male wrote:Layout is poor because hints are lacking. This is more room for improvement in the plugin API--not the plugins themselves. I think plugin authors would be happy to do anything that would allow hosts to provide a better interface.
That is exactly one of the reasons pro LV2,
wiki/WhyLV2 wrote:While LADSPA has been quite successful with many plugins and hosts, it is quite limited and can't be extended without breaking existing implementations. LV2 in contrast is designed with extensibility in mind right from the start. Instead of a monolithic design that can only be improved by a central authority, new functionality (an "extension") can be added to LV2 by anyone, making distributed development of the plugin API itself possible.
Truly the open design leads to some obscure Extensions which makes live in the long term difficult, but that the way it is.
LV2 comes right now with a couple more of useful hint possibility, which allow host authors to skip support for Plug-in owns GUI's and provide usable internal UI's.
Have a look at MOD-host for example, which only provide internal (remote) UI's and use only LV2 plugs.