Daniel and Team (along with other Dorico users),
While Dorico has a pretty strong page layout engine (and would be good for doing publishing projects), many publishers still use Adobe Indesign (or something comparable), or are using electronic publishing means (i.e., iBooks and Kindle is what I am referencing here). As such, I would like to see some improvements in the way Dorico exports graphics to help facilitate the use of any and all publishing means. I understand that this is "back-burner" stuff, but it would be nice.
To begin with, I am currently in the middle of working on a percussion book for a friend that is being backed by a major publisher. I am having to use F***** (a competitors software) for the music notation aspect. I have had nothing but head aches and frustration. Not only from the Engraving aspect itself, but from exporting the examples as graphics as well. Here is the process necessary with my current setup after the music is entered:
1) Format the system to be the appropriate size (width).
2) Add a "rehearsal mark" for the numbering/lettering of examples in the book.
These previous 2 steps not too complicated or frustrating.... until here:
3) Select the graphics tool, and double click and drag a "selection" box to include the musical example.
*** Enter frustration/Angry/etc. ***
The graphics tool is fidgety.... If I accidentally click anywhere on the page outside of the selection box, the selection box disappears. Secondly, it is possible when dragging the initial box that I draw the box a little too close to the the edge of the rehearsal mark. As such, when exporting the graphic part of the rehearsal mark may not make it in the final graphic. I have accidentally drawn the box a touch too short (as I have to drag a 2 way box around example and struggle to get the end of the selection box where it needs to be to avoid from getting a lot of empty space in the graphic), and the beams of 8th notes get clipped and are about half the width they should be. The whole aspect of taking time to draw this selection box means that it can take a minute or 2 to export a single 2 measure excerpt. When dealing with a book that has 100+ musical examples, that can be quite a lot of time wasted to just export graphics. This selection box idea, while great in the mid to late 1990s, is a little frustrating to use and wastes so much time trying to draw selection boxes correctly.
What I would like to see in the future from Dorico is a much easier and simpler way to export music examples. I would like to see a tool that is not fidgety. One that won't simply disappear because I clicked somewhere else on the page of music. One where I do not need to draw a box and have the issues associated with doing so. Maybe something along the lines of formatting the music into music frames appropriately, then if I want to export the music in the music frame, I click a tool, right click, etc., and hit export as graphic (with transparency). And at this stage Dorico automatically creates a graphic that has little to no excess room around the musical example and all I need to do is name the graphic.
I have a video of the current frustrating method that I have to currently use. If you want to see it, I can post a link. Other than that, I am just putting a feature request for the next version (2.0 or even later).
Finale (since v2.2), Sibelius (since v1.2),
Mac Pro 2.7 GHz 12-core Intel Xeon E5, 64 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD
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27" iMac 2.66 GHz Intel Quad Core i5, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD