VDL 2.5.2 FIN11 layouts, styles & expressions

Hi, hope someone can help.

I recently purchased VDL 2.5.2 and the Finale templates package.
I'm running a Mac Pro w/ 6gb of ram
Snow Leopard 10.6.6
Finale 2011c.r1
w/ Kontakt 2.2.4 running as a plug-in.

My concern is that my percussion layout, staff styles and text expression files that go into my libraries folder are not showing up with finale icons, but as a Unix Executable File with a terminal icon. So, these functions are not working properly.
Everything else seems to work fine.

Yes, the template folder is placed with the Finale template folder.  I try to 'open from template,' all of the pre-installed ones are there, but I can't see the VD templates.

It's odd, but I can still open the templates directly to start projects.  I was thinking maybe it had something to do with installing/running Finale as an administrator on my computer and the templates not being seen in the right place after that.

Thanks for your help!
Did you place the folder containing the templates inside the Finale templates folder? It should then show up if you start a new file from Template.
That's where I copy/pasted it too, but it still doesn't show up once running Finale. 

Everything is working (input, library, text stuff, sounds, kontakt player) so I'm not too worried, I just can't open the template from within Finale...oh well.  Thanks!

The Read Me file has the path way listed in the early steps for installation. It should be C:\ProgramData\MakeMusic\Finale 2011.
This is the common folder so that any Finale user would have access to the files. They should be copied to your individual user folder once you open Finale after the installation. If this did not happen, you can copy/paste them your self.
I'm having a similar problem, only it's on a Vista OS.

Finalle 2011b
VDL 2.5.2
Kontakt 4

I have copied and pasted the new templates, xml, and library files to the paths specified in the readme, but none of them are seen when I try to access them through Finale.  (I can open the template directly from when I downloaded it and it works fine) 

I've tried Finale and full system restarts with no success.

It says to place them in the 'common' folder, but after much searching,  I have no idea where that is in Windows.  There are several answers on this forum for Mac destination folders, but I can't find the answer for a windows machine.  Any ideas?
I think I got it. The initial fix said in the 'Library open dialog' couldn't find that. But I did 'load Library' and choose 'all files'. Thank worked. I just wish it could be a global save and not just for the individual files.
Thanks for all the help.
No problems. I'll look into the issue further.
Sorry, I just got a little frustrated. VDL is a great piece of software and I'd love to see it integrate as seamlessly as possible.
I also understand what you're asking to occur. The original files sent to Tapspace where Finale files, not unix files. Know that I am seeing similar results from files downloaded through MakeMusic for the COMB library. You aren't the first person to report this but I don't have an explanation as to why it is happening, even on the very limited basis that it is occurring.
I understand about the set up wizard and the fact that no .txt files were created for VDL. I just want the layout to appear in the staff attributes percussion area. If I'm in the middle of an arrangement and want to add another VDL staff with the proper layouts, I can't. Without rebuilding my entire band off of a VDL template.
If by 'as the software was designed' you mean using the setup wizard, the support files included with the templates weren't created for that purpose. They are there primarily to assist in taking existing Finale files and adding staves for percussion. You would still need to load the libraries, the support files. The  text files for instrument and ensemble definitions etc. aren't included because there are still issues with Finale and percussion. Currently all percussion is installed on MIDI channel 10. The result would be the need for at least 4 instances of the Kontakt Player, one for each battery instrument. THe alternative would be to then go in and change the instrument list , etc.
I'm gonna try it that way. But it's a shame that I can't just do it the way the software is designed to.
At this point I'm wondering if the wrong files were in the package.
Rebuilding would be one option. The reason you see the additional support files when opening a VDL template is because those files have already been incorporated into the template. If you choose to rebuild your marching band ensemble, begin with an existing VDL template and add the winds and brass to that score. In this way you will be able to include the support files without needed to add the libraries, map the percussion staves, etc.
If I open a VDL template (ie. Outdoor) I get the percussion layouts.
Should I rebuild my marching band ensemble?
In the library folder of make music for both HD and user. Mac files being used. Still no go!
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