This is maybe beyond the scope of this forum, and of Dorico development, but it’s very much a query that’s come up in my use of Dorico Pro 2.
In Dorico 1 I had a variety of macros set up in Pulover’s Macro Maker (which is basically a nice GUI slapped on top of Autohotkey. One of them did the clever thing of adding a notename under a note, like this: (a specific niche demand from a small educational publisher).
The steps that the macro took were as follows:
- Type Shift-X
- Type notename (it actually waits for me to type the note name, as it’s not clever enough to figure it out for itself)
- Hunt around for this image:
- Click in the centre of that.
- Type n (to use my specific Note Name text style, which is small and bold).
- Type Return, then Escape, then find the newly-created text item (sometimes it gets this wrong).
- Find and click this:
I seem to remember there being some difficulty getting the macro to find the various images, because when you roll over these sorts of things the background colour changes, but I definitely got around that somehow.
For some reason, in Dorico 2, I can’t make this work. I can externally screenshot this image but the macro software can’t see it because, I guess, it lives on top of the window rather than within it.
Is this something that’s changed in Dorico 2? If so, is there a way around it?
I guess long term the bigger question is, please can we have custom text styles where we can set the default position to Above or Below, shortcut-ed individually in such a way that we don’t have to start from Shift-X? Having to use a drop-down actually means having to use a mouse, and some of us find keyboards substantially quicker.