML features previously available only in the Dolet plug-in, so there is no 64-bit version of this plug-in needed for current Finale users.

Information about previous updates can be found at the Dolet for Finale version history at /dolet-plugin/dolet-6-plugin-for-finale/version-history/.

Translation Limits

Any type of translation has limits. Things expressed in one language sometimes cannot be expressed the same way in another language. Sometimes the translator does not yet understand all the idioms and vocabulary in both languages. The Dolet software and MusicXML format provide much greater music notation accuracy than MIDI translations, but both types of limits apply to this software.

The Dolet for Finale plug-in supports most of the musical features that are shared between Finale and MusicXML. However, this Version 6 release does not support the following Finale features:

  • Figured bass
  • Beam extensions
  • Graphical Finale shape expressions
  • Many MIDI tool performance details
  • Exact articulations, expressions, and chord symbols in symbol fonts other than those provided with Finale, a default music font using Standard Music Font Layout (SMuFL), or selected third parties (GoldenAgeMusic, Sonata, November, NovemberExtra, Toccata, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm Classic, Stockholm Plate, Vienna, Bill Duncan’s ChordSuf)
  • Importing guitar bends
  • Exact positioning for articulations
  • Importing measure widths, beat charts, and exact note positions