Creative X-Fi software

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What is this, a picture of a box or a piece of user interface? It keeps surprising that software vendors keep investing in creating custom user interfaces (GUI) for the sake of… just nice visual appearance?

Yes, it is visually attractive, but in a daily usage this is only important factor from the very start. Would later user appreciate usability and uniform GUI look? What if one has several packages installed and each of them has a shiny custom look? Most often this significantly adds binary/download size, will require more memory and will run slower because of both heavy graphics and custom controls, often designed in a haste or insufficiently accurate.

I would personally appreciate software developers investing into quality/performance of the code instead, is this an unrealizable dream?

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