Artsy. Would still prefer nodes, but not sure which of those two solutions would be better, tbh.
Whether we like it or not, ICE Tree is not the fastest way to setup the stuff around. For example, i can easely see a user not very familiar with ICE (or softimage even) giving it a try and going
"Right! So i just get this node, and this one..."
"And there are bunch of those, i dont know what they do."
"I'll connect this..."
"No, thats not going in there."
"Ill just connect this than..."
"Why the hell is it red now? Whats going on?"
"What am i even doing?
"Someone... Please help!"
Compare that with a "press button, acquire results" approach and you're at the root of all that was ever wrong with ICE from an artist point of view.
Well, im of no help at all, im afraid...