Thank you for your reply Marc. It is nice to know that the sketchup team are monitoring these forums and at least providing acknowledgment of known issues.
I wouldn’t be justified in speaking for the community as a whole, but I can say from the circles of other users that I find myself in, we would be perfectly happy if your team focused only on the user experience and put all new features on the back burner. We are paying for this product, and as good as it is in many ways, it falls short of expectations in many others. When simple aspects of the UI are so buggy it really makes one reevaluate the intrinsic value of the product. I have been struggling with some of these UI issues for years now. For me personally, my patience is wearing. I can only carry on like this for probably one more release, before I start looking for alternate solutions.
To end on a more positive note, it is a wonderful program that has more positive qualities than negative ones. I appreciate your continuing efforts to make it the best that it can be.