From: My Own Private Hell
it's just a practical button to get all your ships to retrofit.
you know when I'm at peace and no pirates attack, thats when I want to click the retrofit all button.
Clicking that button leads to madness and general hair loss
I can never get the auto refit button to upgrade a design properly unless I am towards the end of the tech tree, it is the only thing that really annoys me other than the UI and its lack of filters, have posted many times asking for it be fixed but it always falls on deaf ears, warpdrives are wrong, like replacing a velocity drive with a calisto drive, ignoring phaser lances and putting phasor cannons on, reactors and engines not being properly exchanged, shields getting replaced by a lower and weaker one. Sad thing is the manual side of this game gets a pretty raw deal in the design dept, all i get is 'It will upgrade properly if the component is so many levels above the last', the game is resource based and thus it is better to upgrade things as you advance a level so the jump in resources is not to heavy and I am unable to do that unless I babysit the designs, I can never trust that button unless it is at the end of the tech tree, all that is needed is a second screen on the design screen where a player can set up all the components in the order they want them exchanged, engines, warpdrives, reactors, weapons and shields being the main ones that get screwed up, I wasted so much time putting my designs right after clicking it I gave up on it in the end, with my suggestion for a fix it would make the manual design and retrofit a much more enjoyable experience. I could get around it in Legends with the custom designs as I could set things up as I wanted for the designs to progress with accurate control but with the new design templates in Shadows it is just a windup, you can not leave the AI to do things for you with those, half the time they are the wrong size and do not show up or have the wrong components on, I have spent hours making the policy files and templates match and still only have marginal success with getting the correct design come out at the end of it, the custom designs in Legends were much better and as an added bonus you did not have to click that dam button.