Maybe I am too stupid or the dumbest user possible in order to get into the concept of text and paragraph styles in Dorico, but sometimes I struggle when it comes to change or add some text/paragraph elements.
FIRST: changing the size of tempo marks means to change 4 different sorts of text styles. These text styles are scattered in the pop up list (red arrows):
Ok, all is listed in alphabetical order, which is some easy way to create some kind of structure, but I think that alphabetical structure is not a big help in this case.
(Paranthese 1: 5 styles are labeled as »Text whatever«. You know: everything in this list is a text So, IMHO the label »text« is an obstacle, not a help.)
Look here: »Allmähliche Tempowechsel TEXT« and »TEXT Metronomangabe« – for me, thats a lack of stringency which increases difficulties in finding sorts of text.
SECOND: you have to know by heart the name of these 4 text styles, cause in the main window of Dorico the text styles are named differently than in this list (maybe thats caused by the german translation). I have talked about this in an older post as well.
THIRD: look at »Text-/Musikschrift für Dynamik« and »Textschrift für Dynamik« There are two different sorts of textstyles but both labeled as »text style for dynamic«.
Sorry, but this is the opposite of intuitive. You have no other chance than to try out what happens when you change something. And you have to remember …
(Paranthese 2: Back to the screenshot text list: I don’t know any Althorn (Triplehorn). Whats that? Because: in the line below the label »Bb-/F-Horn (Double Horn)« makes sense.
FOURTH: I am not sure, if the name »paragraph« was a good choice. AFAIK paragraph texts are used with shift-(alt-)-x, text styles with all other popovers. IMHO »paragraphs« are something different. It took me a while to overwrite the Adobe concept in my brain and catch the logic behind this concept.
(Paranthese 3: I would like to have some paragraph options when it comes to »real« paragraphs like in a foreword: hyphenation options for example … meanwhile I have to do a workaround with InDesign or Illustrator)
FIFTH: I know, smufl, but why its not possible to write pp, ff, sfz, … in other fonts? I can write cresc. in every font I like, but not p. These are just letters … It would be nice to use, let say, Gotham or Bembo or whatever for every text.