It's really time NI made the Kontakt interface pleasant to use as well as just cool to look at. The features in Kontakt are unbeatable, but the user friendliness needs serious improvement. I use Kontakt every day, and the handling is not pleasant. The patch selection is awful - too small to read, too tiny to select easily with the mouse. Why does it seem that this has been left unchanged in the update?
I sometimes think that the Kontakt GUI designer never had to complete a music project in his/her life. Switching between patches regularly distracts me from the original creative impulse, and I sometimes despair and go back to exs24 because of frustration with Kontakt. Just compare Kontakt with exs, Atmosphere, Halion, Gigastudio, even FM7 (or ANY other NI product) -they are all much friendlier and more comfortable to handle.
Kontakt 2 apparently introduces some Key-shortcuts, such as CTRL + C, CTRL + V, CTRL + X.......useful, but it doesn't represent a fundamental improvement in comfort and handling. It only introduces basic file handling functions which have been a part of Windows and Mac functionality for years!
Imagine if Windows or Mac OS selection fields were as tiny as the Kontakt/Kompakt patch names, and as fiddly to select with the mouse! There would be a wave of user complaint, and an update within weeks. Why should we accept a lousy interface just for the sake of an otherwise excellent product?
Fellow musicians, we need to make NI aware of this issue! Those of you who use EWQLSO know how a few voices of protest about the weaknesses of documentation brought a response from John Philpit and Doug Rogers, and now we have a great new manual :-). Kontakt is just as important a tool, and deserves our input too.
NI, please respond!!