— It’s obviously not a priority, but an annotation system would already be much welcomed, methinks, if it’s something small enough to slot in sometime in the future. And I would definitely recommend that it looks little like the one in Product A. Something along the lines of Acrobat or Apple Pages’ would be much nicer: a list of all comments in a sidebar. Something rather more discrete by the musical text, instead of a large floating sticky. Clicking on a comment would scroll to the annotated music; clicking on whichever mark would stand for a comment would bring the annotating into focus on the list.
— I would find it very, very useful if we could export the annotations on a plaintext or in .csv. And I feel some kind of import might have its uses too.
I would love this! I would also like the ability to print (actually print of PDF) a page where the music might be a little reduced on the perhaps the right side of the page, and on the left, there are the comments, with lines to where the comments appear.
That way I can could add editorial notes (such as, “Is this really supposed to be a Bb?”), and the composer could see the note, and see where it was pointing to on 1 page.
I’d love a dedicated commenting system as well. Right now, I’m orchestrating a large theater work and I’ve been using shift-x text to send and receive notes from the composer (with the color property changed depending on the recipient). It works okay-ish, but at some point… in the fullness of time… something purpose-built would be nice.
In Finale, hilariously, I only ever wrote comments to myself, but they weren’t actually comments; I just used the expression tool to create boxes of various sizes that I’d draw onto the score around areas that needed some sort of attention at a later date. Honestly, I may actually resume the practice when box notation comes to Dorico if the tool is flexible enough, but that’s neither here nor there.
Recently I was at the first rehearsal of the work arranged by me.
The conductor requested some modification, but I could not reflect all requests in the rehearsal.
At that time, I thought if I could have used a comment tool inside of Dorico, it would be great.
Dorico has a system track above the first staff of each system. When clicking a rectangle (=a bar covering all staves in a system) on the track, a trash icon appears, and we can delete the bar by clicking the trash icon.
Methought, each rectangle on the track could provide an additional memo icon which creates a small pop-up window when pressed by a user.
How about this?
I think this is a great launching point idea. Of course, I’m sure people will want more granular controls (if you have 35 staves and you are only commenting on a measure vs. a specific part it could be confusing), however this would definitely be a step in the right direction. Just make sure the pen icon isn’t next to the trashcan icon! lol