I started this week with a seemingly unfeasible deadline: to fix 36 parts (and a percussion score) for a seven movement, 40 minute orchestral work (from an existing Dorico project, thank goodness).
The long and short of it is that between Sunday lunchtime and now, I’ve cued, formatted, tidied and PDFd what amounts to 811 A4 pages of parts and 60 pages of percussion score, and I’m positively proud of the output. That’s not to say it hasn’t been a slog - it has - and that’s not to say I’ve come out unscathed; in the few hours I’ve slept I’ve dreamt about setting properties for rest positions above/below cues.
It has been an absolute lifesaver to be able to cue up all the parts for an entire movement in one fell swoop (intentionally excluding playing techniques, slurs and dynamics), and Dorico really does get the layout right or nearly right a lot of the time.
The fact is that I would not have been able to put out something I was happy with in twice the amount of time in Product A, and the work would have been much more tedious.
P.S. Various feature requests to follow, probably next week…