exactly my question as well. There are one or two useful new things in 1.0.20 but the playback engine is not yet in a state to be usable with VSL. For instance, although the legato patch is correctly selected, it doesn’t actually play back legato still (and the new lengthening of the note option doesn’t really help much). Like others, my trial will expire before the software for me can really be used and I would appreciate being able to come back to it when at least the basics are in place – by which time it should hopefully already be better than Sibelius.
Clearly the elicenser team are on the ball here and I’ll look forward to coming back to Dorico as soon as a new trial is available. Which also bring up the question of crossgrades. I seem to remember reading that the crossgrade will expire in March. Does this mean that we will by then have software which has less of a beta feel about it (and I don’t mean here in stability as Dorico is already quite stable on my windows 7-- it’s just there are still a few too many half-finished features for me)? The last way to create a good customer feeling would be to remove the crossgrade option before many feel the stage has been reached to be able to switch over. Or, if we do buy a still not quite finished product, will there be a guaranteed minimum period before you have to pay for any further updates?
I know, of course, that Daniel may not be able to answer all these questions at this stage. I’m thinking out loud more but it’s the thoughts that many others will be privately or not-so-privately thinking!