Make Rehearsal marks also capable of attaching to other objects besides notes and rests (like clefs or bar numbers...)

• Jun 21, 2021 - 18:59

Rehearsal marks tend to be at the start of a new line (at least in my use). It would be nice to have them appear at a standard position every time (in relation to the page margin or cleff perhaps).

As of now the position and offset or the rehearsal mark is calculated from the note / rest it is attached to, so if the line starts with a different amount of elements, like repeat barline, has different key / time signature, – the actual position of the rehearsal mark will differ from the rest of them.

It would be nice to be able to select all the rehearsal marks, adjust the X and Y offset for them all and have them align nicely.

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I don't think attaching to other elements will really make sense because it won't be the right answer if the score layout changes - like the measure is not first of a system any more and thus doesn't even have a clef.

Instead, we've made the alignment options for the rehearsal mark influence how the marking is displayed in the measure. So depending on the specific result you are trying to achieve, it's often doable without offsets at all. We've made the different alignments correspond to the most common standards so most real-world use cases are handled automatically (eg, reproducing the look of established publishers).

If you attach your score and describe the specific result you are looking for in more detail, we can understand and assist better.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thank you for your reply. You are right, I didn't think this through and even think what would happen if the layout changes.

Having that in mind, the functionality I'm after could be better formulated as:

if measure (is first measure of row AND has rehearsal mark AND has automatic placement):
then: check if (previous rows have rehearsal mark in first measure):
then: copy absolute x-axis value of previous rehearsal mark to current rehearsal mark

So the rehearsal marks of the first measures would all sit on the same invisible vertical line.

In my view, this would look better, but I understand if this is idiosyncratic and not something other are looking for. I'm able to achieve the same results by moving the rehearsal marks by hand one by one, so it's only really a matter of convenience.

In reply to by sammallammas

You could also simply make that horizontal offset part of the text style for rehearsal marks. Although that might not make sense if all marks are not at start of system. Again, if you attach your score and describe the desired results in more detail, we can understand and assist better. We did go to some lengths to make the most common published styles easily achievable through style settings.

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