I’ve posted a few times now about Dorico’s spacing issues in Galley Mode, as have others. This, IMHO, is the first aspect of this app I would say was poorly implemented. In order for Galley Mode to be really useful, spacing needs to change.
Some cases in point:
I’m working on a piece with nine verses (the middle phrase changes per verse). In this case, Dorico handles the spacing beautifully in Engrave/Page, but in Galley the lyrics slop over the next two staves, making selecting them or any notation behind them a nightmare. Even as I work on the octavo, in which only two or three verses are involved per section, Dorico insists on absolute positioning for these verses; this means that, even though I don’t need v. 1-6 to be represented in the latter sections of the work, the space is there, so that verse 7 is cast far away from its notation and in my way again.
Dynamics, text, and symbols are involved in more collisions than teenage drivers on Missouri highways. Every piece I do inevitably offers me an ugly clash of markings somewhere in Galley View; one piece turned short fermatas into a weird pseudo-Masonic symbol until I increased staff spacing.
Adjustments I make in Engrave have no bearing in Write; this means every tempo marking will still impede on whatever expressive text I add in Galley, no matter how carefully I placed it in Page.
I know I can “increase ideal staff gaps,” but that is a band-aid at best, a further headache at worst. Why should I, for instance, have to spread my staves 10 cm apart just to accommodate the verses in my first example? For all the attention paid to UI, this was a miss.
I believe the solution is to add Galley View as its own sidebar in Layout Options. Some parameters here should include:
- Vertical spacing of lyrics: Relative or Absolute
Staff spacing: Uniform adjustment (the current option to increase gaps) or Minimum space between staff elements (spaces between bottom-most marking/note of higher staff and top-most of lower staff)
Toggle all Page View vertical spacing parameters on/off in Galley View (this would include manual adjustments made)
Increase horizontal spacing: %, amount, or automatically
Another help would be to right-click/control-click a staff and have the option to increase spacing above/below.
If there’s anything I’m doing that I could do better, let me know, but I think this is too easy a pitfall.