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hautbois baryton
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Software tips?

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So I finally upgraded (?) to Finale 26.2. Every time I get a new version of Finale I create an updated Document Style that contains all the fonts, shapes, settings, etc. that I prefer.

Does anyone have any tips on how to do this without laboriously checking every setting?
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John Ruggero
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TG Tools? I think this might be one for https://www.finaleforum.com/
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benwiggy
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Surely you just copy the old file to the new location? At worst, you save and load a Library containing all the relevant options.

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John Ruggero
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When I get a new version of Finale (which at the present rate of improvement, may never happen again) I go to User library>Application Support>MakeMusic>Finale (say 2012)>Music Files>Templates and make copies of the various templates that I have created containing all my settings. Then I move these copies to the new Template file that appears under: User library>Application Support>MakeMusic>Finale (26 or whatever they call it) >Music Files>Templates and all is well.

However, some experts at the Finale boards have suggested that making such copies can lead to problems over time, although I have never had any.

So if you want to create a brand new file or files from scratch and somehow migrate your old settings to it automatically, I have no idea how you would do that, although I have been using TG Tools to migrate my articulation metatools successfully and wonder if other settings might be possible that way.
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Finale 2014d with GPO 4, JW Plug-ins, SmartScore X Pro, Adobe InDesign CS4,
Inkscape .48.5 and .91, FontForge 20150526
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benwiggy
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John Ruggero wrote:
07 Jun 2020, 20:37
However, some experts at the Finale boards have suggested that making such copies can lead to problems over time, although I have never had any.
If memory serves, that was true of the old .mus format, but is no longer the case. If you do want to copy settings to a new file, Libraries is the way to do it.

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John Ruggero
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That's reassuring, Ben. Thanks.
Mac mini (OS 10.8.5) with dual monitors, Kurzweil Mark 5 with M-Audio Midisport 2 x 2,
Finale 2014d with GPO 4, JW Plug-ins, SmartScore X Pro, Adobe InDesign CS4,
Inkscape .48.5 and .91, FontForge 20150526
http://www.cantilenapress.com

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