Free format note entry
I may have tried to ask this before. What I really want is to be able to put notes in without any bars - at the initial stages of composition. This does make sense for lots of reasons - for example while trying to transcribe music into a score.
I can do part of what I'm hoping for by using Insert mode. However things start to go wrong when I want to insert notes. Notes almost always get inserted in the "wrong" place - and I don't care what the handbook says. By "wrong" I mean unintended/unwanted by the user. What is really needed is the ability to do the following -
Insert note before the current note Insert or append note after the current note
and for completeness
Replace the current note.
which might also include
Extend or shorten the current note.
That kind of operation was possible in text editors (such as vi) even 40-50 years ago - yet seems that MS is sadly unable to do this.
Even if a section of notes is generated in free format, that cannot then be selected and copied/pasted elsewhere, as MS will then force the notes pasted back in to 4/4 or whatever is the time signature applicable at the point of insertion.
I keep coming back to the opinion that some features of MS are just too unwieldy, and may reflect the views of only one or two users who perhaps have figured out their own ways to get round the many problems which the user interface and user interaction behaviour presents.
Telling me that hardly anyone wants this kind of feature is not encouraging - it's so obvious (to me at any rate) that it would be useful!