The 12.1/12.1.1 cycle is horrendous
12.1, and 12.1.1 have been an absolute nightmare to work with.
We've had more crashes, more slow-downs, and more truly frustrating issues with these two releases than I can remember. Unfortunately, we've been dragged up and locked into these versions, so it's not like we can just revert back to 12.0.1 and happily work away until this nightmare cycle is over.
From regular hard crashes when changing to custom workspaces (not to mention workspaces just no longer working), to other random hard crashes because...well...just because. To the excessive slowdowns after a period of time when generating proxies in the background (hello beach ball!), to audio effects randomly resetting when duplicating sequences (a truly frustrating, and in some cases, significantly time-consuming bug), to the solo/unsolo bug, to having your preferences randomly reset for no good reason (that one didn't even happen after a crash. I just exited the program, and when I went back to it, my preferences were all reset to factory) to any number of other frustrations (take a look around on the feedback forums, the problems are easy to find).
This has honestly been the worst release version of Premiere that I can remember in a long, long time.
I think the problem is made that much worse by the fact that we're locked into this version if projects are generated in it (hello projects that clients send in!). This time we can't just bury our heads in the sand and ignore it.
We have three full-time editors here, and all of us are regularly ******* our heads against the walls.
This version cycle is utterly horrendous. Can we please stop focusing on throwing in more features, and just make sure that the software is solid instead? When these issues started cropping up in beta (which I'm absolutely positive that they would have), should the priorities not have shifted from implementing new features to just making sure that this cycle wouldn't be a nightmare for the people being forced into using it? Or could you, at the absolute least, have made it that we weren't getting version-locked?
First and foremost, we need reliability from our NLE. Nothing screams professional more than having our software crashing regularly with clients in the suite or having to rebuild our audio effects while they're checking their watches.
It should be better than this.