[Design] Auto-Export Collection and Settings Dialog
mimi at osafoundation.org
Thu Nov 15 17:57:15 PST 2007
On Nov 15, 2007, at 3:14 PM, Heikki Toivonen wrote:
> Mimi Yin wrote:
>> I downloaded the latest end-user trunk build and I noticed the new
>> 'Automatically export your collections and settings so you can
>> dialog. It popped up when I tried to quit Chandler.
>> The pop-up felt a little out of place.
> I believe that is the safest place for it. And if you check the never
> ask again box, you won't see that dialog again.
I'm not confident that we have the user's attention when the dialog
pops up. It appears out of context. It possible that it pops up
before the user has even entered any data.
>> Perhaps instead, we should change the 'Export Collections and
>> Settings...' menu item to an 'Upgrade...' menu item that pops up the
>> following dialog:
> Unfortunately that won't work as well as the current system;
> specifically it breaks in cases where multiple users use the same
> Chandler on a system (administrator can upgrade chandler and leave
> unable to migrate their data). It also breaks in a case where a single
> user uses Chandler occasionally, then stops using it for a while,
> notices an upgrade and installs it before migrating their old data.
The 'Your data is incompatible with this version of Chandler' dialog
addresses this issue, no?
I agree that the real solution is automatic updates. A way to prompt
users to update when a new version of Chandler is available.
> However, there is a followup to the current approach which is going in
> the direction you are thinking. Many software packages contain an
> ability to check for upgrade, and we should do that too some time
> startup (https://bugzilla.osafoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=603). In
> addition there should be a menu item (typically under Help) to
> check for
> upgrade manually.
> So I was thinking that we could combine that approach with the current
> dialog: the current dialog could have additional option to only do the
> export if there is an update available (the check for update would
> happen some time after startup or manually).
> Heikki Toivonen
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