Please feel free to ignore this as I’m sure you have much more important things to think about. I was thinking today on my drive to work about the complexity of entering different note lengths.
For example, it’s very simple to input a G that is two quavers long: Press “6”, press “G” - two steps.
3 quavers long is slightly more involved - “6”, “.”, “G” - 3 steps.
Now, what if I want a note that is 5 quavers long? Well, “6”, “G”, “T”, “.”, “G” - 5 steps.
Seven quavers is even more complex: “7”, “G”, “T”, “6”, “.”, G" - 6 steps.
May I propose a way of inputting notes based on multiples of a specified base unit.
It would look something like this:
1 = quaver
2 = crotchet
3 = dotted crotchet
4 = minim
5 = minim + quaver (or whatever the correct way of displaying that note length is depending on the context)
6 = dotted minim
7 = dotted minim + quaver
8 = semibreve
9 = semibreve + quaver
shift+1 = semiquaver
shift+2 = quaver
shift+3 = dotted quaver
shift+9 = minim + semiquaver
shift+command+1 = crotchet
shift+command+2 = minim
shift+command+9 = breve + crotchet
This could perhaps be an alternative input option for people who rarely venture into anything shorter than a semiquaver or longer than a breve. So, maybe this could be something for a later version of Dorico, maybe something along these lines is already in the works (or maybe you can pass these off as the ramblings of a mad man), but I think this could be a really simple way of working with frequent, irregular note lengths.