Rather than adding all the functions I wanted to three sites I was redesigning,I set up new masters to save time. I used J2XML to bring over the articles and FTP'd the image files.
It worked flawlessly and saved me a great deal of time.
Essentially I'm saying that they added so much the name isn't appropriate any more. If you need power, great software. If you want truly easy software, perhaps disappointing.
I was inspired to write the review, however, because of the quality of the documentation. Twice, looking for a problem that wasn't Akeeba-related, Google pointed me to a page on the Akeeba site that solved frustrating Joomla problems for me. There's an enormous amount of valuable information in the documentation and support files, useful for Akeeba and in other parts of Joomla as well.
Given that this was all at 2 am Sunday morning in NY, which was probably 8 am where the author is, that counts as exceptional service well worth the price.
It needs a far more comprehensive tutorial and far clearer documentation. I switched the project to Breezing Forms and found the program logic much easier to follow, the tutorials covered more of what I needed. I accomplished more in about 90 minutes on Breezing Forms than on about 5 hours puzzling out Chronoforms.
You have mentioned one of the most basic stuff of Chronoforms, it may not be so clear but this is for good reasons, however:
#1- There is an "Easy wizard mode" to use, why did you try to use the advanced one if this is your first experience with the extension ?
#2- We have a "Tutorials" section on the website to browse which explains the basic stuff.
#3- You can search our huge forums (or even post a new topic and you should get an answer ASAP).
#4- You can google "Chronoforms V4 Tutorials".
#5- Search for "Chronoforms" this on YouTube!!!
#6- Or maybe contact me through the "Contact Us" page to get the answer ?
Just what we needed, with all the facilities for a designer who wanted to get things "just so." Given how much it does, not overly complicated to use. If I had more time to write, I'd be adding some more enthusiastic comments.