One of the quirks with Finale’s note spacing is that the very last system of a document will often have disproportionately fewer measures than the rest.
One option is to use the Fit Measures tool in the Utilities menu, but then the note spacing can be inconsistent between systems.
Finale’s Reference Spacing Width feature, found in the Music Spacing > Spacing Widths… section of Document Options, provides a solution. The setting allows you to reflow and rebalance the note spacing of measures quickly. more >> “A Fast Way to Change Music Spacing Reference Width in Finale (With Keyboard Maestro)”
Updated on August 9, 2018 to add an addendum on tupletting pairs of tied notes.
I recently needed to figure out ways to represent dotted notes so they would appear without a dot, and in the process, I found a number of ways to break down dotted notes into smaller notes. You may never need to do what I had to do, but someday one of these techniques may turn out to be useful.
more >> “Deconstructing the Rhythm Dot – The Mathematics of Dotted Notes”
I have a project which requires me to show beamed groups of stems with no noteheads:
it’s easy to create these beamed groups of stems only in Dorico, Finale and Sibelius. Here is how.
more >> “Create Beamed Groups of Headless Note Stems in Dorico, Finale & Sibelius”
Ancillary macro programs are a great way to get more productivity out of Finale. There are macro programs available for both Windows and MacOS. I’m currently on MacOS, and use a popular macro program called Keyboard Maestro.
I’ve attached a small downloadable set of Keyboard Maestro macros I use a lot with Finale to this post that will give you a very good idea of one of the most basic things you can do with Keyboard Maestro – assigning keystrokes to menu items to save time.
more >> “Use Keyboard Maestro with Finale to respell notes quickly”
Expression Positioning in Finale
I used Finale for years knowing that there were all sorts of options in the Expression Designer for how the Expression should get positioned, but without necessarily understanding what all the different terms meant, or how they would actually affect the resulting position of the Expression. Looking at dropdown menus like these tended to make my eyes glaze over:
I have come to appreciate the power of understanding how these settings work and setting them properly. The more things naturally pop into the places I want them to by default, the less time I spend adjusting them by hand later!
more >> “Finale: Understanding Expression Positioning”
Finale’s audio output has the potential to generate great audio and wonderful-sounding scores for consumers and demos. For the majority of users, the default settings are adequate. Midi/Audio>Play Finale Through Audio Units should be selected in order to activate Garritan Instruments for Finale (or Garritan’s premium libraries. For more information on setup for these libraries, see this article on the Scoring Notes blog: “Getting Started in Finale with Garritan’s Premium Libraries”). For those working on larger scores in pursuit of the best possible quality, however, the defaults don’t work well. Let’s take a look at how to address common problems you may encounter, and create the best possible mix in Finale.
more >> “Getting a Good Mix in Finale”
Sometimes knowledge and wisdom get lost, only to be rediscovered later. I recently stumbled across some old Finale Tips and forum posts that offer some useful tools for working with lyrics in Finale that deserve some attention again!
more >> “Finale: Lyric Tools”