PG & Johannes:
(Forgive me interjecting the little commentary below, and feel free to disregard it, as I am a very new user of Wavelab…But, without putting words in his mouth, I feel like I have a good idea where Johannes is coming from…)
I really like a lot of things about Wavelab that are different from the ‘Mac-like’ options– In fact, something must not be “Mac-like” for the better, because they don’t exist on any other Mac editor, which is why we’re using Wavelab! Plus, I don’t know that the other UI approaches that are thought of as “Mac-like” are necessarily better– IMHO, I don’t think ‘Inspectors’ are a much better approach than whatever was there before them.
I hear Johannes on some of the dialog boxes and related stuff. I don’t necessarily see the Wavelab ones as being that much better from the one I see in every single other application I use to make it such such an obvious improvement. Some aspects are better, but they’re integrated in the way Johannes suggests, which kind of makes it a draw.
But there are the occasional places where strictly sticking to “the Wavelab way” starts to become a liability. The filing-cabinet thing is awesome, and it’s great that it’s implemented so many places within Wavelab…But I can’t really see myself having a library-system in a dialog to make 2 parameter choices.
What I noticed for me, is that a “Mac-like” UI in an editor to me means Peak, because there isn’t much else to refer to (I know the choices and the history, but I got stuck with Peak somehow). Peak looks rather Mac-like, but was always the least stable or thought-through software I’d ever seen on the Mac by a margin– People in other related fields did not have the kind of complaints about their software as I had. Wavelab appears to be a much more well-reasoned and thoroughly-vetted piece of software which is, in my humble experience, what a good ‘Mac-like’ program is. However, there is a certain small gap between all the great ideas that have gone into Wavelab and what I would look for in the visual interface and (English) terminology of an ideal editor. This all makes perfect sense, since Wavelab naturally reflects the background and approach of its author & Steinberg (which are different, than mine) and the fact that it became a Mac program long after it was already a mature Windows one. But there is no doubting that Wavelab is a jarring change from all the other Mac apps I use (switching between them can get to be a trip!). And even though I don’t know exactly what all those ingredients are, the difference is still not subtle or insignificant