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In Topic: source templates vs Free-form

10 June 2011 - 02:44 PM

Helen, I advise you stick with free-form citations until the bugs are worked out of source templates. The main problem is, you will not be able to use your source citations outside of RootsMagic. There is no simple solution to the problem, and that's probably why it's taking so long to fix. If you're interested in the esoteric details of the problem, you can see my blog entry about it.

In Topic: Quick Fix to Saving Media the Wrong Way?

13 May 2011 - 08:11 AM

A related problem to keep in mind: When I added media, I always chose "Add new media" even if I had already added that particular media item to another person or fact. I didn't realize it at the time, but I should have chosen "Add from gallery." Now when I choose "List | Media Gallery" I see several duplicate copies of the same item. It apparently causes no harm, but it does make it more difficult to manage my collection. It's too bad there isn't a confirmation message displayed when you try to add a new media item and that item is already in the media gallery.

In Topic: Missing Include-in-Scrapbook flag

19 April 2011 - 11:12 AM

I really can't come up with any reason that I would want a non-image file marked as No in that scrapbook tag to be imported into another program.

It's for the same reason you might want to display some photos in your scrapbook, but not others. Suppose you had documents (PDF files) in your scrapbook. Some documents might be private diaries or they may contain sensitive documents like a birth certificate. Other documents might be a family newsletter that you would want to display.

In Topic: Phantom Citations?

25 December 2010 - 05:16 PM

Ditto for me


In Topic: No Source Template Fields in GEDCOM

23 November 2010 - 04:58 PM

TomH, I think we are at an impasse. I do think it is constructive to explore an issue by arguing different views, up to a point. As I look over my posts from the preceding months, I see I am saying the same things over and over.

I stand by my statement that RM currently exports GEDCOM files with improper source citations. The issue of "unusable" versus "stylistically poor" is not just a matter of taste, but whether one considers the data so disconnected (out of context), that it is not meaningful. You can live with it. I think it's atrocious. To your credit, I am surprised more people don't have a problem with their RM GEDCOM files. I know there are a lot of die-hard, loyal, and exclusive RM fans on this forum and this won't be an issue for them. But, I consider GEDCOM conformance a critical part of any genealogy software and I think there will come a time when it will be an issue for them.

The issue has nothing to do with my software. I keep bringing the issue up because I think it's a problem for anyone that wants to use their RM data with any third-party application. RM is my primary data entry program, but I frequently use Legacy, Family Tree Maker, PAF, etc, to print reports and charts depending on my needs.

Obviously Bruce doesn't see it as a high-priority problem, or maybe even a problem at all. It's been several months and there have been several RM releases. If he would come out and say he's not going to address it, fine, I wasted $20 and countless hours converting my free-form sources to templates. It would be a hassle, but I can move on.

TomH, thanks for duking it out with me. I've never had to justify a problem report so aggressively, especially when the problem seems so obvious. It just goes to show, ones man's trash is another man's treasure.