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Reports > Publisher needs some sort & filter tools

02 September 2018 - 09:51 PM

I have been creating Reports > Publisher books for a number of years. I think I have over 125 of them defined in my current RM7 database, and the lack of any kind of sorting or filtering tools for the book titles (including subtitles, maybe adding keywords?) has become apparent.


So my wish is for some kind of search/filter to be added.



please increase the range of acceptable years in Sort Date

27 August 2018 - 09:48 PM

As I'm working on some special features of my genealogy project, I've tumbled across a limitation that doesn't make sense tp me. I'm not a programmer, but I know enough about programming and mathematics to wonder why this limitation should exist.


RM7 allows me to specify an event date as 13 Jan 5000, but then revises the Sort Date to 13 Jan, without a year.


I know that the programming languages I learned in the 1970's used single- and double-precision variables, essentially 8-bit and 16-bit binary numbers. An 8-bit binary can store the value of 255; a 16-bit binary can store the value of 65535 (which Excel converts to 04 Jun 2079). Excel can also display years up to 9999 before it's function returns an error value at 10000.


Can the new programming environment for RM8 address this limitation?

Master Source and Media file organization

21 August 2018 - 10:43 PM

22 Aug 2018

My database has over 420K records, 15K sources, and 24K media items. I sort my media into folders by type of event. Other RM users sort by person or family. My "census" folder has subfolders for EACH census year (from 1681 to 1956).

I also have begun a system of categorizing my Master Sources through the use of a prefix to the source name. Since the majority of my research comes from Ancestry.com, I don't add the prefixes to the names of A.com databases.

[bio] biography
[bk] book
[cem] cemetery
[cen] census
[cert] certificate
[dir] city directory
[encyc] encyclopedia
[gaz] gazetteer
[map] map
[nat] naturalization
[news] newspaper
[obit] death notice or obituary
[pk] personal knowledge
[plat] plat map
[tel] telephone directory
[tree] contributed tree or branch (usually via GEDCOM)



What's wrong with PlaceDB.dat installation?

26 July 2018 - 07:37 PM

I had to move into a new computer, due to keyboard issues on my previous laptop. Unfortunately, that also meant being forced to use Win10 instead of Win7. I'm sure I'm going to grumble quite a bit before I'm acclimated to th9is new OS. I also REALLY dislike the new keyboard (both its layout and mechanics.


I downloaded and ran the setup for the PlaceDB (twice, just to be sure). I can search the boot drive and fine the "PlaceDB.dat" file, but not an exucutable to access the database.




RM7 was good enough to give me a desktop shortcut to access the program, but the PlaceDB setup neglected to do that.


Not good.


How to I find or create the executable and/or shortcut to run the PlaceDB ?????

Transcribing Ahnentafel into Pedigree View

13 June 2018 - 01:31 PM

I don't transcribe Ahnentafel data into RM very often, but I do like the organization of the data.


Unfortunately, it can get a little confusing when the ancestors are incomplete, because that means I have to be aware of which name input boxes to skip over.


Here's what would help me:

Display the Ahnentafel number (1, 2, 3, ----) next to the left edge of the name input boxes.

Generation - Ancestors - Ahnentafel
1 - 1 - 1
2 - 2 - 3
3 - 4 - 7
4 - 8 - 15
5 - 16 - 31
6 - 32 - 63
The 6-generation Ahnentafel I'm currently working on ends at #55 (and is 14, 15, 28-31, 34, 35, 38-41, 46, 47, 50, 51), so my chances of goofing up are greater than nil.
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