Jay C. Batzner is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida where he teaches theory, composition, and technology courses as well as coordinates the composition program. He holds degrees in composition and/or theory from the University of Missouri Kansas City, the University of Louisville, and the University of Kansas.

Jay's music is primarily focused around instrumental chamber works as well as electroacoustic composition. His music has been recorded on the Capstone, Vox Novus, and Beauport Classical labels and is published by Unsafe Bull Music.

Jay is a sci-fi geek, an amateur banjoist, a home brewer, and juggler.

It's Gone

I just loaded Finale 2008 on my computer is gone. It was there, but now, it is gone.

The Mass Mover.

So now they have this "Selection Tool" and put all the Mass Edit functions in different menus, but that doesn't solve the problem.


I know that, somewhere around Finale 2002 that they did away with the red truck as their standard icon for the tool, but you could always find it. The Note Mover is still there and you can still see it as the boxcar icon, which is even sadder. It will be a constant reminder that the truck is gone.

I remember the good old days when, while the tool was processing, the wheels of the truck went around. When teaching Finale, I'd even sing "The Wheels on the Bus" while waiting for things to process. Supposedly, on Windows, smoke came out of the smokestack. I actually thought about using Windows when I heard that.

But now, the truck is gone. For 15 years I have relied on the red truck for all my moving/transposing/exploding needs. I always referred to it as "The Best Tool Ever."

Now it is gone. I don't care that you can record audio into Finale now. Give me back my truck.

*sigh* Change can be difficult.

Anyway, go listen to my piece on The Collected Podcast. It will cheer you up.