Finale v25.1 MusicXML Updates
October 19, 2016 | by Michael Good
Today MakeMusic released version 25.1 of Finale and an updated Dolet 6.8 for Finale plug-in. Both releases include significant MusicXML improvements, especially for MusicXML export.
One of the main new features is one-step export all the linked parts in your Finale file to a folder of MusicXML files. This is mainly intended for use with SmartMusic.
MakeMusic is rapidly improving our new web-based version of SmartMusic that runs on Chromebooks. One of the features coming soon in our SmartMusic roadmap is allowing teachers to upload and assign their own MusicXML files. Since these SmartMusic files will be individual parts, exporting all the linked parts from a file in one step will make this process much easier.
Finale v25.1 includes an additional 14 new features and fixes to MusicXML support. They include better import of percussion staves from MusicXML files exported from Sibelius, better export of text using the MaestroTimes font, and much more. Dolet 6.8 for Finale includes all these improvements, as well as most of the MusicXML improvements included in the original release of Finale v25. You can read more about all these updates in our Dolet for Finale release notes.
One thing to consider before upgrading your Dolet plug-in to version 6.8 is that this version no longer supports Finale versions earlier than Finale 2009. This is due to the ongoing modernization of our software technology, especially for Mac platforms. If you are still using these older versions of Finale, we hope you will consider upgrading to the latest version. If not, please be sure to keep your current version of the Dolet plug-in.
Also note that the Dolet for Finale plug-in is 32-bit only. Finale v25.1 includes all the added features that used to be part of the Dolet plug-in, plus some MusicXML features that only work in 64-bit Finale. With our 64-bit Finale v25, all the MusicXML functionality you need is available directly on the File menu.
We hope that you find these new plug-ins help in moving your music files between applications. If you have issues with the plug-ins, please let us know on our MusicXML forum.