Show play duration in status bar
It would be nice if, in addition to the measure/beat number (which is currently shown both on the left of the status bar and on the right) , the status bar could show the time duration since the start of the piece. This is currently shown in the play panel but only once playback has started. What I am hoping for is the ability to click on a note and find out how long after the start of the piece that note will get played. This will help with programming planning questions like, can we make a cut to keep within the required schedule?
One potential difficulty I can forsee is how to deal with repeats. I suggest that if the play repeats button is clicked, the time indicated would be the time the note is played on the 2nd time through. If the play repeats button is not clicked then the time indicated would be the time the note is played on the 1st time through.
Another potential difficulty is how to deal with Da Capos and Del Segnos and Codas. I suggest that for DC and DS the timing for the first pass would be shown but that a Coda should show the timing assuming a DC or DS has been made.
These repeat/DC/DS/Coda wrinkles mean that the user may have to do some arithmetic to find out exactly when a note will be played but at least the information will be there to allow the user to make the calculation. Or perhaps both 1st and 2nd pass timings could be show if relevant to the context of the note.
One possible extension would be to add the ability to show the play duration of a selection.