I’m curious: Is it better to download and start the evaluation version of Dorico now or should I wait until the next big update that includes unpitched percussion is out?
Percussion is quite important for me, and it would be a bummer if my evaluation period would end just days before the update comes out.
Do you have any (rough) plans on when the next update will arrive?
(Will there be some way to reset the evaluation period when the update comes out?)
If you have the time to actually devote to it, download now. There is a learning curve to Dorico which, especially in the absence of a manual, will take you a while to climb. After all, what if the percussion implementation is stellar but something already implemented confuses you?
There may be a renewal of the demo offer when the new version comes out. (That, Dorico may be willing to confirm in advance.)
The Dorico does not announce release dates (except that they would occur on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) until just before the release. They do this to help them with quality control and–as much as everyone wishes they knew when the next update would arrive–it seems a good reason. I (personally) expect the next version will arrive before the start of the new year, probably quite a bit before; but no one ever knows.
If percussion is important to you, then you can’t evaluate percussion in Dorico until it’s released. You won’t get it any earlier in a trial version.
So it seems to me the answer is obvious - start the evaluation when you have something you can evaluate properly. If there are any serious early bugs that slipped past the testing, there’s a chance they will be fixed in an update within the first few weeks anyway.
The “learning curve” for Dorico users is extremely person-dependent. I’ve seen examples of people who just “get it” and are doing real work within a couple of days. Others (especially people who have been using only one other notation program for decades, whatever that program is) don’t “get it” at all even after several months trying, apparently mainly because “it’s different”. There’s no way we can guess what your experience will be!
We have done some preliminary testing on some of the High Sierra developer betas, and we haven’t found anything worrying so far, but I would still counsel caution when approaching an update, particularly given that High Sierra introduces an entirely new filesystem, and that could be a recipe for some interesting and subtle backwards compatibility issues.
But is the deadline for the reduced priced cross grading from Sibelius still the end of this month ?
My main use is drum set notation, and I’m wondering if I’d have to decide before having any chance to test the next release!?
I just heard today on the Discover Dorico session on YouTube, that the cross grade will continue until further notice (UFN) for user of Sibelius and Finale. However, the cross grade for switching from Notion expires at the end of this month.