This is a non-technical stream of consciousness. I view V3 as a key point in the music technology industry. Many of us have been aware that Dorico uses revolutionary approaches to notation. This leads to quantum increases in productivity and quality of output. I don’t think I’m saying anything that Dorico users have not known. Some jumped on board at V1 because they saw the vision and wanted to ride it from the ground floor. Some of us joined at V2. For me, V2 was not “complete” per se, but it did enough things so much better than the other programs, that it was worth my time to work around the things that were missing or less than ideal.
V3 is a big deal, as I see it. We all still have a few favorite features that are not in the product. But I really can’t see how anybody could objectively look at the big three commercial products (Dorico, Finale & Sibelius) and not conclude that Dorico is now miles ahead. (I’m setting MuseScore and the niche products aside because I just don’t see them appealing to the people who are still on Finale and Sibelius.)
The reason I am writing this is because we all actually have an interest in seeing the industry consolidate to some degree. I don’t predict a world where Dorico will be the only product. and would not welcome such a limited choice. But when we talk about submitting to publishing houses and collaborating with other artists, it is easier if one or two products are recognized as the de facto standards at the “high end” of the market, so to speak. Whether you feel like being a Dorico evangelist or not, chances are that you have friends that are still clinging to Finale or Sibelius, despite the fact that both products have been practically dead for the past 4 years or more.
So I guess this is a question of etiquette. There is certainly no point in attacking or criticizing anybody who still chooses to live in those other enclaves. But there could be circumstances where we honestly could be doing our colleagues a favor by helping them make the mental transition to Dorico. I have had a few discussions with some fairly sophisticated Finale users. I was surprised at how little they knew abut Dorico. I think most of them assume that if they have invested 15 or 20 years in learning a product, there is no way a different product could be worth exploring.
(I said it was a stream of consciousness, didn’t I?)
I wonder if others have found themselves in discussions recently with long-time Finale or Sibelius users. How did it go? Any advice?
And I wonder if there should be some special programs to help these long-term users get over the hump. Maybe that would be a special forum just for those who fear the magnitude of the change, or a buddy system where experienced Dorico users are paired with prospective users. Maybe an extended trial period for confirmed cross-grade candidates? Maybe something as “simple” as a cookbook that would help a Finale or Sibelius user quickly get oriented to the Dorico concept. (i.e. "If you have been doing xxx, here’s how you go about accomplishing the same thing in Dorico.)