From the Author of Finale 2008 A Trailblazer Guide TM: Finale 2014 - A Trailblazer Guide TM
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Revised and updated for Finale 2014, this guide offers clear, step-by-step methods for creating beautiful scores with ease.

Master the essentials

Learn to take advantage of Finale's incredible power by focusing on the tools you need and ignoring the ones you don't. This guide cuts through the complexity and offers clear, step-by-step methods for creating beautiful scores with ease.

Increase productivity

Readers will find a concise overview of Finale's framework followed by a guide to the everyday tricks and shortcuts that make using Finale a breeze.

Learn from an expert

Author Mark Johnson draws from his many years of experience working with composers, educators, engravers and students, giving you the expert guidance you need to get the very most out of Finale.

In Finale 2014: A Trailblazer Guide, you will learn all about the latest Finale features including how to:

  • Take advantage of Finale 2014's interface improvements
  • Get great-sounding scores with minimal effort using the latest audio features and Garritan sounds
  • Work with Finale's new beat-attached hairpins and other Smart Shapes
  • Get up-to-speed with Finale's layer improvements, including consolidated rests and better accidental handling
  • Configure percussion notation entry and playback
  • Learn how to easily produce keyless scores, for both atonal music and studio parts
  • Make your parts even more beautiful with enhanced linked parts handling
  • Integrate Finale into your lifestyle with exciting new technologies like Finale SongBook
  • Benefit from Finale's new XML-based, backward- and forward-compatible file format


You will also learn about features from other recent versions
including how to:

  • Make the most of Finale 2012’s sleek new ScoreManager™
  • Tweak your system spacing and page layout for a clean, professional look
  • Easily apply and manage mid-score instrument changes
  • Use the Finale Numerics font to easily produce harmonic analysis and figured bass
  • Expand your notation potential with Unicode font support
  • Take advantage of new time-saving keyboard shortcuts
  • Take advantage of Finale’s staff layout and editing options
  • Quickly and easily do all the things that once required “optimization”
  • Enter lyrics using Finale’s lyric entry features
  • Learn about Finale’s improved percussion features
  • Get the most out of the latest scanning technology
  • Use expression categories
  • Assign expressions quickly
  • Easily create tempo markings
  • Assign and use metatools with blazing speed
  • Work with FinaleScript 2.0

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