Finale : Experiments in Automatic Font Conversion

Plugin developer Jan Angermüller has been hard at work on a promising new plug-in for Finale he calls “House Style Changer“. You may remember that Jan wrote a guest article for the Of Note blog back in July describing his Music Font Comparison tool, which is a development tool related to this new plug-in.

Jan just posted a new article on his own website entitled “Experiments in Automatic Font Conversion“. The article is resplendent with geeky fontographer-centric detail and lots of great visuals. And one more thing: a freeware font package with 21 free new Maestro compatible music fonts converted for Finale.

Check out this video demo, which shows the creation of a Maestro-compliant music font from an arbitrary unicode font that previously didn’t work in Finale at all. The whole conversion process takes under a minute.

Fonts are: Bravura, Beethoven, Cadence, Emmentaler, Euterpe, FreeSerif, Gootville, Gutenberg, LV-GoldenAge, Haydn, Improviso, JazzyBasic, LilyBoulez, Leipzig, LilyJazz, Profondo, Paganini, Ross, Scorlatti, Sebastiano, and Unifont Upper.

Moving forward, Jan’s automated method of converting older, well-loved music notation fonts into the SMuFL format using a music symbols database and custom scripting has the potential to benefit people working in a variety of music notation software. Pretty exciting stuff.

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5 Replies to “Finale : Experiments in Automatic Font Conversion”

  1. Hey there,
    Please, I need help about the installation process mentioned in the font download page. I follow all the steps mentioned on the video (well, not the font “patching” ones) and when I finally tell Finale to change the font, for example, to HayFIN or Aruvarb, all the notes appear as other strange characters—the only things that appear propperly are the clef and the time signature.
    Please, if there’s somebody that can help me, tell me what’s going on there!


    1. Albert, are you on MacOS or Windows ?
      First you should read the installation instructions in the ReadMe.txt. The video in the article only demonstrates the conversion, not a complete installation.

      It sounds like you installed the Windows fonts on MacOS or vice versa. If you are on MacOS, you must also add the font names to MacSymbolFonts.txt (not shown in the video!). And if you are on Windows you must NOT add the font names to MacSymbolFonts.txt.

      Then you must also install the font annotation files (not shown in the video). Don’t mix up the versions (MacOS/Win/2012/2014/v25). Otherwise they will not work.

      After the installation you must restart Finale to initialize the MacSymbolFonts.txt and the font annotation files.

      Everything is described in detail in the ReadMe.txt installation section.
      The ReadMe.txt also includes a troubleshooting section.


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