I have a project that contains a bunch of short flows (8-10 bars each). I’m working on one flow, which easily fits entirely on my screen in galley mode. I select the first note in the flow and hit “p”. The display instantly shifts so that the first note is slightly to the right of center of my screen, shifting half the flow off the screen. Then, when the playhead gets to the edge of the screen, it goes off-screen, even though I have “Follow playhead during playback” selected. I’m now left looking at the first half of the flow while the second half plays. If, while playing the first few notes, I drag the flow to the left so I can see the whole thing, it immediately jumps back so half the flow is off-screen. To see the entire playback, I have to wait until the playhead is almost to the edge of the screen and quickly drag it to the left.
I can see the logic in trying to keep the playhead toward the center of the screen. It might even be kind of nice to have the playhead stationary and have the music smoothly scroll left under it. And I can sort of see the logic in moving the playhead to the left of the screen, and shifting the music only when the playhead gets close to the right edge. That sort of minimizes the number of shifts. But starting playback by shifting the music so that the playhead will soon disappear off the screen doesn’t seem like what anyone would want.
iMac. Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015. Mohave 10.14. Dorico 18.104.22.1680.