wst3 wrote:Yeah, I'm not sold, but I am sold on checking it out, which surprised me - I'm generally not a fan of switching platforms, there has to be a really compelling reason.
Understandably, but then again I don't think (correct me if I'm wrong) that you prepare that many hours of full orchestral material a year, so our end uses are very different.
I use notation several ways...
I might prepare a score and parts for a project, usually the 'soundtrack' for a live theatre presentation. When I'm lucky these are still played by real live, breathing musicians. As good as it gets!
However, that isn't several times a year, or even every year anymore...
So mostly I use notation as a writing tool. I'll compose in Finale, and then when it is time to render a mock-up or even the finished track I'll export MIDI or XML to Sonar or Studio One. One transfer is usually enough for me<G>. Sometimes I do end up finishing the score in Finale, which means I either have to go back and make any changes a second time (painful) or I have to import the MIDI data and clean it up (also painful.)
I think that the answer is separating performance data from presentation data, and that appears to be the direction that Dorico is taking. The use of rule sets is simply too complex, and too personalized maybe.
Oddly, while it is important to have good readable parts, I'm not spending a lot of time with the finer details. Well, sometimes I do<G>, but mostly I need to get the notes write, and readable, and the rehearsal marks, comments, and the like readable, and I'm happy. And Finale does that for me - although it hasn't always been easy!