Well I find it somewhat ironic of you to state that one either agrees with your opinion about it or don't have a clue, then say that if one doesn't one is guilty of "black/white thinking" essentially.Fredo wrote:The "problem" is called product management.
The product manager gets x-amount of development time, in x-amount of time, for x-amount of money.
Within these restrictions he needs to prioritize stuff, taking into account that a small bug can take more time than a big one, that there is a considerable risk factor in touching some area's (that it breaks something else), that an "action" might jeopardize future development and that some "re-designs" are already planned in the future. So anything a product manager decides is per definition the wrong decision for "someone"; just by the sheer fact that it is his job to pake decisions.
So, having to make these choices, taking into account all these parameters makes that there is no "black and white"/"fixed or not fixed", but a careful weighing of the issues and balancing the resources to get something done within a certain time, budget and priority. Which is the very opposite of a user complaining that "his most important bug" is not fixed with the highest priority.
Anyone who runs his/her own business -with success- has no other choice than agree with the above.
Anyone who presents it as being "black & white" doesn't has a clue what he/she is talking about.
But be that as it may, I seem to recall other having pointed do different ways of developing products. So it may not be as cut and dry as you portray it.
And be that as it may, you are in effect confirming what many have said regarding the issue of managing resources (i.e not laying all the blame on the beta team). At the end of the day then we're looking at Steinberg as a whole in order to make sense out of it.
Like I said, N4 is a very good product, and it seems that N5 is better still. Yet for a audio-post-centric app certain things must work in order for there to be faith in the product/company. That's all I'm saying. And you are of course free to argue that this is all individual preferences, but I don't really see how one can make a compelling argument against video and omf/aaf import being essential in an audio post app.