Spotlight on Plug-ins

Welcome to the Spotlight on Plug-ins

 

This series will look at all of the native and third-party plug-ins that are available for Finale. Each plug-in will get its own video. Keep checking back here as I'll try to add to this series as frequently as I can.

Spotlight on Plug-ins #1
Patterson's "Copyist's Helper"

Download the Patterson Plug-ins here:

http://robertgpatterson.com/-fininfo/finmaincontent.html

 

Robert Patterson’s “Copyist’s Helper” plug-in is perhaps one of the most valuable plug-ins that you can own, particularly if you’re a musical theater copyist. This video highlights some amazing additions to the 6.03 version of the plug-in which was released on Feb. 6th, 2021. There’s a brand new feature that allows you to insert or delete measures while retaining the measure numbers (0:37). Yes, automatic A and B bars have finally become a reality in Finale! Inserting and Deleting Systems while also retaining bar numbers is the other new piece of this plug-in (8:23). Both of these features solve some other long-standing problems with inserting and deleting Measure Number Regions and/or Systems in Finale. This is an absolute MUST HAVE!

 

Starting at (13:33) I explore the already existing features of the Copyist’s Helper plug-in, mainly related to measure numbers, including a really helpful operation that can be done on Multimeasure Rest ranges that will list the ranges with the correct A and B or cut bars. The other side of the plug-in is the Instrument Headers tab (27:24). There’s a specific solution for listing the currently held instrument for Reed Doublers in page headers (28:44), and there’s a newer function that uses Finale’s Bookmarks to force-create section specific text blocks (33:57) which is useful for multi-movement files.

Finale V26.3

 
Spotlight on Plug-ins #2
Move Rests...

In this Spotlight on Plug-ins video, we take a look at Finale’s “Move Rests…” plug-in. It’s a rather simple yet powerful plug-in that is built into the program, so we all have access to it out of the box. This plug-in allows us to move all the rests within a selection vertically up or down any amount of steps that we want. This is particularly important when working with multiple layers on a staff or when working with rhythm parts where we may have cues above or below slash notation.

Finale V26.3

 
Spotlight on Plug-ins #3
Align/Move Dynamics...

Download the TGTools Plug-ins here:

https://www.tgtools.com/index-en.htm

 

The Align/Move Dynamics… plug-in is a critical tool designed to help wrangle your Text Expression dynamics and Smart Shape hairpins into vertical alignment. It’s a rather simple tool with a few options and a lot of potential! At (12:20) I’ll even show you some built-in keyboard shortcuts that allow you to align and move your dynamics without even opening the plug-in.

 

Align/Move Dynamics… is part of the TGTools Lite package that comes with Finale, but later in the video (14:29), I’ll explore some of the more advanced features of the TGTools Pro version which is simply called Align/Move… With the pro version there are a lot more refinements that can be made, and other things, aside from dynamics, (like pedal lines for piano), can also be aligned.

Finale V26.3

 
Spotlight on Plug-ins #4
Change to Real/Default Whole Rests

In this, the 200th Conquering Finale video, we’ll take a look at the built-in Change to Real Whole Rests and the Change to Default Whole Rests plug-ins. These plug-ins serve a very simple purpose: to convert default whole rests into real whole rests and vice versa. Understanding the difference between the two types of whole rests and the reasons why you may want one or the other is really what this lesson is all about.

Finale V26.3

 
Spotlight on Plug-ins #5
JW Copy Part Layout...

Download the JW Plug-ins here:

https://www.notationcentral.com/?product_cat=&s=JW&post_type=product

 

The JW Copy Part Layout… plug-in is a MUST have in your Finale toolkit. As the name suggests, this plug-in will copy the layout from one part into another part instantaneously! It’s very simple to use and there are only a few important things to be aware of when you’re using it which I will touch on in this video.

Finale V26.3

 
Spotlight on Plug-ins #6
Ledger Lines (Hide)/(Show)

The Ledger Lines (Hide) and Ledger Lines (Show) plug-ins are really simple to use and pretty much do exactly what they say they will do… hide or show ledger lines. Simply knowing that this plug-in, which is built into Finale, exists is really half the battle. The other half may just be figuring out when it’s really useful to hide ledger lines, so to that end, I’ll show you a couple of practical situations where this is really useful. There’s a bonus tip at the end for any advanced users that are curious to know what this plug-in does “under the hood”!

Finale V26.3

 
Spotlight on Plug-ins #7
Patterson Beam Over Barlines

Download the Patterson Plug-ins here:

http://robertgpatterson.com/-fininfo/finmaincontent.html

 

There are some things that are almost impossible to do natively in Finale. One of them is connecting beams across barlines. Fortunately Patterson’s Beam Over Barlines plug-in handles this beautifully and simply in a single operation. There’s a “Lite” version that comes with Finale so everyone has access to this wonderful plug-in. If you get the full Patterson Plug-in Suite, there’s a “pro” version of this plug-in (9:38) which gives you a little more control and a few more options to help customize your beams over barlines in specific circumstances.

Finale V26.3

 
Spotlight on Plug-ins #8
Rhythmic Subdivisions...

Finale's built-in Rhythmic Subdivisions… Plug-in will allow you to divide the rhythms within any selection into smaller rhythms. Great for string parts with constant driving 8th or 16th note passages, this plug-in allows you to simply enter the larger values of notes where the pitches change so you can avoid manually entering a million notes. There are some interesting and powerful options available within the plug-in and I’ll walk you through everything it has to offer and give you some practical uses for it.

Finale V26.3

 
Spotlight on Plug-ins #9
TGTools Easy Tremolos...

Download the TGTools Plug-ins here:

https://www.tgtools.com/index-en.htm

 

If you need to create piano-style tremolos, then TGTools Easy Tremolos… is the only way to go. It’s built into Finale, so if you own Finale, you own this plug-in. There are a few tricks to using the plug-in effectively so I’ll cover that as well as some neat tricks for actually editing them once they’ve been created (9:33). I will also cover the full, paid version from the TGTools plug-in suite which is simply called Tremolos… (11:56). With the pro version, you have a lot of control over many small details of how the tremolos get created.

Finale V26.3