You're not being anywhere near paranoid enough :-)
In this thread I mentioned how a web-comic artist wound up with being forced (dead laptop) to upgrade her drawing program, which worked substantially differently from the previous version. This wound up setting her back (in terms of finishing the comic) due to having to figure out how, with the new program, to produce work that looked like what she did with the previous version!
So, on the one hand, I'm thinking, "Gee, no problem, if they change things so the old settings/techniques/whatever don't work, I'll just leave ArtRage 2.5 installed so I can do both!" which is comforting for nearly a second :-). Then I realize that I'll have to switch back and forth between the two programs, hope that they can successfully load each other's file formats, don't change each other's colors/textures/settings...
So I see the ArtRage developers SERIOUSLY on the horns of a dilemma. On the one hand, keep all the old settings/tools/etc. and risk a more complicated and potentially confusing interface, because they want to leave in all our old abilities. On the other hand, change things to make improvements (which we've nearly all called for!) and risk removing some magic "30% pressure/50% softness" setting that some number of people have come to love.
As Ziggy once said, "I may not have a solution, but I certainly admire the problem" -- and man, that's a doozy.
Say, anyone been around since the ArtRage 1.0 days? Care to comment on how those changes went?
I'm really not throwing stones here. My apologies if it seems that way... it's just a concern I have that I think worth discussing.
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