Perfect Layout v2.x and Finale® 27 Compatibility
Perfect Layout works in Finale® 27
and is also automatically installed.
So far we didn't notice any incompatibilities
when running the plug-in on pre-27 Finale files or on files that were imported through MusicXML into Finale 27 and that use the new Finale 27 SMuFl format.
Finale's new SMuFl fonts
are supported by Perfect Layout starting with v2.4.
Perfect Layout versions before v2.4 work in Finale 27, but only on the old standard fonts (not on the new SMuFl template).
macOS: Finale 27.2 on M1 processors
Perfect Layout v1.x/2.x
can only run in the Finale plug-in JW Lua which is not compatible with native code/M1. It only runs in Rosetta mode.
Perfect Layout v3.0029+
also works in the new RGP Lua (v0.64) which supports native code on M1, but requires manual installation.
Perfect Layout v3.0071+
also comes with an automatic RGP Lua installer.
RGP Lua is the successor of JW Lua, developed by the Finale plug-in developer Robert G. Patterson.
We will support RGP Lua more in future updates as it also offers many other improvements over JW Lua.
Note: RGP Lua only works in 64bit versions of Finale (v25+).
For using Perfect Layout in the old Finale 32bit versions (2014/2014.5), you must still use JW Lua.
Currently JW Lua is automatically installed with Perfect Layout v2 and always in Finale 2014/2014.5.
RGP Lua is installed with PL v3.
Installation of Perfect Layout in Finale 27
As with every Finale installation that you add to your system, you have to re-install Perfect Layout
, so that it also installs into the Finale 27 setup.
Note: If Perfect Layout was already installed in Finale 26 (or earlier), it is NOT automatically copied into Finale 27 when Finale 27 is installed. You MUST run the Perfect Layout installer after you have installed Finale 27.
Just re-run the latest installer.
You must uninstall the current installation using the maintenancetool.exe in c:\program files (x86)\elbsound.studio\perfect layout.
Select "Remove Components" ->"Next"->"Uninstall".
Then run the latest installer again.
Installation Issues with Perfect Layout and Finale 27
More info on installation issues with Perfect Layout and Finale 27 can be found in our FAQ.
: Perfect Layout: I can't start the plug-in in macOS Ventura
anymore. When I click it, nothing happens.
: Finale 27.2/macOS/M1/JW Lua: The menu entry for Elbsound plug-ins in Finale is empty.
: Perfect Layout v3.0065+: The menu entry for Elbsound plug-ins in Finale is empty.
: My Perfect Layout installation does not work in Finale 27.
The SMuFl .json files
The .json files are something similar to Finale's old font annotation files. These files are currently not parsed yet by Perfect Layout.
So far we have found no urgent need to do this. But if you manually change these .json files (which not really makes sense...), Perfect Layout won't notice it.
We will try to add .json support in a future update.
Elbsound Music Fonts Package and Finale 27
MakeMusic unfortunately still hasn't fixed the very old font bug that the symbol slots 128 to 159 are not available on macOS on hybrid SMuFl fonts like November2 or the Elbsound fonts.