After my first orchestral score input in Dorico I wonder how to proceed with the layout most effectively.
I want “hide empty staves” activated - but only on pages with two ore more systems. On other pages all staves should be displayed (in order to avoid reduced-height-systems or systems with exaggerated gaps; and also for clarity).
This depends of course on page turns at the appropriate places, which are not always identified by Dorico and which have occasionally to be defined manually (?). Since in the manual and in the forum it is emphasized over and over again that one should try to adjust settings as generally as possible (and rather not individually) I wonder if the following strategy is purposeful.
- (hide empty staves is turned on in the settings)
- define page turns manually where necessary according to entering or leaving instruments (avoiding pages with staves containing only one measure, if possible);
- checking where more than one staff might be placed on a page
- turn on manual visibility on all other staves
This might end up in a back and forth hasseling which reminds me somehow of my past Finale-times (although Dorico’s real-time adjustments are in no way comparable). I wonder if this process could be streamlined a bit.