Folks, don't listen to Adobe. They clearly have no idea what their own software is able to do, or not do.
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THANK YOU for this work around. I am thrilled to see that you've come up with this. I will gladly tell all of editing friends about this work around.
I've requested so many features and submitted bugs to Adobe over the years, and nothing ever gets done with them. It's a huge waste of time no matter what Adobe reps may say in this forum. Check my post history for literally years worth of comments and suggestions and bug reports, very few of which have ever been satisfactorily resolved. Yeah, I submit the bug report and feature report first, wait a couple of months, then go on the forums to add "Me Too!" to the 100 threads about the exact thing I'm complaining about.
In a way, I am kind of hoping people see the workaround, break their Premiere, and have to call Adobe to fix it, as that will send a clear message to them that we want this as a selectable option, instead of filing feature requests and bugs that never get resolved.
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Oh hey, Adobe, if you're reading this, I hate your Creative Cloud for Business licensing. We bought 5 licenses and lost three artists in the past month, and we're stuck paying for 5 licenses for the rest of the year because of your business unfriendly "regardless of how many licenses you're actually using, you have to pay every month for a year no refunds". Thousands of dollars will be lost before we are able to cancel this atrocious licensing model and we go back to using boxed copies, or until I change people from Business licensing to month to month like they were freelancers. Plus, when our renewal came up, they never bothered contacting me and just signed me right on up for another year. The CC for Teams stuff is mush anyway, we tried several times to implement it as a workflow and it always was a hassle and didn't compare to a host of cheaper content management and sharing solutions.
I know, I'm ranting a bit, but the licensing isn't the main reason I'm so salty about this Premiere issue. I'm salty about this open-multiple-project-by-default Premiere issue because just like the idiotic tool tip videos that play by default in Photoshop, just like the removal of the Legacy Titler shortcut menu option in Premiere CC 2017, just like the manual method of moving over settings and presets when you do an upgrade from CC 2017 to 2018, just like the god awful bloatware that is Adobe Acrobat DC (we're switching to Foxit from a heavily outdated Acrobat X because DC is a cruel joke), and just like the 100 other things I have learned to despise Adobe about.. it never ends and I spend more time transitioning users and swearing at the changes, just to have to do the same thing over again 9 months later.