Less than two weeks after the launch of Dorico for iPad, version 1.1 is now available for download in the App Store. According to a blog post yesterday by Steinberg’s product marketing manager Daniel Spreadbury, one of the most frequent criticisms of the initial release was the 12-player limitation. As Daniel announced on the most recent episode of the Scoring Notes podcast, that limit has now been completely removed for all subscribers.
Subscribers will find new templates in the Create menu of the Hub, including such large ensembles as film orchestra, concert band, and big band. There is no theoretical limit to the number of players a score can include. Although device memory constraints may limit project size eventually, I have opened several rather large projects (over thirty players, over a dozen flows, additional custom layouts) and have not run into any problems so far.
In addition to the splashy project size change, there are many smaller but notable tweaks and bug fixes, totaling nearly 50 in all. A full list is provided in the blog post on the Dorico web site.
My personal favorite addresses an issue I mentioned in my initial review: the popover menu along the left panel of Write mode now includes of Shift-I Intervals popover.
Daniel said that the Dorico team hopes that this update justifies the subscription pricing model, and that it “demonstrates our commitment to deliver additional value on an on-going basis, and there is more to come.”