I just put things under the camera if I want them lined up accurately. Even out at the edges, I can generally position things to come out pretty close to where I want them. If I want perfection, I spend a couple of minutes more to make a cardboard jig. It’s not a big deal. I’m much more interested in having a machine that will do the same thing in the same place as it did the last time, and it does that extremely well.
My guess, having managed a software dev team in the past, is that someone on the team has a skillset more appropriate to app development than the main software project, and had finished whatever their previous task was, leaving time in their schedule that couldn’t be used productively otherwise, so they were put to work on developing an app because it made more sense than wasting their talents on answering phones or something. It’s efficient use of resources, and it gives the users a perk to play with while they’re waiting on the big stuff that person (hypothetically) wasn’t working on anyway.
The few times I’ve run into this, the size of the job has invariably been a product of my sloppy (mostly, in my defense, due to lack of expertise and experience) design work; not optimizing paths/nodes and such. I take it as a challenge to learn ways to design more efficiently.
My two main complaints to date are these:
The Spring Feathers aren’t symmetrical (completely minor and inconsequential, but it annoys me. So there you go).
The packaging of PG materials for shipping is crappy. (I did get my full order on the last try, but it was a close call – the air packs inside were all burst, and only one small strip of tape was still intact and holding the box closed and my stuff inside.)
If I had a Pro I might be upset about the passthrough stuff, but I don’t, so it’s not something that’s eating at me.
OTOH, I remain supremely impressed at @dan’s complete unflappableness and unfailing politeness, not to mention his willingness to admit where he’s failed and try to make it up to us (loving me some store credit!). I have never yet seen him make even a hint of a snarky remark, even when it was completely justified, or try to make excuses when he’s criticized.
I would be incapable of having held my temper and kept my mouth shut through many of the accusations that have been hurled at him. He never tries to refute things or defend his actions, even though (at least lately) some of the accusations have strayed pretty far over the line where I would professionally diagnose paranoia. And I’m board certified and licensed to make that assessment in GF’s home state, so don’t bother trying to argue it or I’ll throw my DSM5 at you. 'Cause much as I’d like to be, I’m just not as nice as @dan!