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FCPX - "I'm going back to bartending"

No, I’m not actually going back to bartending, I’ve never been a bartender but Brian Zalewski, a bay area editor I work with actually did say this after hearing of some of these changes.

Apple… I REALLY don’t get this.

I drive a car.  I’ve been doing so for 34 years… I’m pretty good at it, although I have had a few accidents. There are a few things that I’ve come to expect when I drive. Like, the gas pedal is ALWAYS on the right side and the break pedal is always on the left.  This, as a matter of fact, holds true in Australia where you drive on the WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD and sit on the WRONG SIDE OF THE CAR, but we won’t get into that now.

If all of a sudden, Toyota or Mazda decided… “hey… we like foot pedals but lets ‘rethink’ where we put them, maybe there is a better place.”… HOLY CRAP can you imagine the uproar?

So I ask the good folks at Apple, “WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU SMOKING DOWN THERE?”

Extend Edit (E) -  becomes Trim Start AND Trim End (Option [ and Option ] )Which apparently can’t be UNDONE. And the new (and improved?) Extend Edit, well, I can’t figure out how to make that “un grey”.

Split clip (Control V) becomes Blade (Command B), because, well, why not?

 Paste Attributes (Option V) becomes Paste Effects (Control Option V) but hardly a substitute to Paste Attributes. You can’t pick and choose which effects you want to paste.

This is all within 5 minutes of sitting down with the app. I’ll go into it later with some tutorials but really… Why not change Quit application (Command Q) to “I don’t want to work anymore” (Control Option Command L, for LEAVE)…

Did you have to change sooo many shortcuts?  Really?

Does NO ONE at Apple have the balls to stand up and say… “Uh guys, this would be really stupid to change all these shortcuts.” And PLEASE don’t say… “we’ll you know you can always go in and change them in the Keyboard Shortcut Editor. Do you have any idea how many machines I work on in a day, I don’t want to install custom shortcuts every time I sit at a new machine.  Why not just leave the shortcuts well enough alone?

Don’t get me wrong… I want things to get better, I want to move into the future. I want to be able to stand on the shoulders of those that went before us but I’d also like to know that the Break Pedal is ALWAYS GONNA BE on the left and not mysteriously on the right.


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Reader Comments (3)

Well you know you can always go in and change them in the Keyboard Shortcut Editor.

...and then save your personal layout to a file...and load it up with a couple of clicks on another machine...and once it's on a machine, it stays there and you can just select it from the drop down before you begin to edit.

And PLEASE don't say:

Waaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! It's not what I'm used to! Apple owes me that is should work exactly the same!

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