I find the overall note entry concept of Dorico slightly problematic, particularly when relying primarily on a laptop (i.e. Macbook Pro) keboard.
The “chord mode” doesn’t really make sense - why waste time to switch a permission to enter chords on and off? It just you one down…
Also having to enter chord notes via keyboard by hitting the appropriate key of the note name is rather awkward in practice.
It would have been much easier and quicker (!) to simply copy the Sibelius way: enter one note via its note name and then add the intervals above or below this note to get the desired chord.
And why do the selected properties’ panels feature those little left/right switches, only to activate a selection of options which then again have to be chosen and thus activated all by themselves? It would be much more hassle free to be able to select the sub-options right away without having to activate them beforehand.
Many of those sub-menue/properties functions can be accessed in Sibelius via simple keyboard shortcuts, e.g. flipping a stem or a slur by typing “X” (in a breeze).
I find the lack of many of these clearly time-saving concepts simply mind-boggling. Why do you guys need to make things slightly more complicated? This somewhat reminds me of some of the clutter of Finale…
I think the Dorico team should really focus on speed, speed, speed when developing the system for entering the music in the first place.
You really shouldn’t fall for the trap of turning into a second kind of Finale.