Steve,

Thanks for the info. Are you saying that Dorico handles two instruments per 
score staff, but with individual parts separated, including cues and solos, 
very well? (I find this is a weakness in Finale).

Christopher


> On Jan 28, 2019, at 8:31 AM, Steve Parker <st...@pinkrat.co.uk> wrote:
> 
> I’m now using Dorico for all new projects. Dorico’s ability to have distinct 
> pieces in one file (‘flows’) that can be reordered saves so much time. For 
> each layout, these can be set to continue on the same page or to start a new 
> page, both with header information. Dorico handles cue superbly. The lengths 
> of these can be dragged to extend or reduce, all correctly labelled. Dorico 
> handles doubling players well, with automatic labelling. Dorico is also 
> strong for percussion writing. You can easily switch from a combined set to 
> individual instruments, because the underlying music representation is 
> distinct from the form of it on the page.
> 
> Dorico has some annoyances. IMO more engraving decisions should 
> auto-propagate to parts. This is easily dealt with, but can catch you out. 
> Sometimes cutting ties is the quickest method to enter dynamics etc. This 
> ‘reversing’ always feels uncomfortable. Undo/redo includes every selection 
> and click that you make. I hate this, but it does make me careful to think 
> things through rather than to do and undo. Dorico jumps around more than I 
> understand to focus the screen on something I don’t want to see (or worse I 
> don’t immediately know where I am). Conversely, I can’t reliably find a way 
> to link focus between score and parts.
> 
> My biggest hassle in Dorico is its inability to set bars-per-system over a 
> specified range of bars. You can do this one system at a time, but it’s 
> annoying that something so simple in Finale takes longer in Dorico. However, 
> Dorico’s first guess at system layout is far better than Finale’s.
> 
> On the whole, Dorico’s downsides lose me minutes, but its upsides gain me 
> days.
> 
> Steve Parker
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