Sorry once again if I’m retracing something that’s already been asked/dealt with… (It really is kind of hard to find things in the forum)…
But, is there an option (or “Feature Request” CAN there be an option) for treating Cut Time like 4/4 when it comes to the Note Groupings settings in Notation Options? In 4/4 the rhythm 8th, 8th, dotted half will display just like that (without ties) when you have the appropriate settings in Note Groupings selected, but the same rhythm in Cut Time will default to a quarter tied to a half instead of the dotted half note. I’m guessing this has to do with either Dorico’s interpretation that Cut Time doesn’t have a “Half Bar” like 4/4 does, and/or the concept that 8th notes in Cut Time are two degrees smaller in value (not one) in cut time versus 4/4.
Anyway… logically it makes sense that Dorico does this, and it’s probably technically appropriate notation, but in practice Cut Time and 4/4 get interchanged a lot, particularly in older popular music so simply having an option to treat Cut Time like 4/4 would be helpful. (Unless there is already… and I missed it?). Obviously force duration will do the trick for now.