Giving more keyboard control about the entire interface would be welcome.
Also, when designing ships; it would be awesome to simply click on a component from the list, then to be able to click on component spots in the ship being designed, and fill it in that way. For instance, if I want 8 of a certain weapon, just a single click on the weapon type in the list, then single clicks on 8 separate hard points in the actual design. Then, there would be no click and drag for each and every component.
The same could probably go for the deployment screen; if all ship types were automatically set to ‘mass deploy’ as the default, that would be great… just click on the ship type, then start deploying with more clicks.
Being able to set the default fighter squadron size would be cool, or even setting all ship types up as squadrons, and letting the player set the number of ships per squadron, say from 1 to 20.
As it is, if someone wants to have fighter squadrons which are 5 ships apiece, they have to customize each and every squadron purchased; from 16 to 5.
Setting all ship types - fighter, frigate, cruiser - to squadron, then having pre-defined amounts in each squadron; this would help give each player more individuality in how their forces are built out. Some players would field the traditional, 16-fighter squadron, and other players might go for 7, 8, or 10, etc. Some cruisers would be deployed singly, and others in groups of 5 or 6 or whatever.
Anything to speed up the setting, and increase the customizeability of all of the game the parameters; would be welcome.
Having numerical fields in addition to sliders, and being able to tab through them would be great.