This is tangentially related to Dorico, but on-topic enough that I feel justified in asking here.
At present, I engrave hymns in Dorico, one hymn per project file, and combine them into a finished hymnal in InDesign. I do three things there:
- Pair up longer hymns on a left page (one page plus a system, maybe) with shorter hymns on a right page
- Add hymn numbers
- Use master pages for topic headers (Adoration, Confession, etc)
I’m looking for an alternative to InDesign. It feels like overkill, with tons of complex features I never plan to use. I know how to manage what I need to do, clumsily, but I’ve never taken the time to learn the software properly. Plus monthly subscription.
Is there a simpler/cheaper software that would do all these things? Or should I stick with InDesign? Of course I can google “alternatives to InDesign,” but I’d like to hear what others here have used.
PS: I’ve considered using Dorico for the entire hymnal, but 2 reasons I haven’t:
- 300–500 flows is a bit much
- I’m working on multiple hymnals simultaneously, some of which are using many of the same hymn files, and I want edits and corrections to apply to one file that is then updated in all locations where that PDF is linked.