Since I work primarily with choral music, one task I do frequently is copying lines of lyrics from one staff to another. It often happens in homophonic choral music that there are small rhythmic variations between the parts, even when all four parts are broadly singing the same words at the same time. This inevitably means that, having copied the lyrics from the top line down to the others, there is some manual adjustment to be made.
When it comes to small niceties of how Dorico handles this, there are a number of things that it does very intelligently compared to other software, thus reducing the amount of manual adjustment considerably. I guess these niceties are really too minor in the grand scheme of things to bother mentioning in the official documentation, but having spent many years doing these tasks every day with Sibelius, Dorico’s handling really speeds up my workflow in several ways.
One is its automatic handling of lyric extension lines. Dorico automatically adjusts these lines to fit the notes in the material. In the example below, the lyric ‘read__’ was copied from staff 1 to staves 2 & 4, and on staff 4 the extension line was automatically lengthened to fit the rhythm. Whether this is a deliberate feature or an emergent function of the way Dorico distinguishes between syllables (positioned relative to rhythmic positions) and extension lines (positioned relative to notes), it really does save me time, so a big THANK YOU to the team for this small but important detail!
If I may follow up with a feature request, which is equally small in the grand scheme of things but would also save people like me a bit more time: wouldn’t it be great if the extension line was automatically removed when the lyric is copied to staff 3?