I know this may sound like a strange request, but I wish the team would consider implementing the possibility of naming instruments in a per-layout basis. Let me explain the situation.
I’m working on a piano concerto, so first I created a two-piano layout, where I wrote the solo part plus an additional part for an accompanist, which I now have to orchestrate. This layout will become the study score for the performer so, following tradition, I named the staves as “Piano I” and “Piano II” and removed the abbreviations so that Dorico would only show the numbers on the abbreviated labels, which also saves horizontal space.
However, now that I have started the orchestration, I’ve encountered a problem. The full score should use the labels “Piano” and “Pno.”, not “Piano I” and “I”, but if I change that, I will also change the labels on the layout with the two pianos, which I would like to keep as it is.
I could make a copy of the file with a different name and change the labels there, but that goes against the whole idea of having different layouts in a single file. In addition, if I make any changes, I have to remember to make them in both files. I don’t want to do a proofreading job after I finish the orchestration.
I could also add a third piano and copy all the music there and include that instrument in the orchestral score instead of the original, but I would also have to remember to make changes to both instruments.
For the moment, I had to resort to labeling the solo part as Piano (abbreviated as Pno.) and the accompanist part as “Orch. Red.” (i.e. orchestral reduction, abbreviated as O.R.). Not a bad solution but definitely not what I would prefer.