- JW Plug-Ins. Eight of Jari Williamson’s plug-ins now install natively with Finale, have been updated to work correctly with SMuFL-compliant fonts, and also contain fixes for several outstanding bugs and crashes.
- Voiced Linked Parts. Voiced linked parts now have correct grace note spacing, stem directions that face the correct direction, and second and unison notes with correct spacing.
- Plug-Ins. The Score System Divider plug-in now works with SMuFL fonts.
- Plug-Ins. The Create Handbells Used Chart plug-in now displays modified noteheads correctly when used in a SMuFL-based document and displays the correct number of bells used.
- Plug-Ins. The Check Regions for Durations plug-in no longer overlooks some incomplete or overfilled measures.
- Slurs. Manual adjustments made to slurs in linked parts now retain these edits after closing and reopening a document.
- Preferences. Exiting Finale with the Speedy Entry tool selected no longer turns off Automatic Update Layout.
- ScoreMerger. The ScoreMerger no longer discards the abbreviated name of parts when merging parts into a score.
- FinaleScript. Using the 'default clef bass" command in FinaleScript no longer causes a crash.
- User Manual. The Finale User Manual has been updated with more accurate information and other continued improvements.
- For a full list of new features and fixes, see What's New in the online Finale User Manual.
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New in Finale version 27.3
I don't recall all the news in earler updates, so I can't really compare them with those in the latest one. But surely it's a significant improvement that Jari's plug-ins finally are included in Finale. Nice, although somewhat belated, gesture!
Finale 26, 27 on Windows 10
Well, it means that those who didn't know about the plug-ins get the benefit. To those who already use the plug-ins, it's "business as usual". Though by taking in the development in-house, the future of the plug-ins is more secure, as Jari has not been working on them for some years. (Apple Silicon versions are welcome.)
Other than that, there are some desirable fixes and improvements: mostly "no longer crashes", and "now works".
Actually: the improvement to Linked parts is pretty significant. It's basically completed the implementation from 2007.
But: for the length of time they spent, it's a bit underwhelming. Compare to the number, size and scope of features and fixes in Dorico in the same period.
Speaking of plug-ins: Patterson Beams has been in Finale for 20 years or more, and is essential for anyone who wants 'pro' beams. In all that time, could they not have incorporated it into the program's core drawing routines?