Excellent news for readers with Finale 2014 in their toolbox: Tobias Giesen, composer and developer of the venerable TGTools plug-in suite for Finale, today released version 2.71 of the suite for both Mac OS X and Windows. The changes in Finale 2014 made TGTools unusable in the new version on Mac, but v.2.71 restores the suite’s usability in Finale 2014, and is compatible with all Finale versions going back to 2010.
V.2.71 of TG Tools may be downloaded from both the English and German versions of the TGTools web site. If you have already bought and registered TGTools on your computer, the update is free, and (at least on my computer running Mavericks) I did not need to re-enter my registration key.
No new features have been added to TGTools for quite some time, but v.2.71 “fixes the menu on German Finale versions and fixes smart shapes which could not be recognized in 2.70,” according to a post by Tobias today on the MakeMusic Finale forum.
Elsewhere in the forum discussion, Tobias said that “a paid upgrade may come a bit later with a more dedicated adaptation,” and that he is “open to suggestions for further improvements, and also whether further development should be for Finale 2014 only or also include Finale 2012.”
The mantle of active Finale plug-in development has largely been assumed by the impressive Jari Williamsson, who recently gave us a taste of things to come with his forthcoming JW Change v.1.00. Still, certain actions are still only possible with TGTools (like the Text Expression Sorter above), so the news of this update, and the possibility of future development, is eagerly welcomed.
The Professional edition of TGTools is $100 or €90 and may be tested without limitation for a one-month trial period. Limited versions are available at a lower price for non-professional users. A small subset of the TGTools plug-in suite has shipped with all recent Finale versions.
Updated at 4:00 pm to state that the Windows version of TGTools v.2.71 is now available, in addition to the Mac OS X version.