Ah, so that’s the reason I’ve been getting dizzy. Anyway, this hasn’t been a completely wasted effort. I now know a bunch of things that do not work.
But yes, I agree that this is not the right approach.
Meanwhile, at the risk of hi-jacking this thread,I’d like to suggest an alternate new feature. As a background to this - and speaking as a composer here - I personally find it much easier to compose onto the conductor’s score - one stave for each woodwind regardless of how many players. For brass I also prefer one stave per instrument, although I could see the need for two horn staves if you have 4 horn players. This eliminates anywhere from 7 to 10+ staves on your score - and makes it much easier to see what’s going on.
With that in mind - and apologies if I’m telling you something you already know - there is already a system which allows you to notate on one stave and yet unambiguously tells the conductor exactly which player is handling which notes. Just to give the simplest example, if you have 2 bassoons and only player 1 is playing, you put 1. where player 1 starts playing. If player 2 is playing, you put a 2. If both player are playing in unison, you put a.2. If there are two notes, then it is assumed that player 1 plays the top note and player 2 the bottom. It gets a bit more complicated if lines cross and/or if there are rests. In a really complicated situation there may be a need to go to 2 staves, but those are exceptions.
This is described in detail in Gould’s Behind Bars in the section on Stave Sharing in Chapter 17.
The reason I bring all this up is that it would be a tremendous time saver if Dorico could use this notation to automatically generate parts from the conductor’s score. E.g., if I could say “The oboe section has three players and player 3 doubles on English Horn” - and provided I correctly notate my score -have the parts automatically generated from the conductor’s score? That would be a killer feature.
Needless to say, I don’t know if this is possible. And even as things are right now, it is still substantially easier to handle this in Dorico than the competition.