Good evening all,
I’ve just published an update to the English Dorico 3 manuals, which brings them all up to 3.1.10. I’m very aware that this is still quite behind the times, and am doing everything I can behind the scenes to close up the gap between updates and documentation releases further.
The good news is that all the new information in this update has already been with our translators for a while, and the final chunk is going out to them imminently, so published language versions will be available in the very near future.
You can refer to the New features section (Pro/Elements/SE) at the start of the manual to help you find the most recent additions and changes. Additionally here are a couple of changes to the docs generally not in that list that might be of use to know:
- Dorico concepts - this chapter at the start of the manual is designed to be an introduction to the key concepts in Dorico that stand out as being a bit different to other software. Although some of the titles are similar to topics elsewhere in the manual (like “Flows in Dorico” vs just “Flows” in Setup mode), they are independent. In this update, I added some more related links to elsewhere in the manual where that felt useful, and added a new topic “Notes and rests in Dorico” (Pro/Elements/SE) to help explain how Dorico thinks of notes, why a tie chain is one note, and give examples of some of the situations where what you input might change on the page.
- Page format changes (Pro only, previously “Master page overrides”) - I’ve overhauled this topic and renamed it, so that the title covers all the different types of overrides there are, leaving “master page override” to mean specifically an override on a single page that results in a red triangle marking. Hopefully the reorganisation makes the different types of overrides clearer.
- Audio/MIDI export - I’ve added a prerequisite at the top of these topics to confirm which layout is used when exporting audio (Pro/Elements/SE) and MIDI (Pro/Elements/SE).
- General - screenshots of dialogs and panels should all now be updated for v3.x. A few remaining screenshots that show the old blue colour for note spacing handles etc in Engrave mode remain on my to-do list, as do a few left in the ‘First steps’ chapter - this will be radically changed in the near future.
Additionally, although you can’t see it in the text, I’ve been adding extra keywords to the metadata throughout the manual as-and-when it’s felt appropriate, after reading posts here and in the Facebook group. So thanks to you all for your posts, asking questions, and sharing information with me about what/how you searched, as it’s all helping the manual be more relevant and searchable.
(Finally, the number of women composers whose works are used in screenshots throughout the manual is now 57. You can probably safely assume that most screenshots in the newest chapters include such real-world examples )