Just took a look at Dorico. A few overall comments:
- There is a common theme I’m seeing on various forums: people started out with Finale years ago, migrated to Sibelius, and vehemently hate them both and just adore Dorico (I think for some it’s a cult)
- Dorico is more capable than it had been, for sure, but does have a significant learning curve. Not as bad as Finale, but not nothing much either. For folks like me who barely have sufficient time to compose let alone learn a new notation app, that’s not workable.
- OTOH, one of the frequent things I see online or hear from those who use Dorico (including some who very publicly defected from Finale) is that things we have to tweak and spend a lot of time fixing in Finale (page layout, vertical collisions, etc) is done automatically in Dorico so there is a lot of time saving functionality. Don’t know if it’s true but I suspect it is. After spending too much time tweaking several documents in Finale, trying various plugins to fix things that Finale might ideally do automatically, that would be a nice thing.
- setting up a new document ensemble is ridiculous in Dorico and works much much better and quicker in Finale.
I’m not switching, but would be curious what others’ experiences have been with Dorico.