BOY!!! I see what you mean. Well, at least I’m not as worried about doing worse. I’d rather post a bit of a draft here first though than screw it up in front of the entire world. Feel free to throw rocks, just thought I’d try to do a part:
Dorico is a software product from Steinberg for creating musical scores, and for creating music WITH those scores. The product emphasizes that the act of composing is just one part of a larger workflow . The job of a modern composer may involve working with cinema, games, musical theatre, orchestration, publishing as part of larger works, for teaching or corporate worship, etc. And it recognizes that the process effectively extends to the musicians who will bring this music to life.
As an example: Rather than instruments, Dorico starts with “Players” who are given one or more instruments. This is because commonly in any real world performance there will indeed be players who play more than one instrument for practical reasons. By organizing itself this way, a player isn’t trying to juggle a piccolo part and a flute part on one stand, but has just one part with the right instruments shown at the right time.
Dorico next has “Flows” which are independent pieces or movements of music within a project. A project can have just one flow. But since you can be fairly certain that most performances consists of multiple pieces of music by roughly the same group of musicians, this arrangement of players and flows is intended to reflect that working environment with minimum extra setup for the composer and maximum consistency for the musicians. A project becomes a template for new music (flows) to be created as part of a larger production.
The second major characteristic of Dorico is a preference for automation over manual customization. Rather than nudging that one symbol over just a bit on that one stave (which you can do) Dorico prefers that you take some time in setup to tweak the rules for how you always (or most always) want that particular symbol or feature to be placed. The intent is that this investment will pay for itself many times over as the AI within the software automatically does the majority of the work for you.
A similar approach is taken to broadcast quality sound playback (whenever that is required as part of a composer’s workflow.) Expression Maps are a similar type of rules that are meant to control the playback of VST instruments from scoring markings - as opposed to drawing MIDI curves as you might in a DAW. Again you can draw such curves in Dorico, but the investment in maps is meant to allow the composer to largely ignore those complexities and simply write.