Good ideas, Hunserv and Lee!
Analog monitor output could be really useful for some people but I'm afraid there is no enough pins left in the DSC I'm using. However, since VSD-E has some extra digital I/O, I'm planning to make user selectable functions for them. At least some kind of follow error warning output will be there. It is possible to inspect torque etc. by reading data from SPI bus.
Lee, it is a very nice idea indeed. I think same level of user friendliness can be achieved by making separate inexpensive breakout board with direct ribbon cable outputs to drives. It's been alredy done for VSD-A (see http://www.granitedevices.fi/assets/...akout_rev2.zip). Same will be done for VSD-E.
I almost once started designing a fully integrated drive with 3 or 4 servo axes, integrated power supply, PC connection etc. Just add transformer and motors and you have CNC. However, it would take more compromises than I would like so I thought separate drives with inexpensive support boards is much wiser.
Separate power stage output idea is tempting. Maybe I some day figure out a nice way to do it.
Oh, and happy Christmast to everyone :-)