Suggestions for Improvements/Time-Saving
I am very happy with MuseScore 3's automatic anti-collision feature and consider it (among other features) a huge leap forward. However, there were a few changes or oversights that I still think need considering. I am not a programmer by any means, but as an arranger/composer, I believe these are things that could at least be considered or looked into.
Suggestion 1. Shape notes with regular-notehead accompaniment notes. Here's one aspect where MS2 is still preferred for me when writing in SATB. Small accompaniment notes in MS3 cannot be changed into regular noteheads. Although I wouldn't consider this the end of the world, I still believe that such a strong software could be made stronger by giving users more liberty over how their scores look.
Suggestion 2. When going into "Time Signature Properties" after right-clicking a Time Signature, after you change how the beaming would look, it would be nice to have an "Apply to all time signatures" button. That way, one can pick and choose which time signatures would have different kinds of beaming, instead of when copying one time signature to another, it affects all time signatures. The reason for this being is when, in some pieces I write, the beaming/phrasing is different for different instruments/sections.
Suggestion 3. An option to select more than one voice when inputting notes. This has long plagued me even since MS2. When inputting notes, only one voice can be selected at a time. I don't know how this looks from programmers perspective, but I look forward to knowing more about it. There's been way more than one occasion where I was writing for SATB, and some or all of the voices are singing in unison, and so I would need to notate both voice one and two separately, or just copy voice one into voice two after I finished the first voice. This is one area where so much time would be saved for me.
Suggestion 4. Proper automatic rest distribution when writing in compound time signatures (6/8, 12/8 etc.) Let's say I'm writing a piece in 6/8 where the melody would go Crotchet/eighth rest/Crotchet/eighth rest. One would assume that, after inputting a crotchet, an eighth note rest would appear automatically in front of it since it's a compound signature, right? Nope! Anytime I try to write in 6/8 or 12/8, the software thinks I'm trying to write in 3/4 and 6/4 respectively, and automatically distributes the rests as such. This is a big one, since the way the rests are distributed are entirely incorrect and would save me a lot of time if the correct automatic rest distribution would be applied.
Suggestion 5. An option to select a different kind of beat other than the crotchet in the New Score window. The only beat represented in the New Score window is a crotchet (crotchet = 120.) This makes no sense, since there are a plethora of other kinds of beats that are required in different kinds of time signatures, e.g. the minim beat for 4/2 and the dotted crotchet for 12/8 etc.
Suggestion 6. Input a voice other than one, anywhere on the bar. Let's say I finished notating voice one in a bar and I want to start notating voice 2 anywhere other than the beginning of a bar. Is it possible to start notating voice 2, 3, and 4 anywhere on the bar without needing to input a rest at the beginning of a bar? There's been many occasions where I want to start notating voice 2 anywhere other than the first beat of a bar, but I can't do that without first inputting some kind of rest into the first beat of a bar, or taking voice 1, from anywhere other than the first beat of a bar, putting it into voice 2, and then putting it back into voice 1, and start notating from the rest in voice 2 where voice 1 was. This is convoluted and takes too much time to execute. This would save a lot of time for me.
Suggestion 7. A "Fill With Rests/Triplets" button. There's been lots of occasions where I need plenty of triplets in an even time signature for lots of measures in a row, but I can't do that without first pressing 5 (shortcut for crotchet) consecutively for a long time to get all of the crotchets I need to turn into triplets. Another method would be to select all of the measures I would need triplets in, then pressing 5 to make quarter rests, but that only distributes quarter rests for the first two beats of each measure, the last half of the measure is always minim rests. This is a little irritating and would save a lot of time.
Suggestion 8. An SATB friendlier input mode, where voice one would always be facing down if notes appear above the middle line of the staff, like in the example below.
Of course there's also always the requests to make cross-staff arpeggios easier to notate/playback accurately, and also make it easier for some notes in a chord to be in one staff, and the other notes to be in the original staff, like in the example below.
I hope these suggestions could possibly make MuseScore faster to work with. If not, i'll be glad for any feedback.