I think that offset will only apply to rehearsal marks at the start of a system (ie at the left hand side of a page).
However, I’ve just tried that and it doesn’t seem to offset rehearsal marks at the start of systems, whether they are left-aligned with the barline or to the right of the key signature. Am I missing something here?
Positions of rehearsal marks can be adjusted individually in Engrave mode with Alt-arrow keys or in the properties panel.
I also tried every combination of settings (left-aligned, center-aligned, right-aligned) but “Horizontal offset for rehearsal mark aligned with systemic barline” didn’t seem to do anything with any of those options selected.
Actually the problem for me is not so much the possibility for individual adjusting in engrave mode (I’m working on Dorico Pro), but the size of the project (7 flows + approx. 30 instruments). I’d like to find a robust setting for rehearsal marks that allows texts like “INTRO” and “OUTRO” look natural (without using system text).
This might not be relevant to your use case, but I’m working primarily on pop songs and jazz standards where, to make the song structure clear, I use casting off and system breaks to clarify sections of the song, and my rehearsal marks almost always occur at the beginning of a system (the systemic barline).
And I also make use of Intro and Outro.
Edit: corrected to “casting off and system breaks”
In my post I meant to say System breaks.
I have seen a video by DanKreider where he uses note spacing in parts to spread the music over the page in a way which is more readable, but when it comes to indicating sections of a song clearly I think system breaks are the way to go.
I don’t know if it’s a bug or an error in the documentation (at least I didn’t see anything stating this), but that setting only applies to single-staff layouts in my experience. It would probably be a good if this setting could be fixed to work with all layouts or the documentation changed to reflect that it only works on single-staff layouts.
In the gif below they are correctly offset according to my Engraving Options in the single staff parts, but then simply left aligned at the beginning for the grand staff part.
Yes, I can confirm this in my test project.
The offset doesn’t work on a piano, but if I just change the player to trumpet (single stave) it works as described.
Surely this should work independently of the player/ instrument?
Agreed. I was sure this had come up before (I’ve been dealing with this behavior for quite a while now), but now that I’m searching I don’t see it. If this hasn’t been reported before then I definitely would like to see this fixed to work with any number of staves.
It’s probably not sufficiently clear from the way the option is described, but the idea behind this option is that if you end up showing rehearsal marks on a staff in the middle of a system, the offset should be applied to avoid a collision with the systemic barline; it’s actually not supposed to take effect when the rehearsal mark is above the top staff or below the bottom staff of the system, so in fact the bug here is that it applies when there is only a single staff.
Oh! In that case, if you end up changing this, please leave an option to leave it indented from the margin as it currently works for single staves. “To the right of clef and key signature” produces uneven results when some systems have repeats, plus that’s a bit too far to the right for me personally. Offsetting from the left as it currently works allows me to have a nice clean alignment that doesn’t force them up too high in order to clear the treble clef and bar numbers.
Here’s what I get with my current default offsets: