Make it possible to halve or double your note duration to be input, via any key command of choice.
When inputting music, I can imagine that many of us usually keep one hand on their MIDI keyboard for pitches and the other hand on their Qwerty keyboard for note values. One problem is that the key commands for the note values, including the augmentation dot, are spread out quite far apart (at least for those without numpads, or with numpads having a comma instead of a period), which means that they can’t have their Qwerty hand in a fixed position, but instead need to adjust the position of their Qwerty hand all the time, meaning that they might also need to turn their heads/eyes temporarily, causing small - but many - unnecessary movements. In addition, at least for me, it’s difficult to recall on the fly which digit corresponds to which note value, which sometimes causes me to press all the numbers by trial and error until the desired note value is chosen.
To combat this, I am therefore proposing the addition of two new “key commandable” tasks: double current duration and halve current duration. These key commands could be put so that the corresponding keys plus the period key are in close proximity, eliminating the need to move your hand (wherever that would be considering most of the keys are already taken), but even if they can’t be placed near the period key, it would certainly simplify the memorization. Also, this enables you to reach all possible note values that Dorico is capable of producing via your Qwerty keyboard, instead of being limited to a subset of the most common ones.
Personally, if this functionality would be implemented, I would replace the assignments of the 8 and 9 keys with these new tasks, and shift all the assignments of the number keys by two keys to the left (making 7 select the breve, 6 the semibreve and so on).
What do you think? Would you find this useful?