@Popskull, if you’re an Absolute 3 license holder and would like to upgrade to Groove Agent 5, I’m afraid I have bad news for you: On their website, Steinberg has announced the release of Absolute 4 for January 2019. That would be 2-3 months from now. I find it a bit awkward, that users who pay more for a product actually have to wait longer for an upgrade. But I’m sure Steinberg has a good reason for doing so.
Given the fact that GA5 doesn’t really tickle me - given what I have seen so far - I can also live with it. I will eventually upgrade, so I can continue to utilize my existent investment (e.g. all the kits I bought so far).
I decided some time ago, that if Steinberg did not seriously change their UI policy and adapt it to what we are used to in other apps, that I would seriously consider buying into SD3. I guess that’s what I will do. Considering that the time frame between GA4 and GA5 was four years, I’m not inclined to wait 4 years until we (maybe) get a post 90ies user interface. I don’t want to be cynical, but seriously, the current GA5 license should be shipped with magnifying glasses, because that’s exactly what you will need to be able to read all its minute buttons, especially on higher resolutions (which I guess is the norm today).
Here is the link to the Steinberg page (for the Absolute 4 release announcement): https://www.steinberg.net/en/products/vst/absolute/start.html. I have also included a screenshot.