Designer is a huge application which takes a long time to load - but it has a lot of functionality. We seem to just accept this where competitor products work a lot faster.
I propose that NetIQ produce a 'Designer Lite' or a suite of different designer versions.
Identify the tasks that users are doing most frequently, and cut out everything that doesn't achieve that goal.
In my mind, this would essentially cut out things like UserApp/DAL/Workflow functionality, and allow driver development only. Or, split the designer into two versions, one that focuses on UserApp and the other focuses on Driver development, I tend to do either one or the other, not both at the same time.