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Many versions ago, the eraser tool, slur, sharp, flat, triplet, etc. in the simple entry used a crosshair icon.

It was extremely precise, accurate, and easy to use.

For some strange reason this was change to a large arrow. (Interestingly enough, the shapes palette still uses the crosshair.)

The arrow is much too imprecise.
I find myself often trying to erase one note in a chord and deleting the entire chord.
I then have to undo and try again.

The cross hair was so much better and more precise.

Why has the crosshair not been brought back?

Please change it back or at least give us the option to choose the crosshair in the preferences.

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Stephane, the easiest way I’ve found to select a single note in a chord is to double-click on the chord, which selects it all. Then CMD-up or down arrow takes you to individual note to edit or delete. (That’s on a Mac; Windows may be different.)

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Thanks Mike.

I am not looking for a complicated workaround. I want Make Music to bring back the more efficient and more precise cross hair.

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I think the crosshair disappeared when Finale create the more context-oriented arrow tool, but I agree that make the crosshair an option for those who prefer it would be a helpful option.

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With the crosshair, was it possible to directly select a single note in a chord? That would he a convenience, but are there other situations where it can be used?

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J Adrian,

 

That is exactly what happened.

As a result, I found that note entry was slower because the screen had to redraw constantly as one moves the mouse, and the eraser and other tools became much less precise.

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Mike,

Yes, the crosshair was able to select individual notes or a whole chord, just the way it does now. The crosshair interface was also used for not entry, which I found was faster and again more precise. I find the content aware note entry to be slow because to eh constant screen redraw that has to happen as one moves the mouse to reach the desired note.

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Stephane,

 

I understand that you don’t want suggestions, but, given that Finale is less than responsive concerning upgrades (or backgrades, in your case) what you are describing sounds like you are doing things the hard way. Please, let me suggest:

 

Turn off automatic music spacing. This will eliminate the constant measure shifting and resizing.
Use the QWERTY keyboard and numberpad for note entry and durations, rather than the mouse.
Work in scroll view, until the music is entered. Then, go to page view for formatting.

 

Even though you’re an experienced user, we can all learn!

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Thanks Mike.

That is pretty much what I do already.

I find that software developers try to make things fancier and it often result in reduced efficiency. It may be cute but it is not useful. This is the perfect example.
Take care.

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Agreed. You do the same!

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