I used Encore from 1995 until Windows 10 came out. I can’t wait for Encore 6 release. Encore has always been the simplest and most elegant music notation program available. Back in the day, I had all the shortcuts memorized and used it constantly. I simply hope Encore 6 will return the older Drum Map features of Encore 4 and before. Losing it was a big disappointment with Encore 5. I also hope one can open and convert the older Encore formatted files.
I stopped using it (ver 5) because it frequently crashed under Windows 10. Plus the drum map feature was key to my writing for Latin Percussion as well as standard drum set and orchestral percussion. Version 5 lost that ability and the work around – changing the name of some drmapN.ini to drmap0.ini and renaming the one I didn’t want to use – all before starting Encore. A pain in the butt.
The final straw came when I started teaching Music Theory in a local high school and my options were Sibelius and Finale: Encore wasn’t in the picture. So, reluctantly, I have started using these other programs.