Re: Back up question amid heartbreak
Reply #5 –
very happy to hear of your success in recovering your file!
As for how I handle the changes your refer to in the workflow comment, in the rare case I need something quite different between the full score and the parts I have just 2 files. One is the full score and optimised for that function, and the other is for creating parts., with all the fiddling that entails.
But the real key is the creation of PDFs. Once the PDF is created for a part, it is almost never necessary to return to the NWC file for that part again, just reprint the PDF as required. In the event that changes are needed for a part, then you'd be doing all that fiddling again anyway.
As for isolating spacing requirements, system breaks, page breaks etc. I just do that for each part's staff as required. Considering this staff will never be visible when working on any other part it doesn't have any effect on other parts. I also have a number of elements that have visibility set to "Top Staff Only".
For all elements that are common between staves I have a staff that gets layered with every part to be printed and it gets the common elements. Things like lyrics, chord markings*, tempo marks and variances, style changes and so on. This way I don't have to edit these elements for every part.
* In the case of chord markings I might have several versions of this staff, one for each key of instrument in the mix: Bb, Eb, F, Concert etc. Though when I'm working with many keys of instrument it is unlikely they'll need either lyrics or chord markings.
It isn't a perfect solution perhaps, but it works for me, and I pretty much never need to mess with multiple files.