It’s now impossible to preview armor that your currently logged-in character can’t wear. Why? What kind of benefit does that bring to the game? And why wasn’t this mentioned in the patch notes?
When someone links an item in chat, or when I come across a karma vendor somewhere, I want to be able to preview those items (even if they can’t be worn by my current character) to see if I would be interested in getting them for my other characters.
Now the game basically forces me to log off, log on with the other character, and walk all the way to the vendor (or, if it’s an item I actually got, I have to walk both characters to the bank, because there’s no way to mail items to alts), and then log off again and back on with my first character to resume whatever I was doing. Result: Over 40 seconds of loading screens and a lot of unnecessary server load, to do something that used to be possible instantly.
It’s bad enough that (4 months after release and 8 months after public access), there is still no way to preview items at the trading post, but now it seems that item preview is moving backwards.