I find the whip transition very useful as I'm sure many do. There is just one small problem for me however - the transition goes only from left to right. Any chance of it going from right to left as well? It seems odd to me that the first clip doesn't appear to move "out of the way" (i.e. to the left) before the second clip appears.
You're right, it is weird that there is no direction option. Are you putting the effect on th edit point between 2 clips (in which case both clips move), or do you have the effect on the end of an incoming shot which is on the layer above (in which case the outgoing clip won't move).
You can get a free Push transition from Film Impact which is similar and has direction controls. I think you have to sign up for a trial now but that effect and a couple of others remain free when trial expires.
You can choose from 8 different directions!!!
Oops, misread. Never knew it was added, since when?
Anyway I always made my own. You can change to any direction.