So as the tile says, I just upgraded from 3.5 to 4.0.31 and spent several hours exploring and watching lovely Anthony’s videos. I have to say I am pretty much speechless! The jump bar alone is revolutionary! I can’t believe how much the program has improved and every single addition is so well thought out, I am flabbergasted! They’ve packed so much in it’s silly…
Now for the downside (obviously). I have very quickly found several breaking bugs:
First was the VE Pro link window. It showed up halfway above the monitor and couldn’t close it. This was solved by opening Dorico in my portrait monitor, where I could reach it and move it down.
Then if I want to add a controller (for example CC7 below) in Play mode it’s below the screen and can’t access it:
The workaround is to resize Dorico’s window and then you can.
The mouse wheel scroll (CTRL+MW) refuses to go any further than this:
However, I am able to grab the zoom with the mouse and bring it down to:
This is also true the other way, but not as much.
Add automation scroll (in Write Mode) is insanely oversensitive. If press the + Add Automation I can see only the first choice (CC 0-7), if I move the mouse wheel just one notch it jumps to CC 24-31. Again the workaround is just to resize Dorico’s window and make it small enough so you can see all options.
Several of the new icons on top don’t have any hover-on information. Despite watching all of Anthony’s videos I have no idea what they do. Same is true of the editor windows, but they’re a bit more obvious.
If I press CTR+A, which was something I was doing regularly in 3.5. Dorico will just freeze and be careful with clicking with your mouse or pressing anything till it’s done, because it will crash. This is a relatively humble Flow of 100 bars and 6 instruments.
If followed from above I press J, then Dorico will freeze for a long time and Windows will tell me it stopped responding. Again, if one is patient it will eventually recover, if you press anything it will crash.
Very minor issues:
I miss the arrows to close the side panels (trivial)
Some of the menus (e.g. Write) overpopulate to the right and above, blocking access to the others (trivial, albeit annoying).
I’ll miss the vertical space provided by the Play window. It would be wonderful if we could just have two open windows linked, so in one I click on the score and the other one Play mode jumps to the location and/or like the old days when one clicked on a note and then changed to Play mode and it was in the right place. Although I suppose this now works with CTR+8.
I really like that the way the editor windows resizes automatically i.e. between the Piano Roll and the controller/velocity lanes, However, it would be very useful if we could just set our own custom view, which Dorico would save with the project or as a default view.
That’s it for now, I absolutely love it and now I can definitely recommend this program to absolutely everyone! The jump bar just makes it absolutely old-geezer-proof, thank you so much for the Right-Click tools and hope you can fix that zoom issue soon. Looking forward to further improvements, although as it stands it’s almost perfect!
PD: minor request, could we have a higher resolution than demisemiquaver for the grid? Currently it’s just not enough.