||When ESRI rolled out ArcGIS, they said they added features requested by their users, but I think they took away some key features that were taken for granted. While I see a lot of improvements going from ArcView 3.x to ArcGIS/ArcView/ArcInfo Desktop 8.x (especially regarding handling of layers in different projections/datums and capabilities such as map rotation), I really miss how ArcView 3.x organized layouts (and their associated views) in one neat project file. Once you got the apr file to open, you could quickly open and close views and layouts. The single document interface of ArcMap seems to require me to wait a long time to open each mxd file. In ArcView 3.x, I had avenue scripts that could change the color or symbol of a layer in all of my views. In ArcMap I would have to write code that opens each mxd to change a layer's properties (anyone done this?).
When I saw that you can add multiple data frames to an mxd document, I thought I could put multiple layouts into the same document, but alas, as far as I can tell you only get one layout - adding multiple data frames just gives you multiple views but you only get one layout upon which to place the views (only useful when including a reference map inset). The only way I can think of to store multiple separate views in one mxd is to put each data frame outside of the layout page and then when you need to print or export a particular view then drag the data frame onto the page. Anyone come up with a more elegant solution?