Aligning labels to an audio clip doesn’t work

I’m not sure whether it is a feature or a bug. The aligning of an audio clip to a label works perfect, but the other way round it doesn’t (label to an audio clip).

Following explanation in detail:
The following picture shows the alignment to a label when moving a clip (red arrow). That works perfect. The yellow guide shows the snap in. The yellow snap guide also appears, when hover the cursor around the “Marker 1” within a label track.
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But often I want to align an existing label to a cut of 2 clips or at the edge of one clip, shown with the arrow in the next picture:
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I move Marker 1 at the small white circle between Audio 1 and Audio 2, but no yellow snap guide appears. And the other negative: After having placed Marker 1 around the audio cut, I will no longer find the yellow snap guide when hover between Audio 1 and 2.

The workaround I found:
Make a copy of the label text (ctrl + C) → hover the cursor to the desired position within the label track until the yellow snap guide appears and left click the mouse → create a new label (ctrl + B) and insert the old text (ctrl + V) → select and delete the old label (ctrl + alt + K).

But the workaround can’t be a feature. So I tend to say: it’s a bug

I am working with V3.4.2 of Audacity and I tested this behavior also with 3.5.0-alpha-20240116

@henrymy

Hi Henry/Heiner,

ah yes, I see what you mean.

But rather than a bug I think this is a “design omission” - as far as I can tell this has never worked - I tested as far back as 2.4.2

I will however log this as an issue on Muse’s GitHub issues log as I think you have a very valid point.

Peter

logged on GitHub:

Good catch Henry :sunglasses:

Peter

Thanks, Peter.
“Design omission” might be an appropriate description of this behaviour :wink:

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