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In Finale Print Music I have many separate PDF documents

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In Finale Print Music I have many separate PDF documents which constitute the songs of an original musical. I need to be able to easily create one document that is a FULL SCORE
of the musical. What is the best way to create a FULL SCORE from all these separate files?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Randy Computer Tech replied 11 months ago.

Finale allows you to copy and paste or insert across documents just as you would copy within the same document. (See To copy and paste using the clipboard). You could use these methods to merge two or more documents manually. However, if you would like to combine two or more separate files, such as several movements of a piece into a single document, there are many additional considerations beyond the musical elements that can be copied including measure numbers, staff settings, Score Lists, pagination, and more.

Finale includes a tool called Score Merger specifically designed to allow you to combine several files into one automatically.

To combine files with Score Merger

Note. Score Merger also allows you to merge files vertically. To combine several parts into a conductors score, see To merge part files into a score with Score Merger.

  1. Choose File >Score Merger. The Score Merger dialog box appears. See Score Merger dialog box.
  2. Click Add Files. Navigate to the files you would like to merge.
  3. Select the files you would like to merge and clickChoose. Hold downCOMMAND and click to select multiple files. The files appear in the Score Merger list box alphabetically. Select a file and use the Move Up andMove Down buttons if you need to change the order.
  4. Ensure the Merge These Files Into One File radio button is selected. The subsequent check boxes allow you to append the merged files to the current open document, specify measure numbering, and customize how the staff merging is handled. If you check Edit Instrument Junction Between Files, you will be prompted to review and/or edit the way Score Merger deals with instrument staves individually. See Instrument Junction dialog box for details.
  5. Click Merge. Finale prompts you to choose a location for the merged file.
  6. Select a destination for the merged file and click Save. Score Merger processes the files based on your settings. If Edit Instrument Junction Between Fileswas checked, you are prompted with the instrument merging details for each file as it is merged. Make any desired changes and click Continue. When the merge is complete, the Score Merger Report appears with an overview of the results as shown below.

 

  1. Click Close. The Score Merger Report closes and the merged document appears in the active window ready for your review.

There are a few more details to bear in mind while merging files with Score Merger:

  • To insert the merged material at a selected region, the region must begin at beat one.
  • If the selection is at the beginning of a staff system, that system and the subsequent one will appear after the inserted files after the merge, starting on a new page. (Page text and graphics remain attached to the initial page of the inserted files).
  • If the selection in the middle of a staff system, the system will be be split up, one piece before the inserted files, and the other after. Each piece is locked automatically.
  • Since there can only be one definition for entries/text inserts in File Info(ScoreManager), Score Merger resolves conflicts by retaining all File Info from the first merged file. Text inserts such as Title, Composer, and Copyright that conflict with those in the first file are automatically converted to regular text blocks upon merge. For example, if the title of file 1 is "Movement 1” and the title of file 2 is “Movement 2,” "Movement 1" is used for the Title insert in the merged file, and "Movement 2" is automatically converted to a regular text block. (If an insert is the same text in all the merged files, Score Merger retains the insert without changing any to regular text.) Score Merger uses the first file in the merge as a "template" for the rest of the document. In other words, other document-specific settings are automatically set to the first file in the merger. SeeDocument Settings and Program Settings.for a list of document-specific settings.
  • Expect to make some adjustments to the page layout and other properties after merging files using Score Merger. See Page layout.
Expert:  Randy Computer Tech replied 11 months ago.

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