I’m thinking of adding an initial dialog box when you start a newly-installed DONATION program for the first time. It would offer two options to pick from, with the first being the default option:
- I’m using DONATION for the first time. Prompt me for startup information such as the name of my organization.
- I have used DONATION before and want to start by restoring a backup database from a previous installation.
The advantage of this is that if you do want to restore a backup database, you don’t have to go through the initial setup windows (first year to record, organization name and address etc., donation categories, and Evaluation and Licensing) before you get to the main window where you can do the Database -> Restore.
The disadvantage of this (which worries me) is that it is yet another step for first-time users before they can use the program, and a place for them to possibly get confused and give up.
I know that none of you that are reading this are first time users, so it may be hard for you (as it is for me) to put yourself in their shoes. But I’d like your opinions on whether this would be a good addition to the program, having balanced the advantages against the disadvantages.