A Finale Tip When Working With Older Files

I recently received this helpful tip from Beth Varela, MakeMusic’s Digital Marketing Manager I thought was worth sharing:

“When I need to open files originally created in a much earlier version, I sometimes run into weird behaviors (usually only when I’m going really far back like revisiting a Finale 2005 score). I open the old file, export as MusicXML, then re-import the MusicXML file (before doing any other work). Finale will think that the file was created in the newer version.

For my purposes, I find this trick works well, and I used it all the time when I worked in the customer support department solving odd support cases.”


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