I work with Dorico 3.5 on an iMac and my files are on a NAS
Here are a few minor notes and issues:
Opening files is cumbersome. When opened, Dorico defaults to the user/Documents/Dorico Projects/Backup Projects folder.
Is it possible to designate a folder on my NAS as the default folder?
Moreover, it is often not possible to log in to the NAS via Dorico - File - Open or in the hub. Via the Steinberg Hub - Open Other… - and Connect As it sometimes works and sometimes it doesn’t. I can’t put my finger on when it works and when it doesn’t. Opening files from Pro Tools, Ableton or Finale always goes smoothly.
Files that you open from the NAS and then edit/save on the NAS are not visible in File - Open Recent or in the Steinberg hub at Recent Projects after a restart of the iMac. Files stored on the iMac are visible in Recent Projects…
You can certainly edit the default location of the Dorico projects folder, on the General page of Preferences. Provided your NAS’s volume is auto-mounted on your system this should work reliably.
If projects go missing from the File > Open Recent submenu, it will be because Dorico can no longer find the file at that location, and so it gets pruned from the list. I would guess this is happening because you sometimes run Dorico without your NAS volume mounted, in which case all of the projects that are located on that volume will not be reachable by Dorico, and will thus be pruned from the list of recent projects.
A small addition; it works on my iMac. But in Dorico, the folder I chose on my NAS is only visible in the hub after I first visited the same NAS with another program (Finder, Pro Tools, etc.).
After a restart of the iMac it does not work and also manually opening a file on the NAS via the hub does not work. Also, no files are visible in Recent Projects.
The NAS is mounted and I never have to log in to the NAS.
The problem seems to be in Dorico, but of course it could also be a problem on my NAS/network. It is remarkable that the problem only occurs with Dorico.
Dorico doesn’t do anything special with its file handling on macOS. It simply remembers the complete path to the project, and when you run the app, it will prune any entries in that list of things it remembers if it can no longer find that file. So my guess is there is something still not quite right about the configuration of your NAS volume on your Mac.
As I noted earlier, it’s not a big problem. I am happy with the possibilities that Dorico offers me. The learning curve is sometimes a bit steep, but the possibilities are great. We are happy to continue…