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  2. Chart printing

    I posted a few weeks ago about chart printing and I'm still having problems. I'm running TMG 9 on a Mac using Parallels. I've created a descendant box chart containing 104 people spanning seven generations. When I go to TOOLS>DIAGRAM>RESIZE I learn the chart is 92.35 inches wide and 11.81 inches tall. I have several options to save the chart as a pdf, but none of these options permit me to adjust the paper to these dimensions. 1. Print to PDF (Mac Desktop) lets me use the Postscript Custom Page Size option to adjust to a maximum of 17W by 36H 2. Microsoft Print to PDF does not let me access Postscript Custom Page Size 3. QPDF Creator lets me use the Postscript Custom Page Size to a maximum of 78.7x by 78.75 4. Wholly Genes PDF Writer v4 does not let me make any adjustments. I'd like to have it printed commercially in a large, single page format. I can save it as a bmp but I understand the finished product would look better if run from a pdf. I've left most of the default chart options as default. What am I doing wrong? Thanks, Ed Dunscombe
  3. Reports to Tell Family Stories

    In addition to Terry's suggestion about looking at the Journal report, I recommend looking at Terry's web pages about tricks to produce publishable output. He has a number of suggestions and advanced customizations which can cause TMG to produce very readable narratives. See: https://tmg.reigelridge.com/publishable.htm
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  5. Reports to Tell Family Stories

    Would a one or two-generation Journal work better for you? If so, set up one with the options you want and add it to the custom toolbar so you can use it as a preview tool.
  6. Reports to Tell Family Stories

    I am always interested in how others use TMG, and it seems we have similar ideas. I tend to use the general note tag (though have made some modified tags, such as a note tag with double carriage throughs to separate long notes and quotes from normal tags), and I don't spend much time modifying sentence structure looking for the perfect sentence out of TMG. One thing I have been trying to do is figure out how to figure out how to get the "Individual Narrative Preview with Sources" to generate sentences on children with endnotes. That is why I have to generate both the narrative and the FGS report, the latter to get notes on children into the report.
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  8. Reports to Tell Family Stories

    I may be the wrong person to weigh in here, because I use TMG in a much simpler way than most people. I use few tags: BMDB and census. But I have a Note tag which I append with a sort date after the death/burial dates. The Note is a text narrative for all of the person's other information with embedded citations. It has as many paragraphs as needed and can be modified to read as any biographical narrative. It can include buying and selling of property, moving place to place, military service and, of course, any interesting stories, such as you mention. Perhaps too simplistic for what you are trying to do. Just a thought. I have done a couple of traditional genealogy books for family this way by embedding the photos, documents and maps into the text before having them published. Sally V. Houston
  9. My daughter and I have been using my TMG database to write up a series of short papers telling some of the family stories I have collected over the years (e.g., the little girl who died from eating poison berries, the uncle who drove cross-country with his infant son's casket, etc.). Such stories are an important and interesting part of genealogy, and I want to make sure the are told and not lost. I have been generating the raw sentence structure for these stories with a combination of the "Individual Narrative Preview with Sources" for data about the subject of the story and the "Family Group Sheet" for data about that subject's children. I am wondering if the might be a simpler way, or if anyone would have some suggestions for improving the process of generating these tales for publication. The papers are relatively short (about 15 printed pages) and are grouped into stories about related people (e.g. great-grandparents and their family as they settled into a small Missouri town - they settled there because that is where their horse died). There are about half dozen such stories per paper, and each story generally consists of how the subject is related (their link to the original immigrant and how they are related to those who will be reading the stories), a bit about their life (including their children, where they resided, etc.), and then the actual tale which caused them to be in the report. to do this I am generating an Individual Narrative and FGS for each subject in the paper, including bibliography and endnotes. My daughter and I then cluge these into a single tale . We add some additional research to fill out the story (the berry story, above, turned out to be true - not all of them are, and that is part of the fun of the paper - and we added some information on the berries, and what information we could find about that particular malady). We then add what photographs we have of the subject, do some editing. We then collect the tales together into a singe paper and have the paper printed locally. We have completed three such papers and are working on the fourth and I am wondering if the might be a simpler way, or if anyone would have some suggestions for improving the process of generating these tales for publication (actually self-publication).
  10. Filter for flag

    Well, I guess I'll just have to check questionable people on the report to see if I need to change their flag.
  11. I'm assuming that a backup without exhibits proceeds with no error. If that's the case, there is a problem with one of the exhibit files.
  12. I am trying to back up including exhibits and get the following message: "OLE exception error: Exception code c00000fd. OLE object may be corrupt" Selecting ignore does not help. My exhibits are in a separate file outside of TMG.
  13. Filter for flag

    If I understood correctly, I made the default "?" for this particular group. Everyone who I added to my database previously has marked "?" and the Smiths are marked "Y." However, I had added some new people before I changed the Smith default, and I want to be sure they're not marked "Y." First-time around, I failed to make the default "?" Your instructions worked perfectly. Thank you very much. Oops! Not quite so perfectly, as there are some extra people on the list. I checked their flags for the Smith group, and they're "?" Yet not everyone with a "?" for the Smith group is on the list. Hmmm.... This may be way out on left field -- or not! -- but the reason I'm following the Smith family is because my husband has a DNA connection with someone for whom we can't find a connection. Now that I'm looking at the output from my list, I'm seeing names that we're considering as possible connections (even though we're not sure how). Is it possible that TMG is "seeing" a connection that we're missing (I wish!) even though they're marked with a "?)? Probably not. I just found someone who doesn't seem to fit at all. I guess that was a pipe dream at best.
  14. Filter for flag

    What did you figure out? Depending upon what you did this may happen again!! When you define a new custom Flag (SMITH GROUP) every person in the dataset now has this Flag along with all the other Flags defined in this dataset. The idea of a Flag is that some people will be assigned one value, and others some other value. When you defined the new Flag you gave it a comma-separated list of values, such as (?,N,Y). The first value in the list is the default value to assign. Thus when you defined the new Flag every person in the dataset was assigned the first value in this list, and every new person added to the dataset will be assigned this first/default value. A person can only have one of the possible values assigned to them at any time. It is assumed that you will take some actions to assign a non-default value to "some" people in order to identify them as different from "the rest of" the people with the default value. You can use the Filter on a List of People report to identify people where a given Flag is assigned a particular value. So the "Value" that you use in this filter is the one value among the list of possible values which you have assigned to the people you wish to separately identify. You are getting this message because you have set certain Report Options on this report definition. In the Report Definition Screen, click on Options and then click on the Secondary Output tab. The above message says that you have checked the "Change Flag" option for this report, and specified a "CONNECTED" Flag as the Flag to be changed. If you only want a list of the people with a specific value of the "SMITH GROUP" Flag, then that "Change Flag" option should not be checked. While you are in the Options, click on the "Output Columns" tab and be sure that you have selected appropriate fields for output in the columns of the report. Now if you "OK" the Report Options you should be able to Create the Report, sending it to whatever destination (e.g. the Screen Preview) that you wish for the output. Hope this helps answer your questions,
  15. Filter for flag

    Okay. I have a flag for a particular family not related to me. Let's call that the SMITH GROUP. I may have accidentally added some people to this group who don't belong. (After I posted the original message in this thread, I figured out how to change the default, so I hope that won't happen again!) So...Report, List of People, Filtered group, User Filter 1 (for example), Add(?), find the SMITH GROUP...and then what do I use for "Value"? Or am I missing a step? I was thinking I should use "Y" for the value, but when I do, I'm getting a message, "178 qualified people found. Are you sure you want to change CONNECTED #1 flag to "Y" for these people?" I'm obviously doing something quite wrong because I don't want to change the flag but want to see is a list of people for whom I've already used "Y" (for "yes") to see who doesn't belong in that flagged group. Hope that helps...and thanks for your reply.
  16. As a note, for various reasons if you wish to separate into paragraphs, put [:CR:] (and optionally [:TAB:] ) at the beginning of a sentence, not at the end. In some cases the carriage return or tag at the end of a tag's output can be stripped. It "shouldn't" matter, but it does, so be warned.
  17. Thanks. I knew there had to be a way, but I didn't know what the codes were, but your help prompted me to find them. and I will spend some more time with your articles getting up to speed.
  18. Filter for flag

    To find all people with a given flag value, the filter would simply be flag name = some value. SEX = F END You have not said what you are trying to do. Give an example. You seem to want to be able to find a flag = some value and then some other property to find people with an incorrect flag setting.
  19. Filter for flag

    I would like to set up a filter for a particular flag. I've gotten as far as List of People, Filtered group, user filter (whatever number), add, and have found and clicked on the name of the flag. What do I add for Operator and Value? Also, how do I change the default for a particular flag? If I don't watch what I'm doing, I'm getting "Y" for a group when I add people who aren't in that group. (That's why I need to set up the filter -- so I can determine who doesn't belong in a particular Flag group. ) I just figured that out.
  20. Sure. You do that by adding carriage return codes -- [:CR:] -- and if you want to indent the new paragraph to match the style of the Journal report, tab codes - [:TAB:] - to the Sentences at the places you want the new paragraph to begin. You can either type in those codes, or use the right-click menu in the Sentence field to insert them. You can do that by modifying the Sentences of individual Tags, or if you want all Tag of a specific type to start with a new paragraph, by modifying the Sentences of the Tag Type. Another method is to create custom versions of Tag Types you sometimes like to start a new paragraph and include those codes in those custom Tag Types. Then, if you want a particular Tag to start with a new paragraph change the Tag Type for that Tag to you custom version. If you are not familiar with modifying Sentences you may find my articles Customizing Your Tags helpful.
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  22. Is there a way to format these reports to insert either line breaks or paragraph breaks between individual tags to make the report more readable?
  23. Variable NAME not found

    Thank you. Sorry I didn't remember reporting the problem, nor the fix, but the fix did the job. I was worried because I am scared about running software not supported by the vendor. (I get great support from this Forum). I have "copied" my data to RootsMagic just in case, but I don't like that software near as well as TMG.
  24. Variable NAME not found

    Two years ago you had this same problem with this same report. That time a report reset fixed your problem. You might try that action again to see if it fixes it again.
  25. While trying to create an Ahnentafel file with sources I get errors like “Variable ‘NAME’ is not found. 699 R-AHNENTAFEL” With and option to Abort/Retry/Ignore. If I use Ignore it goes to the next error and eventual if I ignore all of them a report is made. If I chose Abort TMG freezes.
  26. HRE or other replacement

    Looked. The HRE newsletter came directly from HRE. Then there was a discussion on the TMG-REFUGEES mail list. I just checked the TMG-REFUGEES archives and see the January HRE discussions.
  27. HRE or other replacement

    Well, when I win the lottery, I'll give it to him!! I did use the search function in the online interface for the mailing list, but didn't see anything more recent than six months. Thanks!
  28. Increase text size on "main" screen?

    All TMG program settings are in the app.ini and there is not a setting to control the color of the location field names/labels. You're correct that the data field text on the Tag Entry screen is controlled by the system font size and that's not something that you want to mess with.
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