polarbreeze wrote:Here's the conundrum:
If you draw a marquee that covers parts of measures 2 and 3, then:
1. For operations that act on full measures, it will be interpreted as selecting those two full measures.
2. For operations that act on notes (for example), it will be interpreted literally and will only operate on those notes within the marquee.
Yes, so it seems.
Because at the time the marquee is drawn Encore is unaware which of #1 or #2 the user will proceed to do, it's impossible for Encore to provide selection feedback to the user.
Well, in many cases, it gives (numeric) feedback on the measure selection situation - as you point out, that just might not be what the user plans to exploit.
And it gives feedback with regard to the notes - those that are in the marquee are selected (and, as you point out, that just might not be what the user plans to exploit).
Of course it would be lovely in that situation for the measures to light up one color (in their entirety, or maybe an outline) and the notes in another (and the scope of the marquee wouldn't be visible at all after it was "planted" - you could only see the butterflies, not the net).
I think it would take a major re-think of the selection paradigm to overcome this issue.
Indeed (and how hopeless that sounds).
However, personally I don't see the current behaviour as any problem at all. The notion is easily learned and it is very quick to use.
I don't have a problem with it now that I know the concept.
Probably unrelated to the conceptual structure is the bug, in E/W 5, that when one or more measures have been implicated by the marquee, Align Spacing is not willing to work on them. (By contrast, Align Playback is.)