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#1 MarjoryLyneille

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 02:08 PM

I have searched the forums to see if anyone else has this problem; my apologies if I missed a topic already posted.

 

I do not "use" Ancestry.com to post my genealogy files, but I do use it as a research tool (of course!). I wasn't thrilled with their latest incarnation of the user family trees posted and definitely do not like the way the "family tree" and "pedigree" views operate . . .

 

So this problem may have more to do with Ancestry than RM7.

 

The issue is this:
I am using the RM7 Websearch and internal browser.

 

In a RM7 websearch of ancestry.com, I will run across someone's family tree that I want to view.  Prior to a couple of months ago, when I clicked on "xxx family tree" I would be taken to a graphic interface - either in "tree view" or "pedigree view".  The interface could be scaled for size and dragged around so the various parts could be seen.

 

After I upgraded to Windows 10 - *sigh* - I realized that while I can still see the view in RM's internal browser window, and scale the graphic interface, I can no long drag it around the page. The four-direction arrow still shows, but will not function.

This "family tree" view does function properly in an external browser . . . but I like using the internal browser in RM; it's one of my favorite features (yes, I am pouting . . .).

 

It's a small annoyance, but enough of one that I thought I'd check and see if anyone knows of a fix.

 

Thank you for you time!

Details:

I have a fully updated version of Windows 10 (as of this morning, since they seem to be updating almost daily)

I use RM7 - updated as of 1 Dec 2015

 

 

 

 

 



#2 TomH

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 10:44 PM

You can't do anything about the long obsolete internal browser. Maybe RootsMagic 8 will have a contemporary one.

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#3 MarjoryLyneille

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 10:49 PM

You can't do anything about the long obsolete internal browser. Maybe RootsMagic 8 will have a contemporary one.

I've not really had any issues with the internal browser until now, but I won't argue its efficacy. It's not an impossible situation, obviously - I just liked the convenience of not having to open an external browser and flip back and forth.

 

Thank you for the reply.



#4 Jerry Bryan

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 11:50 PM

I just liked the convenience of not having to open an external browser and flip back and forth.

 

Different people have different preferences. It seems to me that a very large number of RM users really like the convenience of the internal browser. But at least some RM users prefer an external browser because with an external browser you are not locked into a modal window in RM. In other words, with an external browser you can have your browser window and your RM window both really active at the same time. You don't have to exit one to get to the other, and vice versa.

 

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Posted 12 December 2015 - 08:31 AM

 

Different people have different preferences. It seems to me that a very large number of RM users really like the convenience of the internal browser. But at least some RM users prefer an external browser because with an external browser you are not locked into a modal window in RM. In other words, with an external browser you can have your browser window and your RM window both really active at the same time. You don't have to exit one to get to the other, and vice versa.

 

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I'm not sure what you mean by "exit one to get to the other" - perhaps we're talking two different functions?

I don't have to close the internal browser to work in other tabs in RM (i.e., if I'm searching for someone on a census, use the websearch tool, find the information - I can tab over to the individual and enter the data without exiting the browser or my files).

The plus to using an external browser for me would be opening multiple web-based search engines/sites/tools (say looking at Ancestry; Fold3; some other search tool) - but that's a rare occurance for me and chances are I would use both the internal and external browsers at that point in any case. I tend to keep a lot of written notes, so skipping from one to another isn't a bother.

 

I guess the nice thing is that we do each have our own way of plowing our furrows and - as you say - it all comes down to personal preference!



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Posted 12 December 2015 - 08:46 AM

 

I'm not sure what you mean by "exit one to get to the other" - perhaps we're talking two different functions?

I don't have to close the internal browser to work in other tabs in RM (i.e., if I'm searching for someone on a census, use the websearch tool, find the information - I can tab over to the individual and enter the data without exiting the browser or my files).

 

I think my description was not totally complete. The usual issue with modal windows in RM is that sometimes you might be in the Edit Person screen and you need to switch briefly to the Lists->Sources screen or to the Lists-->Places screen and then back to the Edit Person screen, etc. RM's modal windows make this very difficult.

 

You are correct that simply switching between main views (including the Websearch view) just by switching tabs is a pretty seamless and painless process. You can switch back and forth very easily. But on the other hand, suppose you were in WebSearch View looking at ancestry.com and suppose you also needed to be in Lists->Sources to update a source based on information from ancestry.com or suppose you needed to be in Edit Person to update a citation based on information from ancestry.com. This is the back and forth that I think is much easier with an external browser being used for ancestry.com than it is with an internal browser in WebSearch view.

 

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#7 MarjoryLyneille

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Posted 12 December 2015 - 09:46 AM

 

I think my description was not totally complete. The usual issue with modal windows in RM is that sometimes you might be in the Edit Person screen and you need to switch briefly to the Lists->Sources screen or to the Lists-->Places screen and then back to the Edit Person screen, etc. RM's modal windows make this very difficult.

 

 

Ah! Got it. Yes, you're right, of course. I think because I tend to jot down information (old habits die hard) it is less of an issue for me - but I understand now what you mean.