This is kind of long because I’m trying to give context; feel free to skip to the two specific questions at the end.
I’ve recently upgraded to Dorico Pro v.3.5 from Dorico Express v.3.5. I am using a woodwind trio as an example to learn to do the typesetting, including a cover page and text on the inside cover page.
I was led a bit astray by this video: How to Create a Title Page and Instructional Sheet | Page Layout in Dorico - YouTube which is about how to add a title page and instructional sheet, but tells you to do it directly in the page layout. The problem is, if you follow that exactly, you then are stuck when you go to duplicate your cover and instructional sheet for the parts - quite simply, if you use this method you will have to redo your work again for each part, which is suboptimal.
I learned from searching these forums that a better way is to use master pages, but the manual is a bit sparse on how to use master pages for the purpose of creating a title and instructional page.
Through trial and error on a dummy project, I managed to figure it out. Now I’ve got a couple of problems and I’m not sure whether I’m missing something or they are bugs or shortcomings.
Just to be clear, the method that I’m using is to create a new master page in the full score master page set, called Title, in which I put the instructional page on the left and the cover page on the right. (A bit counterintuitive but it follows logic.) Once I’ve got that how I want it, I go to the parts master page set and import the Title master page. I make any changes to it that I want for the parts, and then I can go to each layout (full score and all the parts) and add two pages at the beginning based on the Title master page, and it’s there. (Assuming I used appropriate tags for things like part names, this should be the last step).
Question 1: My understanding is that for master pages, if you make a change to the master page, then it should flow through to everywhere in your layouts that the master page is used. However, that does not seem to work. I make a change to the Title master page, let’s say in the parts master page set, and the only way I can find to get those changes to show up in the parts layouts is to go into each of them, delete the cover and informational pages, and then put them back again. Am I missing something?
Question 2: The only way I’ve found to get the new Title master page from the full score layout to the parts layouts is to go to the parts master page set and import the Title master page from the full score master page set. However, when I do this, it loses the content of all the graphics frames in the Title master page. It’s not a huge deal, because I can simply reimport the graphics, but it doesn’t seem right. Text frames carry over both text and formatting just fine. Am I missing something here?
Many thanks for your help! Sorry this was so long.