Functional wrote: of course, instead of actually rethinking automation and introducing automation clips, we just have now bezier curves (which do something for sure, but clips > lanes).
The problem I can identify with your whole thinking may locate here. One supposes they don't think that's really so crucial it had to happen in this .5 upgrade, ie., they don't think quite as you do so they're cheating everybody. I don't want those things. For ME it's bloat, all these FRs from people who don't do things like I do at all suddenly implemented. But what happens, I suppose, is they make decisions based in the sheer volume of FRs, because it's a business.
For all this, I don't know what's wrong with using the range tool and whether you're in bars and beats or other linear timelines in the Sample Editor or Parts Editor use the Fade tools which_provide_presets_saving. Frankly, I don't suppose the weight of Feature Requests exactly agrees with your opinion. Clips is greater than lanes... for you, OK. You Rule Ok. The Clips People Rule OK. Why isn't Cubase also Ableton Live and FLS all wrapped in one?
And the giving this 'half-assed' new feature is useful to them. But it's all too much now, that they charge at the .5 point of development; after years and years of this practice? This means 'dodgy business practices'. Alrighty then.
I find the fact of not actually fixing particular bugs and moving on to actual new numbered versions "dodgy" but your case is a bit overstated IMO.