5 upgrade does seem a bit expensive

I’m very much against creative marketing so when a new version of complicated software appears I wait for about a year while users do the acceptance testing for the supplier. So I didn’t upgrade from 3.5 to 4. Glad, because now 5 has arrived…but at only £70 less than buying Dorico new from scratch?
For the very few “improvements” that affect me, I’d have paid the best part of £1000 in total. Well. ok, I’m not a musical tradesperson but that’s a heck of a whack so I think I’ll sit out until 6 comes along. 5 still doesn’t do one of the things I want.
If it had been offered at 50% off I’d have gone for it. though.

I don’t know what you mean:

Dorico Pro Full: 578 €
Dorico Pro Update from version 3.5: 159 €


Yes, in fact you’re right. I hadn’t looked far enough down the Dorico sales site. Apologies. But you get it a lot cheaper than us in the UK. It’s £275 for some sort of upgrade… But the site is confusing. I can’t find anything that says upgrade from pro 3.5 or 4 to 5.

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Go to “Buy Dorico”, and click on “Updates & Upgrades” (as shown above).

It’s £136 to upgrade from 3.5 (or earlier) to version 5.

To upgrade from version 4, it’s £85.

It’s worth reading the Dorico blog, which details the ‘status’ of the version cycle. Daniel wrote that 4.3 would be the last release of version 4 late last year, so if you only buy when it’s ‘finished’, then that would have been a good time.

Of course, if you buy now, you get the longest value out of it before the next paid upate.

I don’t know what this means. The Dorico team are one of the most candid, open and honest I’ve ever known.

I’d be very surprised if there weren’t many feature and improvements in version 4 and 5 that you couldn’t make use of.

There are have been significant discounts offered in various sales over the previous year.


275 / 2 = 137,5
It appears that you are somewhat in a bind of your own making here:

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Thank you and I’ve apologised for getting my opening post wrong. Please delete the topic. As 5 doesn’t do one of the things I want I won’t be upgrading to it anyway. It took quite a few and various searches on google to get the information needed.

It may not do one of things you want, but I bet there’s plenty that you can make use of between 3.5 and 5 to produce faster, better scores. There will of course be further updates in the version 5 cycle that will add more features, fixes and improvements.

It’s worth saying that making large version jumps is usually more problematic than keeping up-to-date with small increments. The more changes there are, the more you’ll have to learn in one go, and the greater chance of there being ‘issues arising’ to deal with.


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I don’t see the price issue the same.
I’m going to update soon to D5 to support programmers, but perhaps don’t think to install it because I don’t really have the utility of the improvements.
I would have preferred to pay triple and have all the wishes requested in the forum, but unfortunately there are obviously few programmers who work on this program, so that the choice had to be made in areas that may be the envy of other users from clients than me.
But after reading two or three posts in this forum, I wouldn’t like the Dorico project to be in jeopardy and then 100% of the community to be reached. Community that teaches me things and helps me to continue in the same profession that I have chosen. And all this for the price of 1.5 coffee per month
I’ve had programs that have disappeared, due to lack of funds.
So I see it as a personal subscription (but thank you that it is not mandatory like other brands that I no longer use)
I have the latest versions of other programs like Cubase and Wavelab, but I often use one or two previous versions that have features that have since disappeared.
But it’s just my choice.


Upgrading to 4 or higher will also move you up to the new Steinberg Licensing software, rather than the old eLCC and/or USB dongle. You’ll be able to install Dorico on 3 computers concurrently, for the price of one, without a dongle.

If your work involves composition or arranging, audio playback, chords, tab, lyrics, string writing, percussion, early/scholarly music, any kind of consideration for the finer points of slurs, etc., large scores, printing and PDFs, or pretty much anything else, I can guarantee you at least 10 things that will improve or simplify what you do, or offer new functionality.


Due to it being relatively youthful, the system design and a crack team every release has been a significant upgrade, compared to other more mature platforms which are basically maintenance updates, with the occasional welcome new feature like subscriptions.

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To help you evaluate the features and improvements added to Dorico since 3.5, you could pop to the YouTube channel and watch some of the new feature round-up videos (4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.0), or go through the Dorico 4.x and Dorico 5.0 Version Histories.

Dorico 4 was, even at its initial 4.0 release, an absolutely enormous development. It brought a veritable mountain of new features, improvements, and fixes. Dorico 5 is still young in its cycle but brings another wave of features and improvements, and there will be further updates to come.

It’s entirely up to you whether you want to update, either immediately or at all in this cycle. Keep an eye out for the arrival of the Dorico 5 trial when it comes, as trying before you go a-buying is no bad thing.

(Edit: One other thought, which is about update timing. You say you like to wait a year before updating, but if you look at Dorico’s track record of updates, you’ll notice that major new versions have thus far been released about every 12-18 months. Therefore, waiting a year before even considering updating will make it more likely that you’ll do so as the subsequent version is released without having benefited from any of the improvements in the intervening version. Food for thought.)