I work on the academic side of music, and much of my engraving work is creating musical examples for papers, handouts, exams, and so on. Sometimes, I just really, really want to hide an element without any fuss–perhaps I’m used to it from (ahem) other programs, but it was one of the features that I used most often. Some scenarios where this is a handy ability:
- Creating an incomplete progression (e.g., soprano and bass only) with a hidden answer key.
- Replicating an older edition exactly.
- Including a single measure of a different key or time signature.
- Hiding cautionary key and time signatures.
I realize that there are ways to accomplish some of these tasks that preserve the integrity of the compositional process, but, when I’m making things like musical examples, I don’t use that process. And I love the engraving quality of the program! It’s just a matter of flexibility.
(I did, by the way, search the forum for this topic and found a few things, but not exactly what I was looking for.)