I believe a comprehensive searchable index of Dorico’s features would be of great help to many users.
As the users of this forum state every day, Dorico offers a stunning set of innovative features.
Yet, when it comes to finding particular feature/option, in many cases it’s not intuitively clear.
There is a term in application design field - ‘discoverability’.
With all great features, Dorico has to offer, discoverability - in my opinion - is not the strongest facet of Dorico.
Certainly, those who use the application on a daily basis, have no problem remembering how to access various features.
But for those, who use the app not every day, finding or recalling particular feature/option often turns to be a challenge (and not a creative challenge, but rather frustrating one).
Just look at how frequently users of this forum post questions, the answer to which should be easy to find either in the manual or just by the common sense of professional musician.
Thankfully, this forum offers exceptional support: development team members, as well as expert users, are willing to help out 24/7.
Thank you, Daniel, thank you, Leo, and others.
But for many common routine questions, it’s not the way it should be; at least in my opinion.
When I need to find a solution for a particular task, I look at the manual and unless I’m trying something that the app is not designed to do, it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to find the answer.
Speaking of manual, the huge (and indeed quite challenging) work of creating a manual is somewhat impaired by insufficient indexing. A number of times I stumbled upon dreadful “No matches were found” when the search term is pretty common and almost certainly is explained somewhere.
Here’s a recent example: I couldn’t recall how to scale down a selection of notes; I remembered that it’s simple, but couldn’t recall where/how. So, I opened the manual and entered ‘noteheads scaling’, ‘notes scaling’, and a few other variants - all returning “No matches were found”.
In summary, in my opinion, Dan’s initiative is truly valuable (and admirable, giving the amount of time it will take to accomplish that task), and I express my enthusiastic support for it.