My god, man, you sure do have alot of problems with this thing. And for the record, I am done discussing the renaming of Combine Tracks. If you don't like the name, please go into the code and change it on your computer. That way, everyone is happy.
And I'm not saying that in a mean tone or anything, I am very serious. If I didn't like the name, that's what I would do.
It actually does not rename layers, it creates new solids so unique ones are used for every layer.
I was under the impression that it added a "." to names to make them unique.
Until then, my best advice is to show shy layers because it's probably in there if you cannot find it.
While I do agree that might be a nice feature if it took shy layers into account, I certainly don't think it's necessary. I think that's up to the user to un-shy the layers needed.
it will not follow the attach point, but the center of the feature instead...
This applies also to keyframed output. There is no easy workaround like with expressions.
That is correct, the early versions did use the feature center, not the attach point, and expressions or keyframes didn't make a difference. This has been fixed. I thought it was fixed in 1.5, but maybe it wasn't. The next version, which is coming very soon, will have this fixed 100% for sure.
Also, I don't know how practical using ONE solid for every new layer really is. Just turning on the "cycle colors" checkbox would make it have to override that, anyway. I'll look into this a little bit, though. I do agree that if you are using the same color and size for all the solid layers it ads, there's no reason it couldn't be using the same one. But this would be a v3 addition, since v2 is about to come out.
if it's not fun, what's the point?