Addertjes Onder Het Gras / hiaten

This web page shows some downsides I found in software packages. Each of them, on their own, can cause major troubles to newbies trying to use the software. For more experienced people they spoil the fun using the software and often cause headaches. Some issues may exist by incident, some may be caused by policy of the software author. As soon as an issue is gone to my knowledge, it will be striked out from this website. Known workarounds will be listed too, as long as they are required.
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Installer tends to default to "Users" folder

  • If the installer isn't launched as Administrator, it tends to install to the "Users" folder rather than the "Program Files" folder. For most users, this will make the installed files hard to find and access.
  • It would be better to warn the user about this uncomfortable installation location being used and suggest about the possibility to restart the installer as Administrator and use the more convenient location.

Git-Init-Here takes New-Folder real estate in Windows Explorer

  • The menu item does not ask for confirmation, it can therefore easily take action by accident.
  • This does not apply to Microsoft Windows 10 as it ignores TortoiseGit's menu bar customizations in Windows Explorer.
Not easy to fill up commit Name and Email fields

Not easy to fill up commit Name and Email fields

  • The fields TortoiseGit>Settings>Git>Global>Name and TortoiseGit>Settings>Git>Global>E-mail are required to be filled up prior to doing any commit.
  • The installer does not ask for default values, although they are required as soon as doing anything else than just viewing data.
  • The fields are hidden deep in the settings screen tree and there's no instant jump towards there from the initial commit dialog.
  • It seems that the "First Start Wizard" in more recent versions nicely resolves this.

Pro

TortoiseGit is a great tool for bringing Git to users of the Windows platform right from the Windows Explorer. Unfortunately the most common features are hidden too deeply away and many uncommon features take a lot of screen real estate. If would be better to have a kind of Git-newbie view/layout.