.FAN File Extension

Finale Font Annotation

Developer MakeMusic
3.5  |  2 Votes

What is a FAN file?

A FAN file is a font annotation file created by MakeMusic Finale, a scorewriter for Windows and macOS. It contains kerning data Finale uses to align font characters. Each Finale font uses its own FAN file.

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Screenshot of a .fan file in MakeMusic Finale
FAN file open in MakeMusic Finale

MakeMusic Finale is a professional music composition program used by composers. As part of creating musical scores, composers can add text that uses different fonts. Each Finale font is accompanied by a FAN file, which contains annotations that define the height and width of each font character.

Composers can also install third-party fonts and use them with Finale. When they do so, they must create a FAN file to accompany those fonts. Composers create new FAN files from Finale's Preferences → Edit menu, by selecting the Font Annotation... button.

NOTE: By default, Finale stores FAN files in the ~/​MakeMusic/​Finale ##/​Font Annotation directory.

How to open a FAN file

You can open a FAN file with MakeMusic Finale (Windows, Mac). To do so:

  1. Open the Preferences menu.
  2. Select Edit.
  3. Click Font Annotation....
  4. In the Font Annotation window, click Set Font... to select the font with which you want to use your FAN file.
  5. Click Open....
  6. Navigate to and open your FAN file.
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Programs that open FAN files


Form•Z Animation File

Developer AutoDesSys
3.0  |  2 Votes

Three-dimensional model animation created by form•Z, a 3D modeling program; stores a timeline with a series of frames and viewing perspectives; used to store virtual walkthroughs and demonstrations for site construction projects, building interior showcasing, and other demos.

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FAN files can be exported to .AVI and .MOV video formats for sharing with end users.

Programs that open FAN files

Category: CAD Files
Updated: February 20, 2012

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