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#91623 Note Formatting Option on GEDCOM Export

Posted by zhangrau on Yesterday, 08:55 AM in Discussion

I have used italics in my Multimedia Descriptions (not the Caption) for several years. When I began creating scrapbooks via the Reports > Publisher, I discovered that those RM-formatted italics are ignored (actually the formatting codes are printed, rather than interpreted) when printing the scrapbooks.


This has been reported, and placed on the Wish List, but - yeah - no improvement. Is it coming in the new version?


Who knows.

#91601 Icon

Posted by zhangrau on 08 November 2018 - 09:03 AM in Discussion

That icon indicates that entry is an Alternate Name.


I use Alternate Names extensively, recording every variation of a person's name that I uncover in research. Other users seem to dislike using Alternate Names.


If you click on the [Options] button in the sidebar Index, you can control whether the Alternate Names are displayed.

#91550 Best Genealogy computer programs?

Posted by zhangrau on 31 October 2018 - 04:17 PM in General Messages

Computer programs and power tools are only intuitive and easy after you already know how to use them.

#91504 "Keep using this app?" question with external image viewer

Posted by zhangrau on 28 October 2018 - 11:09 AM in Discussion



Periodically I read post from RM newbies having trouble with RM "forgetting" (probably actually not saving) their registration key. The standard solution is to have those users set RM to run in Administrator mode.


Have you tried that?

#91438 Default Media Type

Posted by zhangrau on 24 October 2018 - 09:09 AM in Discussion

Zhangrau's workaround is just that - a double-the-work-around. Double media, double tagging plus the screen capture and having to keep tags for both media in sync. All of which is obviated by having the builtin capability to generate first page thumbnails from non-image documents.


I whole-heartedly agree. It's one of only a few things I do that INTENTIONALLY increases my workload.

#91437 Character set compatability RM7 & TNG

Posted by zhangrau on 24 October 2018 - 09:07 AM in Issues

Have you tried experimenting with different fonts in RM at Tools >Program Options > Display ? Can you change the font in TNG ?


My first suggestion would be setting RM and TNG to use the same font.

#91425 Default Media Type

Posted by zhangrau on 23 October 2018 - 04:54 PM in Discussion

For many of my PDF file links, I do a little extra work to get a thumbnail to display in RM.


I take a screencap of page one of the PDF,

Link the PDF as a file.

Link the screencap as an image.


Ta-daah !!!

#91424 Access Violation when comparing databases

Posted by zhangrau on 23 October 2018 - 04:50 PM in Issues

Access Violations in Windows are notoriously difficult to diagnose. It could be a programming bug, or a bad hard drive, or a bad piece of RAM.


You mentioned having 4 & 8 GB RAM in your PCs. I have a much larger database, and some RM tasks (rebuilding indices, publishing books, etc.) were slower on my new 8 GB laptop than on my previous 12 GB laptop. I upgraded to 16 GB. Nice! A definite improvement.

#91402 Kinship List - need to filter or limit

Posted by zhangrau on 22 October 2018 - 10:30 PM in RootsMagic Wish List

I have a large database, from 30 years of research. There are over 425K individuals, and approximately 83% are linked into the same, main tree.


Asking for a Kinship List on that tree is kinda nutso. I just did, and it generated over 1,500 pages of relationships.


It would be nice to:

  1. Be able to limit the report to "x" degrees of kinship (3rd cousins and closer, for example)

  2. Include that filter/limit in the Reports > Publisher options.

#91401 birthday & anniversary list upon startup

Posted by zhangrau on 22 October 2018 - 09:35 PM in RootsMagic Wish List

Try running Reports > Kinship List on a central person in your database.


A report with all of the info you just asked for would be 3 times longer...

#91395 Y - in details

Posted by zhangrau on 22 October 2018 - 12:04 PM in Issues

What is an events details column? Where is it?

#91363 Age not showing

Posted by zhangrau on 16 October 2018 - 06:22 AM in Discussion

Open the Edit Person screen for yourself and double-check that the [] Living box is checked (middle of the right pane).

#91345 Clearing Family Search Download from Data

Posted by zhangrau on 14 October 2018 - 11:56 PM in Discussion

How about this:

 1. Go to People View

 2. Display the Last Edited column

 3. Click the top of that column twice to sort newest changes to top of column

 4. Visually inspect and manually delete affected records

#91341 How to find empty date of death but place of death is present

Posted by zhangrau on 14 October 2018 - 05:03 PM in Discussion

If the Search works, use it to create a Group, and then run yur report on the Group.

#91337 How to find empty date of death but place of death is present

Posted by zhangrau on 14 October 2018 - 12:44 PM in Discussion

Have you tried using People View and sorting the columns?

#91336 Changing spouse order

Posted by zhangrau on 14 October 2018 - 12:40 PM in Discussion

I just looked at Search > Family List -- a command I haven't used before.


It is clear that this list is sorting by:

   1. Father surname

   2. Father given

   3. Mother surname

   4. Mother given


The sort routine doesn't pay any attention to the marriage date.


This is another great opportunity for RM to add BOOLEAN sortable columns, since users would like to see:

   1. Father surname

   2. Father given

   3. Marriage date

#91314 Root person does not show correct relationship

Posted by zhangrau on 11 October 2018 - 03:59 PM in Discussion

The relationship indicated at the lower-left of the Family View does not automatically update, and is NOT calculated from the Root Person.


Use the Tools > Set Relationships command to reset or update the relationships.


Refer to Help > Setting Relationships for more details.

#91128 How are you using Shared Facts?

Posted by zhangrau on 23 September 2018 - 04:10 AM in Discussion

I really use individual facts the most.


Family facts often used: Engagement, Marriage Contract, Marriage License,Marriage, Divorce.

#91109 How are you using Shared Facts?

Posted by zhangrau on 19 September 2018 - 07:59 PM in Discussion

It sounds to like you are describing the use of Life Capsules in Personal Historian.




The only real negative issue with RM's Shared Facts are that they are not a standard GEDCOM element, and so would not transfer well to other genealogy programs. But there are definitely RM users who like to use Shared Facts. I use only a few Family Facts, and those are NOT the same as Shared Facts.


My habit means including a separate individual fact for each person involved in a common event - your suggestion to use Shared Facts --- I don't know if I'd want to go that direction. But I also do not use Personal Historian, so I can't comment on the ease or complexity of generating stories with that program.

#91106 How are you using Shared Facts?

Posted by zhangrau on 19 September 2018 - 06:49 PM in Discussion

Can you edit your post and put it in a readable color??

#91105 Access Violation at address 0059441B ??

Posted by zhangrau on 19 September 2018 - 06:45 PM in Issues

32K records is not a very big database, in absolute terms. SQL can handle a billion.


I find that when I go several days between Windows reboots, and have 4 browsers open (each with 5-10 windows), I run into memory errors and things act weird. But I've been using RM for 15 years, and have only rarely had an access violation error. When I completed the type of maintenance that Renee suggested, things were back to normal.


On Windows, RM runs much more effectively (faster, fewer memory issues) with 16 GB of RAM. 8 GB and 12 GB aren't quite enough. My database has over 424K records, and I learned many years ago that I can't afford a computer fast enough that it will always be faster than me. So, I always have various tasks that take longer than I'd wish....

#91100 Access Violation at address 0059441B ??

Posted by zhangrau on 19 September 2018 - 02:06 PM in Issues

That error message doesn't give enough info for a certain answer.


What version of Windows?

How much RAM?

How many records in database?

How long since last reboot?


Even these questions may not pinpoint a cause....

#90974 RootsMagic 7 for Mac

Posted by zhangrau on 04 September 2018 - 08:50 PM in RootsMagic for Mac

Yes. There are some differences in mouse clicks and hot keys, but if you use the menu system, it is the same on both PC and Mac.

#90940 Reports > Publisher needs some sort & filter tools

Posted by zhangrau on 02 September 2018 - 09:51 PM in RootsMagic Wish List

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.



#90926 RootsMagic 7 for Mac

Posted by zhangrau on 01 September 2018 - 09:50 PM in RootsMagic for Mac

Like most software, RM7 does not ship with a printed manual. The Help files are a great resource - Try selecting Help > Contents.


Also try going to http://rootsmagic.com/


In the Learn section you'll find a wide variety of materials.