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4.12 Working with Finale® and other scorewriters or programs.


SmartScore full version works seamlessly with MakeMusic’s® Finale® program. If you already own a version of Finale or Print Music with SmartScore Lite, SmartScore can be made to launch automatically when “Music Scanning” is launched in Finale...

To replace SmartScore Lite with SmartScore full in Finale:

• In SmartScore, open Edit > Program Preferences. In the User Interface tab, place a check in the “Integrate with Finale” option. Push OK to apply.


FIGURE 4 - 30: Program Preferences > User Interface

Always edit your music in SmartScore before bringing it into Finale. You will loose a lot less in the translation. You may find it more convenient to work entirely in SmartScore

(e.g. transposition, playback and printing) or you may decide at some point to bring the SmartScore file into Finale.

To launch Finale and import the current SmartScore file,


Push the “Save as XML and open in Finale” button in the lower Toolbar. The cur- rent ENF file will be saved as an XML file. Finale is then launched (provided it is installed) and the SmartScore file will import as a MusicXML file.

4.12.1 Converting SmartScore files to other file types

To save SmartScore files in one of several different file formats...

In the File > Save As (File type/Format) pull-down menu, choose one of the following formats to save the ENF score to:


MusicXML (.XML) MusicXML has quickly become the most widely used file format for the exchange of music notation files between scorewriters. Most well- known notation scorewriting programs now support importing and exporting MusicXML files including Sibelius®, Finale®, Notion®, Personal Composer® and others.

MIDI files (.MID) will import playback data into most other music software programs with no page formatting. All graphical information about note position, stem direction, voices, etc. are lost. MIDI is to music what ASCII is to text.

4.12.2 Copying a SmartScore page for pasting into other programs

To copy and paste a region or page into another application (e.g. Microsoft™ Word®, Adobe™ Photoshop®, e-mail programs, etc.),

To copy a full page:

a. Ctrl + A / Cmnd + C (Select All) then Ctrl + C / Cmnd + C (Copy).

b. Open 3rd-party application, position cursor and Ctrl + V/Cmnd+ V (Paste).

To copy a region of a page

a. Press the “O” key to activate the Select tool.

b. Right click (option + click for Mac) and drag to select a region in an ENF page that you wish to copy to the clipboard.

c. Select Edit > Copy (Ctrl +C / Cmnd+C) to copy selected (highlighted) region to the clipboard as a bitmap image.

d. Open application that supports bitmap graphics and select Paste.


TIP:Use this feature to take “snapshots” of musical snippets and Paste into word pro- cessors or other non-music programs.