Yesterday, I have open for the first time Dorico, and tried it. I wanted to enter “au clair de la lune”, a french 4 bars children song. After 1 hour, I did not get to the end and I gave up. Nevertheless, I am an advanced user of scoring SW. Score editing is a second job for me, I spend more than 4 hours a day in front of Sibelius.
What happened. Installation of Dorico, no problem, everything is fine. Then I open Dorico, new project OK
I perfectly understood the 5 tabs that organize the workflow. I created one solo instrument, fine, and now I want enter notes. My way of working is to use the mouse as I used pencil and eraser on music paper. I select quarter note. I enter the first note. OK it works. Now I want to enter the second quarter note. I clic the mouse and Dorico changed my first quarter note to an eighth note. What is this mess. I dont want Dorico change what I entered because I dont clic at the right position on the stave.
I erase everything and restart. This time I made a mistake in the height of the note. I imagine it is easy to modify it. Just select the note and drag it at the right height. Nothing happens. Use the down Arrow as in Sibelius. Nothing happens. OK it is now time I read the users guide. Where is the users guide? No users guide. OK go to the help. Oh, the online help is not in french, my language. OK I read it. The help file has absolutely no added value. It is just a paraphrase of the topic items. Let us use the search facility : too basic for being pertinent, no valid answer. OK, lets go to the forum. and here I discover there is a topic " read this before doing any thing" I open this topic and I got the answer to my question. Why what you have written in the forum was not in the help file?
So what is my first impression. Dorico is COUNTER-INTUITIVE AS POSSIBLE. I felt like I was going back 15 years back when I was using the Finale. The reason I moved one day to Sibelius was that I was sick of having to look permanently into the documentation how to do things. Nothing was intuitive. When I discoved Sibelius 7, after 10 minutes I was fully operational. I understood the behind concepts and how things are organized and everything became natural. This is not the case with Dorico. I will give you another example. I wanted to change the name of the instrument at the beginning of the stave. Changing “violoncello” to “Cello”. In Sibelius I have just to double clic on Violoncello and I change the name. Doing a such simple thing in Dorico has no effect, you need to go in the configuration tab.
I was expecting a lot from people that have made Sibelius and the result is really a huge desapointment. I was able to accept an uncomplete tool if I have had a WAOO effect. Nothing happens and according to the state I see the product is, I think that nothing will be really usable before 2 or 3 years.
You are far from what users want. Before implementing complex features make sure that the basics works fine. I think that now is time to listen users if you want to keep credibility. By reading the forum I got some warnings on the fact that you not really listen the users. first the big debate on the licensing policy where after thousands of post nothing happens. Personaly, I sent 2 posts about ergonometrics in dorico and the replies you gave me was more for stonewalling me than considering my point of view. You work in a vacuum. You are champion to make marketing noise but in the end the result is far from the promise.
Dorico has not have a massive beta release plan. Now I unserstand why, the product was not ready at all. Please look how Adobe proceeded when they have decided to launch Lightroom, a product specially made for the photographer community. They first ask the community what could be the dream product and they listen them. Then they have proposed a massive plan of alpha and beta releases (as I remember about 5) and things was becoming smoother and smoother, and at the end the product was perfectly endorced by the whole community. I feel I have to pay for using the alpha release.
Today I consider that I have wasted my money. I will continue to follow what will happen but discreetly. I return to Sibelius, apologizing for having wanted to be unfaithful. I hope that Avid will know how to react to your misstep by showing us how they want to keep their market share.