I would also note Sibelius 2019 was announced this week.  It seems to be roughly the same magnitude of the Finale 26 release.  I am sure the improvements are welcome, but really, this is a minuscule amount of improvement for a paid release.  Dorico is adding capability 10-to-100 times faster than either Finale or Sibelius.

Dorico has a steep learning curve, and it is getting steeper all the time as layers of capability are added.  It still lacks a few things that the other programs have. For example, there is not yet any automatic way to have a single line in the score (e.g. FHorn 1&3) break out to separate parts for Fhorn 1 and FHorn 3.  And Dorico's automatic playback isn't as advanced as Finale Human Playback.  But Dorico already does some things that are well beyond Finale and Sibelius.  Moreover, the architecture is more elegant, particularly in the ability to lay out music intelligently in a minimum amount of time.  On the playback side, many people are using Note Performer with Dorico and claiming very good results.  I don't care that much.  The playback is good enough for what I do.

I still have Finale 25 installed in case it is required for a collaboration, but I am doing all my new projects in Dorico now.  I find a typical project is taking about half as long with Dorico as I would have spent in Finale.  Much of that comes at the back end where I had to spend hours in final editing of part layouts.  With Dorico I typically spend about one minute per page for part layout -- sometimes no editing at all. But Dorico also provides big opportunities for time saving during the note entry and harmonization processes.

On 1/22/2019 8:21 AM, David H. Bailey wrote:
Hello Finale and Sibelius Friends,

I'm forwarding this message to both the Finale and Sibelius groups, in case anybody is interested in exploring Dorico.  Using the code DORICO30 you can get 30% off of either Dorico 2 or Dorico Elements 2 (a lighter version of Dorico) for this week only apparently.

Both of those programs also have free demo versions you can download and explore.

I'm not trying to push it on anybody but I know some people might be curious.  Version 2 brought many major improvements over version 1.

I freely admit that I am still not very fluent in Dorico, knowing that it will take me a lot of work to master it, but I also know there are people in both Finale and Sibelius groups who have taken to Dorico and are doing major projects in it.

There is a forum at steinberg.net for people who want to get a sense of how users are faring with the product.

Dorico still uses their elicenser software or their extra-cost USB dongle, so for people who are vehemently opposed to such anti-piracy methods, nothing has changed and you probably won't want to explore Dorico beyond the demo versions (I don't know if those have any anti-piracy methods since they're freely distributed by Steinberg.)

However, given the lack of forward motion in Sibelius and the lack of substantive improvements in Finale beyond the automatic stacking of articulations, Dorico may well be the future of professional level computer notation software.

Just wanted to let you all know,
David H. Bailey

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