Miscellaneous Utilities

The Miscellaneous Utilties started out as a single function to show Full Names of groups and staves on systems other than the first system. After Finale 2011 added this as a built-in feature, the utilites expanded to include other functions that addressed issues with names and groups. Starting with version 5.05 of the Patteron Plugins, the utilities have expanded further to include functions that streamline page layout and facilitate merging documents. For more on using these utilites to merge documents, see Strategies for Finale Merging Documents.

Change Lyric Number... changes the number of a verse, chorus, or section, preserving all syllable assignments and baseline settings.

Copy Page Layout... copies page layout from one file to another or one part of the piece to another.

Copy System Baselines... copies system baselines for lyrics, expressions, and/or chords from one file to another or one part of the piece to another.

Copy System Layout... replicates a particular staff system layout from a source system to a range of systems with the same document.

Delete Hidden V2 Notes deletes hidden notes in Voice 2 of every layer. The primary use case for it is removing playback notes that Human Playback sometimes leaves behind. Sequences of V2 notes launch from a particular note Voice 1. If any such sequence contains a note that is not hidden or a rest (hidden or not) this utility skips the entire sequence.

Fill 5-Beat Bars Crumb-Style implements a notation for 5-beat note values invented by the American composer George Crumb. These note values must fill the entire measure.

Force Full Names sets the "Show Full Staff & Group Names" option in Meaure Attributes for the starting measure of the system you select.

Group Copy Score To Part copies any groups in the score to the current linked part in view. It is not available in score view. When Finale creates a multistaff part, it does not add any groups to the part other than keyboard brackets. This plugin address that shortcoming. It only copies groups that are fully contained within staves of the part. Specific scenarios are replicating the groups for a chorus-piano reduction part or a multi-staff orchestral string part.

Group Join joins any group that starts in the selected region to its preceding group, provided that the preceding group ends in the immediately preceding bar and spans the same staves. It is particularly useful for undoing the effects of Group Split. Note that groups that are set up by the Score Manager as a multi-staff instrument are not affected.

Group Split splits a group at the beginning of the selected region. To be split, the group must exactly span the vertically selected staves in the current view. The original group is set to end at the measure preceding the selected region, and a new group is created that starts with the first measure of the selected region and continues through the original final bar of the original group. Note that groups that are set up by the Score Manager as a multi-staff instrument are not affected.

Groups Reset deletes all staff groups that start after the first bar and extends any that do start on the first bar to the end of the piece. It may be useful after using Score Merger. (Score Merger can make a mess of groups.)

Position Page-Oriented Expressions implements a scheme for movement titles and footnotes that appear on the correct pages of both score and parts.

Reset Abbreviated Group Name Fonts changes the first font of all abbreviated group names to match the corresponding settings in Document Options->Fonts. If the name contains font changes after the first, they are not changed.

Reset Abbreviated Staff Name Fonts changes the first font of all abbreviated staff names to match the corresponding settings in Document Options->Fonts. If the name contains font changes after the first, they are not changed. All names are searched, including those in instrument changes within a staff.

NOTE: Reset Abbreviated Staff Name Fonts may be particularly useful, because (as of Finale 25), neither the Setup Wizard nor the Score Manager honor the default font settings for abbreviated staff names. All abbreviated staff names appear instead with the default font settings for full names. This utility allows them to be corrected with one click.

Reset Full Group Name Fonts changes the first font of all full group names to match the corresponding settings in Document Options->Fonts. If the name contains font changes after the first, they are not changed.

Reset Full Staff Name Fonts changes the first font of all full staff names to match the corresponding settings in Document Options->Fonts. If the name contains font changes after the first, they are not changed. All names are searched, including those in instrument changes within a staff.

Set Def. Staff Name Horz. Pos. To Groups works around a specific bug in versions of Finale before 2014.5. In those versions, running any plugin on a part would cause the default horizontal staff name positioning to be trashed for the entire score. Once trashed, it stays trashed even if you open the file in a later version. This utility restores the positioning by setting it to match the horizontal positioning of default group names. Staff names with manual positioning are not affected.

Staff System Layout: Cache copies the current staff system layout to a cache in memory. It addresses two issues. The first is that Finale adds new instruments to every system on every page, whether you want it to or not. The second is that it is easy to accidentally drag a staff for all systems instead of one, messing up all your work on prior pages. Run this to checkpoint your staff layout before adding instruments or periodically when working on page layout. Then you can use the Restore option to restore your layout to the cached state, which recovers from either scenario. The plugin maintains a separate cache per part or score of each open document.

Staff System Layout: Restore reverts the system layout for the current window to its cached state. If there is no cache for the current window, the Restore utility is grayed out.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions about the operation of the miscellaneous utilities, please feel free to contact me.

All of these options are bundled in a plugin file named "Force Full Names.bundle" (Mac) or "FullName.fxt" (Win).