The only small issue I’m having with the SHIFT-X way of working is continuity. For example, say I want the playing technique flaut., as in flautando, or sim., I would have to write these in manually with SHIFT-X. I know flautando is available in the playing techniques menu, however the whole word is rarely used in modern scores due to most players knowing what it is, and by adding ‘flaut.’ to the ‘Alternative text’ box just changes it to ‘flautando flaut.’ The house style I follow also requires playing techniques like this to be italicised, so SHIFT-X is the only way around this, which is fine. However, what I meant by continuity is that I have to manually change the font size, italicise the font, and then do the same (or copy and paste) this if I use it later on in a piece. A solution I could think for this (and I am by no means a software developer so I don’t understand the complexity of what I might be asking) would be to have where there is a drop down to select either (None) or Music Text, it would be nice to have a few more options, such as expressions or playing techniques, similar to CMD-E or CMD-F in Sibelius. It’s also difficult to gauge what font size to use depending on what the stave/paper size is set. In the software mentioned above, I know these will be sized appropriately, similarly to the current ‘Playing Techniques’ available in Dorico to-date, but I would just love to see a bit more flexibility in inputting techniques that aren’t listed, and if they are listed, the ability to italicise them etc.
I apologise if these issues have already been discussed but I’d be interested to hear your opinions!