Percussion Notation and Voicing
First, thanks to the authors and community for a really nice program overall. I hope my following comments and suggestions improve what has been started here. The notes contain general suggestions as well as those specific to percussion notation. So far I've found the following issues challenging to working with the software in this manner:
SUPERSCRIPT & SUBSCRIPT font tool
Text-Lyrics work well with snare drum to indicate sticking, as long as you know to use the space bar to skip from note to note. With rudimental snare drum, however, sticking is very important and the grace notes used for flams and drags, while notated properly, need a SUPERSCRIPT and/or SUBSCRIPT option as a tool to change their appearance in LYRICS text to what is normal and expected for drums. When all the sticking is the same size, things get muddy and visually confusing very quickly.
When working with drum set in particular, the limitation of voices forces the many instruments that a drum set player might be playing into only a few voices. In attempting to notate even simple four-part charts, the hi-hat quarter notes were truncated in and around the snare drum rhythms as 'one voice'. This changed the long quarter note rhythm I preferred for that instrument. I'm experimenting now with assigning different instruments to different voices, but there only seem to be 4 voices available. Drum set players in particular are going to run short of voices to which to assign all the instruments that they play.
In related notation, when notating bass drum rhythms, rests are always bounced to the middle of the staff requiring that I drag each of them down to the line of notes with which they are included. Is it possible to align them on the same 'pitch' as they are notated?
Also, when notating the bass drum rhythms, some rests disappeared and were HIDDEN. To get the proper notation I had to delete all the notation in the measure and start over so that I was certain of the rhythms that were already claiming space within the bar to get the software to notate my composition properly.
When notating staff or system text, it would be helpful to have temporary guidelines available on the page so that you can line up text guides evenly without having to 'eyeball' them all the time. A snapping function might also be helpful.
Some of the labels of the input dialog boxes are not always clear. Having a tool tip or more elaborate descriptions or a visual example pop up so we could 'see' what we'll be changing in the score would make things a little more user friendly.