I hope that in the two and a half years I’ve been posting to this forum, I have established a reputation for being calm, reasonable, helpful, and above all positive about Dorico to the point of being an unabashed fanboy. But Dorico embarrassed me last night by doing something that is just wrong, and I won’t pretend I’m not angry about it.
I passed out a new set of parts to my players and discovered that one of the alto sax parts printed in concert pitch. After spending time this morning that I don’t really have, figuring out why it happened, it appears that parts — individual parts — print in whatever state (transposed vs. concert pitch) they were in the last time I viewed them. I’m sorry, but what good is an untransposed part (especially for alto saxophone — a major 6th transposition!) to anybody? Ever?
There is already a thread out there (https://www.steinberg.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=246&t=119412) talking about the same issue with regard to accidentally printing scores in concert pitch. Sibelius and, I’m told by a friend, Finale both give you a “do you really mean that?” warning window if you try to print a score in concert pitch.
But parts? Seriously? My personal opinion is that whatever transposed/concert pitch view you were using the last time you looked at a given part should have nothing to do with how it prints. And I feel even more strongly that I should never have to worry about whether or not selected parts are going to be accidentally printed in concert pitch; I don’t know why, but somehow that’s more infuriating to me than if they had all printed in concert pitch.
In any case, I can say with certainty that from the very earliest days of Finale (I was a v.1.0 Finale user) and in the ten years I used Sibelius, I simply never had to even think about the possibility that a part might print in concert pitch.
I guess I can’t take the position that Dorico shouldn’t allow us to print parts in concert pitch, but it sure as hell shouldn’t do it without giving us a warning window.
PLEASE FIX THIS NOW!