We’ve always said that Dorico is so intelligent, fast and efficient that it will help you to get the musical results you want more quickly than other software, meaning that you will spend less time in front of your computer and more time doing what you really love: making music. For the next 30 days only, we’re putting our money where our mouth is, and we have cut the price of the crossgrade from Sibelius or Finale to Dorico Pro 3.5 by 50%.

A couple of months ago we asked our users to share their stories of switching to Dorico from Sibelius or Finale with us, and dozens of them did. We are delighted to be able to share some of their stories with you today and via our social media channels over the next month. Hear them say in their own words why they are among many thousands of Sibelius and Finale users who have added Dorico to their toolbox.

Here are the answers to some of the questions you might have about this special offer. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please contact us.

How long is the special offer price available?

You can buy the Dorico Pro 3.5 crossgrade at the special offer price from Monday 17 August 2020 until Thursday 17 September 2020. Because you have to submit proof of eligibility as part of the purchase process, we advise against leaving it until the last minute to make your purchase: try to order by Monday 14 September if you can.

How much is the special offer price?

The suggested retail price for the Dorico Pro 3.5 Crossgrade is €279 EUR inc. German VAT, £239 GBP inc. UK VAT, and $279.99 USD. For this special offer period, those prices are reduced to just €139 inc. German VAT, £119 inc. UK VAT, and $139.99 USD.

Please add the Dorico Pro 3.5 Crossgrade to your shopping cart on the Steinberg Online Shop to see the special offer price in your currency. There is no discount code or coupon to apply: the price you see includes the 50% reduction.

How do I qualify?

In order to be eligible for this special offer, you must have an existing professional, retail or academic/theological license for any version of the full Finale or Sibelius software. Note, however, that there is no additional discount on the Dorico Pro 3.5 crossgrade if you have an educational license for Finale or Sibelius – but see below for more information about educational crossgrades.

For Finale, you must have a full license for any version of the full Finale package from version 1.0 to Finale 26. Cut-down versions of Finale such as Allegro, PrintMusic, Finale Guitar, Finale Songwriter, and Finale Notepad do not qualify.

For Sibelius, you must have a full license for any version of the full Sibelius package. For version 1.0 through Sibelius 2018.1, the top-of-the-range version was called simply Sibelius; cut-down versions such as Sibelius Student, Sibelius First and Sibelius G7 do not qualify. After Sibelius 2018.4, the products were renamed, and for any version of Sibelius after 2018.4, you must have Sibelius Ultimate; the entry-level Sibelius and free Sibelius First do not qualify. If you subscribe to Sibelius Ultimate on a monthly basis instead of having a perpetual license, you still qualify for this special offer, provided you have been a subscriber for more than 12 months.

During the purchase process, you will be asked to provide proof of your eligibility. Please take a screenshot of the About Sibelius or About Finale dialog in your software, showing your unique serial number, or provide similar proof of purchase (original receipt, photo of your unique serial number on a manual or CD-ROM, or similar). Save this in a JPG or, preferably, a PDF, and ensure that the PDF is smaller in size than 4MB. (You can find many free tools online to compress a PDF to a smaller size without reducing its legibility, and indeed Preview in macOS has an option for this in its File menu.)

Your proof of eligibility will be reviewed by Steinberg staff and you will receive confirmation of your eligibility by email within 1-2 working days. Simply click the link to “continue shopping” in the email you receive to complete your purchase.

If possible, please try to start and complete the purchase on the same device, e.g. if you submit your proof of eligibility on your laptop, please complete the purchase on your laptop. If you switch to a different device to complete the purchase, you may find that you are asked to complete the eligibility process again.

I had a problem during the purchase process. Who do I contact?

If you are buying your Dorico Pro 3.5 Crossgrade from the Steinberg Online Shop, please submit a support ticket to Nexway, our e-commerce provider.

Can I still use Finale or Sibelius after I crossgrade to Dorico Pro?

Yes, you can. You do not have to surrender your existing Finale or Sibelius license. You can continue to use your existing software, and update or upgrade it as you usually would. However, we hope you will quickly find that you no longer want to use your existing software!

I’m a student or an educator. Does this offer apply to me?

The educational crossgrade is not included in this offer, but if you are a student in full-time education or an educator, you are eligible for the special Dorico Pro 3.5 educational crossgrade, which is always available and is at an incredibly low price. You can of course still choose to take advantage of this special offer price anyway, but you will not receive a further educational discount.

How should I go about learning Dorico Pro?

If you’ve been using Sibelius or Finale for many years, you might find the idea of learning a new music notation software somewhat daunting. But as you have seen, there are thousands of musicians who have successfully made the switch. There are lots and lots of resources available to help you become familiar with Dorico quickly. In no particular order, we suggest you bookmark the following:

And you also have access to the worldwide community of Dorico users, including the Dorico forum and the Dorico users’ Facebook group (other unofficial groups also exist for French- and German-speaking Dorico users).

I have another question not answered here. Where can I get more help?

If you have a question about the Dorico Pro 3.5 Crossgrade promotion, please contact us here. If you have a problem with buying from the Steinberg Online Shop, please contact our e-commerce provider, Nexway. If you have a question about using Dorico itself, please try the Dorico forum.