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   Posted 12/1/2016 3:28 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I applied for the trial of Dorico. Here's what I found.

Like Finale, you have to create an account to get the free trial, which is essentially a full working version with a time-limited licence. The DRM is pretty heavy, which I'm not a fan of.
You have to download an installer which installs a downloader app. Actual download is then 9GB, which corresponds to 10.64Gb of installed data, the vast majority of which is samples.

Among the goodies installed are some nice OTF text fonts: Academico, Crimson and LibreBodoni. The version of Bravura is slightly advanced from the one you can download on the SMuFL website.

I imported an XML file to save time. Unlike Finale, the staff names sit inside the page margin. I managed to change the abbreviated names after a bit of searching, but I couldn’t find a way of removing them completely. The players, instruments and layout abstractions solve a lot of problems, but they add complexity.

When playing , the green line followed the music, but the pages didn’t scroll. I could move them manually. The "Play" mode moves to a MIDI-DAW like display, which looks a very competent MIDI editor. The sounds were a mixed bag: some good, some less good. It didn’t playback grace notes.

The preferences were set to join rests in different “Layers”, but my document stayed separated. It may be an XML thing.

Some beaming was not great and nearly all slurs were pretty awful: manual adjustment or preference alteration would be needed.

My overal impression: what it does, it does very well. However, it doesn't do everything. You can expect a shallow learning curve (i.e. lots of time for a small learning increase) while you get used to it. I couldn't see an obvious way of forcing a system break at a given measure, for instance, though there may well be one.

In short: Dorico may well solve many of the problems that users have with Finale. But don't expect that it won't introduce new ones.


Finale v.25.1, 2012 MacMini; 2012 MacBook Pro (10.11.6 / 10.12.1)
Edirol FA-66; Roland A-49, HP Laserjet 5200 DTN
Ancient Groove Music www.ancientgroove.co.uk

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