While the Dorico team is in the planning stages of 2.0, I’d like to add my requests for the next update, and they’re big ones for my line of work. In the interest of being more digestible than, say, the 95 Theses on the door at Wittenburg, I’m doing this one post at a time.
Frames. I love what one can do with Frames, but I’d like to see the process of using them streamlined a bit.
Frame Editing Shortcuts. I’d like to see a small tickbox/button added to the corner of each frame to allow quick access to editing, rather than having to activate Frames mode.
Layers. Make frames layered à la CSS layers, which would ease the implementation of watermark graphics, make covers easier to create on blank pages, and allow for:
Content Wrap! I’d love to be able to put a text block near a system and have Dorico justify and shorten systems to accommodate it. You’d be my heroes (Gosh, you’re already my heroes.)
Link Text Frames. Allow for text to flow from frame to frame in a named chain, as music already does.
Hide frame borders in Engrave, so that you can see your work as a preview without the distractions.
Frame drag: Sometimes, it can be really difficult to select and move the frame you want to, especially if frames are adjacent. Add a click-and-hold action which could either highlight a selected frame and dim/lock the others à la Isolation Mode in Illustrator, or allow you to drag the frame to a new page.
Cut/Copy/Paste/Duplicate Frames. Please.