Thanks Daniel! That makes sense. I do need to keep that “proportion of lyric” setting rather high, because it gets me about 50% of the way there. Shifting lyrics is most of what I end up doing anyways.
In the meantime, nudging all the lyrics before starting note adjustment overrides that behavior, and it works quite well. I’m very well adjusted to the workflow now.
Actually, I hope it doesn’t sound contradictory, but I do indeed want lyrics to affect note spacing to some degree. If there’s a bar with a lot of tight lyrics, that bar needs more space than the next bar that has only a whole note. I think one of the essential distinctions is that lyrics should not cause huge differences between consecutive notes of the same rhythmic value. For example, for consecutive quarter notes in a bar should all have roughly the same horizontal space allocated to them. And an eighth note should not get more space than a quarter note before or after it. I’ve pretty much accepted that an algorithm for that would be quite complex, and requires manual adjustment. And Dorico makes VERY short work of it.
Oh by the way… I recant my previous gripes about the way manual note spacing works. I’ve finally gotten the hang of it, and Luis was right… it IS much better than Finale’s behavior. Oh me of little faith…