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:
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.
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.
If you are using Finale 2011:
If you are using Finale 2009 or Finale 2010:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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/.
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: