From: Sydney, Australia
I may be beating a dead horse, but there were several mini-threads in the last beta thread concerning the removal of the routing screen (Direct/Safer/ Safest, etc) from the off-map origin bases. I believe you said they were retained for use in the "coming-on-map" box, but removed from use at the off-map origin base (Cape Town, etc.)
I just checked, and CT to Perth TFs emerge onto the map at the same hex no matter which routing selection is made. However, I have a 1.5 year "mouse memory" of always setting that screen at the origin base; I never, ever look at the TF stack in the exit box.
If the problem was players trying to set waypoints at the origin base, and thus that whole screen was disabled, would it be possible to return the use of the Normal/Direct/Safer/Safest buttons for use at the origin base? It's a real pain to have to go find TFs elsewhere a few weeks later and set routing, when it used to be possible to be done done when the TF was set up and ordered to go at the origin off-map base.
A small ergonomic thing, but it's jarring every time I try to set that and it's greyed out. Was it causing problems for people? I never had an issue with it even once, and I set Direct or Safer routing on every off-map TF I created.
I didn't specifically turn it off in patch 6, but fixing some of the off-map issues (like getting stuck, turnaround, etc) has disabled it. I can have another look after I have finished the outstanding items that are actually causing problems.
I would agree that this might become a problem if not fixed. In my campaign as the Allies against the Japanese AI, the Japanese hold Diego Garcia and have a fleet of subs, parked between Karachi and the off-map entrance point for Abadan. If I am not able to re-route the ships using waypoints to avoid the subs, I would end up losing a lot of tankers. It was a lot easier, to be able to set up the waypoints and the tankers to 'continuous supply' and not have to worry about this each turn.
I can re-enable the button.
I for one would appreciate it, thanks!