Whilst I understand many musicians have different requirements from their software, I am rather disappointed that Dorico is considerably biased (exclusively) towards typesetting classical music. Even in Dorico’s own ‘Higher-Level Concepts’ it refers to ‘Dorico is designed to conform more closely to how music is performed in the real world …” and then gives examples of ‘A double choir or and orchestra plus off stage chamber ensemble’. This may be the ‘real world’ to some, but to many it most certainly is not. The real world could be in a classroom, or in the pit orchestra of a west end show.
The classical bias is clearly evident throughout the conception and design of the program. Whilst, I understand the programmers and designers needed to start somewhere, in the design and conception of Dorico, how can omitting basic features for such a huge proportion of potential customers be justified?
I draw attention to the wonderful choice we have of being able to select from 8 different fermatas yet there are no ‘doits’ nor any other specific jazz articulations. Orchestral drum music can just about cope with being notated on one line, but makes kit playing a complete nonsense with what we have at present. Likewise, it is disappointing that Chord Symbols were not included in v1 and I do not accept that this is not a priority to have in a typesetting program but a key requirement. Please point out those specific jazz relevant features included in this release?
As a long term Sibelius user – If I recall correctly we needed to get to version 4 before we were given those kind of articulations. Before you start to counter my argument by saying it’s a different product by a different company, I remind you and those reading this, that it has been designed and programmed, if press reports are accurate, by exactly the same people. In those dark years I sincerely felt that jazz and pop musicians were regarded somewhat as second class musicians and therefore did not warrant the same importance of our needs. I sincerely hope history will not repeat itself with Dorico but it seems it’s off to a very good start in doing just that.
I suggest that you ask the people of this forum what they regard as important features or are we to be force fed whatever you deem we are worthy of having?
At the moment I have to put Dorico to one side as it is unusable whilst I wait for those future updates that include features that I can actually use and that are other than classical music related.