I have to agree - the workspace is a bit cluttered. I just got a 21" monitor, thinking that would help, but it still seems like there is always a window in the way. At work I have a 2 monitor setup, and it's much easier to use. Just the main workspace and tools on the big one, and all the panels panes and pallettes on the other monitor. Just having the AS editor on another monitor is helpful.
A small gripe: The pc version lets you dock the tools pallette right next to the layers. The mac version doesn't do this. What gives??
I think my biggest complaint is with the components. Don't get me wrong, I think they're great, but I don't understand why they didn't just make them movie clips in a shared library or something. I was never really a fan of smart clips either tho. I just wish the components were regular movie clips, and that to use you just dragged them from the library onto the stage. The parameters could just be variables you have to change in AS or something. I don't like having a component on the stage, mainly because you can't just double click a component and edit it, you have to find the right part in the library and edit that. I just find it more intuitive to explore a new code example or whatever by double clicking my way through it, vs trying to find where it begins and ends in the library.
Ok - enough whining!
jeff - looking good on the tutorials! I'll try to get one or 2 together before the weekend.