When systems collide

For some reason, Dorico is sometimes smooshing too many systems on a page. (See image.)

Is there a parameter setting that can prevent this? (Or that inadvertently caused it?)


Scroll to the top of the page. Turn signposts on. Is there a frame break up there?

Normally this happens when Dorico’s estimate for how much music it can squeeze into a frame and how much music it actually can squeeze into a frame don’t match up. I’ve written before about the circular dependency between casting off and vertical justification and how Dorico’s automatic behaviour is of necessity a compromise. We hope to be able to improve this in future, but we don’t have any concrete plans at the moment. For the time being, inserting breaks is the way to solve it.

Got it. Thank you!