If you've got a feature request, you should contact Adobe on their web site. (They're likely developing the next version now, so it's a good time to do so!)
This is a user-to-user help forum. We can't do anything about the interface itself. (And, yes, breaking it into a timeline and everything else is really the only option for version 11.)
Thanks Steve. I'll do so. Just can't understand how they can change something like that to make it worse.