Dorico 3.0.10 released with fixes, Catalina support; free trial available


Today Steinberg released Dorico 3.0.10, a maintenance update to its scoring program. The update includes nearly 100 bug fixes and brings support for macOS 10.15 Catalina. In addition, Steinberg has made a free 30-day trial of Dorico Pro 3 and Dorico Elements 3 available for the first time. Dorico 3.0.10 is free to all registered Dorico 3 users and can be downloaded from Steinberg’s website or via the Steinberg Download Assistant.

Improvements and bug fixes

Dorico 3.0 introduced a panoply of new features; the Dorico 3.0.10 release is focused squarely on shoring up the internal workings of the program.


A couple of small improvements (rather than fixes) have made their way into this release:

  • Guitar tablature: It is now possible to use the digits on the numeric keypad (if your keyboard has one) to specify fret numbers when inputting and editing tablature.
  • Harp pedaling: A new quick filter for harp pedal changes has been added: choose Edit > Filter > Harp Pedal Changes to select or deselect all harp pedal changes within the current selection.


Dorico 3.0.10 resolves dozens of issues spanning most areas, including chord symbols, comments, condensing, guitar bends, harmonics, harp pedaling, lyrics, navigation, note input, percussion, playback, playing techniques, text, tokens, and more.

Nearly 20 important fixes have been made to the user interface.

An issue where File > Export > Audio and File > Export >  MusicXML did not appear for users running Dorico with the Soft-eLicenser on macOS has been resolved.

EastWest Play, UVI Workstation and other PACE-protected VST instruments will once again load in Dorico 3.0.10.

A problem where Windows users experienced no sound or Dorico hanging upon playback has been resolved.

A full list of the fixes and improvements in Dorico 3.0.10 can be found in the Dorico 3 version history document.

macOS 10.15 Catalina support

Although the super-official Steinberg position for the moment is a recommendation for users to “remain on their current versions of macOS until further notice,” Steinberg’s own product marketing manager Daniel Spreadbury says Dorico 3.0.10 is “fully supported” on macOS 10.15 Catalina:

As of the release of Dorico 3.0.10 we are not aware of any problems with Dorico 3 on macOS 10.15 Catalina, and Dorico 3.0.10 is ready for all of the new security features being introduced with Catalina, such as Hardened Runtime and Notarization. However, the impact of these new security technologies on audio-focused applications is as yet not completely known, and we strongly recommend that you check with the manufacturers of all of the audio software, including instrument and effects plug-ins, to check that they have released new versions with explicit Catalina support before you upgrade. Furthermore, we advise that you keep an eye on the Steinberg web site for an official compatibility announcement for all of our products in the coming days for macOS 10.15 Catalina.

In summary: Dorico 3.0.10 is fully supported on macOS 10.15 Catalina, but if you rely on other VST instruments and effects or other audio applications, check with the manufacturers of all of those plug-ins and applications about Catalina support before you upgrade your Mac.

We’re keeping track of Catalina support for Dorico as well as Finale, Sibelius, MuseScore, and Notion on this Scoring Notes blog post, which will continue to be updated as needed.

Also do consult the Scoring Notes Product Guide regularly, which is updated with the latest information about product releases and operating system compatibility.

Free 30-day trial

With today’s release comes a free 30-day trial of Dorico Pro 3 or Dorico Elements 3. This is the surest way to try the software and all of its new features without making a financial commitment.

The trial versions include all of the features of Dorico Pro 3 and Dorico Elements 3, including the sound library. You’ll need to register for a Steinberg ID if you don’t have one already.

Availability and next updates

Daniel Spreadbury said, “We are working on a further free update to Dorico 3, which we expect to be available before the end of 2019. This update will expand the existing functionality for condensing, guitar chord diagrams, guitar notation, chord symbols, and more besides.”

Until then, Dorico 3.0.10 is free to all registered Dorico 3 users and can be downloaded from Steinberg’s website or via the Steinberg Download Assistant.


  1. David MacDonald

    I am blown away by how quickly they were ready for Catalina. I was prepared to wait at least another month for that announcement. That team at Dorico/Steinberg are total rockstars!

  2. Derek Williams

    FYI the article linked to doesn’t include the download link, which I eventually found here:

    Within Dorico 3 itself, Help > Check for Updates is still going to Dorico 2 updates here:

    Maybe this is resolved in this update

  3. Justin Miller

    Any news on whether anyone will ever package sound sets a la did for Sibelius back in the day?

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