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  1. TMG Performance since last windows update

    Dave, I recommend that you NOT include external exhibits in your TMG backups. You should have a separate backup regimen for those digital assets, perhaps integrated with backups for other images that are not exhibits. Including exhibits in a TMG backup increases the size of the backup SQZ file and increases the amount of time that TMG takes to write the backup file. Meanwhile, the exhibits don't change very often. Lastly, if you have a lot of exhibits, the image data---which doesn't compress much--can cause the SQZ file to exceed the maximum size of a ZIP file. (SQZ files are ZIP files in disguise.) TMG always performs reasonably well for me. The only operations that are slow enough to annoy me are (A) opening the Master Place List, which is glacial, (B) importing GEDCOM files (which I do rarely as part of testing), and (C) exporting GEDCOM files (which I also do only rarely). The only other performance issue I have seen is when there was a "ghost" instance of TMG running that was using a lot of CPU. That was affecting all the other programs running on my PC, but had a particularly nasty impact on TMG, which was so sluggish it was almost unusable. I do not know what caused it. I only remember it happening once. I killed the ghost TMG process after I noticed it, and that solved the problem. Users who don't have the skills to check what processes are running and manipulate them can solve the problem by rebooting. John
  2. TMGU Find/Replace - Reposting

    Doris, Do you still need help with this? I don't check the Forum every day, and without that habit, I sometimes skip multiple weeks. Yes, you can remove a trailing "*" from a name part such as the given name. You use Change Name Parts to do it. Changing a "*" is a little more difficult than changing other characters because "*" has a special meaning in the pattern-based replace operation, and that's what you need to use. You have to "escape" the "*" character so that it does not have its special meaning. I changed one person in a TMG project to have a trailing "*" in the given name of her primary name. She had a couple non-primary names that were using the same given name, for a total of three names that needed fixing. Here is the TMG Utility log that shows the Change Name Part rules and the resulting changes: TMG Utility v7.3.7 Copyright (C) 1999-2016 by John Cardinal. All Rights Reserved. Do not redistribute. Function=Change Name Parts Project=test09 Started at 16:57:29 Options: Match case: False Show All Name Fields: False Flag Filter: <No Filter> Rules: If GivenName ends with "*" Change GivenName replace pattern "\*$" with "" ID, Old Name, New Name #3, 'Mary* Millet', 'Mary Millet' #3, 'Mrs. Mary* Bezanson (Millet)', 'Mrs. Mary Bezanson (Millet)' #3, 'Mrs. Mary* Vaughan (Millet)', 'Mrs. Mary Vaughan (Millet)' Finished at 16:57:32 Elapsed Time=3 seconds People=24,849 Names read=33,072 If GivenName ends with "*" = 3 Names changed=3 If you have any questions, contact me. It's probably best to contact me via email...
  3. Using a Table format for estate inventories

    Leslie, For SS output, don't use a JPG. Use an HTML table. That will leave the text as text, which has several advantages. If you have a scan of an original document, then include that, but add the transcription as an HTML table. John
  4. Gedcom Publisher

    Gedcom Publisher is a ground-breaking application that creates an electronic book in EPUB format by combining text and images you enter with information taken from your GEDCOM file or TMG project. Gedcom Publisher knows the ins and outs of constructing a book in EPUB format, and it knows how to read your genealogy data. That means you can focus on the content of your family history book. Digital publishing is very popular, and it's likely that when our grandchildren mature, most if not all their reading will be e-books, not paper books. It's unlikely that paper books will disappear, but the trend is clear. Electronic books in EPUB format use HTML and CSS, which are also used in web sites. Unlike web sites, however, the result is a single file that is easy to share. Using Gedcom Publisher is like using Second Site, but the result is an EPUB file rather than a web site. Second Site users will be familiar with some of the basic building blocks, like the Person Entry section. There are many differences, however, owing to the capabilities, rules, and limitations of reading devices and the EPUB format. For more information, please visit the home page for Gedcom Publisher here: https://www.gedcompublisher.com You may also be interested to review an example book: https://www.gedcompublisher.com/en/example.htm The example book link above uses a browser-based e-book reader. That reader is not very robust and has a few rendering issues. For the best results, you can download the example book to your tablet or PC. Download the "AZK" version for sideloading to a Kindle app on your iOS device (iPad, iPhone). John Cardinal Author of Gedcom Publisher, GedSite, Second Site, and TMG Utility
  5. Bert, This is an unusual issue. If it was pure data corruption, the dates would not change in a regular way, i.e., they might all change to the first of the month, or all change to invalid date values. Changing by one day indicates the program is inspecting the initial value and then adding one to it. Many programs store dates as an integer value based on a starting point. So, for example, if the starting point is 1 Jan 1970, and the integer date value is 17725, the date is 13 July 2018. However, TMG does not do that. TMG supports partial and approximate dates, and it uses a character format to store dates. So, 13 July 2018 is stored as "20180713" whereas "July 2018" is stored as "20180700". The "00" indicates no day number was entered. (The format is actually more complicated than what I have shown here. In order for the day to change, TMG would have to change "20180712" to "20180713", for example. That's not random, and that's why I don't think the issue is random data corruption. I am not aware of any processes or features in TMG where dates are modified automatically and so I don't think the issue is a mis-configuration of some TMG feature. I presume you have used the VFI command in TMG. If not, you should do that. If you can provide any more details, that would help. For example, are the changes always in specific tag types? Does it happen for all date types, (before, after, circa, exact, between, etc.)? John
  6. List of People Query

    Doris, TMG's report writer has a couple DNA-related filters. Check there to see if you can select father of father (etc.) ancestors. I think you can. If so, then you can use an LoP report and that filter to update a flag. John UPDATE: Use the "Is a Patrilineal Ancestor" filter
  7. Cannot Restore a Project

    rhude, Is your restore path using a network path, i.e., starts with "//"? John
  8. Off-Topic - MyHeritage

    Never give your credit card number to someone who calls you. For all you know, a rogue MyHeritage employee is calling you when they are off-the-clock and they are going to rip you off. I would never do business with MyHeritage because they have used some questionable sales tactics, such as making it hard to quit a free trial before automatic conversion to a paid subscription. The Legacy mailing list had a post this week about someone getting charged for something they didn't want, and it wasn't clear if My Heritage was part of the issue, or if the charge was legit or part of a scam. Careful!
  9. Report Screen Preview not working

    Campbell Stanford posted this on TMG-L: I am not sure why .doc and .docx settings would matter because TMG uses .rtf for its screen preview feature. Also, it seems odd to me that a default application would need to be set. However, it's worth a review of the settings. How are .doc, .docx, and .rtf set on your system?
  10. TMG in a Cloud VDI?

    If the virtual desktop worked by remoting the display, keyboard, and mouse, that would probably work. Of course, any non-standard use of TMG should be tested before relying on it to work. Any backup program that accesses TMG project files while TMG is running may interfere with the proper operation of TMG and may create copies of the project files where those files are not valid when taken as a whole. That's why it's a bad idea to use a backup program that is active when TMG is running. (Excepting, of course, TMG's Backup feature.) The two technical issues are shared access to the project files and the timing of making backup copies. Regarding the latter, if a program copies file "A" at moment 1 and copies file "B" at moment 2, the copy of "B" may no longer be in sync with the copy of "A" because of a data update between moment 1 and moment 2. Those issues may or may not arise with a virtual desktop, but I suspect they aren't likely. There may be other issues, however, so I understand your skepticism.
  11. TMG in a Cloud VDI?

    Michael, I assume that Helge was asking about using a Windows virtual desktop to run TMG. If so, I don't think that would be subject to the issues with cloud-based backup programs. There may be other issues depending on exactly how the virtual desktop is implemented.
  12. Picklist Sorting

    Have you edited / customized any name styles?
  13. problems installing under w2k

    I doubt there are many people visiting the forum who have Win2K running somewhere. I checked my VMs, and I don't have one. You can get Windows 10 for about $80 USD. I know it's an extra expense, and you may have other reasons for avoiding Win10, but it's probably the most practical solution. Even if I had a Win2K box, and installed TMG v9.05, there's no guarantee I could figure out how to make it work.
  14. GedSite now includes a TMG "Direct Import" facility! GedSite 2.02 is now available. It includes a direct import facility that reads data directly from TMG's database tables. This allows GedSite to support TMG sentence and source templates, name styles, place styles, etc. Please see today's newsletter that explains which TMG users should opt for GedSite, and who should choose (or remain with) Second Site: https://goo.gl/Na4Cbn The Change Log includes descriptions of all the changes in release 2.02 of GedSite: https://goo.gl/oEqykn Version 2.02 is free for users with a GedSite 2 license. If you do not have a license for GedSite 2, you can start the purchase process here: https://goo.gl/NAhVfq
  15. Sentence Structure for Note Tag with Quotes

    The problem does not affect Second Site. SS will put the citation references after the last visible character in the output. If you use the "curly quotes" as described by Michael above, SS will still work fine because the curly quotes are visible characters.
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