When comparing Finale vs Dorico, the Slant community recommends Finale for most people. In the question“What is the best music notation software?” Finale is ranked 3rd while Dorico is ranked 5th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro There’s nothing it can’t do
Pro Improved professional program
Improved program from the early years. If it wasn't for Sibelius competition, Finale wouldn't be as good as it is now and improving.
Pro Nice sounds
Although violins still sound very synthetic, overall Finale has very nice instrumental sounds.
Pro Produces high quality scores
The scores produced by Dorico look really nice on paper and on the screen, and much better than any other software I've used, making this an ideal software for engravers.
Pro Great support team
Pro Suitable for contemporary music
Developers are aware of the needs of contemporary music (experimental notation, accidentals on each note, nested tuplets) and will add even more features to meet them.
Pro An intuitive interface
The interface makes the use very intuitive. Easy to use, for musicians.
Con Not straightforward rules
Con A little heavy on the wallet
Although students can get a special deal, Finale comes in a little pricey.
Ranging from $150 to $844 (depending on the version), Dorico is by no means a cheap application. The price can be rather painful for students, or people who just want to try notation.