64-bit Mac Plug-ins (Finale 25+)

Mac plug-ins for 64-bit Finale (Finale 25 and above).


To install a plug-in on the Mac:

  1. Find out where your plug-ins folder is located in Finale 25 (or later) by looking in the Preferences dialog at the Folders page in Finale.
  2. Put the plug-in bundle in that folder (or in a subfolder if you want it in a submenu to the Plug-ins menu). Please note that on recent Mac OS, the plug-ins folder is hidden by default (you need to reveal it).
  3. Restart Finale


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JW Staff Set Panel, v1.02

For Finale 25 or later. This plug-in can create and display staff sets in a list and navigate between the staff sets. Navigation to a staff set can be made in Page View as well. Furthermore, each staff can be named and the staff set names are saved with the document (a category named JW Plug-in Data must exist in the document for this purpose).

When a staff set is created, it inherits the relative vertical staff positions from the selection.

This plug-in also supports windowshade, a feature which can be turned on by using the JW Plug-in Tool plug-in.

JW Note Spacing, v1.02

For Finale 25 and above. This plug-in contains 9 different note spacing styles that can be applied easily to a region in the document, through a modeless window interface. A feature to set the selected mode as the default for the document is also available.


JW Meter and Rhythm, v1.14

For Finale 25 and above. It includes these tasks:

  • Transform meter (including metronome marks) to a larger/smaller meter
  • Transform between triplet and compound meters (including metronome marks)
  • Transform between compound and non-compound meters
  • Create time signatures based on the contents
  • Create cadenza measures/passages based on the contents
  • Unhide the cadenza measure time sigs/barlines
  • Create time signatures based on the contents, but keep the displayed time signature
  • Expand/shrink the contents of the measure to cover the time signature
  • Create or remove swing notation rhythms
  • Create/sharpen/flatten/remove dotted rhythms
  • Transform/merge/split rests rhythms
  • Merge measures
  • Merge/split tuplets
  • Merge tuplet rests
  • Create a series of time signatures based on textual information

A demonstration video of most of the features is available at:

JW Measure Numbers, v1.06

For Finale 25 and later versions. This is a plug-in for manipulation/editing of measure number regions and measure numbers. It has the following features:

  • Create - Creates a new measure number region that covers the current selection, and splits the underlying region into adjacent regions.
  • Join Adjacent Regions - Joins adjacent measure number regions within the selection into one long region. The settings for the earliest region will be used.
  • Inherit Adjacent Region Settings - Copies the visual appearance and positioning from the adjacent region. The earliest region's settings will be used. Useful for exampe if one visual change in one region should be transferred to other regions.
  • Delete - Deletes measure number regions that start and end within the current selection. Measure number regions that span the whole document are not affected.
  • Cover Holes - Covers measures that lacks measure numbering by extending a previous measure number region.
  • Select Previous/Next - Selects the previous/next measure number region in the document.
  • Offset Numbering - Changes the relative numbering of the regions that are fully covered by the selection. The value can be both negative and positive.
  • Offset Location - Moves the regions location relatively in the document by a measure offset. Regions that are fully covered by the selection are moved.
  • Remove Manual Positioning - Resets manually positioned measure numbers in the selection to their default positions.
  • Reset Defaults - Deletes all manual edits (forced to be shown/hidden or repositioned) in the selection, to revert to the defaults.
  • Align Manual Edits - Top (or Bottom) - Aligns all manual edits in the selection to the highest (or lowest) position found. Each measure number region is treated independently.
  • Align All Numbers - Top (or Bottom) - Aligns all numbers in the selection to the highest (or lowest) position found. Each measure number region is treated independently.
  • Numbering Style - Changes the numbering style for the measure number region(s) that are fully covered by the selection.
  • Prefix/Suffix - Changes the prefix and suffix text for the measure number region(s) that are fully covered by the selection.
  • Font Size - Sets the font size (in points) in the region(s) that are fully covered by the selection.
  • Relative Font Size - Changes the font size relatively to the current size for measure number regions that are fully covered by the selection.
  • Font Style - Changes the font style for measure number regions that fully are covered by the selection.
  • Use Document Options's Font - Copies the current default font for Measure Numbers to the score (or parts) panel of the region.
  • Count Regions - Reports the number of measure number regions that fully or partially covers the selected measures.
  • Find Hole - Reports the number of measures in the selection that aren't covered by a measure number region.
  • Find Overlap - Reports the number of measures in the selection that are covered by more than one measure number region at the same time.



For Finale 25 and later. This plug-in is for documents that use live performance data (if the document is using Human Playback, you need to set "HP (Incorporate Data)" in the Human Playback Preferences). It syncs the live performance data between staves in the document, so instrument in other staves can follow a performance by another instrument. Start time, end time and velocity for the notes are affected.

Mark the target region where you want to sync the live performance data. Mark the source staff for the groove (to sync to) in the plug-in window. The source staff can be a part of the destination region.

Start time and velocity will be adjusted if source and target notes start at the same position in the notated music. End time will be adjusted if the source and target notes start at the same position, and have the same duration in the notated music.

JW Instrument Change, v1.05

This plug-in will only work with Finale 25 or later. It maintains text instructions (as text expressions) at Finale 2012 Instrument Changes for the selected region. The positioning and look of the expressions are handled by the selected category, and the plug-in is smart enough to move/remove instructions if the instrument changes moves/disappears. Generally, it should be safe to apply this plug-in on the whole document to keep the instrument changes visually updated.

The plug-in automatically sets the "break multi-measure rest" option in the expressions.

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JW Grace Note Slash, v1.03

(Requires Finale 25 or later.) This plug-in adds or updates grace note slashes on beamed groups, taking the angle of the beam into account. It follow the same rules for adding slashes as flagged grace notes do. If you change grace note document options or the appearance of a beamed grace note group, please run the plug-in again to update the slashes.

If no slash appears, make sure that either the first entry in a beamed grace note pattern is set to use a slashed grace note, or use the "Always slash flagged grace notes" Document Option.

The slashes are added to the document as shape articulations. The shape articulation definitions are reused if possible.

JW Expand Region, v2.02

For Finale 25 and later, and OS X 10.7 and later.

New in version 2:

  • Modeless dialog window user interface (you can have the plug-in window open while you work with the document)
  • Expand to key signature change option
  • Expand to time signature change option
  • Expand to Start/End of document option
  • Expand to measure number region start/end option
  • Expand to system boundaries option
  • Expand to page boundaries option
  • Expand to Rehearsal Marks boundaries option
  • Beeps when no expansion is possible
  • Support for double barline separately
  • Support for final barline separately


JW Copy Part Layout v1.04

A plug-in for Finale 25 or later. Also requires OS X 10.7 or later. The plug-in copies a page layout from a source part to the currently displayed part, through an easy-to-use user interface. The measure layout for each system gets locked, so the layout will remain the same in source and destination. It will check that measures are empty before parts with multi-measure rests are copied.

The window (where the source part is selected) is modeless, so it can be open while moving between different parts (or documents).

The following are copied from the source part:

  • Page settings (size/margin/etc)
  • Staff system settings (size/distance between/page breaks/etc)
  • Measure with (+additional space before/after measure)
  • Multimeasure rests


JW Change Pitches v1.08

For Finale 25 and later versions, and OS X version 10.7 or later. A plug-in that changes all notes of one pitch within the region to another pitch. Useful for example for correcting enharmonic spellings in a region, swap note pitch patterns or change tonality. The window is modeless, so it can be opened while the document is edited.

The top part of the window is a simple one-note pitch change utility. The bottom part of the window contains a multi-pitch part that can be used for more complex pitch replacements. If the Respace option is set, note spacing is applied to the region after the pitch replacements.

JW Category Sorter v1.01

Sorts the custom categories alphabetically for the document. (Current limitation is that it can't sort Score Lists - these need to be reattached after the sort.) For Finale 25 and later.

For Finale 25 and above. Requires OS X 10.7 or later. This plug-in helps to find and correct cautionary accidentals in the document. It works differently than other cautionary accidentals solutions for music notation software, since it first provides a list with suggested accidental changes. In the next step, the user confirms which of the changes that should be made.

JW Accidentals contains numerous options to fine-tune the processing, handled through Setting Profiles.

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