Yes, I think this is a result of the program not trying to enforce some kind of correct musical structure. His thinking with the program was to allow you to do seemingly incorrect notation (for instance, five consecutive quarter notes in a 4/4 bar) since there may need to be some cases in which that is required. This approach tries to be as flexible as possible, and I think this is why it relies more on manual positioning. I can see that as a double edged sword since it would be great for more advanced users who know exactly what correct and incorrect notation is, but for younger composers (ex. first year or two of university or younger) it might lead to more potential mistakes.OCTO wrote: ↑12 Jul 2020, 08:50His examples strikingly reminds me of Finale, I don't know why. It seems that the objects and lines are manually positioned very frequently with a great chance to get misplaced. I think this is what made Sibelius to take over Finale, and finally Dorico will take over Sibelius.
Apparently, there are also a few ways in which NAP can also be inflexible. I wrote a piece a few years ago in Dorico for an unusual ensemble, and it was being played by another ensemble early this year, and the conductor requested a different score order because they wanted the staves ordered top down to match the physical seating arrangement of performers left to right (and the last conductor requested a different order for the same reason). I was able to accommodate the request pretty easily, just took a few minutes. Keith told me that it was fortunate I had done it in Dorico, that if I had used NoteAbility Pro, it would have taken many hours to accommodate the request because it doesn't let you change score order once you create the score. But in general, NAP is extremely flexible.
He is a big fan of Dorico and is impressed by it, and feels it is the most promising notation program to come along in recent memory. He has done a revised version of one of his previous pieces (older NAP version https://www.opusonemusic.net/Keith/scor ... iScore.pdf) in Dorico (Dorico revised version not yet posted online) - it is supposed to be performed this fall but that performance is in doubt with COVID-19.