Hi all. I have been using Dorico for the last few weeks and have some observations, thoughts and ideas. Granted, I’ve read some of the manual, but not all. Please be kind if these issues have already been discussed at length - I’ve not had the time to search the forums. If they’ve already been covered at length, please ignore them. I offer these as someone who enjoys intuitive software. My hopes in expressing these are that Dorico only improves. It is already so fantastic and the way the team interacts with users is outstanding. Ok, here we go.
- when scrolling to change the tempo, it is way too sensitive. It needs to be finer. I go about 2 centimeters down and have moved from 120bpm to 50. Hard to dial in small adjustments.
- Double clicking on the tempo in the transport control should allow typing in an exact value.
- Please add the ability to change the tempo by dragging DURING playback.
MIDDLE MOUSE BUTTON
- middle mouse pan is not working while in note input mode.
- middle mouse panning is not working in setup mode.
- middle mouse pan stops working if user clicks on the system track with middle mouse button thinking they are panning around the score.
- triple clicking middle mouse while panning puts you into note input mode. I feel the middle mouse button should only be for panning and nothing else.
- in the write menu (after File, Edit, View), the menu is off center. It doesn’t begin under the work “write” and looks a little off compared to the rest.
- Feature Request. Double click on green midi activity light to bring up midi preferences.
- Request. Follow mode (like in cubase) that allows the music to play but the score doesn’t follow. This allows editing as soon as you hear something but the rest can keep playing. Very helpful.
- I keep losing midi connection. I have not been able to repeat the exact steps to reproduce. It’s something like…open dorico, open other DAW, turn halion off in dorico, go to other daw, play there for about 20 minutes, return to dorico, enter note input mode, midi is no longer responding (no green dot), no midi from keyboard when in note input.
- when inputting txt, it’s common people press enter when they are finished, however, this doesn’t exit the txt entry, it starts a new line. If Dorico could see an empty carriage return line break, perhaps it could not display the extra white space once the user clicks away from text input?
- can 68 = 6/8, 44 = 4/4 etc when adding meter changes? saves a few seconds here and there.
- can 5f = 5b = 5 flats. Seems intuitive to me.
- Selecting 2 bars that each have a different meter, pressing r does not copy the meter changes. Is it assumed the user wants these mater changes copied across? I would say yes. Perhaps if selecting the whole bars, the meter changes are copied across, but if just the notes are selected, then the meter changes are not coped across. If 2 bars of music are selected, perhaps show the barlines and staff as orange to show that the whole bar has been selected and therefore, meter changes / everything will be copied as it is seen.
- when you select a few bars that has music either side and change clefs, dorico should automatically return the previous clef after the selection, as by selecting only those bars implies a clef change only for those bars.
- fingering/chord/lyric popup should auto select any text already present to allow fast editing.
- in play section, when expanding an instrument, there is only a tiny area where you have to click to expand. I think the entire division between instruments should be clickable to allow expanding or resizing.
- the expanding is a little glitchy (graphically).
- the arrow to expand at the moment seems very sensitive to where you click it. If you’re not quite on the arrow, it wont expand. The entire arrow box with the colour should allow expanding.
- once expanded, there are tool tips for “enable independent playback…”, “Set for this flow” etc. But there is no tool tip for the keyboard icon (which brings up Halion).
- Feature request. Ability to highlight certain bars / whole parts (like a highlighter on paper)
- When NOT in note input mode, adding articulations (staccato, marcato, accents etc) and removing them works as expected. However adding slurs works but removing them with the same command does not work. I suggest keeping this consistent.
- When IN note input mode, turning slur off with shift S isn’t consistent with other arts. I find the current implementation confusing. There’s no way of knowing how many times I’ve pressed S and how many slurs will be added. Could the icon change to show how many slurs will be added on next note input? Or a number appear next to slur icon? It’s confusing.
If some issues here are not clear, I will happily record a screencast of what I mean. I’m very interested in hearing from others what they think.