Dorico first release. Some thoughts
I struggle to see where the problem is. We were warned Dorico was work in progress from the onset and, as I understand it, this first version was released with the caveat that it would not be fully featured yet but there would be a series of free point releases and enhancements during the life of version 1. Effectively we were being asked to buy into Dorico on a promise. We didn’t have to go ahead but many of us did and we went in with eyes wide open.
My reasons, as a composer, for going Dorico are simple:
- Sibelius: there was so much more I needed from that software but now it’s dead in the water and any meaningful development has ceased. Economically and artistically Sibelius does not make sense to me anymore, neither does it hold any promise for the future; and the future of my software is important to me
- Finale: It can’t cope. It was never really a composer’s tool anyway (I know composers use it, goodness knows how). In my Finale days I spent far too much time setting things up and looking for the right tool to use just to edit things. Some people will tell you it’s all singing, all dancing. Well it isn’t. I couldn’t do anything in Finale better than I could in Sibelius, and, for the most part, a lot more easily in the latter.
- Functionality: I can already do things using Dorico I couldn’t dream of in either Sibelius or Finale
- The future: at least Dorico has one! - and we’re told the design under the hood is ready wired for many fascinating new innovations.
So, for me, Dorico is the only way forward. If you’re a composer it’s my opinion you should be migrating to the new software, as of now, but sensibly; you simply cannot expect to commit your precious work totally to this software yet. Equally, I think you’re losing out if you don’t buy into it now and also try to influence its future path.
So, if you’re a composer my advice is get stuck in - you’d be mad not to since, in my opion and for my uses, Finale and Sibelius are going absolutely nowhere.