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In Topic: Reports saved as RTF are gibberish on Mac

26 November 2012 - 06:33 PM

Can you update Tables of Contents, Indexes and Footnotes using the non-MS Word editors, after making changes to the document? That's hugely important; without that capability, what's the point of looking at RTF? Might as well export as PDF and forget about tweaking.

Tom ..... Not sure who you are addressing this to, but my experience so far has been that Word works to edit an rtf document. I was not able to do that with Word Pad, OpenOffice, or with several word processors on my Mac side. It must be some weirdness (aka not rendering correctly) with RootsMagic. But for myself, as long as I can edit an rtf in Word, I'm a happy camper.

In Topic: Reports saved as RTF are gibberish on Mac

26 November 2012 - 08:23 AM


My setup is exactly the same as yours except I'm using Windows 7 Professional. You'd think our experiences would be the same also, but maybe not. I tried TextEdit, Pages, and PathFinder 2 to open the RTFs on my Mac side. Only the line of First Generation would show up, no title, and some gibberish text. Nothing readable at all.

I also have Legacy 7.5 on my Windows side and it generates RTFs that I can view on either Mac or PC just fine. But, I don't want to use Legacy. It seems that RM is very particular in how it generates an RTF. Good thing I'm wiling to purchase Word for Windows to make RM usable for me! :)

It's strange, isn't it, that different users can have varying results with the same setup? But, sigh, that's how it is with computers.


In Topic: Reports saved as RTF are gibberish on Mac

25 November 2012 - 10:57 PM

Thanks, Tom. That confirms what I was beginning to suspect. I tried using Open Office but it only worked sporadically. Now I know why. I will go ahead and purchase Word 2010.

In Topic: Customize Sentence Template - add popup of choices

23 November 2012 - 10:59 AM

Thank you, Alfred, for your response and suggestion. Actually, there were several good suggestions posted here on this subject. That got me to thinking..... I'd like to make another suggestion, something that I just stumbled upon .....

I am a Mac user and use an app called TextExpander to auto-complete frequently used pieces of text. I love a good shortcut! :) Anyway, TE does not work within Windows in the Parallels virtual machine. However, there is a couple of Windows programs that do the same thing. One of them is free for home/non-commercial use, PhaseExpress. I installed it and was able to import my text snippets from my Mac side for use within Windows 7 and RM. It works great! Also, you can have a popup menu in the Task Bar that enables you to select from all your text snippets (hmmmm .....sentence templates or components) and have it automatically paste into where you want it. Pretty slick, I'd say and a convenient solution until RM may come up with something better.

Hope this helps out someone else.

In Topic: How to mark a group as not living?

19 November 2012 - 11:47 PM

OK, now I get it! Thanks to both Alfred and Jerry for their help. What do ya know? It worked!! :)