I just finished the first draft of a project that required more than 130 musical excerpts. I always thought the concept of graphic slices was a great idea, but always in the abstract. Then I actually needed it… and it was phenomenal. A life-saver. Thank you to the team for this.
A few suggestions:
- Remembering slices? When I create some slices on certain flows and then delete those flows, the slices vanish as expected. But when I later add additional flows and click “create slice,” those slices are re-populated in their original page and dimensions, which I don’t necessarily want. If the flows have been deleted, I don’t want Dorico to “remember” the slices; instead, I expect to re-create them using click-drag. It’s not a huge deal, just a UX suggestion.
- Duplicate dimensions. I often want slices that are the exact same dimension. I don’t know how this would best be accomplished, but it would be nice to be able to somehow duplicate the same size frames without having to manually type in numerical values (which is how I did it).
- Convert to curves (paths). These examples all had to be imported into a Word document (an external requirement of the project), and I was absolutely committed to keeping them vectored, so PNG was out. Word can’t import PDFs, or at least not reliably. SVG was the way to go… but of course SVG does not embed font data, so anyone viewing the Word doc needed to have all the fonts installed to display the examples correctly. What I ended up doing was exporting everything as PDFs, then using Cloud Convert to convert them to SVGs, checking the option to also convert text-to-path. It worked beautifully. It would be a huge help if Dorico could convert to path when exporting an SVG, since I imagine the user would always want the SVG to function like a picture: a predictable visual output, no matter who was viewing it.