OK, I’ve had a chance to go through each of the particulars in Daniel’s detailed answer to me (thanks again, Daniel!), and some questions remain. I really don’t want to bother Daniel again if anyone else knows how to set me straight.
The things I understand and have discovered to work as Daniel said they would are adjust staff spacing in single-line instruments (it works), collision avoidance with “staff text” (found it), Dorio’s adding measures to the end of flows (it doesn’t), and hiding a bar number using the Properties panel (found it).
The remaining issues, which may still be my not understanding something, are below.
Re: my question about assuming that clicking on the tuplet tool was supposed to actually open the popup to make a triplet:
There may be a bit of confusion here: the button in the toolbox creates a triplet, whereas the shortcut ; shows the popover to allow you to specify whatever ratio you want – these two operations are not equivalent.
OK, I see—I though it was supposed to be a one-step process. Having said that, could it be? For example, since the majority of tuplets are triplets, could selecting the tool immediately show the popup at the location of the selection with a 3 in it so all you have to do is hit enter to move ahead, while still leaving the option to change the 3 to something else?
Re: my question about putting a tremolo on the first note of two tied notes:
You can do this, in fact: switch to Engrave mode, select the note in the tie chain that should show the tremolo, and enable the appropriate property in the Properties panel.
I’ve tried to do that, but 1), I can’t find any way to just select one note in a tie—it selects both notes—and 2) even if I use scissors to delete the tie, put the tremolo on the 1st note, and then put the tie back in, it immediately adds the tremolo to the second note. I’m guessing I’m doing something wrong; can someone help me out here?
Re: my question about bass guitar parts (and double bass parts, I’ve since noticed) not showing in different octaves in concert pitch and transposed pitch:
That’s correct behaviour, and consistent with other instruments that sound an octave higher or lower than written, e.g. double bass, piccolo, and the like.
It does appear to be true of the piccolo, but not for baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, which transpose both an octave and an additional interval. In concert pitch view, both show not only the concert pitches but also the sounding octave. Sibelius, for example, does the same thing but changes both parts to bass clef and shows the correct pitch/octave for both of those instruments.
Daniel’s certainly the expert when it comes to “correct behavior” (above), but it certainly doesn’t fit with my experience. In any case, when I’m writing, sometimes I really want to see exactly what the sounding pitches are going to be in concert pitch view, and I can’t find any way to do that. Once again, if I’m missing something, would someone please clue me in?
Having said all of this, I want to repeat again how impressed I am with Steinberg’s (and especially Daniel’s) openness to our input and patience with our questions.