I started using WL7 just about since it was announced as released back in September.
Two things to note, one good, one bad:
Wavelab still seems to be, hands down, the best program for editing audio files and more particularly for authoring CDs or DDPs, especially for the Windows platform
WL 7 in it’s GUI functioning is considerably less efficient in terms of ergonomics than it’s predecessors and most other software I’ve used. For example; When saving a new montage with the Master section, click the “save” icon and you’re given a dialog box to type a name. You type the name you want for your montage in the box, then, if you want to put it in a new folder, instead of the file browser dialog box that existed in the past you must click the folder icon then click “browse folders”. Then you are started at the beginning of your system tree instead of the last place you saved something to, which means several clicks to get to your work drive/folder. you select the folder and click “save”. Done? nope. if you want to save the master section you must navigate to the edit menu and select “store master section preset inside montage” (if you do this after you saved the montage, it thankfully auto names the montage for you.) Then you still must save the montage again to keep this addition. It would be great to have a setting in which the program would automatically store the loaded preset (without needing to name it) with the file. A check box in the “save” and “save as” dialog box would help immensely.
This is just one example that, for me, illustrates that there are considerably more mouse clicks involved in using the program than in previous versions. Even in WL6 it was still less efficient in this way than just about any other program that I use on a computer (such as Cubase for instance). I was hoping WL7 would be a step in the right direction but it seems to be a step backwards. (To be fair, there are steps forward in many other aspects of WL7 than it’s predecessors).
A few extra mouse clicks in themselves aren’t a big deal. But for those of us who do this all day long, it slows down the workflow and the vibe for the client.