Just wondering what the probabilities are that eventually we'll be able to merge place details?
I'll bet that many of us have entered into "Place Details" something like "Oak Wood" and "Oakwood" for the same "Place," only to learn much later that they were really the same place and known as "Oakwood." So, changing all the "Oak Wood" place details to "Oakwood" left us with two entries for the latter.
Or, am I overlooking an easier way to do this?
Rootsmagic have pinned this topic which must be good news for those working with Place Details
so I would now hope for a constructive discussion on how to overcome the difficulties that are frequently reported.
My thoughts are below but I must admit I do sometimes wonder if building on the existing GUI is the answer although the benefit of doing so would be to maintain the familiarity that many users already have.
#1. I personally would like more information available at first glance so in other words in the existing Place List. Some time ago I made this mock up
and essentially it would still satisfy that need. If such a screen were ever to be introduced it would be intuitive to click or double click an item in the Place Details
pane and have the Edit Place Details
open, better still directly open the Note, Media or Geocode information.
#2. Place Details list within a Place List, well it's already there as the Edit Place Details
screen but it lacks the functionality of Print, Merge, Online Map, Geocode, and Unused Places
. The Online Map button does exist one level further down but I think that could be easily moved and to better effect.
#3. The Edit Place
UI does need to encompass some facility to disect an old style Place
which incorporates Place Details
into it's new Place and Place Detail components. I thought of something like this
but there may be better ways to achieve this. Perhaps as a safety net fields 1 and 4 should be greyed out until a checkbox is selected to prevent user mistakes?
#4. Bearing in mind the perceived need for splitting Place
and Place Details
a search facility within the Place List
to find old style places which might contain Cemetery, Hospital, Church, Methodist, Street, Avenue etc. would be a great help in aiding users work through and bring there databases into step.
#5. I hope it goes without saying that a new Print button on the Edit Place Details
screen would Print all events that occured in that selected Place Detail.
#6. I believe a new Geocode
button on the Edit Place Details
screen should open a user defined mapping program which the user prefers to obtain co-ordinates.
#7. Lastly I use the Google Maps "What's Here?"
facility to lift geocoding information and it would be a very easy enhancement for RM to allow for direct pasting of this format into Rootsmagic.
I look forward to the views and discussion with other Place Detail addicts..