Is there any way you can choose the placement of a dissolve before you add it? For instance, I keep my default at After Cut, but occasionally I want it before. To add a dissolve, I type the duration in the keypad and hit the dissolve hotkey. After I add the dissolve, sometimes I need to change it to Up to Cut, but it is most annoying when I need to change the length also because there was not enough space to add the dissolve at the length I want after the cut.
In my experience the prefs never work and always default to up to cut. What I mean by this is if you have an element on the timeline and I wish to add a dissolve which starts from the cut and continues after the element I always have to do it manually.