Using Toccata and Fughetta with Very Old Finale Versions

If you have a version of Finale earlier than 3.5, you really should upgrade. However, if you can't, you will want to use Fughetta as your default font. To do this, go to the Options menu and choose Data Check, select "Switch Default Font", and click "Do Selected Action". Set the default font to 24-pt Fughetta. Then choose "Select Default Fonts" from the Options menu. In the pop-up menu at the bottom of the dialog, you can select the font for Music, Clef, Key, and Time (among other things). You should now find that these are set to Fughetta as the default font. The default font is recognizable in Macintosh by being the first font in the list, out of order alphabetically; make sure you select this appearance of "Fughetta" and not the other one farther down in the list. In Windows, there is nothing special to distinguish it. If you find that stem connections look peculiar after doing this, you may not have done the steps in the correct order.

After changing the default font, you may find that expressions and articulations are jumbled. This is because the existing expressions and articulations libraries in Finale are set to use the default font, which in old versions of Finale is Petrucci. Changing the default font to Fughetta changes all the libraries to Fughetta as well, with unattractive results. The complete package contains special libraries containing all the usual Petrucci symbols with their font set specifically to Petrucci. You can also edit your libraries yourself and change the fonts from the default font to Petrucci. Note that the latter is unavoidable if you intend to apply the Fughetta font as default to a file already containing articulations and expressions.

Windows users sometimes find that music elements are displayed in Symbol, WingDings, or other fonts when they change Finale's default font. To avoid this, you may need to remove the conflicting fonts from your Windows system.

Because changing the default font in a Finale document can sometimes be difficult to undo, it is recommended that you experiment with new files, or backup copies of existing files, until you are comfortable with the configuration.

Fughetta contains a great many alternative notehead shapes. Most of these will require adjustments to their stem connections. To adjust the stem connections for a notehead, choose "Stem Connections" from the Options menu, select the desired symbol from the Fughetta font, and enter the necessary offsets. Prior to version 3.5, a Finale file could hold only 32 stem connection settings at a time, but one will rarely need more alternative noteheads than that in a single piece.

Articulations and expressions can be created easily by selecting characters from Toccata, Fughetta, or Petrucci. Registered owners will not need to do much to create articulation libraries for Toccata, as library files are included with the full package. Auto-positionings have been carefully designed for most of the Toccata articulations.

Note: I have noticed a peculiar behavior in some versions of FinMac 3.x when using articulation metatools. An articulation does not display correctly in magnified views if you insert it with a metatool immediately after setting it. (It displays at 100% instead of at the magnified size.) All you need do is redraw the screen and it will display correctly, as will all subsequent insertions of the same articulation.

CHANGES IN VERSION 1.1 (released 1996):