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Release Notes

Dolet® 7 Plugin for Finale Release Notes

Version 7.1
November 2017

Windows Installation

The Dolet 7 for Finale plug-in is not compatible 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 7 for Finale plug-in. To uninstall:

  • Go to the Start Menu and select the Control Panel.
  • Choose Uninstall a program and wait for the program list to appear.
  • If Dolet 6 for Finale is listed, click on it and then double click on it. Follow the instructions to uninstall. Do the same for Dolet 5 for Finale, 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 (x86)\MakeMusic\Dolet 7 for Finale\). Do not move or copy these files after installation.

The actual Finale plug-in file (Dolet7.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 7 for Finale is supported on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 for the versions of Finale that are supported on each of these operating systems. Dolet 7 for Finale also requires that 32-bit 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 for Finale is not compatible with earlier versions of the Dolet for Finale plug-in. Remove any Dolet6.bundle, Dolet5.bundle, Dolet4.bundle, Dolet3.bundle, and Dolet2.bundle files from any Finale plug-ins folders where you are installing the Dolet7.bundle file.

Dolet 7 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 7 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 7 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.

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 7 for Finale supports Finale 2009 through 2014.5 on Windows and Mac, reading and writing files in MusicXML 3.1 format.

When using Dolet 7 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 7.1 improves support for the MusicXML 3.1 format. This includes the following new features:

  • Measure number text is now exported for multi-movement pieces where measure numbers are reused, as well as other situations involving more complex use of measure number regions.
  • Buzz rolls and unmeasured tremolos are now supported.
  • Line lengths are now supported for doit, falloff, scoop, and plop elements.
  • Finale expressions with a mix of text and musical symbols from any Finale built-in font are now supported.
  • Unexpected symbols in Finale articulations from any Finale built-in font can now be exported in a way that can be exchanged with other applications.
  • Unexpected symbols in MusicXML files can now be imported into Finale articulations if the symbol is present in any Finale built-in font.
  • Grace cue notes are now supported.
  • Image height and width attributes are now supported.
  • Metric modulation arrows are now exported from metronome marks written in the MaestroTimes font.
  • The brass-bend, flip, golpe, half-muted, harmon-mute, haydn, inverted-vertical-turn, open, smear, soft-accent, and staff-divide elements are now supported.
  • Sostenuto and abbreviated pedal symbols are now supported.
  • The beater pictograms for drum stick, slide brush on gong, and superball are now supported.
  • The beater pictograms for glockenspiel, gum, hammer, superball, and wound stick types are now supported.
  • The effect pictograms for lotus flute and megaphone are now supported.
  • The glass pictograms for glass harmonica and glass harp are now supported.
  • The membrane pictograms for Chinese tomtom, cuica, Indo-American tomtom, and Japanese tomtom are now supported.
  • The metal pictograms for agogo, bell tree, cencerro, chain rattle, jaw harp, jingle bells, musical saw, shell bells, and tam tam with beater are now supported.
  • The pitched pictograms for celesta, lithophone, steel drums, and tubaphone are now supported.
  • The wood pictograms for bamboo scraper, castanets with handle, football rattle, quijada, rainstick, reco-reco, and whip are now supported.
  • The handbell belltree symbol is now supported.

Version 7.1 also adds the following features and fixes:

  • Files without any measure number regions now correctly export that measure numbers are not displayed.
  • The direction that a strong accent (marcato) symbol points is now exported more accurately.
  • Additional chord suffixes are now exported as chord symbols rather than text.
  • Chord symbols with the words “no”, “omit”, and “add” in chord alterations now export more accurately.
  • Hidden tuplets are now exported correctly.
  • Incorrect unrecognized notehead processing instructions are no longer exported.

Version 7.0 added support for the MusicXML 3.1 format. This includes the following new features:

  • Uncompressed MusicXML 3.1 files are now saved with a .musicxml file extension by default.
  • Finale expressions with a mix of Maestro musical symbols and text are now supported.
  • Finale expressions with a mix of text and note symbols from other Finale built-in fonts are now exported.
  • Parenthesized accidental marks are now supported.
  • Circled noteheads for percussion notation are now supported.
  • Arrowhead characters in the Engraver Text fonts are now supported.
  • Enclosures with 5 to 10 sides are now supported.
  • The two styles of percussion clef are now distinguished during export and import.
  • The n dynamic character is now supported.
  • Unexpected symbols in Finale articulations can now be exported in a way that can be exchanged with other applications.
  • Unexpected symbols in MusicXML files can now be imported into Finale articulations.
  • The sfzp and pf dynamics now use the corresponding new MusicXML elements.
  • Highest / lowest notes without leger lines now use the standard MusicXML 3.1 feature for greater interoperability.

Version 7.0 also added the following features and fixes:

  • Scaled images now export correctly, including images that are scaled only due to page or system reduction.
  • Swing tempo metronome marks created in the MaestroTimes font are now exported.
  • Enclosures created with characters in the JazzText, Broadway Copyist Text, and Finale Copyist Text fonts are now exported.
  • Staff styles that begin in pickup measures now export correctly in the pickup measure.
  • Staff reference line vertical positioning for expressions is now exported.
  • Note-attached vertical positioning for expressions (e.g. top note, bottom note) now exports correctly on 1-line percussion staves.
  • Measure-attached text justification is now exported.
  • Triangle and diamond enclosures are now imported.
  • Accidental marks are exported more accurately.
  • Lyrics that are displayed on hidden notes or rests now correctly export that the lyrics should be displayed.
  • Tablature fret and string data are now exported for some rare cases where they previously were omitted.
  • Fretboards are now exported if present when the chord symbol is not recognized.
  • Notehead and stem-aligned expressions that are not assigned to a note now export their horizontal position more accurately.

As part of our continued MakeMusic technology modernization, the Dolet plug-in no longer supports Finale versions prior to Finale 2009 as of version 6.8. You may continue to use version 6.7 with earlier Finale versions and operating systems. Support for Windows XP has been removed as of version 7.1.

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 http://www.musicxml.com/dolet-plugin/dolet-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 7 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