I’m head deep in a gnarly part prep job, including a small string section that often play in divisi. I knew early on that there were some near-impossible page turning moments, but the situation got more interesting when the ensemble announced that they’re planning on being socially distanced, meaning one player per stand.
For a few movements of the piece I’ve put placeholder pages in the main violin, viola and cello part layouts, then created separate layouts that include just those flows, with Manual Staff Visibility set to hide two of the three divisions, but showing the single staff where the section returns to unison, meaning that wherever possible every string player can see what their section are doing, but where necessary they only see their own line. Then when I get to the PDF stage I just need to switch in the unique pages for the placeholder pages and carefully label the three versions of the “same” part.
It can get a little funky if system breaks don’t align with divisi changes - easily rectified - but other than that it works seamlessly. The cherry on the cake is the ability to cue Viola (a) into the Viola (b) and (c) staves without it showing anywhere else.
It’s one more thing that I never knew I’d need, but am glad to have.