Option to show "long instrument name" in first visible staff when using "hide empty staves".
The "hide empty staves" feature is great for saving space in a score, but it can sometimes lead to problems, especially when an instrument has rests in the first system. In such cases the long instrument name is not visible anywhere in the score. This is undesirable, both for aesthetic reasons and because it can create ambiguity if two instruments share similar short names.
It would be great if we could hide empty staves, but show the long instrument name the first time the instrument plays. This is the style used in many vocal scores (e.g. musical theatre, operetta, etc.) as it saves the maximum amount of space while still having the long instrument name visible somewhere on the score.
Note: There is a partial solution through the option "don't hide empty staves in first system". Although this may be the preferred solution in some situations (e.g. orchestral scores) it can waste a lot of space when there are many instruments in the score. Even when using this option it might be nice to get a reminder of the long instrument name if there are many hidden measures.
I guess the feature request breaks down as follows:
- Option to show long instrument name in the first visible staff in score. (To me this seems absolutely vital!)
- Option to show long instrument name after any hidden measures anywhere in score. (Desirable for complex scores.)