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  1. I chose RTF because I was having problems with DOC files. After downloading LibreOffice 6.1 I created family group sheet and journal reports using DOC format and it worked! Thank you for the direction.
  2. Windows v 8.1, TMG v 9.05, LibreOffice v I've created a family group sheet and saved in rtf. When I try to open the report in LibreOffice, this message appears "file format error found at 7,2 (row,column)". I also tried the same process with a journal report and received the same error message. Is there a fix for this problem or any work arounds? Thank you.
  3. Thank you very much for the help.
  4. Is there a maximum number of tags allowed per individual? I have greated a psuedo-individual to use for a family group study. This psuedo-individual will be assigned as a witness to most of the tags for each person in the family group. This is where a maximum number of tags allowed may torpedo my family study. For the psuedo person I will then print an individual detail report which will show all family members' tags in chronological order. This is an effort to facilitate a "cluster study" of the family. Thank you.
  5. Image insertion

    Thanks for the instruction and advice. I have a family photo with Mom, Dad & 10 adult children which I'd like to place in a chart along with a descendant box chart which includes the same mom, dad and kids plus their spouses. Grandchildren and spouses would also be nice, but it's a large family. Mike I always appreciate your examples -- they are truly motivating to take things to the next step. Thanks to all. Linda
  6. Image insertion

    Thanks, Virginia, the image is in the chart. Next question -- the image is much too large. it was scanned as an 8 x 10 " , but it's coming in as about 24 wide x 20 high. It's in jpg format and I'd like to display the image as an 8 x 10" in the chart. How can I get the image in at the desired size? Thank you. Linda
  7. How do you insert an image into a chart? This will be an additional image off to one side or at the bottom -- it will not be associated with a specific image. Do I copy it from another application or insert a file? Thank you. Linda
  8. Interest Flag

    Hi David, I've been using the ancestor interest to collect a very special group of people. Direct ancestors (ancestor interest = 3) which I know you can determine is other ways. To this group I add siblings (including step- and half-) (ancestor interest = 2). And finally to this is added any step-parents of direct ancestors (ancestor interest = 1). This is how I easily gather the families that live together (and who are of most interest to me) to study the events of their lives. Hope this helps. Linda
  9. Very large VCF charts

    Mike and Terry, Thank you for the very helpful explanation. Linda
  10. Very large VCF charts

    From one of the technically challenged -- How do you know if you have a postscript printer (mine is an HP Deskjet 841C)? Do you need a postscript printer, in addition to one of the PDF programs, to create PDF files? Thank you. Linda
  11. When inputting new family groups, using "copy tag" and "copy person" features (from the "add" menu) shortens the process considerably. Good luck! Linda
  12. I almost always go through the legal description of property about 1/2 dozen times before I understand it and have it transcribed correctly. Pencil sketches help, but they usually get lost. So the attached property grid created in VCF was my solution to understand and display property transactions. There may be better and easier ways to accomplish the task. Also, the grid really only applies to the Federal land states where there is the nice grid layout. The chart in the examples reflects my limited experience with property transactions in the U.S. Midwestern states. VCF allows the plots to be color-coded or pattern-coded to distinguish the transactions. If desired, the finished VCF file can be exported to a jpg format and attached as an exhibit to a deed tag. This format is early in the development stage and I not sure of the final usage, but I'm pleased enough with the result to consider outputting in a journal report. One of the attachments shows the master grid file. The other attachment shows the grid to display land purchases in Clayton County, Iowa. I plan to add additional grids to show when and how the family disposed of the land. Method to create master grid: -Start with a fictional person, with absolutely no family ties, and make a descendant chart for him. The box size was the determining factor so two 16-square grids could be placed side by side on a printed page. I settled on 66 x 66 pixels for the full size box. -Repeat the exercise with a 66 x 33 pixel box to create the half-size box. -On the VCF master grid file, make 15 copies of the full size boxes and assemble the grid as shown. -Add a vertical and a horizontal line so it is easier to pick out the quarter sections. -Add the text in the boxes, to increase plotting accuracy. For the half-size box, I made one copy horizontal and then rotated the second copy to make it vertical as I have observed both types of plots in land transactions. To use (a copy of) the master grid: Code the boxes as desired and add text to explain the transactions. Hope this gives you ideas for additional VCF uses. Linda
  13. In July 2008 I wrote the paragraphs below to request a "blended individual detail report" for a group of people. The request did not generate a lot of interest. Your request seems to be similar, so there does appear to be an interest in easily studying the events of a group of people. To satisfy the need I generated individual detail reports for each of the group members and then combined and edited the reports in a word processing program. The finished report gave a very good sense of how the family was interacting at the time. The changes in relationships and circumstances, e.g., death of spouse, sibling marries, purchase/sale of property, move to another state, are given a new perspective when they are studied as a whole. The age information was not included in my report, but it would be welcome. I add my support to your request. Such a report would be a valuable addition to the TMG toolbox. From July 2008: "There is a group of people -- father, mother, four children and the children's spouses -- for whom I needed to make one combined list of their events in chronological order -- sort of timeline of the people's lives. I printed the Individual Detail report for each person separately, pruned the events to only those needed, and then added the person's name to each event and placed the events in chronological order. The blended sequence of events suggested a new reason for the events that occurred -- something that would have been more [difficult] to pick out without looking at the activities of the entire group. Because I've incorporated the research log into the person view, all my research notes appear in PV and research notes were the majority of the tags I used in the above report. They are quite lengthy, too long to use the list of events reports, which I would have exported to Excel."
  14. Inspired by Virginia's video on connecting points, lines and ports I did a lot of experimenting in VCF the last several days. Zooming the display up to 800% (% may vary by computer setup?) was very revealing. I could see the 4 ports that make up the connecting point and try connecting to each of the 4 points. [see Robin's reply to Virginia's post.] While I still can't predict exactly what's going to happen, the zoomed-in display makes it easier to try different ports to attempt to improve connecting lines behavior. As in most software, VCF offers more than one way to accomplish a goal, i.e., delete a pesky, green line and replace it with a new line. Please pardon the repeated attempts to make the chart changes, but that's typical of my VCF editing <grin>. You can find the video here Below is the "script" that explains what I was trying to show in the video. [Note: I am abbreviating connecting as "con"] View > ports Notice the con-point. If you have a larger chart, notice the location of the con-point related to the vertical and horizontal rulers. View > zoom custom > 800% Notice the ports on the boxes and the cluster of 4 ports that make up the con-point. As each con-line is selected, notice the square gray box at each end of the line and at the angle where the line changes direction. Each con-line is detached from the con-point, with varying degrees of difficulty. The green con-line would not respond so I deleted it. Re-attach each con-line. Replaced green con-line with a new line. Changed color of new line to blue to make it easy to see square gray boxes on line. Showed the overlapping lines by bringing either the blue or the yellow line to the front. Using the bottom port of the con-point is not always the answer to making the con-lines behave, but it probably works for me more than 50% of the time. <so far!>
  15. Tips on using Lines and Ports

    Virginia, thank you again for a very informative video. While practicting the techniques, I zoomed the screen up to 200%. After selecting the area, it was easy to see the multiple ports of the connecting point. Then, I placed the beginning of the orthogonal line directly over the center port of the connecting point, clicked, then placed the cursor over the desired port on the target box, and clicked again. It seemed that when the line placed correctly, it was because the cursor was placed directly over the CENTER port of the connecting point. If the line did not place correctly, then I selected the line and tried to adjust the end directly over the center port OR deleted the line and started fresh. You'll see the line immediately snap into correct position when you are successful. It became easier with a little practice. Can't say this will work every time, but I'd be interested to hear if others can duplicate the experience. Before doing all the above -- when the lines are only slightly off due to editing, aligning the boxes may improve or even totally correct line placement. Linda