Just got an iMac - help!

After much deliberating, I've decided to return to the Mac side of things.  Here's the new stats:

iMac 20";
intel core 2 duo 2.16GHz
2GB memory
USB MIDI interface
Finale 2007
VDL:2

Okay, having been a PC guy for the past 10 years, I'm just going back to Mac; my first since System 7 and Finale 3 (it's been a long while!).

I've installed VDL2 and Finale, and am trying to choose VDL2 as an AU plugin (VST in my former life).  I've followed the quick setup in the VDL2 box and can't get anything in the pulldown except the GPO that Finale uses.  I've tried several times to install just the Audio Units wit hthe VDL2 install CD.

What simple task am I overlooking?!

Thanks!

Steve
Thanks for all the suggestions.  I'll give them a try.  I do remember having the same word extensions problem on a much older version of Finale.  Hopefully these will help things.
[quote]On my PC, to play back music without using playback controls, I could just <spacebar-click> in any measure.�� Can't do it on my Mac.�� Is there an equivalent?[/quote]

Go to the HELP MENU -->KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS.�� This will open the Help documentation and you can click on PLAYBACK and it will give you all the shortcuts for that ";tool";.  I have been working with 2008 a lot lately and do not have my Macintosh here with 2007, but I believe it is OPTION-SPACE click.

[quote]On my PC, writing in stickings went fast.�� On my Mac, it can't keep up with me - my last Mac 10 years ago was like that, but I can't imagine this new machine would have the same problem.[/quote]

Try going to the FINALE MENU -->PROGRAM OPTIONS -->VIEW.�� Change UPDATE AUTOMATICALLY to UPDATE MANUALLY for SmartHyphens and WordExtensions.�� This might help it go faster.�� I am assuming that you are meaning that when you go to the Lyrics Tool and type the lyrics they are behind you?

[quote]In a pretty thick score, when I add a measure expression, it jumps when I try to move it.�� It's got some serious lag time.[/quote]

I would try going to the DOCUMENT MENU -->DATA CHECK -->FILE MAINTENANCE and run that and remove any deleted items from the ";cache"; of the file.�� If it still happens try going to the FILE-->LOAD LIBRARY and load the DOCUMENT OPTIONS library to update the file (this is good when working with older files).�� Oon Macintosh Finale 2007 you will have to do the following (since there was an issue with the versin that got installed with 2007:

DOCUMENT OPTIONS LIBRARY FINALE 2007

There is a known issue with the Document Options Library that comes installed with Finale 2007 on Macintosh.�� To work around this temporarily you will want to do the following:

Open a blank Default Document
Go to the File Menu -->Save Library
Check all items in this window
Save this as ���Document Options 2�۝
This should direct you to save it into the Library Folder of Finale 2007
Go to your other document with all the music and go to File Menu -->Load Library
Load the Document Options 2 library that you just created

You have now successfully loaded the Document Options Library.

[quote]Anyone have any suggestions to tweak things to avoid some of these speed issues?[/quote]�� A lot of the time when you turn that Program Option off that I stated earlier this will increase your speed.�� Sometimes an older file with duplicated items can severely slow a file down, which is why I suggested maybe trying the File Maintenance.

I would say if none of these help, you may want to submit a case to Finale at http://support.makemusic.com.�� There they can look at your file and see what else might help.


You all are waayy too nice on this board.  That'll cost you more questions :)

But sine these are pretty OT (Finale stuff), feel free to disregard them if you'd like.  They are about the diff between PC and Mac.  (Hopefully I'll have better luck here than on other forums...)

On my PC, to play back music without using playback controls, I could just <spacebar-click> in any measure.  Can't do it on my Mac.  Is there an equivalent?

On my PC, writing in stickings went fast.  On my Mac, it can't keep up with me - my last Mac 10 years ago was like that, but I can't imagine this new machine would have the same problem.

In a pretty thick score, when I add a measure expression, it jumps when I try to move it.  It's got some serious lag time.

Anyone have any suggestions to tweak things to avoid some of these speed issues?

I've got others, but these are the most aggrivating, and since this is not a Finale forum, I'll leave it at that.



Thanks again for all the help - my VDL:2 is running great!

Steve
***raises hand*** Mac head here.
There's a good deal of macheads in this forum, feel free to post any questions you have. 
Yes, definitely looking very forward to 2.5. I was just working here and thinking that I'd like to have Kontakt 2 so they'd all be in the same bank.

And, I assumed Rosetta was that type of thing.

And Josh, I'll be sure to give some updates - several little things have given me fits so far (like the Rosetta thing - who knew?) but overall, the transition has been pretty smooth.  Just time consuming things like re-setting up due to installations and such.  But being an educator, I got sort of a sweet deal - $100 off the iMac, $199 towards an iPod (I got a 30GB), and a rebate for an HP photo printer that ended up being free.  Not too typical from Apple, so I thought I'd jump on it while I could financially.


Steve
...and it will also use the Kontakt Player 2 that Finale GPO uses so you will be able to see your VDL 2.5 sounds right along with your Finale GPO sounds.  Pretty slick.
VDL 2.5 will run natively on Intel Macs and will be released very soon, so that will probably be something you'll want to upgrade to  for much better performance on your Intel Mac.
Congrats on the new Mac. Let us know how the transition goes, I've been thinking about making the switch myself, but a new machine is way out of my reach at the moment. :P
Rosetta is a translation software on your computer allowing you to run NON-Intel native Applications on your Intel Macintosh.�� SORT of like Classic Mode when OSX first came out with the exception that it is much better and can handle things like Midi and Printing, and th at you do not see it running.  Comparing it to Classic Mode is only for the purpose of making it easier to undrstand, but they are very different.
Thanks so much for the help.  That did the trick.  Of course, my next question is, what the heck is Rosetta... and does it slow anything down having to run in it?  But I'm guessing that if I search for it, I'll come up with quite a bit. 

No need for anyone to answer the above; although any insight on going from XP to OSX would be welcomed :)

Steve
Finale is an application that runs natively on the intel mac while VDL is not universal binary.�� In order to see this as an option in the AU SETUP you will need to run Finale in Rosetta.

1.) go to the Applications folder-->Finale 2007
2.) click on the icon once to highlight it
3.)�� FILE MENU-->GET INFO
4.) Choose the check box that says ";Open using Rosetta";and then close the window. now reopen Finale and it should be an option.
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