Welcome back Resonant,
I appreciate you keeping this thread at the top of the list.
I have no doubt that you could find others that are happy with the current GUI, but I doubt most of them would bash another person’s idea. Most people would just ignore it and let it slide down to the 15th page of the request forum without the need to say anything as negative as you did.
Believe it or not, I understand your concerns about an ever changing GUI. I don’t think that there is need for constant cosmetic changes that do not affect workflow. However, I don’t agree that Steinberg should stop striving to improve the GUI in terms or reducing the number of click that it takes to edit VST settings or make the layout more customizable to each user’s specific taste. For me, that is a big part of my workflow. I would say that there are a few things that I would place higher on my list but not many. Also, many feature requests in the forum revolve around GUI tweaks so the GUI is definitely and area that people are interested in. It may be that others don’t like this idea as much as others out there and I am okay with that. However, I would expect that any detractors would comment in a polite way or not at all.
I personally don’t use the PLE and I haven’t run into any roadblocks with the key commands either. This coming from someone that has stayed upgraded on almost every .0 and .5 release since Cubase 5. It just really isn’t a big part of what I need personally. I am sure that there are others that feel that the PLE and key commands are “bloody just fine also”. Have you ever considered that thought? That being said, I personally would not post against your ideas because they are really not something I care much about currently. That doesn’t mean that, one day, I won’t get more involved with the PLE and I may come to appreciate some of the things that you are asking for.
PLE, it’s your thing. I’m good with that and would be happy for you to get some of the things you have been waiting for implemented. If it doesn’t happen, it isn’t because someone requested a GUI tweak. It is because Steinberg doesn’t think it is worthy or they can’t make any money with it. You may have the best idea in the world but if Steinberg sees it as something that only 5% or 10% of the user base is going to break out their wallet for it, it isn’t going to be a priority for them. I am not saying that is right, but it is realistic. They run a business. What percentage of the Cubase user base do you think is heavily involved with the PLE and would truly benefit from some of your requests? I am asking this honestly because I don’t have a clue.
I would love to hear your ideas on the GUI changes you had in mind although you have made it clear that the GUI is not your priority so I can understand why you are choosing not to share them. We would hate for it to be so great that Steinberg actually work on that idea instead of the PLE or key commands.
Overall, I think you are missing the point of my responses to you, it isn’t the fact that you didn’t like the OP’s and my ideas, it is the way you went about it in your post. Again, you could have easily posted a simple tactful comment like I mentioned above and moved on. I would have never responded to you because everyone has the right to their opinion. Instead you responded like it was the worst idea you had ever heard. You are coming across like a person that feels entitled to have things go their way just because you have been a long time customer, but Steinberg is always going to go with what the majority wants. It is not a flaw, it is just not what you what to hear.