Dorico 4.0.10 update is available; trial version and iPad update to follow


Steinberg has released Dorico 4.0.10, the first revision to Dorico 4 since its release in January 2022. The focus of this release “is squarely on fixing bugs and addressing issues experienced by customers,” according to Steinberg, and the accompanying version history documents nearly 100 bug fixes.

There are also several functional changes and improvements.

Screenshot of the Key Editor in Write mode
The Key Editor in Dorico 4


Key Editor

Piano roll editor: It is now possible to drag out a marquee with the select or multi- select tools in the piano roll without having to click and hold the mouse button for a moment: you can now simply click and drag. If the select tool is active, you still need to hold Shift to trigger a marquee selection.

Automation editor: It is now possible to remove selected points from the selection in the automation editor by holding Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac) and clicking the selected point.

Velocity editor: The way the select and multi-select tools function in the velocity editor have been adjusted.

Zoom: You can now zoom the piano roll editor by hovering the mouse over the vertical keyboard display, holding Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac) and scrolling the mouse wheel. It is also possible to change the horizontal zoom in both the track overview and the Key Editor by hovering the mouse over the ruler, holding Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac) and scrolling the mouse wheel.

Expression and CC: The Automation and CC label in the Key Editor has been revised to Expression and CC to better reflect its actual functionality.

Note input and editing

Paste Articulations: Edit > Paste Special > Paste Articulations now includes slurs and jazz articulations.

Library Manager

Importing all options or items in a category: The Library Manager now shows the status of each overall set of options and library collections by way of a status indicator in the list in the left-hand category list; these indicators can also be clicked to sync the entire collection or set of options in the destination library with the contents of the source library.

Font and paragraph styles: When displaying descriptions of font and paragraph styles in the Library Manager, the styles are correctly resolved using their parent styles, and any overridden values are denoted with asterisks.

Non-modal dialog: The Library Manager dialog is now non-modal, so it is possible to keep it open while you edit the project.

Capos for fretted instruments

Chord symbols used at start of flow: A new option Capo chord symbols has been added to the Chord Diagrams section of the Chord Symbols and Diagrams page of Layout Options, allowing you to specify whether and how the capo definition specified in Use capo with transposition should affect the chord symbols displayed above the chord diagrams shown at the start of the flow.

Band order

An automatic Band order has been added to the staff sorting options.

Trial versions available next week; iPad update to come soon

In the official blog post announcing today’s update, product marketing manager Daniel Spreadbury said:

“The 30-day trial versions of Dorico Pro 4 and Dorico Elements 4 should be available next week (in the week beginning 7 February 2022), and we are also close to releasing an update to Dorico for iPad, bringing across many of the features from Dorico 4 on the desktop, and introducing one iPad-specific surprise. We will provide more details about that very soon.”

We don’t know what that surprise could be, but time will tell!

For full coverage of Dorico 4, please read our comprehensive review, and 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. Ehler

    I wrote a little on the new band score order feature – tl;dr you want to right-click on the bottom of the left pane in Setup Mode

    1. Philip Rothman

      Great stuff, Matt – well done!

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