Dear Audacity devs,
I decided to test drive Audacity 3 to see what are the upcoming changes and I immediately bumped into a terrible change that makes it completely unusable for me.
I am well aware of the limitations of FAT drives, I’ve been working with them in an audio setting for long enough. Please don’t treat all your users as idiots who can’t possibly be able to manage their own drive settings. It is the height of user unfriendliness to force a setting just to remove the chance of a predictable, preventable and rare issue to crop up.
It’s of course fine if you set Audacity’s temp folder to a non FAT drive by default and alert about FAT usage when necessary, but let your advanced users set whatever drive they want to use. I for example have my temporary folder on a ram drive and if Audacity won’t let me use that, it becomes completely useless because I will not switch to a fixed drive only to worsen my user experience.
Changing to a drive that makes Audacity 3 happy, doesn’t have any benefit for my workflow whatsoever, only downsides because I never edit files that get anywhere close to 2gb let alone 4gb. Please reconsider this unnecessary imposition, this uncalled for limitation and let your users explicitly select any drive they want.