Finale

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File Format
Name Finale
Ontology
Extension(s) .etf, .mus, .musx
MIME Type(s) application/vnd.makemusic.notation
PRONOM fmt/397, fmt/398
Type Code FIN3
Wikidata ID Q1416101
Released 1988

Finale is music notation software. Developed originally by Coda Music Technology, then currently, MakeMusic.[1]

File Identification

Over the years Finale has used many file formats, which include[2]:

  • .MUS & .ETF (Enigma Binary File & Enigma Transportable File)[3]
  • .MUSX & .musicxml Starting in 2014, (ZIP/XML format & XML format for sharing)[4]

Enigma stands for “Environment for Notation Intuitive Graphic Music Algorithms” and was used for many of the early formats.[5]

Versions

Format Ext PRONOM
Finale 1 na fmt/1971
Finale 2 na fmt/1972
Finale 3-2012 MUS fmt/397
Enigma Transportable File ETF fmt/398
Finale Performance Assessment FPA fmt/1973
Finale Notation File 2014+ MUSX fmt/1974

References

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finale_(software)
  2. https://usermanuals.finalemusic.com/FinaleMac/Content/Finale/def-finale-file-extensions.htm
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/19990203113959/http://www.codamusic.com:80/down/finale/eeppd.txt
  4. https://www.finaleforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=15531
  5. https://preservation.tylerthorsted.com/2024/02/09/finale/
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