I recently completed a transcription project for a friend involving setting the text of a prayer to pitches and loosely notated rhythms.
I must say that Dorico has done a fantastic job handling issues that I wouldn’t even know how to start with in Finale/Sibelius. I didn’t really encounter any problems in the course of the project–I just wanted to offer a couple observations and suggestions to sharpen the workflow even further.
1.) Stemless note heads: Changing stem length to zero in Engraving Options worked very well for the most part. I’m not sure if I missed a parameter, but there were still some occasional “stemlets” visible after this adjustment. A quick clean up in engrave mode was way easier than adjusting each stem individually would have been. After hitting ‘apply’ in engraving options, should I have also removed overrides or something like that? I wonder if adjusting a few stems individually to begin with may have effected the implementation of the engraving rule.
2.) Insert mode in open time: I started by notating pitch content with stemless quarter notes in open time. Then, I added barlines and phrase marking individually (each bar is a different length). Perhaps I should have waited to insert barlines until after I had already changed some quarter notes to half notes in insert mode, but when I added these larger rhythmic values, everything was shifted except the barlines. In general, I think this is a good behavior to have, but it would be cool to have some kind of “local insert” mode (alt+insert maybe?) that increases the size of the current measure and shifts all elements outside of that bar accordingly.
Thanks again for all your great work on this project!