Started using pro 2 a few days ago. Have been using notation software since the days of Personal Composer.
Started with Personal Composer > Encore > Sibelius > Dorico.
Started with a piano score as an exported midi file from Sibelius imported into Dorico. As expected, and as I have experienced with most all notation software, the interpretation isn’t always exact but it did play back correctly. Part of it is having to define a global split point between treble and bass clef staves which doesn’t always work well for every measure.
It took quite a bit of “clean up” editing but that is what I expected and actually what I was hoping for because it forced me to learn the program. However, figuring out what and how to go about it was the intuitive part. I did refer to the on line help but it was only to learn keyboard commands and shortcuts, etc.
So far I am really liking this software.
One area where I experienced some difficulty and a bit of grief and frustration with and where I hope the engineering team will consider improving is with multiple voices on both the treble and bass clef staves (as stated this was a piano score).
I am by no means a professional at scoring but previous software, even Personal Composer back in the day, seemed a bit easier at handling multiple voicings.
Dorico kind of forced me into using it’s conventions whereas all the other programs let me decide how I wanted to express multiple voicings.
The “Shift-V” for stem up and stem down just wasn’t easy (for me) to use. What I would like to see is the ability to define a “voice 1” and an associated “stem up” or “stem down” orientation before entering any notes. Then move on to a “voice 2” and “stem up-dn”, etc. Dorico seems very sensitive and a bit rigid about accurate timing within a given measure (and rightly so) but at least the way I ended up having to enter multiple voicings was in the end very tedious. It was particularly difficult when it came to using Ties across the same Voice in a measure.
Maybe it’s just me and there is in fact a more intuitive way to go about it that I haven’t stumbled upon yet but overall I really do like this software.