Well this took me a good hour of looking through the forums, discovering some very savvy work-arounds (thanks xavierpages!) and figuring out some of the creating “playing technique” editing issues (that you can’t really use simple edit commands, but I’ve used Adobe software, so I can handle it…). All told between research, RTFM, and application through trial and error it took about an hour and a half to create the attached.
Everything moves as I go back and forth making adjustments–I imagine I’ll come to understand that behavior and learn to account for it. When using the new playing techniques of the repeat signs that I defined it said “an error has occurred” but still let me place them. I’ll add that I only want the repeat in that particular instrument, so it has to be entered that way.
For the arrow I used Xavierpages work-around and got to finding out how to use the arrow glyph after a bunch of trial and error.
The box I guess will not move with the music, so I may as well erase it until everything is entered and set.
I’ve been with Dorico since Dorico 1, and paid for upgrades each time. I’m beyond pleased with this forum and all of the help being offered, including by the lead developer himself, which I think is truly special. But the program in my case is just not fully-powered yet in all of the areas I need, and the implicit design of silos makes it much harder to make use of it in the way the user might want as opposed to what’s imposed on the user (eg you really have to get all of the music on the page, however it comes, and then go to a whole new environment to start making visual edits). Not to mention so much of the notational features are not customizable without getting into the work-around practice… it’s an old thread with lots of naysayers, but I still think I should get the tempo I type in the overhead box without it being “corrected,” or to be able to write “sub” without a period after it, just as I can write “Rit” that way…
So the short of it is for me that it’s an astonishing program with many very powerful features, but it’s still a ways off from being a tool I can simply and elegantly engrave my music on. This is now my second piece on Dorico, leaving my larger works for Sibelius still. I’m not doing anything wild here, just small works with common 20th/21st century techniques. I can’t imagine what goes into the planning and implementation of a music notation program, and this one is so impressive–I’m just sharing my point of view with the hopes that it will keep growing until I can get to a point where I use it in as flexible and intuitive way as I feel with Sibelius. Part of that is me, and a big part of that is the developing program.
Thanks everyone again for all of the help. It’s wonderful to see such community.