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Mark Media Items Private

16 August 2010 - 08:36 AM

Facts can be privatized by checking the Private checkbox associated with the fact. This gives us the option to exclude certain data from GEDCOM files, from reports, and from websites. However, the same functionality is missing from media items -- there is no way to exclude those media items you wish to keep private.

Consider adding another "property" to media items in the form of a Private check box. This would require changes to the GEDCOM Export to add an option to the Private options to Include links marked private, with the default to be Off or Unchecked (i.e. excluding the items so marked by default.) This would also require a change to add the same option to the various reports, and to the private settings in "Create a Website".

New Web site option for Alphabetic Book

02 August 2010 - 09:24 AM

When you create a Alphabetic Book (Narrative) web site, all the people are shown on one or more pages created consecutively, split by (apparently) the number of names on a web page. The FGS page has each family unit on a separate page.

I wish there was an option for an Alphabetic Book that showed each family unit on a separate page in the form of a 1-generation narrative report, but with:
  • the birth, death, burial, marriage, divorce facts (in that order) in an opening paragraph (i.e. using the NGSQ format), then
  • all other facts for the subject (whether individual or family) in chronological order in a second paragraph, then
  • the spouse's individual facts in a third paragraph, then
  • the "children of" statement in a new paragraph, followed by the list of children, numbered with lower case roman numerals (like the last generation in a Modified Register report).
If more than one spouse, the 3rd and 4th items would be repeated for each spouse.

The parents and children should be linked to their respective pages, as in the present FGS and other (narrative) "book" web sites. However, any "Shared" names should also be linked to that person's respective page. ** Actually, this should be applicable to all RM4 websites where Shared names are included (an extension of the shared feature that never made it into websites from day 1.)

Since this format is based on the NGSQ Journal format of report, perhaps it could be called a "Journal Book" website type.

Place list report with places, but no facts/events.

22 June 2010 - 10:43 PM

This report should provide a list of places by place name (with an option to reverse place names) with the latitude/longitude coordinates and place notes with an option to select all the places from the place index from a particular report or places from the place index of a particular book. Ideally, this report would also display the primary photo associated with each place. If there are place details, there should be an option to display the place details along with their coordinates, notes and primary photo. There should also be an option to include a blank line after each entry. The photo would appear on a new line, not surrounded by text, and resized in wither the X or Y axis to fit the space set by the user, which usually would be something like 3 inches tall by 6 inches wide (or some other standard photo size.)

The report would differ from the current place list in that the names, dates, and events that occurred in the place would not be included, while a photo of each place would be included.

This type of report would be ideal to provide as an appendix to a report or a book.

FGS Options

06 June 2010 - 08:02 AM

The major deficiencies of the FGS in RM4 are a method for selecting people to include is missing (the Mark People report option found in other reports, i.e., the Mark People and Unmark People buttons to select/unselect by ancestors, descendants, by fields, etc, as in other reports is glaringly absent), as are the Find [by fields] and [Find by] Rec #. RM4 has a long way to go to bring its people selection up to the flexibility of RM3! In addition to bringing back the Mark/Unmark People and Find options, adding options for Cascading FGSs and for alphabetically-sorted set of FGSs would make RM4's FGS reporting so much more powerful and enhance the user experience.

Role notes hidden

09 May 2010 - 09:24 AM

The role note is available when you first share the role. However, to find a note again, you must click on the fact, click the Share button, select a role, and click Edit. If you are unsure of whether a role has a note, you have to click each one to see which have a note.

The window that opens when you click the share button (People who share this fact), should have a column much like the masin edit screen to indicate those roles with notes by a checkmark, and clicking in the column associated with the role should open the Edit note window.