NeilZ wrote:There are always changes to the database, especially now with the additional features to membership. FWIW ... they don't need to use the accounting module to track contributions. The relationship between membership and contributions makes it much easier to maintain addresses, etc.
I'd certainly expect DB _extensions_ (new fields and maybe tables). Just wondered if the basic structure and version 10 fields are the same. If so, the web app might still work.
NeilZ wrote:I'd look at getting her a copy of a windows emulator for the mac, she could then network to Powerchurch directly, and you won't have to worry about database changes and rewrites. Here's some additional info:http://www.macwindows.com/winintelmac.html
We have a PC in the sanctuary that is only used Sunday mornings. I've installed PowerChurch there and given the pastor Remote Desktop access to that machine from her Mac. So with one click and a Windows logon she can get to PowerChurch, which of course has a separate logon. She finds this too inconvenient. A Windows emulator wouldn't be any easier, would it? Except that it might take longer to load than a Remote Desktop connection?
NeilZ wrote:One of the reasons we went to Powerchurch in the first place was the farce in trying to keep two separate databases with addresses in sync. Someone moves, one place is changed, the other isn't and so on.
Agreed. Data silos drive me nuts. Unfortunately one of our biggest areas of duplication is not addressed by PowerChurch: email. I have spoiled them by assigning, in our email server, a church domain alias to each committee member, and group aliases for each committee. So anyone can mail anyone else on a committee by using their FirstNamePlusLastInitial@ourchurch.org
, and committee members can email email@example.com
, etc. That means I have to maintain the committee member lists on the email server. Last year I was able to get the secretary to duplicate those lists as PowerChurch Activities. This year she hasn't bothered, probably because she doesn't use the data. I would love to get to where committee chairs could maintain their own email lists that everyone could access--it looks like groups in a private web site might be the solution.