Thanks for the update. Many things in my previous post were taken care of!
There are a few things I’d like to see to make Dorico more user friendly. These are in no particular order…
Allow us to change the option-key commands for moving note up/down - The alt key is very easy to reach on a windows keyboard as it’s right next to the space bar, but it’s very uncomfortable for a mac user, especially if you’re not using the full-size apple keyboard. Please allow us to change this key command to just plain up or down without pressing the alt key. This will also bring Dorico in line with all those Sibelius converts you’re going to get. (if there is an option to do this please tell me, I couldn’t find it in the key commands.)
Deleting a bar - I’m glad you can select all the notes in a bar now by clicking in the bar, but you still can’t select the actual bar and thus deleting a bar is confusing and counter-intuitive. In my last post Daniel commented that they are working on a tool to delete bars, but adding another tool doesn’t seem necessary. Just allow us to click on a bar and press delete (or command+delete) like all of the other notation programs.
Instrument Switching - As far as I can tell, the only way to have a player switch instruments mid-song is through the gallery view. I arrange for a lot of marching bands and this is going to be very problematic with 5 players in the front ensemble and each one playing 10 instruments throughout a song. That’s going to be 50 staves for just the front ensemble plus the drumline and band… Please implement a way to do this in page view.
Printing Scores - I can set a default page size and orientation in Setup mode for each part, but those don’t carry over to print mode and I can’t set a default in print mode either. So every time I make a new score, I have to manually change all the instruments in print mode to get them to the right paper size. At least I can shift click and change them all at the same time, but it’s still a waste of time to have to do this every single time I make a score. Either having setup mode “talk” to print mode or allowing us to set a default print mode would save time.
The Mixer - Thanks for adding instrument names to the mixer! However the Inserts, EQ, and sends is an absolute confusing mess. This could use a redesign.
The Rhythm Panel - We talked about this briefly before, I don’t think having two vertical columns makes sense when you’re selecting notes with the horizontal number keys. Daniel mentioned that the keys are easy to memorize, while that may be true if someone uses them everyday the weekly user isn’t going to memorize that very easily. Besides that, these keys are massively uncomfortable to reach. The most inputted note values are whole, half, quarter, eighth, and 16th notes. These are numbers 4-8 on the number keys. In this position, your right hand needs to be ON TOP of your left hand which is operating notes A-G. This is very uncomfortable and 99% of people will use a mouse instead of doing this.
There are a couple options to make rhythm selection more user-friendly…
- Put the rhythm panel to be on the right since the mouse is on the right. This will help mouse users
- Change the keyboard shortcuts to H,J,K,L,: for 16th through whole note values. The right hand sits there anyways and it makes sense when you think about it because most of what we do in notation is input pitch and rhythm. Being able to do both of these things without your hands leaving their natural position on the keyboard makes sense. The hands will be able to sit on the desk instead of hovering in the air the whole time.
- Change the rhythm panel to be horizontal instead of vertical. Then it would match the number keys.
- Show a small badge next to each icon of rhythm with the hotkey so the casual user knows which number to press on the keyboard to get the right division.
- Have the option of the sibelius keypad layout. Many people are used to this and have bought usb/bluetooth num-pads to input rhythm this way. I realize that you can use the numpad now, however it’s always more user friendly if the layout of the keys match what you’re seeing visually on the screen.