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:
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 through 2014.5.
Dolet 7 for Finale is supported on Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, and Windows 10 for the versions of Finale 2009 through 2014.5 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 download 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 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 macOS 10.10 through macOS 10.14 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. As a 32-bit plug-in, Dolet 7 for Finale will not work with macOS 10.15 Catalina.
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).
For some file transfers it can be helpful to export all linked parts at once. Use the “Export Linked Parts to MusicXML…” menu item to export all the linked parts in a Finale file as 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.
Version 7.4 includes the following features and fixes:
Version 7.3 included the following features and fixes:
Version 7.2 changed the default file format for exporting a single MusicXML file from uncompressed (.musicxml) to compressed (.mxl) files. The MusicXML Preferences continue to allow a different setting for batch export of MusicXML files.
Version 7.2 also included the following features and fixes:
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. Support for Windows Vista and the original Windows 7 pre-SP1 release has been removed as of version 7.2.
Starting with v25, Finale now includes all the additional MusicXML features previously available only in the Dolet plug-in. 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/.
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: