Well, if you think about it many new features affect almost all areas of Cubase. Audio, Midi, Chord tracks. Racks and VST Instrument tracks. Would it not be better to have a beta phase just in case?
We do have a beta phase, this is the 7.0.0 upto the 7.0.6 (I will only just concede that 7.0.6 is fit for purpose and IMO considered close to GR (general release)) else, really the others have been release.candidates. [and still .RC on the MAC platform.. I still dare NOT use 7.0.6 on MAC].
We (the registered community) seem to be beta testing for them, for several releases, then the new x.5 release comes along, .. and we all jump on board this merry go round, for yet another spin ... "cue up that promo guy, telling us about the amazing feature set !" roll up, roll up!!
I often wonder (being a software developer myself) what testing/qa'ing really happens at SB dev headquarters?
If the specs+documentation cannot be realised in the software, then, the software is not fit for purpose, and (again IMO) the marketting and documentation that gets published with the ' released software ' should be ammended detailing to consumers that the feature sets are not avaialble.
...I'm tired of shelling out the 49 (or whatever) euro every year, in the hope / belief that this will be the stable release, I keep seeing, all these glossy new iDEVICE apps, and new synths, and tools, and bits and pieces, but
still not seeing a rock solid foundation and framework from SB.
.. Im tried of being an unpaid beta tester for SB, and more tired of their means to keep drawing me out every 12 or so months to pay for yet (potentially) another fresh set of new bugs ..
SB : please review your published doccumentation for 7.0.6. The details re feature set of the product, and ensure that it is functioning rock solid as you(SB) have listed and defined, and sold us, the idea that is how it should be correctly working.