To be fair, like almost everyone, their workload and scope must have been affected with the pandemic. Also, the same as autocad at least, odd year releases were always underwhelming, with the true new features coming in the even numbered years. I guess is the same here, which makes sense because one year seems just too little time to implement too much changes in software.
Also, while it is something that would probably not benefit many current users directly, the Revit integration seems to actually be a good move for them revenue wise.
Still, what strikes the most is, of all the things they could have worked on, why did they waste resources with this shadow feature (which i dont think anyone asked for)?
But the even number release before this one was already super-underwhelming.
And that one wasn't worked on during a pandemic.
And the odd number release before that wasn't that much to write home about either (on top of being a late release).
COVID would seem to me to be a convenient excuse - especially considering the fact that they work in one of those rare fields that was primed to handle remote working and virtual working situations better than other professions.
And yes, we've been banging the drum for years now that the one year release cycle seems rather insufficient to have a good robust release with plenty of useful features, but they seem permanently married to that at this point in time, so I wouldn't expect any change on that any time soon.
And spending development resources working on features no one really asked for seems to be their calling card these days.