just some thoughts to the very good points you bring up.
Pendulum with skipped steps seems to go wrong after some time. I have technically understood the issue now and it is on the list to get fixed in a next OS update.
Skipping more than one step should work by holding the step buttons pressed, and then pressing the MUT button.
Default after-clear track values cannot be changed right now. The values that are assigned after a reset are the ones that you have saved previously. So a workaround may be once invest the time and save the values as you need them.
Alternatively you can do this for a single page for example, and use a copy of that page each time you need that particular configuration.
Direction maps are on the agenda – however it takes longer than expected because the model used in Octopus will not carry over and we are looking to simplify it anyway.
Hope this is helpful.