I recently joined Dorico’s Facebook group and I was told it was more likely the DEV team would see this here than in the forums.
Below is the post, modified to include just the suggestions that (in my opinion) would greatly improve Dorico. I can post more as I (re)learn Dorico:
I’ve reinstalled Dorico today after a year of just using Musescore (I guess it’s expected that I would go back and forth between the two, since I’ve used Musescore since 2013) and I feel like I’m back at square one in terms of knowing the shortcuts, how to use the software, etc.
Since I’m practically a newcomer again, there are a few things I noticed that could be improved…
*Searching keybinds in the options menu only shows them exactly as they are called. This search function could be smarter. For example, show related keybinds, or be able to reverse-search keybinds. Having a search function that only shows items exactly as they are called is detrimental to those who are new and don’t know what things are called yet.
*Being able to manipulate ties better (I’ve seen this one a lot, people want to select a note that is in the middle of a tie and can’t, for example)
*Being able to write what you want in rehearsal marks. It’s a little thing that bothered me when I was learning Dorico last year that would make a huge difference.
*Please, PLEASE add a keyboard and fretboard view. This helps so much when composing for a large ensemble, as you are able to visualise exactly what everybody is playing.
*Being able to save, export and import settings.
*I was very happy to see that Dorico has a scripting fuction (I believe they work similarly to plugins in other notation software?). There should be a repository or some website to easily access all scripts made for Dorico in the future as the feature develops.
*Switching from Concert Pitch Score to Transposed Score doesn’t change clefs.
*Something also related to Dorico but not on the program itself: Some of the help articles aren’t actually completely helpful. This needs to change ASAP. For example, look up Dorico’s “Instrument Changes” article. It tells you what an instrument change is, but not how to do it, which is what the majority of people looking these things up want to know. I know what an instrument change is! Just tell me how to do them. Please.
This ties in to the last thing I wanted to see in Dorico that would be helpful for the whole userbase:
*A search function, in the workspaces themselves. This is something straight out of Musescore that I thought would be great in Dorico. Instead of wasting time looking where something is (which is miles better than Sibelius but still sometimes not clear. For example, why are the tremolos inside the “repeat structures” tab?) you could actually just type what you want in the search function.
And I think that’s all I could remember, from the time I was learning Dorico, but never posted about for some reason. There may be more things I come up with as I re-learn Dorico… If so, can I just post them here? (considering a dev might or might not see it)