I use the pool far more than I use media bay (and I personally almost never use the newer inflated instrument rack), and to me it seems like a very wise choice to have the pool be visible as a docking window like it is Pro Tools. This is essential to the way many work in both post and music. All Steinberg would need to do is add it to the choices currently there (which are Instrument Rack or Media Bay).
If it is still true (I have not tried to Rewire Reason 8 yet), it makes using Reason+Rewire+Cubase amazingly cumbersome.
This is still the way it's working. Cumbersome - yes, but it's possible to make project templates in both Cubase and Reason that will help you avoid setting the whole thing up from scratch every time. I just made myself templates which includes 5 Reason instruments routed through rewire ch. to 5 group ch. in Cubase. By customizing the Cubase mixer I hide all rewire ch. and the group ch. appears next to the "normal" instrument ch. All I have to think of is opening Cubase and Reason in the right order and it will work just like that.
If you want a stable ,trouble free DAW then as someone already;
Get rid of your 32 bit plugins.
Seriously, the bridge was just to help people transition over at the time.
On windows 10 here with Cubase 8 x64 and everything works flawlessly. I really don't think there's any plugin now that's only 32 bit that can't be replaced. And ask yourself; if a plugin hasn't been updated to x64 by now that's not a good sign. Either the Developers are no longer in business or they've abandoned it, neither scenarios are good for your DAW in the future.
Lars, a template is a starting point. A library does not even look like a project. It looks like a Pool window. It allows you to store different types of audio and video files, and in different formats. So, for instance, you could have drum samples at different qualities: 48/24 , 44/16, without having to convert them to a single sample rate /resolution spec, which is necessary within a project for proper playback.