I see you’re already doing WL8 but this is just a rant anyway so take it FWIW.
I’ve been a user since WL3. I would still be using WL4 if I hadn’t wanted to go to 64 bits. I didn’t upgrade until then because, frankly, I didn’t need to WL4 was, to me, as a former software developer, one of the best pieces of software I’ve ever used. From the UI to the reliability, it was the best product Steinberg ever put out—hands down.
Other than the Spectrum Editor----which is -very- cool, BTW, I rarely use any of the new features in WL7.
Anyhoo, what I wanted to say is this:
WL7 is, to me, something of a failure. I only say that because WL4 was so bloody stellar. What I object to so strenuously about WL7 is the UI. After over a year, it still annoys me. It’s busy, convoluted, overly complicated and even more than Cubase or Microsoft Office 2010, it almost revels in breaking the basic Windows UI guidelines in favour of fancy non-standard widgets and behaviours (like the docking Windows.) I’ve spent most of my time with WL7 having to re-learn it… or ‘tame it’ by getting rid of all the clutter.
I keep thinking about how when cars got digital dashboards, everyone went -nuts- with overly complex consoles just because they -could-. And how much better it is to drive a car with a simple analog instrument display.
Sorry for sounding so negative. If I had one suggestion it would be: MAKE IT SIMPLER. Make the default interface -blank- as is common with lots of web apps and then allow the user to clutter things up… rather than the current default which is ‘everything on!’ when you start up.
The people who do UI right these days are Adobe. Their dockable/tabbed interface in CS4 and CS5 is the best thing I’ve seen on Windows or Mac. They make it easy to get things just the way you want and easily move things in and out of the way as needed. They really are the masters of UI for complex apps (like WL) right now and if I were the king of the forest I’d wave a wand and make WL and Cubase work like Photoshop tomorrow.
Under the hood, WL is still the business and I hope that WL8 gets back to the clean UI of past versions.
Thanks and highest regards,