BACKUP & INSTALL of OPCN
The more proficient and computer knowledgeable users should and must appreciate that there are a large number of users (and would be users) of OPCN who are not computer savvy and who would have difficulty in following the suggestions in this thread.
Surely it should be possible to design and implement a PLUG-IN which can do a full and complete back-up automatically.
I would recommend that a single
unambiguous button linked to a PLUG-IN would be useful. This would automate the full back-up of the program with the minimum of input from the user
The OPCN install routine already checks the users host computer for an existing installation
and then uses the information it finds to install or update the program and its files.
A back-up routine is surely the reversal of this process – it checks the users computer for all of the files and then backs them up in full. The only input required from the user would be to define a back-up location – either to the existing hard disk or to a portable USB disc.
The simplest and most efficient answer to back-up though is for the OPCN program and all of its associated files to be FULLY PORTABLE and operated entirely from a USB drive. This USB drive would be able to contain both the program and all of the users charts. If the users computer fails or he moves to another boat then it is a simple matter to move the USB stick to another computer.
I understand that there is already a procedure for creating a semi-portable version of OPCN but this still requires that there are specific files on the users host computer which completely defeats the object of portability.
I consider the best answer for ease of use and backing up would be a fully portable OPCN which can recognise the host computers
operating system and does not need to install any files on it.
Alternatively if this is too difficult for the developers to implement then I would suggest a dedicated BACK-UP PLUG-IN be created.
Does anyone support this or are their any other suggestions available ?