CS4 should be a step forward from CS3, but some of the things that used to be a simple process are now 'improved' in a way that makes me want a refund on my software.
If for any of these thing you have another method or suggestion you'd like to share that'd be great, otherwise join the rant and share what features you wish weren't 'upgraded'
-I cannot actually believe what Adobe have done to the export frame shortcut (used to be Ctrl+Shift+M) it was so easy. Hit that combination, type filename, hit enter. Bulletproof. Why EVER change that? What room for improvement is in that?!
I actually can't see how to export a single frame at all, only a sequence, in frames... I have 4.1.0. Anyone?
-I REALLY dislike the new multiple track selection interface. I've found it useful for nothing.
I find I am constantly deselecting tracks in Premiere now. I wish like before, it would only allow one track to be selected unless you held shift. I don't know about other users, but it often doesn't even create a default transition if more than one track is selected, (yes the TLI is in the right place)
-I think it was PPro2 that last had the fantastic feature of Home and End taking you to the beginning and end of the selected clip. This worked nicely with the default transtion keys. AT LEAST OFFER BOTH OPTIONS, I would be happy if for example Shift+Home/End did the same job...
So many things take longer, with more keystrokes. This isn't how professionals edit Adobe.
Remember when you hit the Audio Gain shortcut, typed 6 (for 6dB) and hit enter? i LOVE that you can now apply this to multiple clips, but only with the extra fiddling with the figure-slider. Triples the amount of time it takes to change audio gain on different clips.
-Play in background. Anyone remember when Premiere used to play in the background?
Incredibly useful for some situations. (Off the top of my head -checking an interview against a word document that has focus) or just wanting to do other things while playing back, or capturing- how does this still apply to capturing! Some people still seem to be suggesting it's because Premiere needs all the attention for processing power. Funny how no other app does... I reverted to using WinDV by mourek because it runs flawlessly in the background and split clips.
Please Adobe, if you're going to 'fix' or 'improve' a feature, just leave the old way in as well. Give us both options.
Some things you could focus on fixing instead:
-Multiple layer bug
Anyone get this- I have for example a couple of titles on top of video, and tweaking for example the Y position will suddenly replace the entire image with another, totally seperate title. It's a joke. Doesn't seem to affect the render, but still infuriating for preview and unneccesary!
-Multi format timeline
-Handle projects longer than 30 minutes without trembling.
-Audio waveforms should reflect changes. Such as Fill left/right or gain.
-Find a way to make rubberbands/beziers work. For example, try taking ANY kind of control over the animation of a rotation. Trying to make a clip rotate slowly then fast is so incredibly hard, even with the video track expanded fully across my entire screen. How about making it not 0.5 pixels different between rotation value A and B, but relative so that it fills the whole height of the clip. Absolute makes no sense!