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  1. TMG Performance since last windows update

    Carol, As others note, if you include external exhibits in your backup, all these exhibit files will be loaded into the one .sqz file. The free space on your disk file is not the issue. There is a max limit in the Operating System for the size of a single file, i.e. the .sqz file. That limit is much less than your 1.5TB free space. The options on compression affect how much smaller a single file loaded into the .sqz file can be made so that the total size of .sqz hopefully can be smaller than the sum of the sizes of all the files stored in that one file. "None" says to do no compression, so the full sizes of all files are loaded into .sqz and thus would result in the largest .sqz file of all the options. The problem appears to be that no matter what type of compression you choose, including all the external exhibit files within that one .sqz file makes it too large for the Operating System to handle. As you have noted, the solution is to backup your external exhibits separately and not include them in the .sqz file. Hope this makes things clearer,
  2. TMG Performance since last windows update

    A TMG project consists of more than two dozen files, of which the .pjc file is only one and has very little actual data in it. No program other than TMG should be touching any of these project files while that project is open in a running TMG program. Corruption of any one of these files can potentially corrupt the usability of the entire project. If the backup program is configured to not attempt to copy any of the project files until TMG is closed, then as I said before, that should be okay.
  3. TMG Performance since last windows update

    Dave, I am concerned about your comment about backing up TMG files "on the fly". If you have some program backing up TMG files while TMG is running this will some day be a problem. Such a backup scenario is the major cause of corruption of TMG projects. However, if the backup does not occur while TMG is running but you wait until you exit TMG and then invoke the program to backup TMG files to the cloud, then that should be okay.
  4. Error in LOW report

    Thanks, Susan, I did understand that the workaround was unfiltered spreadsheet output, i.e. all witnesses. However, I was unaware (or had forgotten) that the LOW output columns cannot show a non-standard Flag. Yes, please update me if you discover any other "speed bumps". See the two new entries in my Bugs document starting here: https://www.mjh-nm.net/BUGS.HTML#B103 Let me know if you have suggestions to improve the wording.
  5. Error in LOW report

    Thanks. Jim, I will add a comment about this filter error to my "bugs" document, with your suggestion of using spreadsheet output as a work around.
  6. Error in LOW report

    Okay, Jim, any other ideas?
  7. Error in LOW report

    Jim, I think the tests run showing problems with larger data size may point to an issue with filter routines. I note that when TMG runs a filter, a window pops up which reports constructing all possible conditions. If these "all possible conditions" are being written to a Temp file, and the software library being used to match possibilities against that file is written as 16-bit functions, then the file could get too big for 16-bit functions to process against? Do you have any insight from the code as to whether filtering might use an old 16-bit library?
  8. History Tags

    You raise a good point. If one only wants to see these special historical events on screen, then timelines will do that. But if one wants the event to output in a report then true event tags are required, and History tags can serve that purpose.
  9. History Tags

    Your question about timelines made me look closer at them as I had not done so for several years. I also had failed to include their description in my on-line book. A more careful and complete description of Timelines has now been included there. See: https://www.mjh-nm.net/STYLE.HTML#DisplayTimelines Hope this gives you better ideas on using Timelines.
  10. History Tags

    Glad you found the information about Timelines valuable, Doris. Yes, you are correct about History tags and GEDCOM. GEDCOM requires that any tag be assigned to at least one Principal, and does not understand Witnesses who are the only links to History tags. While the TMG Enhanced GEDCOM Export option can include non-standard entries to identify Witnesses, those custom entries must be part of a tag which has at least one Principal. Since History tags have no Principals there is no GEDCOM construct to output such tags. They are only one of several types of TMG data which have no way of being output to GEDCOM. Other software that uses direct import of TMG databases "could" choose to import History tags and convert them to "something" in their program. But that is up to each such software and not guaranteed.
  11. History Tags

    Two items I failed to note above. In Lee's list of Timeline files I mention, there are several files whose row is marked with a green dot. These files came with your TMG installation and were installed in a "timeline" folder where the program itself was installed. Each timeline consists of two database files: *.DBF and *.DBT, and a Word file *.DOC which describes the timeline events in the file. If you want to use one of these timelines, copy all three files from this program folder to your project's timeline folder. That way you can edit the timeline events without altering the original timeline database. Based on the comments by Morbius the timeline files already on the computer with their names beginning with VAWVCO.* will probably be of interest. As that timeline's .DOC file says, it includes the events of the formation of Virginia and West Virginia counties and Virginia independent cities. I said above about timeline events: "Their extremely useful special feature is that TMG will automatically only show a timeline event in the Details of a person if its date is within that person's lifespan." That is not completely accurate. Some timeline events may be entered leaving the month and/or day zero. This implies a "circa" date for the year which will mean the event will display in the person's Details plus or minus the number of years from the person's birth or death as set for the meaning of circa in Preferences // Current Project Options // Advanced Hope this gives you further ideas,
  12. History Tags

    Hi Morbius, History event tags and Timeline files were designed for two very different purposes. Based on your example uses I believe you probably want to use Timelines instead of History tags. History tags were intended to be used to document events which directly involved some number of people, with no one person Principal to the event. These tags are designed to have sentences to output in narratives, Dates, Locations, and source citations like any other event involving a person. These events will display in the Details of every person who is linked as a Witness to the event, regardless of whether the date of the event is within the lifespan of that person. Timelines were intended to simply insert the names of a group of related events into a person's Details according to the dates of those events. These events do not have Locations or Citations, only a descriptive name and date. Their extremely useful special feature is that TMG will automatically only show a timeline event in the Details of a person if its date is within that person's lifespan. You can collect a group of event names and dates into a file, such as a timeline file for West Virginia, which identify creation of the state and formations of all the counties. You could then either globally turn on/off the display of that set of timeline events, or link that set of timeline events to only display for selected people. Even then timeline events will not display unless you check the option to show timelines in Preferences // Program Options // Tag Box. The TMG Timeline Manager (under Tools) is a bit awkward to use to create a set of events for a timeline file. But if the number of events is small it is quite adequate since you only enter a date and event name. As an aid there are several timeline files which users have created for various topics that can be downloaded into the project's Timelines folder. See the list of timeline files collected by Lee Hoffman on his TMG Tips site: http://www.tmgtips.com/timelines.htm There also is a FREE utility built specially to make it easier to make and use timelines for your project. It is by BeeSoft who make PathWiz! Last I looked at this utility was at Version 3, which offered a number of features to help you create and manage your TMG timeline files by enabling timelines restricted to particular TMG person numbers in 3 ways: . individually . via an entered list . using the persons in a Focus Group The program also offers a 'check' box to allow a view of the filter parameters from the ini file before proceeding with a run. Default setting is 'off''. http://beesoft.soho.on.net/BeeSoft/Timeliner/index.html Hope this gives you ideas,
  13. Can I search for text in memo field?

    Sure you can, Anita, To find all events which contain the search text, use a filtered List of Events report. For example, if you were looking for the text GWORP, one of your filter conditions would be: Memo // Contains // GWORP You can also further restrict the report with other filter conditions. Use appropriate output columns to specify the Principals of each event and appropriate columns to identify each specific event. Alternatively to simply find people who have any event with this search text, use a filtered Project Explorer. A filter condition could be: Any Event... // Memo // Contains // GWORP That will find people with such an event, but will not tell you which of their events has this memo text. Hope this gives you ideas,
  14. 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
  15. 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,
  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. 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.
  18. Backup file suddenly smaller

    Hi Judy, It is not clear what you mean by the ZIP files appearing to be identical. I don't know what utility you are using to view the ZIP files, but I use Microsoft's WinZIP program. There are some things to compare other than simply the names and numbers of the files within the ZIP. WinZIP has two columns to compare between the two ZIP files which it labels "Size" and "Packed". "Size" is the original size of that individual file before it was compressed to be included in the ZIP file. "Packed" is the now reduced size of the file within the ZIP after compression. There is also a column labeled "Ratio" which indicates how much the size of that particular file was able to be compressed. Perhaps the amount of compression is different between the two ZIP files? One of the very last Steps in the TMG Backup Wizard is to choose the type of Compression to use. Could you have changed that? Hope this gives you ideas, Michael
  19. questionable/unproven ancestors

    I agree with Jim's original suggestion. I use a "Can" type of Relationship tag for this kind of information, but make sure NOT to set that candidate parent Relationship tag as Primary for the child. Note that the "Can" Relationship tag type is a custom tag type, so you have to add that type to the Tag Type List if you have not already done so. In Tools // Tag Type List, click the Add button. In the Tag Group, click the button for "Parent/child relationship". Now set the Label to "Can". TMG will propagate the Tag Type List with all the many Father-Can, Mother-Can, Son-Can, Dau-Can, variations automatically. Now you can add such a tag type, cite sources to this tag, and include a memo. In most TMG reports, and in SecondSite, you can select to output these memos, but these tags do not produce sentences. Hope this gives you ideas.
  20. TMG 9.5 Install CD

    Try contacting the dealer from whom you purchased the serial number.
  21. Remove Indviduals from Project

    You could apply the same filter to the Project Explorer. That would let you see who are selected.
  22. Remove Indviduals from Project

    Terry is absolutely correct. Both my and his way will work, but his is simpler.
  23. Remove Indviduals from Project

    How did you create a separate Project of this group of individuals? Did you use a Flag (e.g. FLAGNAME='Y') for a Filter and the Secondary Output of a report to create the separate Project? If so, you can do the reverse using a reverse filter (e.g. FLAGNAME='N') and the Secondary Output, BUT... As I mention in my on-line book in the section Project Files with Customizations, to retain all your customizations of your main project you must do this in steps. If you simply create a new "Project" you will lose your customizations and create a new Project using the standard TMG defaults of any new Project. However, if you create a new "Dataset" within an existing Project, that new Dataset will retain the customizations of that Project. As with any major action to a Project always do a backup first. Then do the following steps: Create a new "Dataset" within your main Project using the Secondary Output with a filter which selects everyone except the large group of individuals you removed (e.g. FLAGNAME='N'). Assuming you are starting with only one Dataset this will create a new Dataset numbered "2". Now use the Dataset Manager feature on the main TMG File menu and Delete the original main Dataset, which should still be the Dataset numbered "1". (This is safe because you did do the backup first, right?) Accept the suggestion to Optimize the Project. Finally use the Dataset Manager to renumber the remaining smaller Dataset which is still numbered "2" to Dataset numbered "1". To finish, run the Optimize / Validate / Optimize routines and make a new backup of this new smaller Project. Your Project will now retain your customizatons, and the original ID numbers for individuals, but only have everyone except your group of separated people, and thus have gaps in your ID numbers. If you wish to use these now unused ID numbers when you add new people, use the F2 keyboard function key as described in my book here. Hope this is what you desire, Michael
  24. Hi Pat, Yes, the PE will retain the fact that it is filtered when you exit and run that filter when you reopen even if its subwindow is not open. That is why if I am using a filtered PE a lot I change to a saved Layout which includes the PE subwindow. While I try to remember to turn off the filter, if I forget to turn it off when I exit, when I reopen TMG the PE subwindow will be there to remind me that it is still filtered. But as you observed you can also right click on a person in the Focus group and select "Change focus to this person". I find that pretty quick and is not bothered by the entry in the Focus Group being too long. I prefer the Focus group method because often a cleanup needs to search for people in the PE as I am working, so I don't want the PE unavailable because of a filter. Also since a filtered PE is often recalculating the filter, I find it a performance drain. Just my way of working.
  25. You are most welcome. The reason it is not straight forward is that the program provides multiple ways to "import" each giving slightly different results. So one has to pick the results desired.