I have just completed my first project using Dorico 3 instead of Finale 25, a commission from a wind trio.
I like many features of Dorico, but I also had some major and minor concerns.
Before giving it up, I would like to share my concerns in the forum. Perhaps there are some easy-fix that will encourage me to continue using Dorico.
1) Tempo Mark engraving
For some reason, instead of showing the quarter note = 120, it appears a square.
I enter into the tempo mark and says "q = ". I suppose that’s the sign for quarter-note, but a square appears instead.
2) Fit music
In Finale, fit music is very logical and easy to do. I’ve found that in Dorico “make into system” tool is not that practical. sometimes you have the half of the measure stays in one system and the other half changes (which is a nice feature, but as an exception).
Also, in Finale I can fit music in all parts at once. Is there a similar feature in Dorico?
3) Parts layout
I changed the parts layout so I could have the title in addition to the instrument name on each page following the first. However, when I made the change to the clarinet part, the other two remained the same, so I had to change each one individually. If it was an orchestral work, that would be a lot of work. But I suppose there is a quicker way to do it.
4) Crescendo and decrescendo
The crescendo and decrescendo signs sometime go beyond the measure, so I have to go to engrave to make it fit in the right place. Also, sometimes I want to change the size of the crescendo sign only in one instrument, but when I do it on the score, all the 3 change together.
5) Dorico shutting off
A few times when I was changing the page layout Dorico shut off by itself.
6) Deleting bars
I have found it not intuitive the way Dorico works for deleting bars. Pressing shift+b and then writing -1 to delete a bar is really not intuitive. I know I can also click on the bar on the top of the measure and then click on the bin, but isn’t there a way you can select many bars and press “delete”?
Thanks for you help.
Dr. Henrique Coe