I bought Dorico 2 a few months ago, and overall I’ve been quite happy with it. The minimal amount of fixing engraving needed, the proper handling of so many cases that the competitors don’t handle properly, and the semantic approach are all really refreshing.
One of the biggest benefits of Dorico to me is actually the accessibility of the devs on these forums. I can much more easily forgive issues if I can personally report bugs and get a quick response from the devs–this makes me feel that I’m contributing to something great, not having to fight with the limitations of a program which is never going to change (at least, never for the better!).
Unfortunately, having to pay another $100 only a few months after a $550 purchase requires a bit of thought. I do not object to supporting the program’s continued development, but I was expecting my purchase to be relevant for a couple of years (or at least get updates for a year). Presumably Dorico 2 will not receive any updates now, unless there’s some major security vulnerability or something, so I have to move to Dorico 3 if I want to continue as part of the active development.
Most of the big features added to 3 are not things I expect to use–in fact 2 is reasonably complete for my purposes. There are lots of little issues or non-idealities in features throughout the program, but the only two big issues I’ve had with it are:
- Performance, especially relating to operations which require re-laying out the whole flow (e.g. adding/moving instruments), switching modes, and audio engine related performance (e.g. saving a large score takes ~2 seconds with “Silence” configuration but ~10 seconds with the built-in VST3s)
- The lack of an instrument editor. I’ve edited the XML file of instrument definitions, but this only works for new scores, not within an existing one.
I don’t think I saw anything about an instrument editor being added in Dorico 3. So, my questions are:
- How much work was put into performance improvements between 2.2 and 3? How much work is planned during the development of 3 (before 4)?
- How much work was put into bugfixes and improvements of little features throughout the program between 2.2 and 3? Presumably there were hundreds of changes like this, but is there a full changelog? How much difference do these changes “feel” like they make to typical users?
- Any vague ideas on how long Dorico 3 will last before we will have to again consider upgrading to Dorico 4? 2020? 2021? Of course this would not be a promise, I’m just trying to decide if I should skip 3 and go directly to 4.