Fixing Casting Off in Dorico | Layout Options

🎬  This article is a transcription of one of the excellent tutorial videos posted to the official Dorico YouTube channel.

Presented here in written form with the kind permission of its creator, Anthony Hughes, this tutorial is titled “Fixing Casting Off in Dorico”…


Hi I’m Anthony Hughes and in this video I’ll be showing you how to fix the casting off of music using the new options added to Dorico 1.1.

Casting off is the process of determining how many bars appear on each system and how many systems appear on each page. Dorico is constantly working hard on your behalf to cast off your music for maximum legibility and elegance, and we’ve seen previously how you can use system and frame breaks,

as well as note and staff spacing options to influence how Dorico behaves.

However, sometimes you may wish to set the number of bars per system or the number of systems per page to a fixed amount, in order to achieve more unified layouts very quickly.

I have a project open and I’m going to open the Layout Options using the key command Ctrl+Shift+L (that’s Cmd+Shift+L on Mac) and switch to the Staves and Systems page. Here you will find a new Casting Off section has been added.

Fixing the number of bars per system can be useful when preparing music for session recordings, where you may want to allow enough room for annotations, cues, etc. to be written in by the player in the session.

Fixing the number of systems per frame can be useful when preparing instrumental parts, where it is typical for there to be 10 or 11 systems per page. A second option allows that number to be scaled depending on the height of the music frame.

This is particularly useful for the first page where the additional text frames for title, composer, instrument name etc. mean the height of the music frame is necessarily reduced.

If you’ve found this video helpful, please click on the thumbs up button below to let me know you’ve liked it, and subscribe to our Dorico channel today to see many more videos like this one.

I’m Anthony Hughes, thanks for watching.


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