One problem I’ve consistently run into within my Dorico projects is the inability to override score staff labels on a system-by-system basis. I have spent many hours in Illustrator making manual alterations to the exported PDF pages to achieve this effect; work which is sadly lost any time the score needs to be revised in Dorico and re-exported.
Regardless of how sophisticated the Condensing feature gets (and it’s quite impressive already), there will always be situations too complex to be handled automatically, and giving the user the freedom to make manual alterations to a score’s staff labels for custom condensing seems like it could be extremely useful.
This idea has been discussed in the forum before, but the reason I bring it up again is because the recent addition of the “Manual Staff Visibility” flagpost (as of 3.5) seems like it could provide the perfect place to implement it. Could a label configuration option go alongside the current “Reset/Show/Hide” buttons for each instrument? An additional slider that, if enabled, allows an adjacent text field to override the staff’s label for that system only?
If there’s currently a practical workaround for this that anyone’s willing to share (which doesn’t involve divisis, which won’t work for solo player staves), I’d be very interested to hear it.