Increasing Feature Discoverability (Especially Edit Mode)
On the assumption that there's no good alternative to having "edit mode", then the feature is really hard to discover unless the user reads through the handbook page by page. Since users don't read, that means that a lot of MuseScore's features become invisible to users.
Since MuseScore already provides a "My First Score", the score could be used to tell the user that it's possible to double-click on things and change them directly. For example, instead of "Composer", the score could say "Double-click to add your name". I assume that the average person is egotistical enough to give it a try.
I haven't played around too much with graphics in MuseScore but if it's possible to have graphics, then there could even be an arrow pointing at a tie or something like it saying something like "Double-click me to move me around".
That being said, MuseScore is also meant for use by experts and people who are willing to read so, rather than requiring someone to read the handbook page by page, maybe there could be a "Help" page that goes something like this:
- notes on common tasks that aren't immediately intuitive and keyboard shortcuts with no obvious mouse analog
- link to the handbook
I imagine that "common unintuitive" things would include:
- An example of using edit mode
- Changing the starting/editing point of things like ties using SHIFT+ left/right arrow