Hello and good day,
Dorico 4 manuals have been published today to accompany my colleagues’ impressive new release. Whilst fairly substantial, and certainly pretty good for a first-day for us, they’re not complete yet and so referring to the Version History is still necessary (and frankly, who wouldn’t want to read Daniel’s Version History under any circumstances??). For example, Play mode, the Key editor, and the Mixer are not yet included in the manual.
You can find what’s been published today using the following links:
I would recommend using the New features page at the start of the relevant manual for you ( Pro | Elements | SE ) to access the new additions to the manual most easily. That will also easily let you know whether a new feature is in the manual yet, or whether that one needs the Version History.
And finally, a little word from me about what else is in this updated manual: in addition to the new features, there’s been all sorts of work to improve what was already in the manual, including making sure every task that requires a panel like the Properties panel gives you an appropriate heads-up about how to have that in view (especially important for the Properties panel, given that it now shares the lower zone with fantastic new panels).
Likewise, additional notes, keywords, related links etc have gone in over the last year – if you’ve asked a question here or in the Facebook group at some point, chances are wording relating to how you phrased your question will have gone into the manual, and if not in the body of the text, as keywords that should improve your search results.
A couple of my own highlights, which I hope are useful to you as well –
- Margins topic – new to the manual, if not the app; a page that brings together the key margins that affect the available space on pages, and hopefully clarifies a bit better how flow heading margins and music frame margins work and interact
- Labelled images clarifying where font/paragraph styles are used for chord symbols and staff labels
- Labelled examples of page templates, clarifying what information (tokens) appear on Dorico’s default First and Default page templates
- A new one-stop-shop for “things that look like text or can display as text sometimes but aren’t strictly text in Dorico because they have their own notation category” (I know, I know, it’s not quite a visual index), plus a firmer explanation of text items in their own right
- Updated overview of the user interface
- Consolidated tasks for moving things rhythmically, moving things graphically, and lengthening/shortening things that outline all the available key commands, not just “a bit” and “a lot”
I hope you all have a great day exploring what’s new in Dorico 4!