DS: Is there anything we could do to make these kinds of layouts even easier in future?
MS: I think the most time-consuming thing I found was copying and moving text frames. Currently, the only way to copy a frame on the same page is to right-click the page in Pages in Engrave Mode and choose Copy Selected Frame, which will then put the copied frame on top of the original one with both still selected. Hence, both then move together when trying to move the new frame. Perhaps this could be improved by offsetting the copied frame when copying onto the same page, which would make it possible to select just the new one for moving. Even better would be to use Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V to make a copy of a frame in half a second, rather than having to use the mouse in a menu.
Moving multiple frames at once also takes a relatively long time, as Dorico processes each movement individually. If I added an extra line of music and needed to move ten text frames a little lower, it would take a couple of seconds per nudge, and nudging is the only option as dragging doesn’t work for multiple frames. The only other thing which took a long time was adjusting note spacing, which can only be done using keyboard nudges, not mouse dragging, and as each nudge takes half a second, adjusting a whole system can take minutes, when it would take seconds with mouse dragging.