« on: July 21, 2007, 06:52 PM »
I have been using the formlettermachine intensively for the last 10 days. The environment is very productivity oriented. The issues I am listing prevent me from recommending it the 200 members of our team. That being said, it is a great program for power users. I do not contribute to programs almost ever. Yours has huge potential value. Hence the contribution.
I use the program as a checklist when talking to clients. I am required by state regulation to cover a series of subjects and record the generic response to the questions. So I set up either radio buttons or check boxes to select the appropriate response. I have found the following issues as major inhibitors to the program being a potential major contributor to the efficiency of our team.
When the program retreats to the system tray, the active variable list is changed. If the variable list was not saved, it is lost. This is a major fault in the program that defeats its value.
When saving a tree or variable list, it should default to the correct folder. Having to remember to change directories is another huge loss in productivity.
Manipulating the tree is not intuitive. For some reason moving buttons, check boxes and folders requires mulitple attempts to get the hierarchy right.
I am generating 5-8 variable files a day. The list is becoming too long to manage efficiently. There should be a method of changing the variable directory so old files can be moved to a inactive location that can be accessed by simply changing the variable directory. When the program restarts, it should go back to the default variable directory.
I know that there other uses for the your fantastic program. I think that the issues I have raised are generic and will span almost all other potential uses. I am willing to recommend the program to my company if the efficiency and loss of data issues can be resolved. I believe it will provide us the ability to produce a better quality product.
My 3.5 cents for what it is worth. Thanks for a great program