I am familiar with these shortcuts and do use them, but how they function in the program are a bit dated. I find that SHIFT + right-clicking can be inaccurate at times. SHIFT+right-click+drag is useful but there are times where I need to be at a specific percent for pixel nudging. Also, zooming using CTRL+(Equal/Minus) always zooms to the top, left corner of the screen. Perhaps I am missing something? Is there a way to change this? In any case, I should have been clearer in the initial post. My apologies.
To give an example, if I select a note, measure, or system, I'd like for the program to zoom in on the note, measure, or system by simply using CTRL+ (Equal/Minus) or CTRL+0 to input a specific view percent. Perhaps even utilizing the mouse scroll wheel (as many other applications do), one could be able to zoom in and out with respect to a selection quite easily. By adding this aspect to the zoom feature in Finale, the user could take full advantage of the custom zooms defined in the View Preferences as well.
Also, it would be helpful if at all times you could see at what percent you are currently viewing the document--perhaps in the status bar.
Thank you for clarifying your request and your workflow. I agree that Finale should center the screen on the zoom in/out. We don't believe the way most programs do these days. Navigation around the score is a common theme we are about and are investigating ways to improve the workflow and user experience. I like your additional suggestions. Thank you!