In fact they have made it Easier !!!
When my Thai wife first came to UK we had to apply for said "Schengen Visa" at either the embassy of Entry
OR the main destination
We managed 3 separate trips to Europe..
The most awkward being Italy as you have to visit the embassy to apply and then again to collect
So an on-line application system should be better.
UK in its wisdom (?) chose not to sign up to the Schengen Treaty.
We have no problem now as my wife is a UK citizen