Having been a WL user for many years, and after using WL7 for these months since it came out, I’ll say that there have been many good improvements, but WL 7 is not as fast and efficient to use in an ergonomic sense for me.
My main suggestions are still base around ergonomic efficiency:
For me, it still makes no sense that the only way to use a context (popup) menu to the adjust a fade in a montage is to first open it’s tool window. If the tool window is open, I don’t need a context menu. The context menu is cool because it saves screen space. For a one monitor user, the tool window takes up too much space, especially when added to the space the new master section design takes up. If, say, the focused clip window could be minimized (slid over to a thin bar on the right something like newer versions of Photoshop) that could work for me.
Another example of too many mouse clicks is saving a master section with a montage. I like the “Store Master Section preset inside Montage” function. But if you select this before you save the montage for the first time, you have to name it, then when I save the montage, I have to name THAT. If I do it the other way, I save the Montage then select “Store Master Section preset inside Montage”, then cool, it’s already named for me, but now I’ve changed the montage and have to save it again. In a busy day full of mouse clicks this adds more. One question is why do we need to name the Master Section preset at all if it is stored inside the montage? Couldn’t this just be done internally?
And finally, wondering if the various basic functions of WL (Wave edit, Montage, Batch Processing) could be separated into separate programs altogether? I use the Wave editor window and the Montage window fairly evenly. So, sometimes the last window I used was a montage and sometimes the last window I used is the wave editor. So if the last window I used was a wave editor and I just need to use the montage, I have to start with the wave editor and have two windows to close. and vice versa. I don’t often need both in the same session. Usually just one or the other. Couldn’t there be separate icons to start just the wave editor or just the montage or just the batch processor? That would be a significant time saver for me.
Thanks for listening, PG. WL is still the best!