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Version History

Dolet® 6 for Finale History

Changes 6.8 to 6.9 (December 2016)

Version 6.9 adds 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 adds 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.

Changes 6.7 to 6.8 (October 2016)

Version 6.8 adds 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 adds 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.

Changes 6.6 to 6.7 (March 2016)

Version 6.7 adds a new menu item for Dolet Preferences when running in Finale 2014.5. You may set preferences for exporting different versions of MusicXML, exporting compressed or uncompressed files during batch export, and validating against the MusicXML DTD or XSD. This restores features that were dropped in Finale 2014.5 in version 6.6 while making them easier to access and use.

Version 6.7 also adds preferences for silencing error messages during batch import and export and logging the messages to a log file instead. The log file option is the file name that is used within the folder being imported or exported. This option will silence messages from the Dolet plug-in, but not messages from Finale that may occur when reading in files.

Version 6.7 also adds the following features and fixes:

  • Noteheads from Finale’s Use Note Shapes feature are now exported from Finale 2012 and later.
  • Noteheads in percussion parts that use the default percussion font (added in Finale 2012) are now exported correctly.
  • Time and key signatures now export correctly when forced on with the “Always Show” settings in the measure tool.
  • Key signatures now export correctly when forced off with the “Always Hide” setting in the measure tool. Time signatures were already exporting correctly with this setting.
  • Exact duplicate slurs and articulations are no longer exported from Finale.
  • Text inserts are exported more reliably when placed in the middle of a text block or expression.
  • Jazz font characters 150 to 157 are now exported as MusicXML jazz articulations.
  • Scoops and plops occuring before notes are exported more reliably, rather than as doits and falloffs.
  • Doit, falloff, scoop, and plop characters in the Jazz font are now imported at a more readable size.
  • Accidental text inserts in Finale text blocks are exported more reliably.
  • Single-measure measure-attached smart shapes are now exported more reliably.
  • Expressions that display on a single layer are exported more accurately.
  • Laissez-vibrer ties are exported more accurately in single-voice music.
  • Exporting to earlier versions of MusicXML no longer produces a warning message when using recent versions of Java on Windows.
  • Shape expressions with executable shape playback no longer export incorrect playback data.
  • Piano pedal lines now export on the last staff of a part, including single-staff parts and parts with more than 2 staves.
  • Tacet files with no measures can now be exported.
  • Some dashed brackets entered as two separate smart shapes in Finale across a system break will now be exported as a single MusicXML bracket.
  • Finale no longer exports extraneous spread values of zero at the start of crescendos and the end of diminuendos.

Changes 6.5 to 6.6 (November 2015)

Version 6.6 adds support for Finale 2014.5 including technology modernization on the Mac side. As a result of this modernization, the Dolet plug-in is no longer supported on PowerPC Macs, and support for Mac OS 10.4 and 10.5 has been dropped. Open Score Format support and exporting earlier versions of the MusicXML format have also been removed. Use Dolet 6.5 for Finale if you still need the plug-in on these older machines, or need access to these older formats.

Version 6.6 also adds the following features and fixes:

  • Many Finale notation elements that cannot export to MusicXML are now marked with XML processing instructions in the exported MusicXML file. The Dolet plug-in currently checks for shape expressions; shape articulations; unrecognized articulations, noteheads, and chord symbols; partially recognized metronome marks; and beam extensions.
  • Linked graphics in JPEG, PNG, GIF, and BMP format now export from Finale 2010 and later.
  • Backward repeats that jump to non-existent measures no longer cause export to fail.
  • Improved export when Finale’s “Redisplay key signature if only mode is changing” option is turned off.

Changes 6.4 to 6.5 (December 2014)

Version 6.5 adds support for exporting music created with a Standard Music Font Layout (SMuFL) default music font from Finale 2012 and 2014. It runs faster than previous versions on Macs. It also adds the following features and fixes:

  • Hidden articulations are supported during export starting with Finale 2014b.
  • Piano pedal line support is improved for greater Finale 2014 compatibility.

Changes 6.3 to 6.4 (November 2013)

Version 6.4 adds support for Finale 2014, including the new features for keyless scores and keyless parts (hide key signatures and show accidentals). It also adds the following features and fixes:

  • Expressions with playback set to begin at the alignment point are exported at the correct position in the measure.
  • Expression import now differentiates between playback set to being at the measure position or at the alignment point.
  • Braces and brackets on single-staff groups are now imported.
  • More “supports” elements are exported so other applications understand that Finale exports all accidental, beam, and stem data.
  • A mimetype file has been added to compressed MusicXML files to make it easier for programs to distinguish MusicXML files from other compressed files.
  • Lyric word extensions now import more accurately.
  • Multiple lyrics per note in the same verse/chorus/section at the same exact height are now exported correctly.

Changes 6.2 to 6.3 (July 2012)

Version 6.3 adds the following features and fixes:

  • Per-staff positioning for endings is now exported.
  • The repeat back-to-back style is now exported.
  • Backward repeat playback targets that do not coincide with the initial measure or a forward repeat are now exported.
  • Score Manager support now includes instruments added in Finale 2012a and 2012b.
  • MuseGraph’s Maestro-compatible fonts Oslo, Paris, Stockholm Classic, Stockholm Plate, and Vienna are now supported during export.
  • Import now sets the chord alteration font to 3/4 of the default music font size, rather than the same size.
  • Hidden score expression assignments now export MusicXML playback information such as tempo.
  • Open strings in fretboards are now exported correctly when the first-fret element is used.
  • Page-attached text exported as a MusicXML direction now exports the correct staff in a multi-staff part
  • Page-attached text exported as a MusicXML direction no longer moves into the following measure when appearing in the second half of a measure.
  • Cue note and large note sizes now export more reasonably, rather than 99% size notes being cue-size and 101% size notes being large.
  • The font family that starts a part name or abbreviation is now exported when different than the standard word font.
  • Chord symbols and fretboards that are hidden in the current staff style no longer export as being visible.
  • Text repeats using pound symbol substitution are now imported more accurately.
  • Export no longer fails when a staff is not associated with a playback instrument.
  • Import no longer fails when a staff is listed that has a greater value than the current staves element value.

Changes 6.1 to 6.2 (November 2011)

Version 6.2 is now available free of charge. No serial number is required. Version 6.2 also adds the following fixes:

  • In a non-percussion staff, the notehead element is no longer imported when the notehead value is normal and the filled attribute is not specified.
  • Export no longer crashes when the assigned layer on an expression is an unexpected value.

Changes 6.0 to 6.1 (October 2011)

Version 6.1 adds support for Finale 2012. Two new MusicXML 3.0 features are only supported in Finale 2012:

  • Instrument sounds are exported and imported based on Score Manager instruments. This allows more accurate instrument setup when moving files from Sibelius to Finale using the Dolet 6 for Sibelius plug-in.
  • If a virtual instrument is present in the MusicXML file, import will set Finale’s playback to use VST on Windows and Audio Units on Mac.

Version 6.1 also adds the following features and fixes:

  • The score name insert is now supported during export.
  • The horizontal position for a group symbol is now exported correctly.
  • Credits associated with a credit-type that use the default text font now import correctly.
  • Triangles at character 121 in the Maestro, Petrucci, Jazz, and Broadway Copyist fonts are now exported in chord symbols.
  • Parentheses at character 125 in the Maestro, Petrucci, Jazz, Broadway Copyist, Kousaku, GoldenAge, and November fonts are now exported.
  • Tuplet placement and bracket export has been improved, exporting more information when it is known and removing some information when it might be incorrect.
  • A tied element with orientation or placement attributes attached to a rest no longer causes imports to fail.

First Dolet 6 for Finale release 6.0 (August 2011)

Dolet 6 for Finale adds support for MusicXML 3.0, including the following features:

  • Instrument sound import. Map instrument sounds to General MIDI 1 patches when no MIDI program data is provided. This allows better transfer of instrument sounds from Sibelius and other applications.
  • Virtual instrument export. The sounds must already be loaded in order to export correctly.
  • Finale Percussion and Finale Mallets fonts
  • Square brackets for groups
  • Winged repeats
  • Better distinction during export between words and rehearsal elements
  • Text alignment for dynamics
  • Triangle and diamond enclosure shapes
  • Notehead text
  • New notehead shapes (fa up, left triangle, rectangle)
  • Detailed appearance of unplayed strings in chord diagrams
  • Direct support for measure rests
  • Improved support for major-minor chord symbols
  • Export of whether score system dividers are present by default
  • Exporting what types of information a credit element contains (e.g. page number, title, composer)
  • Improved import of Finale File Info metadata from credits
  • Triple-flat and triple-sharp accidentals
  • Quartertone accidentals combining up and down arrows with a sharp, natural, or flat
  • Limited support for exporting microtonal accidentals from nonstandard key signatures
  • Limited support for exporting interchangeable time signatures
  • 512th and 1024th notes
  • Place clef after barline
  • Default distance between beams
  • Default distance between lyric hyphens
  • Length of dashes and spaces in dashed lines
  • Export the end point of smart word extensions

Other new features include:

  • Better Finale channel assignment for scores with more than 16 channels.
  • Better Finale channel assignment for scores exported from Sibelius and other programs where MIDI channel information is omitted.
  • Improved import of MusicXML files exported from Encore, where some files with multi-voice or multi-staff parts could fail to import.
  • Import of MusicXML default cue note size.
  • Import of chords with mixed cue-size and normal-size notes.
  • Improved support of grace notes that have font changes.
  • Improved support for consecutive dotted notes.
  • Rehearsal marks with superscripts outside the enclosure export correctly.
  • Combinations of tremolos, grace notes, and voice 1 / voice 2 changes no longer cause export to fail.

Dolet 5 for Finale History

Changes 5.4 to 5.5 (August 2010)

  • System breaks are imported more accurately from PhotoScore MusicXML files.
  • Top staff only measure numbering is exported more accurately for piano/vocal music with a piano introduction.
  • Capo chords with simplified spelling no longer cause the entire file export to fail in some situations.
  • Invalid ending measure numbers in Finale slurs no longer cause the entire file export to fail.
  • Lyric font defaults are exported more accurately when the Finale file has only one type of lyric (e.g. verse, chorus, section).
  • Text in the Times font is exported more accurately when incorrectly labeled as a symbol font within the Finale file.

Changes 5.3 to 5.4 (June 2010)

  • Finale 2011 is now supported.
  • Mid-measure expressions without MusicXML offsets now import into the correct musical position in Finale 2008 and earlier.

Changes 5.2 to 5.3 (May 2010)

  • The default topline to topline distance document option for staves is now set correctly during import.
  • Expressions with Above Staff or Entry / Below Staff or Entry vertical alignment points have their vertical positions exported more accurately.
  • The Simplify Spelling option in the Chord tool is supported more accurately.
  • Lyrics that include hyphens with syllables now import correctly on Mac, displaying an en dash for the hyphen rather than a ú character.
  • Both staves are now hidden when a Hide Staff style is used in a multi-staff part.
  • Parts with dotted quarters but no eighth notes now export their MusicXML durations correctly.
  • Export from Finale 2000 to 2002 on Windows will no longer sometimes fail due to an internal initialization error.
  • Clef changes in cross-staff notation after a tied whole note no longer export forward elements in an incorrect voice.

Changes 5.1 to 5.2 (January 2010)

  • Files with unusual structures of locked systems no longer hang Finale during file export.
  • Hidden system breaks within multimeasure rests no longer cause the file export to fail.
  • Direction offsets are no longer omitted during import into Finale 2008 and earlier when a default-x attribute is present.

Changes 5.0 to 5.1 (December 2009)

  • Importing MusicXML files from Sibelius sets the option to have group brackets display on a single staff, better matching Sibelius’s default settings.
  • Importing MusicXML files from Sibelius sets the option to allow primary beams within a space, for easier post-processing with Patterson Beams.
  • All lyrics on a single note that share the same lyric type and number are exported.
  • Lyric elisions created with the EngraverFontSet font export when EngraverFontSet is also the default music font.
  • Single-staff instruments within a group can be optimized correctly after a MusicXML import.
  • The correct generic font type is exported when Chaconne or Kousaku is the default music font.
  • Staves that are hidden for the entire score no longer create extra vertical space during export.
  • MusicXML files with many custom-formatted syllables no longer assign some lyrics to the wrong notes during import.
  • Invalid MusicXML files with slur numbers greater than 6 no longer cause the entire file import to fail.
  • Finale 2010 percussion instruments with different maps on different layers no longer cause the export to fail.
  • Larger MusicXML files can be imported on Windows, matching what was already available on Mac.
  • Error messages have been improved for installation and out of memory errors.
  • Mac OS 10.3 is no longer supported.

First Dolet 5 for Finale release 5.0 (September 2009)

Dolet 5 for Finale adds support for Finale 2010, including the following features:

  • Finale 2010 percussion maps.
  • Finale 2010 chord symbols.
  • Export of Finale 2010 auto-sequenced rehearsal marks.
  • PNG, JPEG, GIF, and BMP graphics formats.
  • Broadway Copyist font family.

Dolet 5 for Finale also improves import of MusicXML files exported from Sibelius with the Dolet 5 for Sibelius plug-in, including the following new features:

  • Improved import of optimized systems that use default staff spacing.
  • Import of text in glissando lines.
  • Improved import of jazz articulations.
  • Improved import of arpeggios.
  • Import of feathered beams.
  • Import of engraved vs. handwritten default music font (requires Finale 2010a).
  • Import of German and Scandinavian chord styles.
  • Credits on blank pages, with an approximate location based on the center of the page.
  • Import and export of more notehead styles, including arrow up, arrow down, slashed, back slashed, and shape notes.

Dolet 5 for Finale also improves support for MusicXML 2.0 and Open Score Format features:

  • Per-system, per-measure, or no measure numbers displaying per part, using MusicXML 2.0’s measure-numbering element.
  • Accidentals in part and group names and abbreviations, using MusicXML 2.0’s name-display elements.
  • Open Score Format support is updated to Version 1.0. For more information on Open Score Format, see http://openscoreformat.sourceforge.net/.

Other new features include:

  • Specifying both a named and generic (engraved vs. handwritten) default music font.
  • Improved export and import of trills and glissandos.
  • Support for the Kousaku Percussion font.
  • Non-TIFF graphics now import into Finale 2009 as well as Finale 2010.
  • On Mac, the export dialog changes the file suffix on .mus files when the MusicXML format changes.

Improved import of:

  • Stems in percussion staves.
  • Transposed instruments without key signatures.
  • Cutaway staves.
  • A4 and other metric page sizes.
  • Nested tuplets.
  • Unknown fonts as text fonts for lyrics and words.
  • Percussion clefs in documents using the Jazz font.
  • Major seventh and half diminished chords in documents using the JazzCord font.

Improved export of:

  • Non-printing key signatures.
  • Endings over empty measures.
  • Total pages text insert.
  • Number of instruments per part.

Dolet 4 for Finale History

Changes 4.7 to 4.8 (June 2009)

  • The plug-in is disabled from running in Finale 2010, where it would lead to incorrect results compared to Finale 2010’s built-in MusicXML support. It will not appear in Finale 2010’s plug-in menu.
  • Measure-attached items now export reliably from measures that do not use beat chart spacing.
  • Multiple text encoding changes in a text block no longer sometimes cause export to hang.
  • Import no longer fails when the open document has just one non-empty bar.
  • Installation on Windows Vista is improved.

Changes 4.6 to 4.7 (March 2009)

  • Dolet 4 for Finale can now read and write files in the Open Score Format beta version 0.9.1.
  • MusicXML 2.0 XSD validation is now available during the 30-day free trial period.
  • “Above Staff or Entry” positioning for expressions is now exported more accurately.
  • Hidden page-attached text blocks will no longer lead to export of invalid MusicXML files.
  • Exporting from Finale 2003 and earlier no longer fails during articulation export. This fixes a problem introduced with version 4.6’s revised articulation export.
  • Finale 2009a and 2009b will no longer crash while exporting a note-attached expression in a staff that does not appear in the current system.

Changes 4.5 to 4.6 (January 2009)

  • Articulation placement and positioning are exported more accurately starting in Finale 2009a.
  • Expression horizontal positioning is now exported for all horizontal alignment point options.
  • Hidden expressions are no longer exported.
  • Score-only and part-only expressions are exported more accurately in Finale 2009.
  • The Additional Vertical Offset option in expression definitions is now exported from Finale 2009.
  • Empty file detection has been improved for importing MusicXML files into template files.
  • Page scaling is now set correctly during import when individual pages have different sizes.
  • Section lyric baseline adjustments are now supported for Finale 2007 and later as well as for earlier versions.
  • File imports no longer fail if there are more than twelve notes in a single chord.

Changes 4.4 to 4.5 (September 2008)

  • The production release of the MusicXML 2.0 W3C XML Schema Definition (XSD) is now supported.
  • Chord symbols are now spelled more accurately on import. The import now tries to match existing chord symbols based on the appearance of the symbol rather than its underlying harmonic analysis.
  • Chord symbols imported from MusicXML files created by the Dolet 4 for Sibelius plug-in will import with more accurate positioning. In the past, these symbols would often end up too low, colliding with the staff rather than appearing above the staff.
  • Chord symbols are now created using the default chord suffix font, rather than the default chord symbol font that is used for the root of the chord.
  • The Show Fretboards document option is now turned off when importing a score without fretboards.
  • N.C. and alt chord symbols are exported and imported more accurately.
  • Chord symbols using the major triangle symbol are exported and imported more accurately.
  • Chord symbols with an open string and an altered first fret now import correctly. Finale files created with a mis-import of these chord symbols no longer cause MusicXML export to fail.

Changes 4.3 to 4.4 (July 2008)

  • Finale 2009 is now supported.
  • MusicXML import now contains an option to validate against the beta version of the MusicXML 2.0 W3C XML Schema Definition. This is a stricter definition of the MusicXML 2.0 format and will catch more errors during validation than the MusicXML 2.0 Document Type Definition. This feature is only available to registered Dolet 4 for Finale users.
  • Embedded graphics are supported as of Finale 2009 when using compressed MusicXML 2.0 files (.mxl).
  • Swing tempo marks now import with playback set to light swing.
  • Long file names on Mac systems are now handled correctly as of Finale 2009.
  • Text is now exported more accurately in Finale 2009 for cross-platform Mac/Windows files.
  • Single-digit time signatures are now supported.
  • Measure widths are now exported for measures with repeat staff styles as of Finale 2009.
  • Non-printing group names are no longer erroneously exported in some files.
  • The number attribute for ending elements now export correctly as a comma-separated list, based on playback settings rather than ending text.
  • Shape articulations that are all text now export correctly.

Changes 4.2 to 4.3 (May 2008)

  • Two-note tremolos are now supported.
  • Blank pages are now imported.
  • Page breaks are now imported.
  • The Toccata font is now supported.
  • The swing tempo markings included in Finale’s default documents are now supported.
  • The “Left-Align Chords” option is now supported.
  • Turning off the “Display rests in empty measure” staff attribute is now supported during export.
  • Some support has been added for the “Break barlines between staves” staff attribute during export.
  • Stem position is now exported for cross-staff notes.
  • More positioning data is exported from note-attached expressions.
  • Vertical positioning is now exported for crescendo and diminuendo wedges that appear in empty measures.
  • Pull-offs are now exported correctly.
  • Support for the EngraverFontSet font is now more accurate.
  • Mid-measure 8va/8vb lines now work correctly in multi-layer or multi-voice music.
  • Default page size export is improved when all pages in a score are resized the same way.
  • Export of measure width of empty measures has been improved.
  • Import of lyrics with no word extensions has been improved.
  • Distance between staves is exported more accurately for resized systems.
  • Vertical positions and wedge sizes are imported more accurately for resized staves.
  • Font sizes for expressions in empty measures are now exported more accurately.
  • Hidden staff styles are now exported when used in the first measure of a score.
  • The JazzText and JazzTextExtended fonts are now correctly imported as symbol fonts.
  • Crescendo and diminuendo wedges exported incorrectly from SmartScore X no longer cause import to fail.
  • Export now avoids using a known music font as the default MusicXML text font.
  • Export no longer fails when Japanese font names are used in page numbering text.
  • Export no longer fails when notes are tied between percussion and standard notation staff styles.
  • The Windows installer no longer fails to install due to incorrect disk calculations on some systems.

Changes 4.1 to 4.2 (March 2008)

  • Locked systems are exported more accurately, leading to better MusicXML import into Sibelius.
  • Bill Duncan’s ChordSuf font from the Finale Productivity Kit is now supported.
  • The November and NovemberExtra fonts are now supported.
  • Tempos created with the tempo tool are now exported. To export these tempos, playback settings need to be set up to allow tempo tool playback, including having Human Playback turned off.
  • Registration problems on Intel Macs running Mac OS 10.5 have been fixed.
  • Problems with importing and exporting files on Japanese Mac OS 10.5 systems have been fixed.
  • Mid-measure transitions from voice 2 to the next layer are now exported more accurately.
  • Non-standard key signature transpositions no longer cause MusicXML export to fail.
  • Bend curve smart shapes that are attached to a rest instead of a note no longer cause MusicXML export to fail.

Changes 4.0.1 to 4.1 (February 2008)

  • Note-attached dynamics now import from MusicXML 1.0 files.
  • Lyric and other formatting now import correctly from MusicXML files that do not include a MusicXML 2.0 defaults element.
  • Dashes no longer overlap words when a custom line is created during import.
  • Chords with a m7(11) suffix now export correctly.
  • Note-attached expressions with MIDI patch changes on a muted staff no longer cause MusicXML export to fail.
  • MusicXML scores with non-controlling measures no longer cause MusicXML import to fail. However, the non-controlling measure feature is not supported, so the resulting import will need editing to get the music aligned correctly among parts.
  • The translation limits section of the readme file has been expanded to include more detailed formatting issues.

Changes 4.0 to 4.0.1 (September 2007)

  • Arpeggio articulations are now imported once per entry rather than once per note.
  • Files without text repeats or endings no longer cause the staff attributes for displaying text repeats and endings to be cleared incorrectly during import.
  • MusicXML files where part elements are not in score order are now imported correctly.

First Dolet 4 for Finale release 4.0 (August 2007)

The Dolet 4 for Finale plug-in supports the MusicXML 2.0 format. Version 2.0 provides a compressed file format for MusicXML files, which use the .mxl file extension. These compressed files are usually 20 times smaller than the corresponding MusicXML file, making them much easier to share with other musicians.

Version 2.0 of the MusicXML format makes possible many of the new features supported in the Dolet 4 for Finale software, including:

  • Linked page-attached graphics
  • Export of linked measure-attached graphics
  • Page-attached text after page 1
  • Many line width document options
  • MIDI pan and channel volume settings
  • Piano pedal playback, including half-pedaling
  • Text tracking
  • Underline and strikeout text
  • Tick barlines
  • Pluck symbols (p, i, m, a)
  • Export of text blocks attached to multiple pages
  • Improved page numbering support
  • Improved export of chord symbol and fretboard formatting
  • Improved lyric elision support

Other new features in version 4 of the Dolet for Finale plug-in are:

  • Finale 2008 support
  • Improved Java 6 support on Windows
  • Improved support for systems with Microsoft’s recent cumulative security updates for Internet Explorer
  • Check for Updates menu item
  • Piano pedal line import
  • Fretboard import
  • Composite time signature import
  • Nested tuplet import
  • Capo chord symbol export
  • Better import of accidentals and ties, especially with MusicXML files created from Sibelius.
  • Better metronome mark import and export
  • Better export of page, system, and staff formatting
  • Less freezing of stem directions on import, leading to improved formatting
  • Improved export of overlapping group braces
  • Improved import of lyrics when lyrics are present in non-consecutive parts
  • Improved tie and slur export when voice 2 is used

Dolet 3 for Finale History

Changes 3.6 to 3.6.1 (May 2007; Windows Only)

  • Fixes compatibility problems with Microsoft’s Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 7 (KB931768) and Sun’s Java 6 Update 1 that would keep the plug-in from initializing or running correctly.

Changes 3.5 to 3.6 (February 2007)

  • MusicXML files exported from PDFtoMusic Pro and Notation Composer are now imported more accurately.
  • Inverted triangle noteheads are now supported.
  • Some very long MusicXML files would not import completely.

Changes 3.4 to 3.5 (December 2006)

  • Java 6 is now supported on Windows.
  • The stroke articulations (e.g. Maestro characters 39 and 174) are now correctly supported with the MusicXML spiccato element. A parallel change in Dolet 3.3 for Sibelius allows these articulations to be translated correctly from Sibelius to Finale.
  • Files with a # in the file name can now be imported.
  • Accent tenuto and staccatissimo articulations are now imported more accurately.
  • Accidental marks that appear above a note without other notations like a turn or trill are now imported correctly.
  • Slur positioning data is now exported correctly on resized staves.
  • Lyric font sizes are now exported more accurately when page and system reduction are both being used.
  • Empty percussion noteheads now export more accurately.

Changes 3.3 to 3.4 (September 2006)

  • The File Info description field and text insert are now supported.
  • Finale 2007’s new automatic note/stem articulation setting is now exported.
  • A mix of text and a coda or segno symbol in the JazzText font no longer causes export to fail.
  • Overlapping groups with piano braces no longer cause export to fail.
  • The group setting for showing brackets on a single staff is now exported correctly.
  • A MusicXML group-symbol of none is now imported correctly.
  • MusicXML chords with unknown playback no longer play back as major chords after import.

Changes 3.2 to 3.3 (August 2006)

  • Finale 2007 is now supported.
  • MIDI dynamics, attacks, and releases are now imported for individual notes. This allows the import of Sibelius’s Live Playback data when used in combination with Dolet 3.1 for Sibelius.
  • Dolet now uses a French-language interface on French Finale systems
  • Horizontal positioning is now imported for lyrics.
  • Font size and font family are now exported for lyrics.
  • Line breaks in the middle of text elements are now imported and exported more accurately.
  • Unpitched notes are imported more accurately into 1-line percussion staves.
  • Vertical positioning of text is now more accurate for 1-line staves.
  • Accidentals are imported more accurately from Sibelius MusicXML files.
  • Accidental mark placement for ornaments is imported more accurately.
  • Fermata, coda, and segnos associated with barlines are now imported.
  • Staff sizes are imported more consistently.
  • Multi-measure trills are imported more accurately.
  • Lyric font sizes are imported more accurately.
  • Lyric vertical positions are imported more accurately across different staff sizes.
  • Center-justified credits are now imported with correct horizontal position.
  • Decimal numeric values are imported more accurately.
  • Chord symbols with a harmony kind of none and a text attribute are now imported more accurately.
  • Negative duration values in a MusicXML file no longer cause the import to hang.

Changes 3.1.1 to 3.2 (June 2006)

  • Importing MusicXML files now provides better support for many aspects of music formatting, including lyric positions, chord symbol positions, text font details, and relative vertical position for articulations.
  • Importing of text in languages written in different scripts, such as Japanese, Russian, and Polish, is now supported. Previously these would only import if the script matched your system’s regional settings.
  • The Windows version has a new installer. It now automatically installs the Dolet 3 plug-in into multiple versions of Finale. It fixes problems installing on Windows 98 and Windows ME systems, and eliminates the need to reboot your machine after the installation is completed.
  • Smart word extensions now export more accurately.
  • Symbols in the default music font will be exported even for unknown fonts, assuming basic compatibility with Finale standard fonts.
  • Arabic text is now supported on Windows.
  • Files with partial MusicXML 1.1 system formatting (such as from SmartScore 5) now import more accurately.
  • Slur numbering is now exported correctly in cases when a slur starts and ends on the same note.
  • Music containing a single long system now imports more accurately.
  • Import of chords spread across multiple staves is now more accurate.
  • Metronome marks with decimal numeric values now export more accurately.
  • Parenthesized music font expressions now export more accurately.

Changes 3.1 to 3.1.1 (February 2006)

  • Staves with chromatic transposition are now exported correctly.
  • Tie ends following a pickup bar are now exported correctly.
  • Unrecognized chords exported as text are now center justified.
  • Invisible grace notes no longer keep the exporter from working.
  • More chord definitions are now supported.

Changes 3.0.2 to 3.1 (December 2005)

  • Imported page sizes are corrected for roundoff errors to avoid the use of custom page sizes.
  • Title, composer, and copyright information is no longer truncated on import into more recent versions of Finale.
  • Multiple trills in succession now import from Sibelius MusicXML files.
  • Grace notes imported from Sibelius MusicXML files now are upstems by default.
  • Importing an alternate notehead now selects the correct filled or unfilled version of the notehead.
  • Problems with slur and tie direction export have been fixed.
  • The broken beam tool is now supported during export.
  • Tie ends are no longer dropped on export at the start of endings and codas.
  • Repeats that replace # with a measure number now export correctly.
  • The document option for secondary beams over rests is now supported during export.
  • Articulation placement is now exported correctly in rhythmic notation and for rests shorter than a quarter note.
  • The vertical length of manually-adjusted endings is now exported correctly.
  • The vertical position for rests is now exported in more multi-layer music situations.
  • The horizontal position for double segnos and double codas is now exported more accurately.

Changes 3.0.1 to 3.0.2 (November 2005)

  • Chord symbols in MusicXML documents are now always imported, creating chord suffix and playback definitions as needed.
  • Unrecognized chord symbols are now exported as text.
  • Multiple chord symbols on a single note are now supported.
  • More chord symbols are recognized during export.
  • The Kousaku and Chaconne fonts are now supported, along with simple rehearsal marks using the Rentaro font. These fonts are used in the Japanese version of Finale.
  • Japanese translations have been added for menu items, dialog boxes, and error messages.
  • Files with tablature staves are now imported with better staff positioning.
  • Horizontal positioning is now imported for chord symbols.
  • Different local settings for number formatting will no longer cause music formatting data to be exported incorrectly.
  • File info and default fonts now export better for files encoded in a different character set (e.g. Japanese files opened on an English system).
  • Hebrew text now exports correctly on Windows as well as Macintosh OS X.
  • Manually adjusted ending front hooks now have their length exported correctly.
  • Text repeat locations and vertical positions are now exported correctly from empty measures.
  • Fixed size fonts now export the correct size when staff reduction is used.
  • Font attributes are now exported for single-font metronome marks.
  • The encoding date is now correct when an unsaved file is exported.
  • Patch change expressions on percussion staves no longer export invalid MusicXML data.

Changes 3.0 to 3.0.1 (October 2005)

  • Repeats and endings defined using features added in Finale 2005 are now exported correctly.
  • Coda and segno repeat playback is exported correctly when defined in terms of measure numbers.
  • Finale pickup measures that are empty now export correctly.
  • Specific chord spellings such as variations of major and minor are now exported more accurately.
  • Chord export is more robust and accurate, especially for suspended chords, major-minor chords, and chords with degree alterations.
  • Chords defined using JazzCord characters are now better supported.
  • Extraneous system breaks are no longer exported from frozen systems.
  • Incorrect tie orientations are no longer exported from notes with frozen stems in multiple layers.
  • Export of right-justified rehearsal marks no longer creates invalid MusicXML data.
  • Setting the split stem bit on rests no longer stops the exporter.
  • Trying to export a certain type of empty Finale shape no longer crashes Finale.
  • Incomplete German translations of plug-in dialogs and messages have been fixed.

First Dolet 3 for Finale release 3.0 (August 2005)

Dolet 3 for Finale runs on both Windows and Macintosh OS X. The major new features are:

  • Reading and writing MusicXML 1.1 files
  • Batch import of a folder of MusicXML files
  • Batch export of a folder of Finale files

Batch facilities and advanced formatting features require Finale 2004 or later. Batch translation is not included in the 30-day free trial.


Dolet 2 for Finale History

Changes 2.0.2 to 2.0.3 (January 2005)

  • Dashed lines no longer sometimes import as solid lines.
  • Multiple groups are now initialized correctly on import.
  • System breaks are imported more accurately from MusicXML files created with Dolet for Finale Version 2.
  • A problem introduced in 2.0.2 that could stop import when there are too many layers for a single staff has been fixed.

Changes 2.0.1 to 2.0.2 (December 2004)

  • Finale text repeats are now supported.
  • The new tuplet positioning options in Finale 2005 are now supported.
  • The default playback tempo is now exported correctly for beats other than quarter notes.
  • Quarter-tone accidentals are now imported correctly.
  • Import no longer sets independent time signatures unnecessarily.
  • Text in <other-notation> and similar MusicXML elements is now imported into Finale.

Changes 2.0 to 2.0.1 (November 2004)

  • Finale 2005a is now supported.
  • Layer assignments are improved on import, especially for MusicXML files created by Sibelius.
  • Underscores in MusicXML lyric text no longer cause syllable assignment problems on import.
  • Deleted tuplets no longer stop the exporter.
  • Groups that refer to non-existent staves no longer stop the exporter.
  • Import no longer stops if the current file has a pickup measure set.

First Release of Dolet for Finale 2.0 (August 2004)

Dolet for Finale Version 2 has been completely rewritten to support Macintosh OS X. All the features in Dolet for Finale 1.5 are supported (except MuseData files), and many new ones beside. Some of these new features include:

  • Simplified user interface
  • Import of Sibelius guitar tablature
  • Full export of system and page breaks
  • Falloffs, doits, plops, and scoops
  • Single note tremolos
  • Export of text in non-Western scripts
  • Export of old-style (pre-Finale 2003) tablature
  • Sonata font support
  • Export of measure-attached trills and fermatas
  • Improved tuplet positioning
  • Text repeat positioning
  • Pedal and pan playback
  • Augmentation dot horizontal position

Dolet 1 for Finale History

Changes 1.5.2 to 1.5.3 (December 2004)

  • Tablature import no longer sometimes places notes on the wrong strings.
  • Cue-sized rests no longer sometimes stop the importer.

Changes 1.5.1 to 1.5.2 (November 2004)

  • Nested tuplets that include invisible rests no longer stop the exporter.

Changes 1.5 to 1.5.1 (October 2004)

  • Finale 2005a is now supported.
  • Underscores in MusicXML lyric text no longer cause syllable assignment problems on import.
  • Groups that refer to non-existent staves no longer stop the exporter.

Changes 1.4.1 to 1.5 (August 2004)

  • Finale 2005 is now supported.
  • MuseData files with C0 print suggestions or incorrect articulation print suggestions no longer produce invalid MusicXML files.
  • Incorrect MIDI note values within Finale (usually hidden by a staff style) no longer stop the exporter.
  • Percussion clef export now fully matches the MusicXML 1.0 definition.

Changes 1.4 to 1.4.1 (July 2004)

  • The import and export dialog boxes are now wider, so that file names can be read more easily on Windows XP systems.

Changes 1.3.1 to 1.4 (May 2004)

  • Multi-lingual Western text is now saved correctly after being imported from MusicXML.
  • Sharp-9 and flat-9 chords are now exported and imported correctly.
  • Grace note rests are now exported correctly.
  • Backwards word extensions are no longer exported as MusicXML extend elements.
  • A combination of dynamics and non-dynamics note-attached expressions on a single entry no longer stops the exporter.
  • Dolet now provides a more specific error message if the Microsoft XML parser is not working properly.

Changes 1.3 to 1.3.1 (February 2004)

  • Dolet now uses a Japanese-language interface on Japanese Windows systems.
  • Multiple MuseData files are no longer imported out of order, fixing a problem introduced in version 1.3.

Changes 1.2.1 to 1.3 (January 2004)

  • MusicXML 1.0 is now supported.
  • Major chords now import using Finale’s default chord suffix.
  • Regular note tuplets that contain grace notes now import correctly.
  • Empty parts without a clef no longer are imported as percussion notation.

Changes 1.2 to 1.2.1 (December 2003)

  • MusicXML 0.9 is now supported.
  • Finale’s note position tool is now supported.
  • MuseData and MusicXML files may be imported with any file suffix.
  • Harmony elements appearing before the first note of a mid-measure voice now appear correctly.
  • Fingerings are now imported from each note of a chord.

Changes 1.1 to 1.2 (August 2003)

  • Finale 2004 is now supported.
  • MusicXML 0.7b is now supported. This includes improved support for rhythmic notation, lettered tablature, eyeglasses markings, and metronome marks.
  • The GoldenAgeMusic font is now supported.
  • Cyrillic text export is now supported.
  • Finale’s “Ignore Key Signatures” staff option is now supported.
  • An installation “error 1391” on some systems running Internet Explorer 5 has been fixed.
  • Several problems that could prevent MuseData files from importing have been fixed, including comments in the MuseData header, unrecognized record types, and pizzicatos combined with other sound suggestions.
  • Trying to import tablature into pre-2003 versions of Finale will no longer create 6-line staves in treble clef.
  • Finale text inserts for accidentals such as flat and sharp are now supported. Instrument names such as Bb Clarinet will now be handled correctly.
  • Chromatic transposition is exported more reliably.
  • Dual articulations such as accent-staccato are handled more reliably.
  • Notes without staff elements are now entered in the first staff of a multi-staff part.
  • Note sizes are handled more reliably.
  • Stems, beams, and clef changes are exported more accurately when voice 2 is used in a Finale layer.
  • Grace note chords that have been edited with the MIDI tool no longer hang the exporter.
  • Silent grace notes will no longer export as invalid MusicXML.
  • Note-attached shape expressions no longer export as if they were text.
  • Incomplete Finale articulation definitions will no longer stop the exporter.

Changes 1.0.6 to 1.1 (March 2003)

  • Staff styles are now supported. This includes transpositions, one- and two-bar repeats, and slash notation.
  • Percussion staves and percussion maps are now supported.
  • Smart lines are now supported, including hammer-ons and pull-offs.
  • Bracket and line smart shapes are now supported.
  • Multimeasure rests are now supported.
  • Multiple MIDI instruments per staff are now exported.
  • Articulations are imported even when not present in the blank document’s library.
  • MusicXML 0.7 is now supported.
  • Dynamics expressed in Finale articulations are now exported.
  • Expressions that change MIDI patches and channels are now supported.
  • The initial tempo setting in the playback toolbar is now exported.
  • Finale shape expression playback is now exported.
  • Expression playback at the beginning of the measure is now supported.
  • Support for different notehead shapes has been improved.
  • Number of staff lines is now supported.
  • Tartini quarter-tone accidentals are now supported.
  • Font attributes for lyrics are now supported.
  • Clusters of up to 24 notes are now imported.
  • More complex tuplets are now supported.
  • Overlapping crescendo/diminuendo wedges in a single staff are now supported.
  • Layer preferences for playback and spacing are now exported.
  • MusicXML import no longer fails for pieces with very long lyrics, pieces with more than 12 notes in a cluster, pieces with time signatures longer than 32/4, pieces with very long tuplets, or for Finale templates where the staves have been reordered.
  • Old instrument and group names within a template are now cleared during import.
  • Pieces without a time signature will have better assignment of invisible time signatures within Finale.
  • MIDI playback works for MusicXML files imported into empty documents.
  • Cross-system slurs are imported more accurately.
  • Extraneous empty groups are no longer exported.
  • Extraneous alternate bass elements are no longer exported.
  • Groups that overlap at the end of the grouping are now exported correctly.
  • Stem direction export is more accurate before mid-measure clef changes.
  • MuseData files will now be checked for valid MusicXML before being imported into Finale. This will catch MuseData file errors that may have gone unnoticed before.
  • MuseData import provides better messages when no parts are found of the specified MuseData type.
  • MuseData files with unknown attribute codes and dangling editorial levels can now be imported.

Changes 1.0.5 to 1.0.6 (November 2002)

  • Dolet now uses an Italian-language interface on Italian Windows systems.
  • Lyric elisions are better supported on both export and import. The EngraverFontSet elision character is now exported correctly when used within a lyric.
  • Lyrics attached to rests are now exported.
  • Rinforzandos are now supported.
  • MusicXML’s encoding date is now supported.
  • Finale 2003’s group optimization option is now set correctly for multi-staff instruments.
  • Deleted tuplets or text repeat styles will no longer stop MusicXML export.
  • Multiple blank directions will no longer stop MusicXML import.

Changes 1.0.4 to 1.0.5 (September 2002)

  • Dolet now provides basic support for Finale 2003’s new tablature notation format. Dolet imports and exports fret and string numbers, together with tab staff string tuning and capo settings.
  • Dolet now uses a German-language interface on German Windows systems.
  • The JazzText and JazzTextExtended fonts are now supported.
  • Finale files with unassigned MIDI instruments now export correctly.
  • Chord symbols preceding invisible rests will now be imported.
  • Chord symbol recognition supports a wider range of playback definitions.
  • Notes with three and four dots now export correctly.
  • Coda and segno signs without playback indications are now imported.
  • Notehead details will now import correctly in Finale 2002 and 2003.
  • Notes will now import when there is extra whitespace in the MusicXML staff element.
  • Measure-attached text blocks now export correctly in files where the instrument list has been rearranged.
  • Measure-attached shapes left over from deleted instruments will no longer crash the exporter.
  • Deleted slurs are no longer partially exported.
  • Dolet for Finale 1.0.5 supports MusicXML 0.6c.

Changes 1.0.3 to 1.0.4 (August 2002)

  • Importing a MusicXML into an empty file with system locks now works successfully.
  • Numeric measure number regions are now supported for export and import.
  • Custom dashed lines are now exported.
  • Key signature cancellation is now supported.
  • Added degrees in chords now export properly.
  • Key simplification support no longer breaks support for octave-plus transpositions.
  • Extraneous tuplet stop elements are no longer exported.
  • The right barline of a final measure now exports correctly to MuseData.
  • Dolet 1.0.4 supports MusicXML 0.6b. MusicXML 0.6b files now validate with XML parsers that require deterministic content models.

Changes 1.0.2 to 1.0.3 (July 2002)

  • Windows 2000 and XP installations now work for all users on a machine.
  • Deleted note-attached smart shapes no longer cause MusicXML export to fail.
  • Cross-staved tremolos no longer cause MusicXML export to fail.
  • Key simplified transpositions no longer export incorrect diatonic values.
  • Problems where harmony import could produce the wrong root or alternate bass have been fixed.
  • MuseData conversion now handles double-flats correctly.
  • MuseData export no longer creates invalid encoding data on line 4.

Changes 1.0.1 to 1.0.2 (June 2002)

  • Dolet will only try to access the Internet to find a MusicXML definition if there is a problem using the local MusicXML definition installed with the product.
  • Fingering articulations are now supported.
  • Dolet no longer exports unnecessarily large divisions values to MusicXML or MuseData files. This sometimes caused MuseData file exports to fail.
  • Key simplification for transpositions is now supported.
  • Dolet will not export a time signature if the “always hide” option is set for that measure.
  • MusicXML import will no longer fail if there is a score-part element without a matching part element.

Changes 1.0 to 1.0.1 (May 2002)

  • Added support for MusicXML 0.6a and invisible barlines.

First Dolet for Finale release 1.0   (April 2002)