The Master Genealogist v8 - Free Public Beta

At this time, we are no longer accepting new participants in the public beta program. Thank you to all those who have downloaded and installed the TMG v8 public beta in order to help us prepare for the full public release.

Bob Velke
Wholly Genes, Inc.


 

 

 

 

 

Caution

By "beta", we mean that some issues are known to exist or have not yet been fully tested.

Due to the nature of beta test, TMG v7 users are strongly advised to load only a COPY of your data into this public beta. Make a backup of your TMG v7 data and restore it to the TMG v8 public beta as described below.

That is, DO NOT open the only copy of your project with this public beta! The project will be upgraded to v8 and will thereafter be inaccessible to TMG v7!

Likewise, DO NOT enter new data into this public beta with the expectation that it will necessarily be preserved by an upgrade to the full public release of TMG v8.

If you do not understand these warning or are not confident in your ability to isolate your TMG v7 project from your TMG v8 project, you are strongly advised to not use this public beta.


Communication

By downloading this beta release, you agree to send all communication about bugs or other TMG v8 issues by email to <v8beta@whollygenes.com>.

Posting of TMG v8 public beta bug reports to TMG-L, the Wholly Genes forum, or other public discussion forum; to the email address of any individual Wholly Genes administrator, developer, staff member, or beta tester; or by phone/email or other regular TMG tech support channels would be a violation of this agreement and make you ineligible for an upgrade to the full public release when it is available.

Due to the potential volume of reports about the same issue, however, be advised that you will not necessarily receive a personal response to your message.

If you do not agree to these terms, please do not download the TMG v8 free public beta.

 

The Upgrade Process

The TMG v8 Public Beta installation is independent of any prior TMG installation. (That is, you can continue to run TMG v7 after the TMG v8 public beta is installed). Installing and running the TMG v8 public beta will create new and independent program and data folders as needed. However, it is very important that you not try to access the data associated with one program from the other program as they are not compatible.

Users of TMG v7 should follow these steps carefully to move and upgrade a COPY of their TMG v7 data to the TMG v8 public beta folder:

DO NOT USE A PRE-EXISTING BACKUP FILE.

        Run TMG v7 and access File > Backup...

  1. On Step 1 of the Backup Wizard, choose "Backup Project" from the list and click on Next.

  2. On Step 2, modify if necessary the "Select backup file" field. It specifies the location and name of the backup file that will be created.. Make a careful note of that location and file name and then click on Next.

  3. On Step 3, make NO CHANGES to this screen. The backup will include only data and no configuration files that might conflict with TMG v8. Click on Next.

  4. On Step 4, make NO CHANGES to this screen and click on Next.

  5. On Step 5, click on Finish.

    Run TMG v8 Public Beta using the Sample project and access File > Restore

  6. Navigate to and select the backup file name that you recorded in Step 2 above.

  7. On Step 1 of the Restore Wizard, choose "Restore Project" from the list and click on Next.

  8. On Step 2, verify that the restore paths refer to "The Master Genealogist v8". Make NO CHANGES to this screen. Click on Next.

  9. On Step 3, make NO CHANGES to this screen and click on Next.

  10. On Step 4, make NO CHANGES to this screen and click on Next.

  11. On Step 5, click on Finish.


Changes

In addition to a variety of bug fixes, TMG v8 includes dozens of new features that were suggested by researchers. The following is a sampling of those new features:

The screen shots were made of TMG v8 running in Windows 7 64-bit with a variety of screen layouts and color schemes. Your mileage may vary.

 

The right-click menu on the Master Tag Type List.
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With the user-defined colors, the most important data types are easy to see in a long list.
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Tag Types and Roles

A "tag" is an independent piece of data: a name, event, or relationship. Some programs call them "facts" but TMG encourages you to view your data as evidence and not historical facts.

  • Share your tag types, roles, and sentences with friends and fellow researchers or copy them between your own projects using the new Import and Export features.
    Add a new role on-the-fly.
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  • Use the right-click menu to more easily Deactivate/Activate tag types.

  • Many new default roles and sentences have been added.

  • Specific roles can be disabled/enabled to control whether you'll see them on the data entry screens.

  • New projects include expanded tag labels ("Immigratn"->"Immigration") for easier readibility.

  • Specify a background and foreground color for each tag type label. The label will be shown in those colors on the Tag Box, Associates Window, and other contexts.

  • On the Tag Entry Screens, the list of roles includes "<New>" which will let you add a new role on-the-fly. The same option is available on the Witness Entry Screen.

 



Add Multiple People at One Time.
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Add a New Family.
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Add Multiple People

 

  • A new screen allows you to add multiple people at the same time in a spreadsheet-like environment. Now it is much easier and faster to enter a list of siblings or children, e.g., from a will. Just down-arrow or click to get a blank row for another person.

    Cite a source and it is automatically linked to all of the new names and events.


  • A variation on this screen allows you to add a new family to the project. A special column allows you to specify the relationship of each person in the family.

  • A <Setup> button allows you to specify the data types (i.e., columns) to enter for each person.

 

 


The Report Writer

TMG v8's reporting engine has been completely re-written with the principal purpose of supporting the 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Vista (as well as continuing support for Windows 7 32-bit, Vista 32-bit, Windows XP, and Windows 2000).

New Printer Setup
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The revision process has allowed us to lift some previous restrictions while adding some great new features. For instance:

  • Output to word processor formats (as well as screen/printer) now support all Windows fonts.

  • A variety of new page sizes (ledger, A4, A5, etc.) are now supported.

  • The user has full control over top, bottom, left and right margins (0.0" - 4.0").

  • Pedigree charts can now be sent to word processors (as well as directly to screen/printer).

  • ANSI Text file (as well as ASCII) is now supported.

 

The new screen preview includes some handy new features:

  • Search for text.

  • Mark and copy text, e.g., for pasting into an email.

  • 8 preset zoom/unzoom levels (25% to 200%)
    Photos and footnotes in output to the screen.
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  • Toggle between "Draft View" and "Print View" mode.

  • View output from more than one copy of the same report type.


Screen preview also now supports some features which were previously only available when output to a word processor, including:

  • Embedded photographs.

  • Real bottom-of-the-page footnotes.

  • Page numbering styles.

  • Full justification.

 

 

Color-Coded Report Output

Output with user-defined colors and "Accents".
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  • User-defined color changes can be embedded in memos in order to highlight specific words or phrases in reports.

  • The user can also specify foreground and background colors for each type of text (surnames, given names, dates, places, memos, etc.).

  • Alternatively, output names in colors according to the current screen "Accent" which is based on personal characteristics. For example:

- Show the names of my ancestors in red ... or
- Use red, green, and blue to distinguish people who were buried in each of the three counties that I plan to visit on a research trip ... or
- Highlight names of people for whom I have low sureties or weak citations ... or
- Show all surnames but redact (i.e., black on black) the given names for a few specific people ... or

- Use colors to identify people whose photograph or tombstone I haven't yet found.

We're sure that you'll think of other ways to put these new features to good use!

 

Sorting the
Master Source List.
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And other features that users requested...

 

  • Sort the Master Source List by the number of times each source is cited.

  • Optionally show the Date and Sort Date columns at the same time on the Person View.

  • Right-click menu options include other new options to make data entry easier and faster.

  • Filter by the number of DNA tests for each person.

  • Filter by the flag values of a parent.

  • A new button resets the default options on a report.

    Right-click on the
    Person View.
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  • Updates to the GenBridge™ direct import technology.

  • Enhancements to the HTML output.

  • New and updated web searching features.

  • and more...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Known Limitations

At this time, support for WordPerfect output is not yet implemented.

 

To Download the TMG v8 Public Beta

At this time, we are no longer accepting new participants in the public beta program. Thank you to all those who have downloaded and installed the TMG v8 public beta in order to help us prepare for the full public release.

Bob Velke
Wholly Genes, Inc.

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