I started using RPE 1.2 last week for a client.
It's driving me crazy and I'm wanting to vent and see if others are having issues with it.
- If I double-click a .dsx file, the export wizard comes up no matter what. Yes, I've set my preferences to not use the stupid wizard. It doesn't matter. I always have to cancel out of the wizard.
- Preferences to not use the wizard must be set in launcher and studio separately.
- The default Word driver doesn't actually create Word documents. You have to remove it and then add it to get the Telelogic Word Driver, which does work. This is not obvious, and this was a fix suggested by IBM. You can't select the driver from a drop-down.
- I have not figured out how to use a module_id in a dsx for DOORS. Oh, the field is there, but you must also specify a URI. There's a new option for "configuration required" and it's set to "uri" but I can't change it (not in the launcher, anyway). If you try to run it with just a module_id it won't export a document.
- In the studio, the properties window can no longer be set to be in the bottom right. I've tried.
- In the studio, the properties window has been setup to be more "user friendly" which means "slow" if you know what you're doing.
- In the studio, I'm sick of having to always click "advanced" in the properties and then there's still no option to expand all in the properties. But clicking advanced bothers me. IBM has added a million more clicks while I'm creating a document because of this change.
- In the studio, clicking different items sometimes causes the properties to go to the actual document and not what is selected. I've done this with containers and table cells.
- In the studio, load a .dsx file along side your .dta file. Run the .dsx file. Change something in the .dta file. Run the .dsx file. Oh what's that? It unloaded your .dsx file? It did to me too.
- In the studio, the properties window is very wide, regardless of how narrow you've set the columns in the advanced window. That scrollbar remains so it can accommodate the GUI widgets I don't want to use.
I know Dragos and his team work really hard on RPE and that changes like this won't always be pleasing to users, but I also believe that RPE is a development tool, and not a tool for normal end users. And these changes make the tool much harder to work with, especially for those who've been working with it for years (I'm approaching year 4 myself). I don't want to have to enter an RFE for each of the items above.
I understand IBM would want to keep these changes--especially the properties one--that's fine, but can you at least make a "simple properties" and "advanced properties" palette? That way users who know what they're doing can work.
That's all for now, but I am wondering to all of you --how is your RPE 1.2 experience?