Parts clef change sometimes fails, with workaround
As an "aside": The "Parts" feature will i hope get a big rework in MS4 as it works inconsistently and is poorly documented.
My issue is that i want to create a linked score ("part") and change the instruments that play on the part, with appropriate clefing... and this works (barely) but not on all scores.
By experimentation i found that i could create a new part, and then while viewing that part, in a staff (confusingly also referred to as a "part" in the Staff/Part Properties) force a clef change by changing the instrument (i also did transposing by octaves)... directly changing the clef would maddeningly change the original score and all other parts (i consider that a bug too!), but changing the instrument did the job.
This behavior was not documented, but seemed to work consistently...
but then i discovered some scores where it did not work as i wanted.
I've attached 3 files (created with MS3.6.0 but the same behavior appears with MS3.6.1 andMS3.5.2)
In tt2a.mscx i've already created a "Violin" part from the main score, but not modified it yet.
In tt2b.mscx i've modified the 3rd staff to be a violin instrument (previously cello), and named the staff to be Violin 3... the clef automatically changed to treble (i also did a transpose)... great!
In tt2c.mscx i've modified the 4th staff to also be a violin instrument (previously cello) and named the staff to be Violin 4 ... but the clef remains as bass clef!!! bad!!!
I've attached a 4th file named tt2c-fix.mscx where i went in with a text editor and changed two lines
from "F" to "G":
After this change the desired clef is displayed (of course i still need to apply a transposition, but this works well also).
I would love it if in 3.6.2 i would not have to go in with a text editor (and unzip) to work around this apparent bug.
And if in 4.0 the entire Parts scheme could be fixed so that playback works as one might expect for a part, clefs can be changed in a part without changing other parts, and i'm sure there are many more issues.
Thanks again for the great software!