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#98774 RM8 Forum

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 01 January 2021 - 12:01 PM in RootsMagic Wish List

This is a bad decision, Renee. Not to put too fine  point on it, Facebook is useless for research and nearly useless for serious discussion. It's unclear why this forum is "a security risk." What's at risk? User names? The Facebook group suffers the same "risk." IIRC Facebook has been hacked several times.

 

No one is asking you to "move the forum" or to risk losing data. We only ask that you continue the bulletin board and open a new sub-forum for RM8.

 

Finally, it's coherent discussion, not screen shots, that are the virtue of a forum like this one. The most expert help from amongst your community is found here. IMO RootsMagic is making a big mistake.




#98773 Forum for RM8 Community Preview

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 01 January 2021 - 11:56 AM in Discussion

This is a bad decision, Renee. Not to put too fine  point on it, Facebook is useless for research and nearly useless for serious discussion. It's unclear why this forum is "a security risk." What's at risk? User names? The Facebook group suffers the same "risk." IIRC Facebook has been hacked several times.

 

No one is asking you to "move the forum" or to risk losing data. We only ask that you continue the bulletin board and open a new sub-forum for RM8.

 

Finally, it's coherent discussion, not screen shots, that are the virtue of a forum like this one. The most expert help from amongst your community is found here. IMO RootsMagic is making a big mistake.

 

Robert




#98763 Forum for RM8 Community Preview

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 01 January 2021 - 08:30 AM in Discussion

Completely agree — in fact it was requested last night on the wish list in this forum.




#98749 RM8 Forum

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 31 December 2020 - 11:18 PM in RootsMagic Wish List

A forum, or sub-forum, whatever you call it — like the RootsMagic 7 section.




#98747 RM8 Forum

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 31 December 2020 - 08:41 PM in RootsMagic Wish List

Now that the community review version of RM8 is public — and the RM8 beta testers freed from the non-disclosure agreement — I would like to see an RM8 directory added to this community board.

 

 

Robert

 




#98670 RM7 under Windows 10-1909 starts to come up and then freezes

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 14 December 2020 - 08:30 PM in Issues

I bet that's it. I should have thought of it.




#98665 RM7 under Windows 10-1909 starts to come up and then freezes

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 14 December 2020 - 08:59 AM in Issues

I guess that's what I would try next — I expect you'll be wanting to change the name of the database back as well :)




#98663 RM7 under Windows 10-1909 starts to come up and then freezes

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 13 December 2020 - 11:09 PM in Issues

1. Change the filename of your default startup database by adding, say, an x before it. See if RootsMagic opens.

2. If no joy from number 1, I'd try uninstalling RM7, then reinstalling it. It might also be worthwhile to clean up your registry with the free version of CCleaner.

 

If #1 shows that the database has become corrupted then restore a backup — or  it may be that RootsMagic can recover some or all of it.




#98537 Possible bug in opening edit screen

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 22 November 2020 - 09:26 AM in Issues

Thank you, Kevin. You've established that it's working as designed.

 

I wonder whether it couldn't have been designed so that one could open the edit screen from either the index or the main screen view. I don't see a downside to that offhand — and it would certainly have been useful for a long tedious exhibit filename changing operation I'm having to conduct just now.




#98530 Possible bug in opening edit screen

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 21 November 2020 - 04:41 PM in Issues

1. Set the left hand column to "Index"

2. Select the "People" view on the main screen and choose a named group to display. Click on any member of the group.

3. Return to the index and double-click on any person who is NOT part of the named group.

 

The edit screen which opens is not the person on whom you double-clicked but the person worked on in the named group.

 

I think this is a bug; one should be able to open the edit screen of the person selected from the index.




#98519 RM Locking Up After Accessing FamilySearch

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 19 November 2020 - 08:07 AM in Issues

This may be a Windows problem rather than a RootsMagic problem. I've seen other programs lock up when an internet connection stalls. IIRC, the problem existed as far back as Windows Vista and can still bedevil one in Windows 10 (my present version). Task Manager won't always release the machine — on a few (rare) occasions I've had to reboot completely.




#98473 Sort by existence of media

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 14 November 2020 - 12:26 PM in Discussion

Bless you. Of course I hadn't — I've been using RootsMagic since Version 6 and you'd think I'd have learned it by now. That's exactly what I need. Thanks so much.

 

 

Robert




#98470 Sort by existence of media

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 14 November 2020 - 10:55 AM in Discussion

I have a largish named group of people. Some have exhibits attached, some do not. I would like to make of list of those that do. I'd appreciate any suggestions for how to go about this.

Thanks!

 




#98421 Merging Place Details ..

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 08 November 2020 - 05:17 PM in Discussion

If I correctly understand what you need, the answer is yes. You can do it from Lists/Place List. You should be able to find all  three versions. Choose the one that's closest to what you finally hope for,  highlight it, and merge the other two into it. Then edit the result.

 

I would separate the cemetery name into "place details," but I believe there are several members of this list who don't care for the place details feature. You may hear from them as this post is read more widely. I don't recollect the details of the discussion.




#98335 where to put a life history

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 23 October 2020 - 05:12 PM in Discussion

You could also transcribe it and add it as a note or biography to her "edit person" sheet. I have "biography" as a fact, but I cannot recollect whether it was native to RM7 or if I added it myself.




#98285 Has the forum been closed?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 10 October 2020 - 12:26 PM in Discussion

FWIW I too detest Facebook and hope that this forum continues to flourish.




#98279 Has the forum been closed?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 09 October 2020 - 08:56 PM in Discussion

Thanks :)




#98277 Has the forum been closed?

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 09 October 2020 - 01:32 PM in Discussion

Nothing for a few days, and a post I thought I'd put up in "Issues" seems to have disappeared. Anyone home?




#98243 Need abbreviated place names in GEDCOM

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 30 September 2020 - 02:50 PM in Issues

The RM short place name problem is that the reporting program — in this case GedSite — is that it cannot know from the standard place name (e.g., Bronx, Bronx County, New York, United States) how the short name has been defined by the RootsMagic user. That's why it would be so helpful for RM to output the short name in its GEDCOMS when the short name exists. There are too many possibilities: Bronx, New York; the Bronx; Bronx, NY, USA . . . etc.

 

In general, if I may say so, I do not think that a "standard" can be devised which will accommodate all the vagaries of human taste and experience. Of the genealogical programs I've used (UFT, TMG, RootsMagic), TMG seemed to me to offer the most powerful means of standardizing place names. The next step up would have been free-form. That's all very well within one program, but the moment one expects some other program to interpret free-form transfers accurately, one is in for trouble.

 

If free-form is the "standard" one may as well use a typewriter as a computer.




#98237 Need abbreviated place names in GEDCOM

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 30 September 2020 - 11:57 AM in Issues

Exactly. As I understand it, RM7 is already putting non-standard entries into its GEDCOMs when the "RM specific details" box is checked on the GEDCOM output screen. John Cardinal's GedSite program utilizes them extensively. The addition I am suggesting will make it easier to prepare smooth narratives in GedSite, GedSite Publisher, and possibly in other programs still to come.




#98235 Need abbreviated place names in GEDCOM

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 30 September 2020 - 10:15 AM in Issues

For those of us who use the RM specific details in RootsMagic's GEDCOM output, it would be a great help if RootsMagic GEDCOMs would output the user-selected abbreviated place names when they exist.

 

External programs could then successfully use sentence templates such as "[person:given:surname] was born<? [Date]| [date]| on an unknown date>< at [PlaceDetails:plain]>< in [Place:plain:short]>" to make smoother narratives.

 

A change like this should require only very minimal programming changes and would be a great blessing, at least for me.




#98221 Problem with source templates

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 23 September 2020 - 04:02 PM in Discussion

Thanks so much, Jerry and Bob.

 

I just ran Jerry's source template script and found to my astonishment that all but four of the _TMG_ templates had been used at least once. Fifteen of them had been used only once. Those probably represent my earliest entered sources and the ones most in need of revision and replacement.

 

I wish I'd known more about all of this twenty years ago when I started in, first with Ultimate Family Tree, and then with TMG.




#98217 Problem with source templates

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 23 September 2020 - 12:14 PM in Discussion

Lists>Source Lists>Select your source>Print will show everyone that has that source attached.

Thanks, Bob. That's useful, but the underlying problem is to find out which source templates are in use. Multiple sources can use the same template; if I want to convert them to use RM7 templates or even to delete the unused TMG templates it seems I have to do it manually, source by source if I am to remain within the confines of RM7.




#98216 Problem with source templates

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 23 September 2020 - 11:35 AM in Discussion

Thanks, Jerry. It seems a tedious process from within RM7. Is there a suitable SQL script? I know how to look at the tables and run SQL scripts using SQLite expert, but I haven't constructed any programs. If I knew that RM8 would provide an easy way to do this I would wait, but part of the purpose of this clean-up is to deliver a nice clean database for the RM8 conversion when it comes.




#98210 Problem with source templates

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 23 September 2020 - 09:17 AM in Discussion

When I converted from TMG to RM6 perhaps seven or eight years ago, the conversion brought a great many TMG source templates into RootsMagic. They appear in the source template list prefixed by _TMG_. I'm now in the process of trying to rationalize my sources and citations, which quite frankly, are all higgledy-piggledy. Part of the project is to delete unused TMG sources templates. (I'm up to RM7, the latest)

 

Whenever I attempt to delete one I get a warning that it is in use & that any sources of its type will be removed from the database. I know that some of them were never used but there's doubt about  many others. How can I find out whether they have or have not been used?

 

I understand that if I delete a template the sources of its type will be deleted. What happens to citations which utilized those sources?