I think the problem is inherent to our own personal workflow.
Let’s face it, we are all getting old, and we don’t like it when things change.
Especially when there is no real (personal) reason to change something.
We all want to continue working as we have always done, regardless if we are shown a better/other/faster way.
“That’s how I do it, and I have my reasons for that”. Period.
Hence why we are so passionate about using our own beloved DAW. Be it Nuendo, ProTools, Reaper, or any other.
The things we do want to change are things we are not happy with in the first place.
And of course, we want the new stuff, on top of what we had.
If development would reason like that, new technologies would never make it into the code, old code would never be renewed and technical innovations would simply be ignored.
There are plenty of reasons why this whole section is rebuild from scratch, and -mark my words- within a few years we will all be happy that this new technology, this new way of doing things … it’s already implemented now.
Allow me to give you an example … How many of us don’t see the need for rebuilding their website with “Wordpress technology” ? if you are one of those, then, browse with an iPad or iPhone to your website and report back.
My point is that the world and technology around us changes, and -at some point-, we will have to change our workflow, change our way of thinking, change our way of doing things, weither we like it or not. We are all getting old, and we are stuck in our own foolish habits.
Is there room for improvement? Are there things that aren’t very well implemented? Sure. Dozens.
But do they keep me from working with the application? No, not at all.
Therefore, I find comments like “unusable”, “showstopper for me”, “can not use it”, totaly out of proportion.
I myself had some “problems” with the new mixer, but at one point I decided to learn to work with it, instead of the endless complaining and long argumentations on the betaforum. Soon I have found ways to make it work for me in an acceptable way. It has grown on me, and now I simply love it. And whenever I have to go back to N5.x, I almost can’t believe that I once thought the “old style” was much better.
Another good exercise is trying to figure out why half of the users absolutely love the new Mixer.
What’s wrong with these guys? What the hell are they thinking? What do they see that we don’t see?
(My very personal take on this issue)