Thanks Memag, already know that addon
What actually would help me is a better Mental Ray integration that doesnt lag every render region and implements all the features of this render engine, a unit system, a DWG importer, a revamp of curve tools, better Unfold and UV tool, better Shader presets system, more modeling tools, more presets, more viewport feedback, more deformers, an update of the UI, an update of the FXTree.
While you wait you can try:
-3delight free version
-Curve Tools by Eugen Sares
-Curve Tools by GOTETZ
I don't think unit system and UI will change.
I also think that the future of SI is very exciting as it gained some extra muscle through ICe.
Folks at SI did a marvelous job on a "freaking new particle system" that was demanded years ago.
Who knows how the new modeling tool set would look like, when we compare ICE to a particle system.
I'd like to see more viewport interaction.
Also, price is very important factor.
Things are certainly in motion.Interesting mailing list thread