This post is not really a criticism as it is more intended to be positive feedback.
I upgraded to the all new WP 3.5. Thus far: all well, site runs faster and articles save faster. Overall cohesiveness is smooth and quick.
Except the completely revised 'Media insert' feature under post -> new post. The look and feel of it are great but functionality leave much to be desired ... unless I am not using it correctly.
Now all images are loaded into memory which makes for fast access. Problem is that you must constantly reload to have new images saved on the hard drive appear in the list. That's a pain when you deal with hundreds of new images daily (I operate a news site).
That also means you have to scroll through tons of images to find the one single image you want to insert in your article (I tried using the search feature but that constantly returns a 'not found - select image' message even though the image exists on my computer in the path I am searching).
Additionally, the featured image can only be added by 'reselecting' the image first and then set it as featured; an extra step that takes up much time when dealing with lots of photos.
Finally, the data boxes (caption, description, etc) are really too small. It's difficult to type more than one sentence because you aren't able to read the sentence in its entirety and check for errors.
Again, my post here is not meant to be critical. It just that the new WP 3.5 from a publisher's point of view, has a new media feature that isn't very simplistic in use while the media function of the older WP versions was (everything was together on one screen, easily visible with wider input fields and an instant 'make feature image' link without having to reselect or reload).
QUESTION: is it at all possible to have WP3.5 but with the prior version's media insert function?