I am Thankful for the upgrade from Dorico 3.5 to 4. However I am having quite a bit of trouble with 4. The interface seems to have completely changed and not necessarily for the better. I am stumbling at almost every step.
Some example issues:
in 3.5 it was possible to quickly edit the instruments (the “e” button) under play mode as they were all listed on the right panel. But now I am having to click on each instrument under the inspector to expand the Routing…takes so much more time if I have to edit many instruments with multiple templates
In 3.5 the note lengths used to be adjustable very minutely in Play mode, without altering the notation…in fact that was the very purpose of having a sequencer like function to provide realism. But now the note lengths seems to have been discretized. Even if I choose the smallest step possible it changes the lengths in the notation! Also adjusting these lengths does not always work with clicking and dragging…sometimes it just doesnt respond
So frustrating that now I have to go searching for how to undo these features if at all possible to revert to the 3.5 version.
At this point I just dont see what the benefit of 4.0 is, other than that the interface is very pretty! Just beats me why were there so many changes that clearly mean another learning curve but not necessarily towards an easier workflow.
One can still get a complete visual of the entire ‘instrument rack’. It’s simply been moved to the left side. In the left panel click VST Rack. If the bottom zone is in the way one can close it by clicking the bottom margin of the window.
Play Tab with lower zone closed and VST Rack showing in the left pane
Thank you Brian! I knew it was something I was missing.
Also Im excited to see that the Dorico pdf manual was released. It looks beautiful. I will be diligently reading this. I prefer the fashioned way of learning and hope to be bothering with fewer silly questions in future.
(The v4 manual isn’t yet complete, so I’ll be updating it regularly over the coming weeks as I fill in the remaining gaps. If you’ve downloaded a PDF document locally to your computer, it’ll be worth updating that every now and then so you benefit from those updates.)