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  1. Cannot Open project in TMG 9

    JohnR, I am not Michael, but I will answer anyway. If you have an automated backup program that only runs at a designated time, and TMG is not running at that time, you should be fine. The problem with backup programs that run all the time is they can interfere with TMG trying to access one of its files while you are using TMG, and that can corrupt your TMG database. Popular cloud-based programs run all the time so they can distribute the network load, and that means they are running when you might be using TMG. That's bad, and must be avoided. However, a nightly backup process is fine as long as TMG is not running when that backup runs. I have an automated backup that runs at 3AM and copies all changed files to an external device. Once a week, I make an "image copy" of each drive on my PC so I have a recent "full copy of the disk" in case something goes wrong. I transport some of the backup files to offsite locations. All that is outside TMG, and I make sure that TMG is not running when those backups occur. Within TMG, I use the File > Backup command frequently. The resulting SQZ files are gobbled up by the backup processes described above. John
  2. Sources Slow to Load

    Pam, I've heard of slow access to the Master Source List when there are thousands of sources, but 3x or more than the 1600 you have. I am a lumper, and I have about 1015 sources. The MSL opens in about 2 seconds for me. I have no idea why the MSL is so slow for you, but I am confident there is a problem. I will contact you off-list.
  3. Sources Slow to Load

    Pam, How many sources do you have? John
  4. 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
  5. 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...
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Cannot Restore a Project

    rhude, Is your restore path using a network path, i.e., starts with "//"? John
  11. 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!
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Picklist Sorting

    Have you edited / customized any name styles?
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. Free License for Second Site

    Near the end of March, I announced a free license offer: purchase a web hosting package from my Family History Hosting service, and receive a free license for either Second Site or GedSite. That offer expired on March 31st. I published the offer via Dick Eastman's newsletter, and I don't think many TMG users heard about it. Almost all the responses were for GedSite. I should have announced the offer here, too, given it's a popular spot for TMG users. So, for the next ten days, I am repeating the offer but only announcing it here and on the TMG-L list. If you want to get online, this is the way to do it. You'll get a free license for Second Site (or GedSite, if you want), and I will personally help you through the steps of publishing your first site. If you already have a license for Second Site, you can give the free license to someone else. To take advantage of the offer, contact me off-list at JFCardinal@gmail.com. This offer expires at midnight on April 20th, 2017.
  20. GedSite 1 Released

    I am pleased to announce GedSite, a program to build web sites from GEDCOM files. GedSite has been optimized to support many features that are common in TMG, but often neglected by GEDCOM-based web site builders including witnesses and roles. GedSite also supports RootsMagic, Family Historian, and Legacy sentences. For TMG users who are in the process of moving to another program, or contemplating it, GedSite will help you decide which program to choose, and what cleanup needs to be done before and after the move. GedSite is a great tool for reviewing your own work, even if you don't share a site with family, other researchers, or the world. People who are familiar with Second Site will appreciate the Second Site features that are included in GedSite: the powerful controls to configure person page entries, the ability to include some tags in narrative form and others in tables or lists, and support for custom pages. To read more about GedSite, visit its homepage: http://www.gedsite.com ... or contact me
  21. GedSite 1 Released

    There have been more than a dozen updates to GedSite since the initial release described above. The current version, released today, is v1.3.8. The new release features a Lightbox facility, new options for Image User Items, an Accent facility to highlight entries in charts, and other enhancements. For more information, see the GedSite home page: http://www.gedsite.com
  22. TMG 9.05 UK to Parallels 12

    Don, My advice is to focus on a single exhibit that is not working the way you expect. Focusing on a single image allows you to inspect the details and make changes without spending a lot of time. Keep track of what you did so that when you discover the problem/solution, you'll know what has to be done for the other exhibits. Make sure that the path stored in the TMG exhibit record is correct. That assumes that you can access the external exhibit image file from Windows. If the path is not correct, but the image file is visible in a Windows folder, then re-load the image file. If the image file is not visible in a Windows folder, then you have to correct that issue: you could copy exhibit files to the Windows side, or perhaps add a network share so that Windows can access Mac files.
  23. Second Site 6 Released

    I am pleased to announce Second Site 6! Second Site Version 6 is a major new release with new features and other enhancements. The major focus of this release was to make sites mobile-friendly. According to usage statistics, more people are using the Internet via smartphones and tablets than on desktop or laptop computers, so it's important for sites to be as accommodating as possible to visitors using mobile devices. For a description of all the new features, see Second Site News #069 This is the first non-free upgrade since April of 2013, almost three years ago. I hope all current users will upgrade soon. The upgrade price for Second Site 5 customers is $14.95 USD. New customers and customers whose most-recent license is for Second Site 4 or previous must purchase the full-price license for Second Site 6 for $34.95 USD. There is no difference between the installer programs for the full version license and the upgrade license. The difference is the cost of the license. Customers who purchased the full version of Second Site 5 on or after December 1, 2015 qualify for a free license for Second Site 6. That license has already been sent via email. Contact me if you think you qualify but you have not received your Second Site 6 license information. To purchase a license for Second Site, start on the Second Site home page.
  24. Second Site 6 Released

    Second Site Version 6.2.6 is now available. This is a maintenance release with no new features but (including v6.2.5) includes some significant fixes. I recommend that all Second Site users upgrade to this release. This is a free upgrade for registered users of Second Site 6. If you are using Second Site 5 or a previous version, you must purchase a license to use Second Site 6. The release announcement is in the latest issue of Second Site News. The changes are summarized in the Change Log. Current Second Site 6 users can download the installer here.
  25. Setup is already running

    Donald, Yes, that appears to be the correct installer for TMG v9.05. Based on the error message, it appears that the TMG installer is having trouble writing its log file, and that may indicate general problems with accessing the parts of the Windows file system that the installer uses. Does your Windows-under-Parallels have a disk with plenty of space on it? Is Parallels configured to share the home folder of the Mac-side user with the Windows-side user? If so, while that can be made to work, I think it makes things much more difficult and I don't recommend it. I haven't used Parallels in a while and I forget where the option is to turn that off and keep the My Documents folder (and other folders) under Windows exclusive control. I am not confident that is an issue here, but it could be.