Here’s an odd dialog box I spotted the other day. I had just run MySQL Workbench 5.x for the first time in a few months (I tend to use Navicat Premium Essentials these days) and it ran a quick check to see if the software was up-to-date. It wasn’t and presented me with this dialog box:
So, which button should I press to get the update?
The text reads, “The new MySQL Workbench 6.0.6 has been released…” (was there an old MySQL Workbench 6.0.6?) “You can download the latest version from http://www.mysql.com/downloads/workbench.”
And then I’m presented with two options: OK and Get it Now.
My train of thought was: it says I can download it from this URL, so okay I want to download it.
I clicked OK.
The dialog box closed and nothing else happened.
What?! What just happened there. I thought I had just said that I wanted to get the new version. I clicked OK but it did what I would expect a cancel button would do. But that’s cancel! There is already a cancel button. And there is also a red [x] button in the top right-hand of the dialog box which also cancels the dialog box.
That’s THREE different ways to cancel the dialog box. But they are offering me an upgrade, to make the software better, so why not make that the most obvious, easiest to select option?
Surely this would be a better dialog box:
Now it’s simply telling me that MySQL Workbench 6.0.6 has been released, where I can download the latest version if I want to do it independently of this dialog, and now there is only one, clear call to action: Get it Now.