I would like to be able to easily score ancient choral music which does not conform to a particular time signature.
Ideally, each measure would represent an entire phrase with any number of beats, plus the ability to add an additional fraction of a beat as needed. Encore 5 is limited to 16 beats per measure. My hope would be to be able have more that 16 beats (including fractional beats) if the music calls for it.
In Encore 5 it is possible to define the number quarter notes or 8th notes, etc. in each measure and to hide the time signature in each measure. But this is has been for me a multistep process which adds to how long a project takes to complete. I’ve not been very satisfied with the results.
It would be great to have a “no meter’ option and to be able to simply add a barline at the end of a string of notes without having to define the number of beats in each measure, and hide the meter each time.
It would also be great to still take advantage of the “auto space” and “align spacing”, and “adjust spacing for lyrics” features.
You should download the Overture 5 demo to see how well that can do what you need. I’m not expecting Encore 6 to have additional functionality in that regard. I don’t know how to access the Overture manual except from within the app. A future version of Overture will be able to open Encore files.
Those writing modern plainsong (chant, hymnals etc.) these days are using Finale, Sibelius and a few are now embracing Dorico. Finale has the largest toolbox for this kind of work and is also the only one that can write actual plainsong using Medieval 2, a 3rd party plug-in.