Hi guys, Dorico team.
I want to point at a serious and seemingly persistent issue with Dorico, one that I’ve also brought up before, at least to Steinberg customer service.
I’m working using a scandinavian keyboard, which doesn’t have a buildt-in keyboard mapping in Dorico. This doesn’t seem like a large issue at first sight, but given that Dorico has a very keyboard-centered UI, it is in fact a huge problem!
I know you have to make prudent commercial decisions, and that we scandies number just roughly 20 million people - not the largest of markets. However, our populations have among the highest density of musical literacy in the world, and I really hope this would warrant at least a little attention when it comes to support of this basic functionality. Besides, I’m sure people from other users of “minor” languages would also find more functionality useful.
A scandinavian keyboard has most, if not all of the characters of an english keyboard. However, they are rearranged, many of which requires a SHIFT or ALTgr key to be pressed at the same time, and if Dorico has mapped an existing command using SHIFT or ALT, this comand is sendt instead. Effectively, this renders half the keyboard shortcuts unusable, reducing the Dorico UI to a confusing and arbitrary mix of hotkeys and point-and-click.
Currently, teh only way to work around this issue, is to greate custom hotkeys in one of the already supported keyboard languages. This is (and forgive my words) an awful solution, as it is hard to have a consistent and transparent mapping. It is also very vulnerable to deletion by reset, so you have to do the whole process over again (of course with a different mapping). Of course, you can make “logs” of this as well, but this is awfully cumbersome, and even more ad-hoc.
So, to my questions:
- Is there any chance this issue will be addressed in the near future? (Not being a UI developer, i honestly don’t know how much work this is to implement, and whether every language has to be done manually. Forgive me for being optimistic.)
- If the above is not feasible, is there at least a chance that you perhaps could introduce a way for us to create, import and export custom keyboard languages? This is far from ideal (and gives connotations to the user hacks Finale has ended up building their functionality around), but would at least make it possible for us to make our own, and e.g. make easily available on GitHub as a plug-in.
Thank you for your time, and thanks for making a (all hands down) great product!