I would like to make the instrument names centered and put into two lines with the Bb for say Clarinets. The whole input method does not convince me as easy. I would like to be able to click onscreen on the name an edit the, f.e. to make a line feed after the name.
Well, we have no plans at present to edit the staff labels directly in the project itself, because that will cause a lot of problems when the full vision for how dynamic score layout really is within Dorico becomes apparent. At what point in the instrument’s name do you want to include a carriage return?
Dorico shouldn’t add automatic numbers to instrument names that have been overridden from the default, but unfortunately due to a bug it does. This has been fixed for the first post-release update, so it should be possible to put things in a more sensible state then… if you can wait that long!
It will certainly be possible in due course, but the handling of multiple players per staff is not there yet anyway, at least not in the form in which it will be realised once we’ve been able to devote more time to it.
Might it be possible that in an upgrade a double-click on a staff label in write or edit mode opens (wherever it fits in, I did not have enough time yet to really figure it out) the setup box to change the name directly?
And - like someone else already posted - is’nt there a fast way to add flats (and other musical symbols) in an instrument name? (A competitor uses the numpad for this ) I could’nt find a solution to this question by now.
Additions: When I add a flat from Bravura text or Academico text out of the character map in the instrument name in the setup box, the sizes and gaps between the characters do not match…
The Clarinet in Bb shows a transposition (box in layout options checked), the Bass Clarinet in Bb not, yet there exist Bass Clarinets in A. I yearn for the possibility to edit instrument names really flexible!
Something looks wrong in that screen shot, and there is another one further down that also seems to show the same problem. I don’t have Dorico yet, so I can’t say for sure, but it seems that once you veer out of the default instrument/player naming, you can easily get unexpected results. One of them is the way you type in B-flat (B♭ – assuming the forum can display the symbol for a flat). When we type Bb instead of B♭(B[flat symbol]), it seems as if that part of the name is not treated the way one would expect.
The screenshot above has both in the name; it says Clarinet in Bb in B♭.
Dorico apparently has this cool automatic instrument name numbering; when you have an Oboe, then add another Oboe staff/player, it numbers them Oboe 1 and Oboe 2. Since I don’t have the app, I don’t know if this works, but when you have Clarinet in A, and add another one, the naming should be Clarinet 1 in A, Clarinet 2 in A (rather than Clarinet in A 1, Clarinet in A 2). And when it is Clarinet in B♭, it may not work properly if that instrument’s name is Clarinet in Bb (upper-case B, followed by lower-case B, rather than the symbol for flat).