I don't get much of a chance to use notation, but a project came up where I needed to take the Trombone part from a Keyboard player and give it to a Trombone player. My version of Sibeius (6) runs pretty slow these days, as it is not 64 bit.
SO, I decided to give Dorico a shot - downloaded the 30 day demo and spent the last 8 hours in it. After getting around the learning curve (which took an hour or so - to be able to do what I needed to do) here are my initial thoughts, at least as far as this little project goes:
- Way easier to use than Sibelius (at least for me). Again accounting for the lack of knowledge, I was able to get in and get things done with couple trips to the online help. But I just get a feeling this is a much better way to work.
- Flows are really cool. I was able to do all the songs from the show in one document, and keep them separate. Maybe Sibelius and Finale have this function, but it isn't as intuitive as Dorico - and I don't think it is in V 6 of Sibelius. Maybe they have something the same, but it is really cool.
- The way you add dynamics and tempo info is killer: Select a group of notes and type in mp<mf>mp and it does the rest. puts in the hairpin lines - it is pretty cool.
- The caret is very helpful, once I got used to it. No midi input this time around, did everything via computer keyboard. It worked well, again once I figured out some key commands.
- Separating out the writing from the engraving is brilliant. They way you can mark things up, move things around, and link pages like in desktop publishing apps is pretty cool and useful. I just touched the surface on what you can do with this, but it is really nice.
- Printing: I hit the print button and nothing happened. So I hit it again - nothing. I didn't have my printer on because I wanted to create a PDF. So I thought it was a limitation of the demo. But. looking at my print ques there were three jobs ready to go. It is so fast at sending to the printer, I didn't ever realize it had gone. I found another button to create a PDF, which again was so fast.
That's about it for now, But I can say that I really enjoy Dorico. Pretty sure I will buy a license, since I have more of this kind of thing to do. And since it is the same as upgrading Sibelius, it is a no brainer. I won't ever give another penny to Avid and Sibelius.
I know it isn't as complete as the others (yet) but it is off to a great start in my mind.