Overview: Perfect Layout, v2.5, macOS/Windows

Perfect Layout v2.5 includes 31 new features, improvements and fixes.
v2.x customers and customers who bought the full version of Perfect Layout v1.x after the 27th of March 2020 are eligible for a free update. For all other users the update is available through our online shop.
Please read our FAQ on how to install the update, especially on Windows.

For Perfect Layout PDF Examples click here

Perfect Layout now has user dialogs in English, German, French, Polish and Italian.
A Spanish and Japanese version are also included, but still in beta state.

In the last month we have also updated all 25 Perfect Layout videos:
Video: Three real-time demos of the Perfect Layout plug-in in action

List of Improvements

New features:
-Open glissandi (without end notes) on harp or other two staff groups are now incorporated in vertical staff spacing

-Improved processing speed on huge scores (> 1500 measures)
-If the new Finale 27 SMuFl fonts were accidentally added to MacSymbolFonts.txt, then an error message is issued.
-Improved vertical staff spacing on "hidden" staves that only include smartshapes or texts, but no notes, stafflines and barlines.
-Improved handling of falsy smartshapes on 1-line staves that are assigned to the identical measure position at the end of the previous measure, but visible in the next measure.
-Improved articulation placement in some multi-voice/multi-layer scenarios where the "Freeze Stem" flag is activated
-Detection of "Fake Multi-Voice Scenarios" where multiple note entry layers are used, but no overlapping notes occur, because of hidden entries. If detected, then the articulation placement will be corrected as though it were be no multi-voice/layer setup.
-Measure numbers at start of system below staff on the top staff in a full orchestra score (not recommended) are not moved above staff anymore if "Extra Offset for Curved Group Brackets" is activated.
-Added new fonts to the list of known music fonts (GrooveMM,TheCopyistMM,RhapsodyMM)
-Tempo/rehearsal expressions are not moved anymore above measure numbers that are far above the staff.
-If the top staff of a system in multi-staff score is empty and the second one isn't, then it will get an improved vertical distance in some cases (slightly larger than before).
-Dynamics between connected hairpins on whole notes on beat 4 (from 4) are not shifted to the very end of the measure anymore
-Expressions that are visible above "two staff groups" (e.g. piano), but are assigned to bottom staff, are now re-assigned to the top staff
-macOS: Installer issues a warning message for the Japanese version of Finale 26/27 if it uses the Katakana plug-in folder which has to be renamed for JW Lua.
-Improved vertical staff spacing on staves with hidden (cue) notes with lyrics
-Improved dynamics placement on very low notes if the previous note was a stem-down grace note below the staff.
-Improved vertical staff spacing if a staff in a system is nearly empty and has no elements below the bottom staff line
-Improved hairpin/dynamics placement if the start-/endpoints of the hairpin are connected to the same measure position (one more scenario to the known scenarios added)
-macOS: Node.js updated to v14.16.1 (same version as on Windows).
-If the measure number at start of system distance is set to "Keep as it is", then the "Extra Offset For Curved Group Brackets" is now automatically calculated according to the actual measure number position (and not a fixed vertical offset anymore).
-Improved French and Spanish translation and Spanish user dialog
-Improved PDF manual
-More preview images
-Improved algorithm for detecting empty staves if not all staff attributes are set to "Hidden"

-When cue lyrics were hidden through a staff style in the score, then in some cases they would still be included in the vertical staff layout optimization. Fixed now.
-If a dynamic was attached twice to the identical position (once to "All Layers", once to a hidden layer), then in rare cases Perfect Layout would take these two dynamics as one dynamic and keep only the hidden dynamic. Fixed now.
-In some cases enclosed measure numbers at system start where slightly moved to the right in the score. Fixed now.
-In rare cases an error message could occur on dynamics in measures without notes. Fixed now.
-On extracted parts in rare cases the last system was moved to an extra page (instead of staying on the last page), because of a rounding error. Fixed now.
-The arpeggio symbol 0xf700 in the new Finale SMuFl fonts is now detected correctly
-In very rare cases the dedicated cue lyrics layer was detected falsely. Fixed now.

System requirements:

  • Finale® 2014, 2014.5, v25, v26, v27 for 64bit Windows 7, 8, 10 or MacOS (tested in 10.13 - 10.15 and 11.0/Intel, according to some users also working in 10.11/10.12)
  • Minimum 4 GB RAM, for huge orchestra scores exceeding about 20.000 frame assignments 8-12 GB RAM and Finale® v25, v26 or v27 are required, otherwise the plug-in may run out of memory.
  • About 125 MB of free hard drive space, plus space for the font annotation files dependent on the number of fonts that are installed
  • For the installation/(de-)activation you need a user with administration rights
  • Internet connection during the installation and update process, and an email address to receive the activation code or an installed email program to request the activation code.
  • MacOS only: the MacOS version also requires an internet connection during the processing of the plug-in
  • MacOS only: You need to give system permission to use the Terminal app and System Events for displaying the plug-in's progress bar (optional)
  • Windows only: Powershell must be installed (it is installed by default on Windows unless the user has removed it manually)
  • The faster the processor speed, the faster the plug-in (see this comparison). The plug-in is single-threaded, so multiple cores do not speed up the processing.
  • Data Privacy: For the activation and license validation of the software some data will be stored on our servers. For more info read Data Privacy at Elbsound.studio and the EULA