New Features in Finale

create your way

Finale has always been known as the notation software that can create anything. Today’s Finale automates many tasks, saving you time, while ensuring you retain all of the flexibility Finale is known for.

Now you can create the music of your imagination, with no compromises, more quickly than ever before. Take control of your music, your creative process, and your legacy.


auto-stacking articulations

When you add more than one articulation to a note, they now stack automatically – and intelligently – eliminating the need for manual edits.

slur/articulation interaction

As you add or adjust slurs, existing articulations will automatically adjust to avoid collisions. Finale knows what articulations should go inside and outside a slur, and will also split up stacked articulations so that everything fits.

instant tremolos and rolls

When placing a tremolo or roll on a note, Finale adjusts the note’s stem as necessary, whether the note is flagged, unflagged, or part of a beamed group. Enjoy engraver-quality results without the fuss.

horizontal centering

Finale version 26 allows you to flip articulations from note side to stem side with a keystroke. It also knows when to center an articulation on the stem or the note, and does so as you make changes.

new expressions and articulations

Finale’s expression and articulation libraries have been overhauled, expanded, and refined for playback. Not only do they look better, you save time by not having to create or configure them.

enhanced chords

Musicians often disagree on chord suffixes. Whether you prefer one-, two-, or three-letter suffixes, Finale now recognizes your favorites as you type them, and sets them up to look and sound great.


Finale v26 also includes performance enhancements, improved Retina support, bug fixes, many new templates, and more. All the latest features and updates can be viewed in Finale’s online user manual.

system requirements

previous versions

With every upgrade Finale accumulates additional benefits like features, fixes, sounds, and more. If you haven’t upgraded in a while, you’ll enjoy all the latest additions plus the benefits from every intervening version. Highlights include:

Finale v25

  • Rewritten to offer full 64-bit support, Finale can make the most of your computer and the latest operating systems.
  • When entering notes into transposing staves, the new Finale plays the correctly transposed pitch both upon entry and playback.
  • ReWire support facilitates synchronized playback with digital audio software including Digital Performer, ProTools, and Logic.
  • Easily create tall time signatures, which greatly aid in score readability.
  • Plus: backward and forward file compatibility, expanded MusicXML import/export, immediate Human Playback response, a new ARIA player that simplifies the selection of instruments and reverbs, new visual results including contoured dashed slurs, and more.


  • Improved accidentals and rests ensure you effortlessly create perfect notation, particularly in music with more than one voice or layer.
  • Keyless scores, while possible in previous versions, are now one-click easy.
  • Beat-attached SmartShapes – including hairpins, trills, and others – are easily assigned, both in terms of appearance and playback.
  • Plus: expanded linked parts, percussion enhancements, a clean new look, and many core improvements including a new audio engine.


  • The Score Manager lets you quickly change staff name, transposition, clef, playback, and more – all in one convenient place.
  • Unicode text support gives you access to ALL the characters in any font and makes it possible to communicate in more languages.
  • New music fonts are added, including an improved handwritten font (Finale Copyist), and a harmonic analysis font (Finale Numerics).
  • Plus: a new Space Systems feature, PDF import/export, expanded file-sharing capabilities, and more.


  • Staff layout capabilities make it simple and intuitive to hide, move, and edit staves, groups, and brackets. Now you can work in any order you wish, change your mind whenever you want, and never lose a note.
  • New music fonts are added, including Finale AlphaNotes (the music education font that places note names in noteheads) as well as Finale Percussion and Finale Mallets.
  • Lyrics now look perfect, instantly, on-screen and in print.
  • Plus: instant capo chords, expanded percussion playback, and more.