Hello Dev. Team,
I’d like to make a few requests regarding horizontal adjustments in engrave mode in the upcoming version:
1.) I would like it if the subsidiary (circular) handles would appear up near the square handles. I frequently run into issues where the circular handle is on the center line and so are the notes I’m trying to adjust. When transcribing chant, when you have multiple notes to indicate longer rhythm that all need to be nudged together, the handles literally cover up the gap and you can’t see what you’re doing. This requires exiting back out and back in sometimes and it gets to be rather tedious.
2.) We’ve discussed elsewhere on the forum that it can be difficult to make adjustments to lyrics in tight spacing without throwing your whole line off since Dorico will then try to help you by recalculating the spacing. I wonder if a potential solution would be to allow lyrics to be nudge-able in the horizontal adjustment mode. Perhaps you could allow the spacing algorithm to do it’s thing just like normal, and then allow users to adjust lyrics horizontally relative to the column as a whole with the spacing tool turned on as a separate function. In the regular nudging (aka- current functionality) tweaking things would behave the same and allow the whole column to shift and Dorico to do its math; in horizontal spacing mode you could adjust just relative to that single column without the columns shifting. This is, in a way, an inversion of the way things work with shift+X text: shift+X text would move around if you moved the notehead to which it is attached left or right. You can adjust that text relative to the notehead, then move the note and it moves too. My idea would, in essence, reverse that same functionality.