I suspect that you are exactly the kind of customer that the Development team had in mind when they conceived the idea for Lightroom originally. In fact, Lr is very much the baby of Thomas Knoll himself who, together with his brother John, was the original inventor and creator of Photoshop itself more than 20 years ago.
The point is that Lr was designed to be simple, reasonably priced and self-contained and to target the limited needs of many photographers.
Lr Users should be prepared to either accept those limitations; or they have to recognise the need to buy more advanced tools if they want more flexibility and capability than Lr was ever intended to provide.
My problem is that I am used to having a full array of editing and image-creation tools at my disposal so I have no need nor desire for a restricted application like Lr in addition to the more sophisticated tools which I already have and use on a daily basis to do everything which Lr can do — and much more besides..
However, I do criticise the way in which Lightroom's UI has been designed because I think that it provides a cramped and messy workspace. And I have a very large monitor so I can't imagine how bad it must be on a small laptop?! (I actually get a very real attack of claustrophobia every time that I wander into Lr!)
I also criticise the limited capabilities and inflexible structure of its Library System and I know that many other people do too — even those who find Lr to be suited to their purposes well enough in other ways.
Perhaps this is the result of trying to economise and simplify operations too much?
Edited by Ann, 01 March 2013 - 00:02 .