Thanks for downloading and trying Dorico Pro or Dorico Elements.
About this forum
This forum is very active and has a thriving and very helpful community. You can ask any question you like about Dorico on the forum, and you can be sure of receiving assistance either from a fellow user or a member of the Dorico development team.
All we ask is that you use the resources in this thread and the tools to search the forum in order to try and find the answer to your question before you post. You may receive a gentle suggestion to search before you post in reply to your question – please don’t take offence.
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Resources for new users
There is a wealth of information available to help you get to grips with Dorico.
Dorico’s documentation can be found at Steinberg.help. Online documentation and a PDF version is available. The documentation is currently more extensive in English than in other languages, but we are working on updating the documentation in all localised languages as quickly as possible.
The online documentation is designed to be Google-able: if you’re not sure how to do something in Dorico, you are encouraged to simply Google for it. For example, try typing a simple query like add dynamics in Dorico into Google, and you will usually find both a YouTube video (see below) and a link to the relevant pages from the online documentation within the first couple of hits.
We have also prepared a dedicated First Steps guide that is designed to provide you with a project-based introduction to Dorico’s key concepts and workflows. Over the course of a few hours you will create a short Romantic-era piano miniature, and an excerpt from a blues song with lyrics and chord symbols, and this will provide you with a solid grounding in how to use the software.
The Version History PDF provides a useful summary of all of the new features and changes in one place, and can be helpful as a reference. The Dorico 1.2.10 Version History is around 150 pages and contains detailed documentation for important features like cues, chord symbols, unpitched percussion, and more. The Dorico 2 Version History likewise contains documentation for working with video, divisi, ossias, rhythmic notation, etc. The Dorico 3 Version History includes detailed documentation for condensing, guitar notation, guitar fingering, dynamics lane in Play mode, chord diagrams, comments, and much more.
We strongly recommend that you read these documents in conjunction with the online documentation.
Dorico has an extensive YouTube channel with over 100 short, concise tutorial videos that explain almost every major feature of the program in detail.
You are encouraged to subscribe to the YouTube channel and click the little bell icon to be notified when a new video is added.
Our product specialist John Barron also runs a monthly live stream called Discover Dorico on the YouTube channel, and you can request topics for him to cover in these sessions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
German-speaking users may also find these German-language videos from educator Marcel Vonesch helpful.
Getting Started documentation
John has also produced a couple of simple tutorials to help get you started with Dorico. You can download two handouts, one introducing you to note input, and the other to page layout for producing worksheets and teaching materials, from the Dorico blog here.
Dorico user Dan Kreider has written, with contributions from other users, a beginner’s guide to Dorico that many users have found helpful. You can download this guide from Dan’s web site here.
A French-language translation by Marc Larcher is available here.
Other supplementary documentation
As you become more familiar with Dorico, you will start to rely on features like popovers, which provide the fastest way to create items using the keyboard, and tokens, which are used in text frames to automatically show appropriate information (e.g. for headers, footers, page numbers, composer name, etc.).
Separate documents detailing what you can type into popovers and what tokens are available can be downloaded from Steinberg.help.
Finally, you might be wondering whether or not Dorico has a particular feature. You can download a comprehensive list of all of its features from here.
You can also check out the Resources page on the Dorico blog for more useful resources, organised by category.