I’m kinda glad this subject is coming up time and time again, and that I am not the only one who thinks the 10. GUI is appallingly bad.
Steinberg simply copied the style from Apple, their dark theme has white text on dark background. It is a pain to the eyes, especially in Nuendo because it’s so poorly implemented. As Chris said, ridiculous contrast settings, lack of visual separation in general, a total heterogeneous patchwork with artifacts from multiple GUI generation of previous versions coupled with pointless, performance eating eye candy.
Anyone counted how many times they’ve changed the text colour on the inspector tabs from black to white and back? At least twice over the years, but correct me if more often.
The white outlines around tabs and buttons…it appears as if the 1st week intern was assigned to the task - an untalented one on top of it.
The icons are probably the worst i’ve ever seen. If you were to show them to anyone outside the context - no one would recognise what most if them are supposed to depict.
Colours: thanks a bunch for the light blue, which apart from progress bars is randomly scattered over UI elements entirely unrelated to another. The inspector and the system performance meters look like the inside of an Arpaio jail, an insult to the eyes, probably as intended. Again, entirely pointless, ugly and out of context.
And to those who now go: I don’t care about the GUI, if the software performs well otherwise: you’re mistaken unfortunately. It’s an essential aspect that supports a software’s usability, reduces fatigue, accelerates the workflow and ideally : becomes almost invisible during in the process.
I am pretty certain I’ll be staying on 8 for a very long time.