Cubase 8.5.0 makes some headway to eliminate the need to use the transport panel but maybe there was some confusion for what was originally requested.
Example: In Cubase 8.0 you needed to use the “Master + Sync” section of the transport panel to easily turn the click on/off or enter fixed project tempo information. What I requested in this topic was a feature to optionally incorporate those functions (a button for the click on/off, fields to enter fixed tempo info) right onto the upper taskbar.
What we got in Cubase 8.5.0 are some revised/added transport menu functions (please do not confuse the transport menu with the transport panel). Most of new functions in the transport menu do not eliminate the need to use the actual transport panel. Many new functions merely open the transport panel so you can do what you had to do just as if the transport panel was left open like before.
During yesterday’s pre-release fubar forum discussion I somehow convinced myself that this feature request was incorporated. It’s not.
So this is my re-request and suggestion for Steinberg to please get rid of the need to use the transport panel.