This makes a lot of sense to me. Choice to download would remove the sting from people’s waiting time for solids to drop through their letterbox. Once a person has had their order accepted, something could still be shipped, additionally, however, they’d have a link to download - one which is useless unless they are already registered with the previous version and have been accepted for upgrade. Waiting for the box might still be a pain, and there would be justified expressions of upset from those who have slow or unreliable internet connection, but it would have dealt with the majority of the upset.
I’ll declare that I reckon Bobby Yarrow’s post is a great one. I’ve read it four times as I have, during the last few days, returned to this thread to track the topic’s progress.
I’ll add my own perspective on ‘So Steinberg.’ Part of it is about the combination of Needful and Needless, or of Justifiable and Unjustifiable. This issue of delayed delivery does have points which can make sense. By ‘Can,’ I mean we might judge Steinberg ought to have foreseen things we consider to be obvious, but that the ‘things’ are real factors to be considered. Similarly, The removal of transparent lanes, at firs, ‘couldn’t’ and ‘didn’t’ make sense until Christian explained the deep-code requirements which made it a necessary stepping stone. We and, indeed, Steinberg will agree that transparent lanes is an important feature to bring back online ASAP, yet we ‘can’ make sense of it’s removal at this time. However, Version 5.5x’s removal of ‘mix’ when Reverence’ is used on group channel, is something which ‘can’t’ make sense. And that has been ‘repaired’ in V6. Holding back choice as to whether to fix Pool ‘on top’ IMO ‘can’t’ make sense - Reasons ‘can’ be provided why to do it one way, but not why to remove from the user choice to do it the other way, either in terms of potential relevance to workflow or difficulty in adding it to the product.
In another thread, I drew attention to V1 and 2 for Atari, with reference to the manuals use of the word ‘Intuitive’, and the product’s Fulfilling the Prophecy. Part of the claim to being intuitive was, in the manual, expressed in delighted ejaculations regarding how the user could ‘do it’ in more than one way … there were lots of mouse and keyboard options to perform identical functions. Additionally, list edit was retained and my old pro-12 reflexes were not cut off at the spinal chord. The Ethic was that more choices of ‘how’ would render the program more transparent to whatever workflow the individual user may wish to adopt. It makes sense for a company to want to think hard to discern ‘best ways’ of doing stuff, it makes even more sense to discern what other ‘ways’ are possible with minimal expense in terms of coding time or probability of glitches, and then to let those happen if they are not already there, and to let them remain if they already are.
I urge Steinberg: Refresh your connection with that seminal spirit: Choice to download fits this spirit.
Add choice and preserve choice -
Cry “Download!” And let slip the Dogs of DAW!