Motion Boutique, creators of Newton, has devised a script which mirrors the new Geometry and Material Options and brings them up front in its own panel.
There’s no added functionality. The panel is not dockable. And it’s oblivious to current settings when invoked on a layer which already has geometry or material options set. But it may be more convenient to use in certain situations. For instance, when you’d rather not expand the Timeline so much in order to get to these parameters the standard way. In that case, it shines.