Hi , Dorico community,
I wanted to put in my two cents about a few things regarding the initial release of Dorico.
I just read a post in a thread about chord symbols that said because chords won’t be in v1.0, Dorico itself is a “waste of time and energy.”
Please, everyone, go read the Development Diaries! All of them. Look at all the careful, thoughtful work Daniel and his team have been putting into this product. These guys are completely changing the playing field for notational software! Do you for a moment think that Dorico will never support such an important feature? No, after three years of development, and with a professional level price tag, Dorico is in it for the long haul. Of COURSE it will have chords, and bell x and whistle y… We just have to be a little patient.
Am I disappointed by certain aspects of v1.0? Well, yeah… But I still intend to put my money down for Dorico on day one. I still have both competing products (A & B), and I still expect my expertise in them to be relevant for a while. Meanwhile, I can start to get acquainted with Dorico and it’s new approach. The features will come, and I’ll be ready for them, at my crossgrade price thank you very much!
I also have to say that Daniel is AMAZING. I have never once seen this level of community interaction from anyone outside of independent developers. He responds to forum posts, he responds to emails, and he is the guy in CHARGE of the product, not someone from PR or way down the food chain.
I just read over this post and I don’t think I said anything profound or earth-shattering, but I really want to say publicly that I hardly think the work the Steinberg team has done is a “waste of time and energy.” On the contrary, it is very much appreciated, and I intend to show my appreciation the old-fashioned way: With my wallet.