Thanks for the reply, Daniel — but with all due respect, this does quickly become a really annoying problem in a large piece. Yes, regrouping will fix horizontal alignment, but it doesn’t help vertical alignment with other instruments (unless I’m missing something).
For any hairpin/dynamic combo ending on a bar of rest, I need to think about whether it’s going to start a multi-measure rest; if so, I need to pull it back.
Remove the dynamic from the group, pull the dynamic back a sixteenth-note, oops, it still hits the barline.
Okay, change the grid to 32nds and move it back to the right one 32nd. Now it’s too far, and it no longer lines up with any similar dynamics down the staff. I’ll need to adjust it (and the hairpin) in engrave mode — by eye? (No auto-guides, no ruler, no easy way to align them.) Fine for this piece for eight trombones, but there’s no way I’m going to be vertically consistent with a big orchestra score. I may not even be able to easily see the two dynamics at the same time, if they are in the flute and contrabass parts. And how many of these will I miss in a 300-page opera score, causing either a barline collision, a vertical inconsistency, or a broken multi-bar rest?
Here’s a different place in the same score. Here, three 32nds wasn’t enough to clear the barline; I needed five 32nds. Imagine: I later need to reflow some measures; suddenly the system is looser, and now it looks terrible (and again, doesn’t line up with the similar material below).
I apologize if this is beating a dead horse, but it’s way more involved than just pulling the dynamic back and regrouping. It requires a lot of typing/clicking/mousing, and the result in the end will be less consistent/beautiful/semantically correct than the original—even if I manage to catch all of these situations in a long score. I appreciate that it’s on your long-term roadmap; I hope this might illuminate some of the issues here, and why dismissing it as not much of a problem strikes me a little funny. I really wanted to use Dorico for an upcoming gigantic parts project, and the beautiful way it engraves end-of-measure hairpin/dynamic combos was a large reason for that! Now it appears like it would require manual overrides all over the place.
Thanks for your time.