This is great news!
Thinking about how this is done in other clean UI's, it is obvious to me now that we need TABS. Tabs in the palettes would make everything fit in a much more cohesive and streamlined manner. And could be easy to implement without a complete overhaul.
But getting back to basics, we need to remove the superfluous wastes of space. For example, there is absolutely no need for the Workspaces Palette, and it takes up a ton of space, and is a mostly useless feature, in an overly prominent location in the default UI. I would much rather see an Ultimate Workspace offered that has all of the tools and palettes exposed in nicely organized and thought through layout, instead of hidden away, confusing newer users. As is, the jokingly huge default tool icon size makes FormZ look like a children's toy, instead of a professional tool. I suspect the UI developer is not using a similar dpi monitor as the rest of us, for their development, and therefore cannot see the same oversizing of the tool icons and menus. I know much of this is user adjustable, but it shouldn't need to be adjusted as much to get the same clean and fluid look and feel that pre v7 FormZ offered. The newer interface certainly has some improvements, but they are incredibly overshadowed by large wastes of valuable screen space. Palettes now take up considerable more screen space which means less room for a nice large modeling window.
I think the only reason users like myself keep bringing this up is because we want FormZ to succeed. We want it to have a much higher adoption rate. We want students to fall in love with FormZ in school, and carry that into their professional careers. In order for this to happen, we need to have a serious change in the way FormZ is presented when opened for the first time. It needs to be streamlined, and cohesively connected. Gone are the wastes of UI space. Increase the size of the modeling window. Reduce the default tool sizes. Bring back the classic white workspace, or develop a better light grey version for default. The beige has to go! I'll never forget my old boss, who was a longtime FormZ user from the days of OS 8 and OS 9, said "Why would FormZ make the background color 'shit' brown, instead of the clean white it has always been? It's incredibly unprofessional, especially when saving and sharing plan views on a grid of our models." I think that speaks for itself. :/
Oversized icons are disturbing and one icon is especially hilarious: the component man! There should be more abstract picture in that icon. Usually my components are building blocks. And the bright "Pan" hand is also interesting. Perhaps that hand belongs to the component man!
Generate Tool palette has sphere icon activated at start. It should be cube definitely. Little, almost comic details but they do matter.