Plunger Mute, 2-Bar Repeat, and more Musical Symbols/Text fonts
Let me just start by saying that Musescore's capability on a compositional level is fantastic. There's just so much that you can do, it's amazing how flexible it is and how much creative potential can come from it, I'd say that's it's better than both Finale and Sibelius when it comes to actually creating the sheet music. BUT, it does have its limitations.
A major limitation that it has is that there is no Plunger Mute option, this is one of my constant struggles as there are times that I want to create a nice slow Jazz Chart where the Trumpet leads with a Plunger Mute, yet that isn't a viable option. For me, playback is a very important part of creating a chart. I usually download better soundfonts than the ones given by Musescore as I can usually find higher quality sounds, but the Plunger Mute is not one of those. For the life of me, I just cannot find a Plunger Mute soundfont anywhere. Finale definitely triumphs over both Sibelius and Musescore when it comes to the audio capabilities due to its outstanding and unbeatable playback feature with a MASSIVE variety of options using realistic Garritan Sounds and Human Playback. Though, that is actually not a problem to me, I just really want a Plunger Mute implemented. I don't really know how possible it is for the Musescore team to implement a Plunger Mute as I don't really understand what the technical limitations are for the program, but it would be a major and much appreciated feature to implement.
Another limitation Musescore has is the lack of variety for the Musical Symbols and Text fonts. All Musescore has is Emmentaler, Bravura, and Gonville. This one really bugs me as I am mainly work with Jazz, so I generally want to have a handwritten look. There are lots of Jazz Font Sets out there that both Finale and Sibelius use, but what I mainly want though is the Jazz Font Set (Yeah, that's literally what it's called). Here's a link to what the font looks like, if you don't know already: Jazz Font Set . Again, I don't know how possible this is, not on a technical standpoint, but rather a general standpoint.
This next one is actually very minor, though would be appreciated. 2-bar repeats. I can actually pull off a 2-bar repeat in Musescore already, though it requires a lot of unnecessary steps and tricky editing/maneuvering. This is more of a request for convenience, so to me, this is just a minor thing.
In my opinion, Musescore is the superior choice when it comes to actually creating the sheet music, but there are some limitations to it that I wish could be implemented.