printing - and how it's impacted by choices in Layout > Page Settings
How do most MuseScore users choose to print out their scores? As .mscz files directly from MuseScore? Or as converted .pdf files? Or perhaps using some other method or process?
I've long wondered about this - and the extent to which it's a consideration in our choices for margin settings and Staff Space within the Layout > Page Settings. While WYSIWYG nominally means 'what you see is what you get', it doesn't necessarily follow that what you see on screen is what you'll get when you print as concerns empty space around the actual music.
I have always chosen to create a PDF, specifically because it always offers the option to Fit or Shrink or Scale according to the capabilities of any given printer. For this reason, I have also created all my scores using the smallest left and right margins possible in order to utilize the largest possible workspace within MuseScore without reducing the Staff Space setting in Page Settings > Scaling.
However, I've noticed that margins in scores created by others - especially left and right margins - are more generous, and I find similar default settings in various templates. The model seems to be making the score as displayed in MuseScore resemble how it's intended to appear on the printed page. But doesn't this approach generally result in both unneeded white space on the printed output and the actual musical content being shrunk unnecessarily?
I guess what I'm asking is what other users are doing that efficiently maximizes the area available for notation in MuseScore while simultaneously minimizing the effect of fitting/shrinking/scaling on the printed page that is ultimately obtained by whichever manner one uses to print. How do other experienced users balance the adjustments possible to margins and Staff Space in a way that will create the most readable printed product, whether for themselves or for other users who may be using an unknown array of printers or printing methods to obtain a physical copy of the score?
I haven't yet shared scores on musescore.com, and my own lack of clarity on this topic is actually one of the things that has been holding me back.