Pitch-Up in sharp keys is broken

• Aug 22, 2009 - 23:01

1. Create a piece with an instrument in soprano clef.
2. Choose a sharp clef (example, 2 sharps - F# and C#).
3, Enter a a note (example, B, middle line).
4. Pretend you wish to change the B to a C#. Press the UP and DOWN arrow keys several times. Notice that the note will turn to C-natural and D-flat but will never show as C# (yes, I know C# = D-flat). This behavior does not seem to happen in a key with flats.



The behaviour of up down was changed in one of the latest revisions. Up now produces alway sharps if necessary, Down creates flats. I hope this is more consistent and predictable.

In the key of G (1 sharp - F-sharp), selecting an E, then pressing the up arrow key will result in, first, F-Natural, then F-Sharp (No accidental, following the key signature), then G. All fine and good. And again selecting an E, then pressing the down arrow key will result in E-flat, then D, then D-flat, etc. Again, ok. But notice that when you start again with the E selected, then pressing the up arrow key, you can never get G-Sharp. Nor can you get G-Sharp going down from, say, A. Many times you want to spell a pitch a specific way. It makes more sense to spell a sequence as C, C-Sharp, D, rather than C, D-Flat, D-natural, to avoid the additional accidental.

In my opinion, pressing an arrow key with E selected (for example) should give, first, E-Sharp, then F-Natural, then F-Sharp, then G-flat, then G-natural, then G-sharp, then A-flat, etc, in each case omitting an accidental if it is 'unnecessary' due to the prevailing key signature. In other words, focusing on pitch spellings. This way you can always get the exact pitch spelling you want using just an arrow key, rather than having to either use the mouse to select the accidental on the tool bar, or using a shortcut key assigned to an accidental.


Ok, I see this is fixed in the nightly build. I am still using the latest stable release 9.5. My confusion. Sorry, and thanks.