After having worked with Dorico on a few projects after making the switch from Sibelius, there is one particular issue that I seem to have on a regular basis. The vertical spacing of staves often doesn’t make sense given manual adjustments I have made. As an example, in a part where a rehearsal mark on one system would collide with a dynamic from another system, Dorico adds extra space between the systems. This is fine, until I move the dynamic in engrave mode so that there is no longer a collision so that the systems can be equally spaced. However, Dorico seems to not realize that I have moved the dynamic manually and continues to add unnecessary extra space between the systems, which then looks strange because there is now no visual reason for that extra space. The result is that I then have to take all systems below that point and nudge them up manually so that the result is more visually pleasing. This happens as well if I add text with Shift-X - the text is by default placed high above the staff, and even if I move it down in engrave mode manually, Dorico thinks the text is where it originally was before I moved it, and I end up with strange looking extra space above random staves where I added the text (unless I take the time to make manual staff spacing adjustments, which I often do).
Then if I make edits to the music, Dorico resets the staff spacing and I have to go and make these manual adjustments to each staff again. I had a piece lately with many revisions where I don’t know how many hours I had to spend moving staves up and down after edits. I have another revision to make soon and I am dreading it because I know there is going to be another set of painful hours of fine tuning vertical alignment of systems to get a reasonable result, so that when I give it to the performers it doesn’t look stupid.
Is there something I am doing wrong? Is there a better way of handling this?