I’m afraid to say we’ve also had issues with the new layout designer and much preferred the arrangement in 1.8 . Haven’t had a chance to evaluate your new Beta version, so not sure what’s different about it.
Essentially in our case we may have a region with say 8 or 9 videos or more in a sequence, to add a video somewhere into this sequence we have to scroll left to right to figure out where to insert the video, similar if you wanted to delete one. It was a lot easier in the previous designer to call up the list vertically especially if each video has a rather long descriptive name and just drag up/down to change the order or delete/insert.
While it is useful to see how all the regions interact on a left to right timeline, this isn’t a requirement in our case and being able to just edit the timeline for one individual region as a vertical list was much easier.
The playlist feature sort of gives us this functionality, so we do sort of have a workaround, so thank you for that useful feature which certainly makes things easier where the same region sequence is used in multiple layouts.
***** From the screen dumps it seems your alpha has reintroduced this feature. Thank you ****
Also had problems getting my head around the checkout/publish methodlogy. Once you’ve set a layout to checkout and started editing there appears to be no way to revert/undo changes , or uncheckout the layout, you are forced to publish.
**** it seems there is a discard option - I just can’t seem to find it ****
Hope that helps, not sure how this fits with others experiences.