I just wanted to share this usage, which might be of use in similar, or different circumstances.
At the end of this 16th-century motet, I wanted to use a maxima note. So, I created a 16/2 bar, and added the note.
But of course, this huge bar takes up a lot of unnecessary space on the system. Easy, I hear you cry: just go to Engrave mode, and ‘nudge’ the width of the bar in Note Spacing mode until it looks good. That’s also what you’d do in other apps.
Another option might be to use “Note Spacing Change…” in the Engrave menu. The advantages of this are: you can always see the signpost; and you can set a numerical value. It’s also possibly more resistant to being undone, if you’re still moving things around.
I’m a big fan of setting Note Spacing values for each flow, in order to fill a certain number of pages and systems, (with the last system spaced like the rest). Also setting different spacings for alternating 3/2 and 4/4 passages, etc.
It’s things like this that make Dorico such a pleasure to use.