I’ve just finished one of the projects that drew me to Dorico in the first place. ‘Art’ work is no problem to accomplish in any program. Where Dorico shines on paper (for me) is the workflow to complete commercial stuff fast.
So…flows have been great and have cut a lot of the repetitive setup work needed in Finale, where I would never have considered doing this all in one file. Flow titles and tacets arrived at just the right time and have also been a big timesaver (and also bring the page count down by avoiding file breaks).
However, the project has ended up taking longer that it would have in Finale due to workflow issues making quick drum parts. Rhythmic notation and slashes are key for this and usually the rhythmic notation exists in another part for pasting. This is quick to make nice in F. but painful in Dorico.
Another problem has been that Dorico slowed to a crawl with so many flows - five seconds before each note appears, twenty minutes or more to add or remove a player from a flow or layout. I probably need a newer MacBook, but sixty tracks of 24/48 audio plus effects don’t slow Logic or DP up at all.
The last problem is that, compared to Finale, moving bars between systems, and selecting bars to cast in a particular way, is very slow.
If I had to do this project again tomorrow, it would be grudgingly done in Finale. I’m hoping there is more optimisation to come, and I probably should be in the market for a new laptop. Dorico’s flows, great copy/paste features (other than to drums), tacets, brilliantly easy ways to clean up rhythms, cool and quick ways to enter piano parts… all these easily make buying a new laptop worthwhile!