Good suggestions, phitsc, and thank you for the input. I will seriously consider upgrading the UI. Perhaps make the "hand-holding" feature an option that can be turned on/off. Of course, most people (the very few that will ever actually make use of the app) are going to use the program once, to create and submit a character to my game -- then roleplay that character for months (or even years), never again using the app. So, the intended audience probably won't use the app but once.
Still, you're suggestions are very good ones. Thanks!