Hi community, I’m BalancingScales and this is my first post.
So I decided to download the 30-day trials of both Sibelius and Dorico to see which one I liked more. At first I tested them with fairly simple scores which yielded pretty much equal results e.g. both Sibelius and Dorico were a-okay when scoring MacDowell’s “To a Wild Rose”, but today I tested an excerpt of Rachmaninoff’s mighty Piano Concerto No. 2, of which Dorico completely throttled Sibelius into the ground at the cross-staff slurs. My mind is subsequentially pretty much set on purchasing Dorico some day in the near future.
Naturally, being new notation software for me, I initially found Dorico a bit frustrating as I got stuck on this or hit the wrong shortcut for that, but I think I’ll get used to it eventually and I think that moment will be highly rewarding. I think my biggest gripe with Dorico so far is an apparent lack of a shortcut to flip stems. Sometimes the note on the centre of the staff (B for treble, D for bass, etc.) has the stem pointing upwards and I’m more used to it facing downwards there, but to do that I have to go into Edit < Stem < Force Stem Down, which is time-consuming. I would like there to be a quick shortcut to flip stems up or down, like the “X” key in Sibelius. Or maybe there’s some other way that I don’t know about? Well, that’s what these forums are for, after all.
Oh, and I should give a congratulations to Daniel and co. for designing this new software.