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zhangrau

Member Since 19 Aug 2004
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In Topic: Release Date for RM8

08 December 2018 - 12:55 PM

PH3 = http://rootsmagic.co...onal-Historian/

 

I would seriously be disappointed if RM switched to a cloud service. The internet infrastructure is simply not mature enough nor widespread enough to ensure that I (and others) will ALWAYS have access to the cloud. The big telecom companies have repeatedly claimed that they have the infrastructure. But it is not true, in my opinion.


In Topic: Something Wrong with the Forum Software for the Wish List Forum?

07 December 2018 - 07:29 PM

Nave you browsed through this forum?

 

http://forums.rootsm...smagic-for-mac/


In Topic: SURNAME Spelling Variation Work Around

07 December 2018 - 07:31 AM

I have no issue with adding Soundex processing as an Option, but it really wouldn't hold any usefulness for me.

 

My initial project was a surname-study of my family's name. It has been traced to early 1600's in France, through Québec, to all of North America.

 

I have documented variations beginning with Cha, Che, Chi, Ga, Ge, Gha, Gi, Ja, Je, Ji, Jo, Sa, Sha, Sho, Za, Zha  - and with multiple spellings of the ending sound, I once counted over 80 variations in the name's spelling - soundex won't help cut that clutter.

 

As Renee suggested, I list an Alternate Name fact for every variation I find for each individual - including apparent misspellings, name changes, and marriages. With those displayed in the Sidebar Index (and using Duplicate Search Merge), I already have the ability to seek out duplicates.


In Topic: Sort by birth date

05 December 2018 - 10:59 PM


If I apply the current birth sort order in RM to a family group, the blank dates sort to the top.  That is why I don't care for the idea of an automatic birth order sort, especially one that would sort the entire database.

 

In such cases, have you considered adding a Sort Date instead of a displayed date? That will allow you to sort in your preferred order, without publishing a date that you are unsure about.


In Topic: day-month-year date format

02 December 2018 - 10:40 AM

Date issues exist in LOTS of software, because different countries and regions hve developed their own ways to record dates.

 

I don't understand why anyone expects a piece of software to know what they "meant" to type - if we want the software to understand, we must provide input that is consistent WITH THAT SOFTWARE.

 

I have my Win 10 system date set to 2018-12-02 (largest to smallest unit), and RM displays dates as 02 Dec 2018. If I could get Win 10 to use the format I use in RM, I would do that. But the kids at Microsoft haven't provided that choice.