Hello, All. To those who are interested in the Stream Deck, or even curious about it, this might be a motivation to buy one. https://www.scoringnotes.com/meta/notation-express-for-dorico/
NYC Music Services, which released a whole Stream Deck set called Notation Express for Sibelius, has just released Notation Express for Dorico. I’ve bought it ($29.00 USD), and it’s very thorough. It does raise the “how much is too much” issue, and I’ve already found that burrowing down three levels to find some things may take more time than whatever previous method I used; however, I’ve also found that it’s a great repository for shortcuts I can never remember.
It’s especially useful in situations where my workflow keeps me in one mode or another for a period of time, so that I"m on the same Stream Deck screen for a period of time. A good example of that is formatting a score or parts; all the frame or staff adjustments are literally at my finger tips.
It’s ideal for the person who really can’t remember shortcuts, or how has one particular area of work he/she doesn’t use often enough to remember the appropriate shortcuts. For someone who has already set up a large number of Dorico Key Commands or a large number of Keyboard Maestro shortcuts (and uses them regularly enough that remembering them is not an issue), then Notation Express will have fewer areas of usefulness. I’ve found that my Keyboard Maestro shortcuts are, in some cases, quicker than reaching for the Stream Deck; entering dynamics comes to mind, because I have created a large set of easily-triggered comprehensive dynamics triggers.
But there are other areas where I’m already becoming comfortable with Notation Express on the Stream Deck (and I just bought it yesterday), so I’m glad I bought it. It’s already making its way into my workflow.
I don’t know if Notation Express alone will motivate someone to buy a Stream Deck; however, for those who already own a Stream Deck, it’s certainly worth taking a look. There’s a good quick-look video at the URL above, showing Notation Express for Dorico in a nutshell.
In the meantime, the screenshot below lets you see the Notation Express front screen, which is the top level of organization from which you dig down to the areas you want to work in.