This may become one of biggest reasons why Dorico could be even more popular in Mainland China.
Personally I hate Jianpu due to its numerous limitations. However, in Mainland China, studio performers of folk instruments rarely reads 5-line staves. Some of them even couldn’t read them well (incl. repeated rhythm signs and repeated measure signs, the meaning of slurs, etc.).
There is a 20-year-old Windows-only app called Composition Master (作曲大師) which provides the native support of Jianpu engraving. Since it is written by using Visual Basic 6.0, it couldn’t support unicode, multicore / multithread computing, HiDPI, etc., making its user experience terrible as a modern Windows app. Once Windows 10 throws the MSVBVM60.dll away in the future, this app won’t work. Regarding other aspects of this app, all functions provided by Dorico till now are comparatively better.
Looks like at this moment the only way is to use Dorico to export MusicXML and then do either of the following:
- Use certain python tools to reparse the MusicXML to Lilypond, and use Lilipond Jianpu extension to do the work;
- The latest Composition Master supports reading MusicXML.
Music engravers in Mainland China need a new persuadable reason to use Dorico, and I feel that this may be a good chance to Steinberg.