The Smart Shape Editor allows you precisely to edit the
start- and end-point assignments of beat-attached Smart Shapes. You can
edit both their metric (beat) positions and their horizontal and
vertical offset values. Note that because some types of smart shapes
restrict the value of the end-point's vertical offset, this plugin does
not allow the user directly to change its value relative to the
start-point's vertical offset. However, any smart shape can be made
horizontal by use of the Make
To use the plugin, select a region within one or more measures covering one or more staves and invoke the plugin. The Smart Shape Assigment Editor dialog box appears.
Shapes Selected: <List of Shapes>. Displays a list of
every beat-attached smart shape fully contained within the selected
Apply Beat Position and Horizontal Offset Settings to All In List.
Allows you to vertically align all the Shapes Selected without having
to enter the same values for each one. Checking this option also
changes the Make Horizontal
button to Make All Horizontal.
See the Recommendations for why
you might use this instead of Finale's Align Vertically function.
Start Point/End Point
Displays the measure of the assignment. This cannot be changed. Use
Finale's built-in editing features to assign the shape to a different
<Beat/EDU> [Value]. Similar
to Finale's Select Region and Mid-Measure Clef dialog boxes, the popup
allows you to specify the metrical assignment of the shape using either
beat position or EDU value. The value itself is the beat or edu offset
of the assigment, and it can be any fraction of a beat. (It is not
limited to the even-beat anchor locations that Finale's user-interface
allows.) Note that this value cannot be unlinked. Any change will be
reflected in all relevant parts and in the score.
Horizontal Offset. Specifies the
horizontal EVPU (or other Measurement Units) offset from the metrical
position. The concept is the same as for mid-measure clef assignments
and expression assigments. This value can be unlinked, and if you apply
it while viewing a part it will be unlinked from the score and any
other parts that might contain the staff.
Vertical Offset. Specifies the vertical offset from the Staff Reference Line in EVPU or other Measurement Units. The user can only change the value of the start-point. The plugin automatically adjusts the end-point value to maintain the same relative difference in value between start- and end-point. This value can be unlinked, and if you apply it while viewing a part it will be unlinked from the score and any other parts that might contain the staff.
Apply. Applies all specified changes to the smart shapes (and
redraws the screen) without closing the dialog.
Make Horizontal/Make All Horizontal. Sets the value of the end-point's vertical offset equal to the start-point's vertical offset. If Apply Beat Position and Horizontal Offset Settings to All In List is checked, this button changes every shape in the list. If you apply the button while viewing a part the changes will be unlinked from the score and any other parts that might contain the staff.
Much as the Expression Assignment dialog is useful for precision-editing expression assignments, this plugin is useful for precision-editing the assignment of any beat-attached smart shape. However, it may be particularly useful for beat-attached Slurs and Dotted Slurs, since the beat-attached user-interface has not been implemented for them (as of Finale 2014d). But this difference is only skin-deep, and under the covers Finale treats them like any other smart shape.
A reason you might choose to use Apply Beat Position and Horizontal Offset Settings to All In List rather than Finale's Vertically Align feature is that the plugin offers precise control over aligning both metric and spacial offsets. The Make All Horizontal button can also make the shapes all horizontal at once, without changing their horizontal position within the measure.
The Smart Shape Editor is available and useful within Finale 2012. However, because Finale 2012 does not have the beat-attached user-interface, the plugin must be used with care. Issues to consider are:
If you have questions, comments, or suggestions about the operation of Smart Shape Editor, please feel free to contact me.