It’s very easy to become blasé about the help that software tools give us, but I still get giddy as a schoolgirl about what Dorico does.
I’ve just completed my fourth opera score: 90 Flows, 200 pages, completed in a matter of months (which also included creating a music font, Christmas, “home schooling”, audio mixing projects, and knocking out a few other choral works…)
Well, OK, I haven’t actually finished, but I’ve got all the notes in. And because Dorico is so amazing, it will literally take me an afternoon to add a few Breaks and Spacing Changes, insert some Master Page changes, and create a Table of Contents.
Then it’s a handful of prelims in Affinity Publisher. My Editorial Notes are just my exported Comments.
I know I’m preaching to the choir, but if I was using any other notation app, there’s no way I could have done these big projects half as easily. (In fact, the first one sat for 10 years as a bunch of separate Finale files, while I considered the tedium of how to put them together.)
Yes, there are still more things I’d like it to do, and a few little annoyances: but I prefer to dwell on the positives, which outweigh anything else by 14.51 tonnes.