New features

New Features in Version 3.1.0


Condensing changes
  • You can now manually change condensing results from any rhythmic position. Condensing changes allow you to split phrases, change notation options for condensing, and specify exactly how you want individual players to be allocated to voices and staves. See Changing condensing options from rhythmic positions.

Dynamics lane
  • Each instrument track in Play mode now also has a dynamics lane, which presents the profiles of dynamics over time in a graphical way and allows you to view and edit them. See Dynamics lanes.

Bracketed noteheads
  • You can now show brackets around any notehead, where before this was limited to unpitched percussion instruments. Both round and square brackets are available. See Bracketed noteheads.

  • Dorico Pro now supports vertical, horizontal, and angled lines between notes, with different styles and appearances available. They offer many notational possibilities, as lines can convey a variety of meanings, but do not affect playback. See Lines.

More New Features

Voice indication in the status bar
  • The voice of a single selected note is now displayed in the status bar, making it easier to keep track of voices. See Status bar.

XML export
  • Dorico Pro‘s MusicXML export has been improved. Accidentals, articulations, chord symbols, instrument transpositions, jazz articulations and rehearsal marks are all now included when exporting projects to MusicXML. See Exporting MusicXML files.

Local chord symbols
  • You can now input chord symbols that only apply to a single instrument, allowing you to show different chord symbols for different players at the same rhythmic positions. See Inputting chord symbols.

Master page import/export
  • You can now import and export master page sets between projects, allowing you to reuse master pages you created in other projects. See Importing master page sets.

  • You can also import individual master pages from other master page sets in the project, meaning you can create a single custom title page master page and use it in full score layouts and part layouts. See Importing master pages.

Bracket grouping settings for different layouts
Tonality system import/export
  • You can now import and export tonality systems between projects, allowing you to share tonality systems with other users. See Importing tonality systems.

Harmonics playback
  • Both natural and artificial harmonics now play back at the appropriate pitch. If your playback device includes dedicated sounds for harmonics, these are now also used automatically. See Harmonics.

Guitar bend runs
  • Sequences of consecutive guitar bends are now notated as bend runs on tablature. See Guitar bends.

Timecode position options

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Auto-save file names
  • Dorico Pro now automatically adds “[AutoSave]” to the end of auto-save project file names so that you can identify them, for example, if you need to recover a project from the bin on your computer. See Auto-save.

Avoid double/triple accidentals when transposing
  • You can now avoid double and triple accidentals when transposing selections in tonality systems that are compatible with 12-EDO. See Transpose dialog.

Copying automation
Instrument names in the Endpoint Setup dialog
  • The Assigned Instruments column in the Endpoint Setup dialog now displays the instrument name set for each instrument in the Edit Instrument Names dialog. See Endpoint Setup dialog.

Square brackets for accidentals
Short (top) barline
  • Dorico Pro now includes a short (top) barline that is similar to the existing short barline but spans the top two spaces in a five-line staff. See Barlines.

Brace design span thresholds
Duplicating tonality systems
Duplicating accidentals

New Features in Version 3.0.10

Tablature input
Harp pedaling filter
  • There is now a filter that you can use to select or deselect harp pedal diagrams within a larger selection. See Filters.

New Features in Version 3.0.0


Inputting onto multiple staves
  • You can now extend the caret to multiple staves and input notes and notations onto all of them at once, including dynamics and playing techniques. When using a MIDI keyboard, this also allows you to explode chords across those staves as you input them. See Inputting notes and notations onto multiple staves.

  • This version introduces the ability to add comments as annotations as a way of adding notes or instructions without affecting the music. See Comments.

  • In Dorico Pro, you can now automatically produce condensed scores that still allow for separate parts for each player. This allows you to create conductor’s scores easily. You can enable condensing and set up custom condensing groups for each layout independently. See Condensing.

Playback templates
  • It is now possible to create custom playback templates and edit existing ones. You can include factory default playback templates and endpoint configurations and list them in your order of preference in a single custom playback template. See Edit Playback Template dialog.

Chord diagrams
  • You can now show chord diagrams alongside chord symbols in Dorico Pro. You can show the suitable chord diagrams for guitars with a variety of tunings and any other fretted instrument in the library and create your own chord diagram shapes. See Chord diagrams.

Fingerings for guitars and fretted instruments
  • Dorico Pro now offers comprehensive support for the complex fingerings required for music for guitars and fretted instruments, including automatically positioning right-hand and left-hand fingerings correctly. See Fingerings for fretted instruments.

String indicators
  • Dorico Pro now supports string indicators both inside and outside the staff. When inside the staff, they automatically erase their backgrounds. They also automatically accommodate left-hand fingerings for the same notes. See String indicators.

  • Dorico Pro now supports various conventions for the notation of harmonics on stringed and fretted instruments, including both natural and artificial harmonics. Dorico Pro can also calculate the correct pitch to be notated for the second through sixth partials. See Harmonics.

Guitar bends
  • Dorico Pro now supports the notation of guitar bends, including guitar pre-bends, holds, and releases. These techniques can be shown on both notation staves and tablature. See Guitar bends.

Harp pedaling
  • Dorico Pro now offers features designed to help write idiomatically for the harp, including harp pedal diagrams that you can show as a diagram or using note names, a tool to calculate the pedal positions required to play a passage of music, and highlights for notes that are unplayable with the current pedal positions. See Harp pedaling.

Playing technique continuation lines
  • You can now show continuation lines for playing techniques and differentiate between lines that show simply their duration and lines that indicate a gradual transition between playing techniques. See Playing technique continuation lines.

  • Dorico Pro now provides tablature for guitar and other fretted instruments, including supporting a number of specific idiomatic notations for guitar, custom string tunings, different conventions for representing rhythms on tablature, and so on. Music can be shown on a regular notation staff and on tablature at the same time or separately, and they are linked, meaning edits to one staff automatically affect the other. See Tablature.

More New Features

Project Info dialog
  • This new version updates the Project Info dialog significantly. It can now stay open whilst you work, has a list of flows so you can select and change information for multiple flows at once, and also allows you to add and delete flows from within the dialog in addition to using the Flows panel in Setup mode. It also has a new default key command for quicker access. See Project Info dialog.

Custom endpoint configurations
  • Related to custom playback templates, you can now save any overrides you have made to endpoint configurations, such as changing the expression maps or instruments assigned to particular endpoints, as custom endpoint configurations. You can then reuse these in other projects and include them in custom playback templates. See Custom endpoint configurations.

Bar numbers at multiple positions
  • You can now show bar numbers at multiple vertical positions in the same system. This is often used in large orchestral scores so that conductors never have to look too far to see the bar number. See Showing bar numbers above specific staves.

Chord symbol regions
  • It is now possible to show chord symbols only alongside slash regions or in new chord symbol regions. This makes it easier to specify specific sections where it is helpful or necessary to show chord symbols for players who do not need them elsewhere. See Chord symbol regions.

Clefs according to layout transposition
  • You can now choose to show individual clefs only in either transposed or concert pitch layouts. This is useful when, for example, some instruments require clef changes in the score but not in their part. Clefs hidden in this way do not affect note spacing. See Hiding/Showing clefs according to layout transpositions.

Lyric line vertical adjustments
  • It is now possible to make graphical adjustments to the vertical positions of lyric lines on individual systems. See Moving lyric lines vertically.

Curved arpeggio signs
  • Dorico Pro now offers a curved arpeggio sign, which some composers use to indicate gentle or partial arpeggiation. See Types of arpeggio signs.

Glissando playback
  • Glissando lines now affect playback. For harps, the pitches included in glissando lines automatically change according to the current harp pedaling setting. See Glissando lines in playback.

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MIDI activity indicator
  • Dorico Pro now displays a green light briefly in the status bar when it is receiving MIDI input from a connected device. See Status bar.

Missing Fonts dialog
  • This new dialog informs you if a project you are opening contains a font you do not have installed on your computer and allows you to select replacement fonts. See Missing Fonts dialog.

Frame fullness indicator
  • Similar to the system fullness indicator already available in Dorico Pro, there is now also a frame fullness indicator to show whether frames are comfortably full or over-full vertically. See Frame fullness indicator.

Swing playback for 16th notes
  • Dorico Pro now allows you to use 16th notes as the unit for swing playback. See Swing playback.

Multi-bar rest count font
Continuous instrument numbering regardless of transposition