I know that you are waiting with bated or baited breath for the first complaints on the new format, so I'll leap right in. I have been using this same format (in a different colour) for the past two years at birdforum.net, and it has two immediate, minor but continually vexing, weakpoints: (1) it does not remember my password, requiring me to re-enter it each time I log in and (2) the Quick Reply does not offer Preview.
These may not seem like much, but with my modus operandi (leaping from website to website, logging on for a few minutes between bouts of real work), the extra clicking is a noticeable hindrance and delay.
I don't suppose either can be fixed, but it might be something to pass on to the makers, or at least to explain my mood if I am a bit abrupt in my postings for the next few days.
Re: First Impressions
I am agree with you. I have the same problems as you.
I have worked with this format for about one year in babelboard.de
The last format of this forum was really better. I havn't had any problems with it. But know .....