new uses for the mouse
How do you feel about entering music with the computer keyboard, versus using toolbars and menus and palettes, versus using the mouse? Would you use the mouse more if you could? For example, suppose you didn't need to use the keyboard or the toolbar (or the palettes or menus) to select note durations, dots, accidentals, ties or rests - just mouse actions. Would this be useful or not?
To get even more functionality out of the mouse button "chords" (pressing more than one button at the same time) can be employed. A button can also be held down slightly longer (say, 1/2 second). On a mouse with a physical wheel, the wheel is also a button that can be clicked. Are these functionalities, in your opinion, too complicated or cumbersome to be useful to make use of?
I have been thinking about ways to make the mouse more like a composer's pen - in a good way. For me, whenever I have to move my mouse away from my work to a toolbar (or palette or menu) or fumble for a shortcut on the keyboard with my other hand, I get distracted and lose my grip somewhat on the musical ideas I'm trying to put down on "paper". The idea of modeling a music composition program after a word processor doesn't quite fit because words are basically one-dimensional but a music score is at least two-dimensional. A computer keyboard was made with words in mind, not music. A mouse, with its two dimensions of movement is a much better fit for entering music, in my opinion. But all this is MY opinion, and I'd very much like YOUR opinion on this (when you have the time - obviously this is just a low priority topic of discussion).