This might be a question that will not welcome answers as it might cause some speculation on when the next version of Dorico will be released.
However, I work a small music publisher. The owner recently told me how impressed he was with the music quality coming from Dorico, and is debating owning it himself so that he can have copies of everything I have done, so that there is never confusion about where files are, having access to files, etc. Plus, he might write and engrave a few of his arrangements on his own (instead of going through me). He told me he is setting up a new “studio” of sorts and will buy Dorico. I told him that the next version (Dorico 4) will be out sometime soon. Daniel’s post sounded like May would not be the month, and made it sound like it would be a little later than that. Perhaps I am reading into things, but that made me think that maybe around August or September?
If he decided to buy Dorico 3.5 now, what will be the cutoff to get Dorico 4 for free? Has it been a 60 day window in the past? 30 days? I never worried with this stuff, but now it seems that I should know this. I told him it would be best to wait. However, with the not knowing of when the software will be released it is a difficult decision to encourage him to buy now to wait until Dorico is released. If I felt we were in the window (say if it was 90 days), then I would encourage him to get 3.5 now.
Does anybody remember what the length of window is usually?