When you switch from v9 to X it can be difficult at first mostly in the design standpoint. Toolpaths are pretty much the same but the design interface is different. A lot of icons but all the drop down menus are still there. Everything is customizable though. As for "C"reate "P"oint "P"osition you can still do that but you have to hit Alt first. Also I don't think hot keys are turned on in the default setup. I agree that v9 is very nice in the sense that it is direct and no as cluttered as X, but a lot of it is just getting used to the new setup. There is absolutely nothing wrong with v9 and you can do the same things in X that you described. X has some nice features and is the next generation so i would recommend using it.