page settings for parts and page fill

• Jan 26, 2021 - 20:41

It would save a lot of time to have two features on the Page Settings tab:

  1. Save settings for the current combination of parts (displayed instruments). I have to find the optimal settings by trial and error every time I switch between printing the full score and the individual parts.

  2. Automatically find best fit for a requested number of pages. Usually I have a number of pages that is my goal. I want to evenly space the music and not have a partly filled or sparsely filled dangling line. I want to do this at the largest staff spacing scale possible, in other words give up stretch, margin, other spacing before using the scale factor. If I had this feature and it worked well, I wouldn't actually need the one above.


Can you explain in more detail what you mean by 1)? Normally you would choose one size for the score, and then use the same size for all parts - and by normally I mean, this is pretty universal in published music as far as I know. So while viewing a part, you make the setting you want then hit Apply to all Parts. Are you saying you want different staff sizes for different parts, but a way to say, make the 2nd oboe, 2nd trumpet, and viola the same size as the timpani, because you know they have some properties that would cause them to benefit from the same staff size, while leaving the rest at a different size? Maybe if you attach a score and describe in more detail, we may understand better.

2) is a fairly common request, but it's a much trickier thing to define "best" than you might think. It comes up more for scores than for parts - like, what page and staff size to use to fit a medium size orchestra on one mage, keeping in mind the number of staves may vary, and changes to the staff size can have a ripple effect that in turn effects the number of staves on a page. Definitely worth considering further how that might work, though, so feel free to attach example and suggest what you think would be optimal in those cases and why. Then people can try to reverse engineer an algorithm that might guess at something close.

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