Last night when I turned it off it still wasn’t working; today it is and I have by now gone through so many permutations and combinations that I am not sure what made the difference.
However, perhaps this offers a clue:
I do not know what the default setting for Preferences:Startup is. At some point, however, I changed it to Preferences:Startup:Do Nothing.
I chose this option because I interpreted it to mean that when I first opened the application, it should “do nothing” until I told it which db I wanted to use. I didn’t want the default set to open the last db used because that might not be what I wanted.
I believe I used it this way for over a week. I was able to: Open the Application. Ask for a db either from Open Recent or from Finder and have it open in a window. Close a db and leave DTPro running in background. Bring DTPro forward and ask for a different db file, and have it open in a new window. Switch from one db to another (with last window open or closed), and have the new one open in a window.
Then things went bad. However, I cannot say with certainty whether changing to “Do Nothing” was when the problems originally began. That isn’t the way I remember it, however, we all know the fallibility of memory.
At some point, on Bill’s advice, I changed to Preferences:Startup:Open windows that were open on quit, and some things improved.
Bill, I understood quite clearly what you said about how it should work re windows open/windows closed, etc., and tested it methodically. However, as I said in the email that followed, there were still problems. [I also thought it unnecessarily restrictive, and didn’t particularly like it.]
Be that as it may, if this whole time-consuming mess comes down to a misinterpretation of a Preference Setting, it still suggests a problem for the developers.
When I selected “On Startup:Do Nothing” I interpreted it to mean that this meant On Startup of the Application only.
I assumed that “On Startup” meant this because the term is commonly used in reference to a computer or an application. I have never seen it used in reference to opening a file, nor have I seen it used to refer to bringing an application up that is open in background.
I most certainly did not think this preference option meant: “If the application is open, when opening a new file, never open a window unless specifically told to do so”. If it was written that way, the reason for it totally escapes me, and I suggest it gets changed.
I have never owned a piece of software that worked that way, and I’ve been on a computer for 20 years. It isn’t the way a word processor works, nor FileMakerPro. In NoteTaker, the preferences offered are on “Launch” are “Create a new notebook”, or “Reopen previously open notebooks” – Plain English/plain sense. I shouldn’t have to take extra steps to provide a window for a file I’ve selected to open – why open it if I can’t see it?
I’ve been using DTPersonal for over a year, and understand about betas, so I’m not going to be turned off – I’ve been waiting for DTPro and know Eric, et al., are trying to get this right. But I don’t think they want true newbies to stumble over this one and get so discouraged they junk the trial version. It sure threw me. I hope this is the solution, and the problem now stays gone. And I certainly hope they rewrite those Preference options.
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