Hi! I’m Sean, and have been a Finale User for approx. 15 years?
I’m having huge difficulty with note input in Dorico. Some of it seems very confusing to me, which might just be due to being used to Finale. I’m not very good at learning new programs, so some of this might just be me being stupid. Here’s the main things I’m having issues with:
I have a bar that starts with a rests in 3/4. It’s a quarter rest, then an eighth rest. I’m in the note input mode, press comma, then y to input the rest. It doesn’t show the rest, but moves the carat over. Is there anyway to make it show the rest I input? I’m just a pretty visual person and it throws me off that I can’t see it.
Is there any other way to input notes other than using the note names or a midi keyboard? I’m getting frustrated with them not appearing in the right octave and then having to adjust the note position; it’s slowing me down considerably. (maybe I’m just doing something wrong?) This might just be due being used to adjusting notes and their positions on the staff before or after inputting them via the up and down keys, in combination with shortcuts like shift+up/down arrow for an octave. I have a feeling like this might just be something I have to get used to, but my hands just feel clunky.
Is there any way to rebind any of the shortcuts? One of the (perhaps few)things in Finale I loved was being able to rebind almost all the shortcuts for all the different tools and switching between them. I used to play StarCraft a lot, and to issue commands in it you would use key-bound shortcuts. A lot of them are kind of ingrained in muscle memory, so in finale I did a little of rebinding them to things like that; or just stuff that was easier for me to remember like programming my custom lines/shapes to things “A for big Arrow” and “T for Tiny Arrow”.
Lastly, whenever Dorico is open, no audio works in any other program. This is silly but I actually like to listen to music when I’m inputting things and especially when I’m engraving. Does anyone else have this problem? Is there anyway around it?
There are so many things in Dorico that just look so much more efficient and I’ve been blown away by some of the features demonstrated in various presentations and videos! I’m so grateful to the Dorico team and all of their hard-work, and the switch came to me due to wanting to write a micro-tonal piece for a friend of mine and having Finale’s options being incredibly poor to the point of being non-viable- and having a friend of mine show me some of the amazing things you can do in Dorico (that has playback??? how incredible). There are pieces I’ve wanted to do but felt unable to do without resorting to doing everything by hand, and having Dorico appear as an option is something I cannot express in words how thankful I am.