Today, ITT VIS released an update to the IDL 7.0 Workbench the speeds up the “Analyzing code” process when the Workbench starts (and gives you a progress level). The details are in a newsgroup post by Bill Okubo. ITT VIS says the update is four times faster and it certainly does seem much faster to me.
The best part was how painless the updating process is now. You just tell the Workbench to go look for updates and it downloads them, applies them, and restarts the Workbench. I wonder if not just the Workbench, but IDL itself, can be updated this way?