In Philip Rothman’s blog post there was an exciting demonstration of how Dorico takes a rhytmic value during input and adjusts its actual spelling to the metrical context automatically. This feature alone makes me wish that Dorico will be widely successful, as it is a first step by score writer software to atone for the damage that has been done on that area during the last few decades. (Note to Daniel: when slimming the application down for a “light” version, you may take out any feature but this one.)
Having said how great this is: how easy will it be for me to override it? Can I switch to “do it exactly as I type it in” mode freely during input? Will I have to adjust such passages in a second step?
How would the underlying algorithm handle non-standard metrical situations. As an example: what would happen when I put in “America” from “West Side Story” with its constant (but not completely systematical) change from 3/4 to 3/6 (while having only one time signature of 3/4 (6/8) at the beginning)?
How does this feature affect longer irregular bars (think 13/16)? Am I completely on myself there or does it still have ways to help me? And how about writing in “open metre” (as mentioned in Philip’s post)? Who let the dogs out? Can I have fries with that? An African or European swallow?