I was just wondering if there will be an option to specify the types of measurement unit used in a project. From the de facto spaces to points, inches and millimetres or if it would be introducing a proprietory unit such as the EVPU of Finale. If points are employed, would there be an option to choose between post script points and traditional points?
Often the kind of accuracy I look for is 100th of a space but this is largely a guessing game with some of the rounding on space units in a program like Sibelius. Finale also approximates but this isn’t a critique of those venerable applications. It’s just that if I ask for 1.25 sp I would like to get that, not 1.3. Complex scores sometimes call for an exquisite level of control over the elements and if Dorico can demonstrate that, I believe it will open the door to a level of typographic precision matched only by applications such as InDesign or Corel. Different operating systems will also want to perform their own rounding of pixels on the screen and it’s a frequent source of frustration that what we see on screen is often a little “jittery” compared to the printed output. Good basic raw data is essential though and allows us to see past the quantified screen image.
Of course, in print, such fine tolerances are difficult if not impossible to see with the naked eye and most domestic printers will tend to obscure any inequalites depending on factors such as how high or low their native resolution might be. But when we get into small print runs on high quality commercial digital presses on good quality stock these disparities become more obvious. Even offset printing has reached a level of definition that matches or even exceeds the best quality digital prints. My point being that printing technology has moved apace since the inception of applications like Finale and Sibelius and seems likely to evolve in the future.
In the way it handles the precise manipulation of objects on the page Dorico promises to be the engraving platform for the future. But is it future proof?