One of the great things about Idealist is the ability to create new record and field types on the fly in existing databases. I last needed to do this while I was still running Windows 7 and the system worked OK then. The other day I wanted to add a new record type to a membership database that I maintain in Idealist. Unfortunately the commands to do this no longer work. I can define a new record type but I can’t populate it with existing fields or for that matter define new field types. Beyond the immediate inconvenience, this implies that I can now only create new databases that make use of existing record and field types.
As far as I can see, the only options are:
- Revert to Windows 7. (But I’m past the 30-day limit on the Win 10 upgrade so this would require a factory reset of the laptop, which would involve wiping the drive and reinstalling everything.)
- Bite the bullet and look seriously for a replacement for Idealist. (ConnectedText is my number one contender at the moment.)
- A third possibility (for some folk) might be to keep a backup laptop with Windows 7 on it, use that to make field and record changes, then transfer the changes to the Windows 10 system.