Dorico 3.1.10 update is available


Today Steinberg released Dorico 3.1.10, a maintenance update to its scoring program. The update includes more than 50 bug fixes. Helpful improvements include additional popover commands in clefs and ornaments, and a number of other areas have been addressed. This update comes just a little more than one month after the release of the substantial Dorico 3.1 update. Dorico 3.1.10 is free to all registered Dorico 3 users and can be downloaded from Steinberg’s website or via the Steinberg Download Assistant.

Improvements and fixes

[Update: This post has been corrected to state that tr p1, not tr p0 is the correct way to apply a unison trill. Which makes a lot more sense theoretically.]

A couple of small improvements have found their way into Dorico 3.1.10, in the area of popover input.

It’s now possible to type tr p1 into the Shift+O ornaments popover to obtain a unison trill, which can be helpful for timpani notated in this convention.

Lest you be inclined to use this notation on other percussion instruments, we are obliged to provide a Scoring Notes public service announcement that Elaine Gould, in her wisdom, advises that, while “this notation has the advantage of showing unambiguously that a roll is unmeasured,… in general, percussionists prefer the trill sign to be reserved for the true two-note trills of tuned percussion,” and “must be written with [the three-note slash] and not with the trill sign. Tuned percussion trills (with the exception of timpani) will be taken to mean trilling with the upper neighboring note.” You are hereby advised!

In Dorico 3.1.10, in the Shift+C clef popover you can now type the clef name by pitch and staff line position to enter a clef change, such as g2 for treble clef, f4 for bass clef, and c3 for alto clef.

Can’t remember that this one is called a mezzo-soprano clef? Just type c2 and you’re on your way:

The bug fixes span many areas of the program; accidentals, brackets, condensing, MusicXML import/export, note input, playing techniques, and more are all polished up. If you’ve made use of non-standard tonality systems but have thought better of it, in Dorico 3.1.10 you can now delete these if they are no longer in use in your project.

A full list of what’s new in Dorico 3.1.10, along with those included with past updates to Dorico 3, may be found in the version history document.

While we can, we’ll put in a quick plug for our Notation Express Stream Deck and Stream Deck XL profiles for Dorico 3, which just last week were updated to take advantage of some of the new features introduced in Dorico 3.1.

Availability and next updates

As mentioned, Dorico 3.1.10 is available now and is free to all registered Dorico 3 users. It can be downloaded from Steinberg’s website or via the Steinberg Download Assistant.

About Dorico 3.1.10, Steinberg product marketing manager Daniel Spreadbury said, “This is the final planned release in the Dorico 3.1.x series, and the team is hard at work on adding exciting new features for our next major release, which is planned for later in 2020.”

For the latest information about compatibility for Finale, Sibelius, Dorico, and MuseScore, as well as links to the latest news and reviews about product releases, please see the Scoring Notes Product Guide.


  1. Brian

    I’m still waiting for ReWire/equivalent for syncing with a DAW.

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