Having just finished a big parts job, I’m idly reflecting on things I could do better (and things I’d like Dorico to do better, in a few cases).
This particular situation’s contrived - this is a new part layout, and in the real part I’d probably try to get the rehearsal mark at the start of a system.
The point is that the rehearsal mark and the instrument change are at the same rhythmic position, so the rehearsal mark gets pushed up and it affects the vertical spacing.
What I’d really like to do is shunt the instrument change over to the right, but if we imagine for a second that’s it, say, a new tempo, I’d like to be able to shunt that slightly over to the right, graphically, and have the rehearsal mark ping back down and the vertical spacing reset. Basically, I’d like the local option to turn off collision avoidance for these items.
(In parts with lots of instrument changes, I sometimes resorted to the very naughty thing of hiding the real instrument change label and replacing with a piece of dumb text - not very Dorico at all. It’s quicker than fixing the staff spacing manually.)
For next time, should I just turn off collision avoidance between staves and adjacent systems (from Layout Options > Vertical Spacing)? Does that create different problems for people?