We’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of a second update to Dorico for iPad, bringing it to version 1.2. Firstly, this update is compatible with the forthcoming iPadOS 15 update: if you’ve been running the iPadOS 15 Public Beta, you may have experienced some issues with the appearance of Audio Unit interfaces in Play mode, and perhaps even encountered that you cannot interact with their controls. These problems have been fixed, and Dorico for iPad is now ready for the latest and greatest version of iPadOS, which we expect to be released soon.

In addition to these fixes for compatibility with iOS 15, we have of course taken the chance to add a few improvements to Dorico for iPad in this release. Most noticeable is the introduction of so-called kinetic scrolling for the music area, which means that as you pan the music around with your finger, when you release your finger with the screen, the music will continue scrolling a little way, taking the direction and speed of your swipe into account. This makes it much easier to scroll through layouts with more pages. It’s also now possible to pair Bluetooth-enabled MIDI devices directly from within Dorico for iPad: simply go to the Play page of Preferences and tap the Bluetooth MIDI Devices button to connect your MIDI device.

The full list of changes and improvements in this update are as follows:

  • Kinetic scrolling – where the score continues to scroll after you release your finger after flicking the score in a particular direction – has now been implemented for the music area
  • Audio Units will now always appear correctly in Dorico for iPad, without sometimes requiring you to run another audio app before they will appear in Dorico
  • Audio Unit plug-ins that include MIDI support as well as audio (known as “music effects”) – including those developed by FabFilter – now appear correctly in Dorico for iPad
  • It is now once again possible to interact with the controls in Audio Units correctly (iPadOS 15 only)
  • Audio Units are now shown in alphabetical order in the track inspector in Play mode
  • A new Bluetooth MIDI Devices button has been added to the Play page of Preferences, allowing you to pair Bluetooth MIDI devices from directly within Dorico, instead of requiring the use of another app
  • The hands-on tutorials on the Learn page of the Hub are now provided in all languages supported by the app, not only English
  • Dorico for iPad will periodically request that you leave a rating in the App Store – if you enjoy using Dorico for iPad, please leave a five-star rating
  • Editing commands for pedal lines – such as adding or removing retakes – now apply at the caret position, if shown, or at the position of each selected note in the pedal line, rather than only at the position of the first selected note
  • Under some circumstances, when the number of staff lines of the staves at the top and bottom of adjacent systems differ, system dividers could be incorrectly centred; this has now been corrected
  • Improved the matching of abbreviated instrument names in the ensemble picker
  • User-defined custom ensembles now correctly appear in the Choose page of the ensemble picker
  • If a project was previously saved in the desktop version with multiple tabs open, Dorico for iPad will now correctly only open the active tab, which provides a performance and memory usage improvement
  • The Page size option on the Create New page of the Hub now correctly takes into account changes to the chosen default page size in Preferences
  • When choosing a different template on the Create New page of the Hub, the page and rastral size values are now always correctly updated if necessary
  • The performance of the contextual menu in the secondary toolbar has been improved
  • The contents of the contextual menu in the secondary toolbar are now automatically updated when the subscription starts or ends
  • Some unpitched percussion instruments were incorrectly loading the pitched Steel drums patch; this has now been corrected
  • When resizing the lower zone, the touch targets for the drum pads now always correctly match the drawn positions of the pads
  • It is now possible to create rhythmic feel items via the Shift+T popover, as it is on the desktop version
  • A handful of dialogs were not correctly positioned in the display and would not accept keyboard input; this has now been corrected
  • Under some circumstances, alerts shown to the user could not be dismissed by tapping on them; this has now (in almost all cases) been corrected
  • The Backspace button in the lower zone toolbar is now disabled when note input is not active
  • The button in the lower zone toolbar for reordering drum pads now only appears once there is at least one drum pad shown
  • When switching to Read mode, the page number shown in the toolbar now always matches the page number shown in the music area
  • Entering multiple notes via the fretboard panel in Write mode in quick succession now works more reliably, inputting separate notes rather than modifying the pitch of the last note

If you’ve not yet downloaded Dorico for iPad, you can download it for free from the App Store today. If you’ve already installed Dorico, if you have auto-updates enabled, you may already have version 1.2: otherwise, tap the App Store app on your iPad and search for Dorico, then tap Update. Finally, it would really help more musicians to find Dorico if you could leave a rating or review in the App Store. Please take a moment to give Dorico a five-star rating, if you feel so inclined!

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