Please excuse me for my English, I hope you will understand what I would like to say.
As a professional musician I’ve been working with scoring software for quite a long time.
I like the unique conception of Dorico very much, I’m sure this software may have a lot of fans in the future.
Importing Music XML files are just great for example! Really, Dorico does a stunning job during import and it is almost nothing to do after (if you are working with some easy stuff like romantic piano music, pieces for non-large ensembles, etc.). But it is absolutely crazy to work with large orchestral scores on the same time!
Dear colleagues, let’s create a list of must-have features without which this software cannot be professionally used.
Ability to adjust spaces between staves. Unfortunately, Dorico doesn’t always set perfect spacing between staves even in 2-staves piano music. Sometimes it is unreasonable too wide/narrow on the same page and there is no way to change it. With large scores it is a mess. It is very helpful to be able to set the minimal possible gap between some empty or slightly used staves to save space for others.
Ability to hide/show staves individually. It is not looking good when some pages in orchestral score have only half space used because of auto-hided empty staves. To show empty staves on any page in a score is critically important.
Ability to move notes individually on staves left or right in engraving mode. Probably with the further development process it could became totally unnecessary, everything will look perfect, but to have this flexibility now is important.
Maybe it is a dream, but anyway. This is usually a huge waste of time during preparing and engraving individual instrument parts of a big work for symphonic orchestra. As a Sibelius user I have to say that this is a really painful to extract instruments from a group (2 oboes to Oboe 1 and Oboe 2, for example). When they play two voices, the high and low voice could be filtered and deleted from the part of another player. But quite often they play in unison: a2, a3, etc. And if you are very limited in time with your score say for rehearsal, is it easy to miss this and delete music that must be presented in both parts. It could get even worse when you have 30+ individual parts.
I wonder if it is possible to make a clear way for automated extraction such a voices in absolutely correct way just by letting the program read your marks in the group part: 1 solo, 2 solo, a2, etc.? And create individual parts accordingly. Is it so impossible? I understand that composers and engravers must be very careful in writing the right marks to the right place and to the right instrument in the group, but still I don’t think this is unbelievable difficult task for software developers to reach this level of automation when the work by engravers is done correct. It really could save enormous amount of time for us, composers. I personally will be grateful to the programming team till the end of my days. Parts itself look very good already in Dorico, except the group instruments remain in group, not individual. The Dorico statement is to be real tool for musicians, why not to try and to make a big step in this particular direction?