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  1. Some time ago I reported problems with TMG and Open Office; see (Forum) MS seems to have fixed the WORD problem (failure when too many end notes) - at least for reports of the size I create. Terry has come up with a solution for the section break problem in WORD but not one for Open Office (he didn't try because I didn't ask). But the problem with squared graphics still exists. Since it doesn't happen for reports generated by WORD, there's apparently something unique about the output from TMG that triggers the problem in Open Office Writer. It would be nice if whatever that is could be identified and avoided if possible. Creation of a macro to solve the Open Office Writer problem has met with failure because (as I recall) it's apparently not possible to address the necessary graphics feature. This was reported to the Open Office people, and although they recognize that any document which will open in WORD should open in Open Office, I haven't seen any interest in fixing it (TMG reports seem to be the only problem source, so it's likely low on their fix list). Does anyone have a solution (other than tediously fixing each graphic independently)? Dick
  2. TMG support for 2 PCs

    I very frequently move from desktop to laptop, these days at least once a week. I have built a BAT file which creates a ZIP of all files (in selected areas) which have changed since a given date; one of the areas is the TMG directory (I keep my data separate from the program). This ZIP goes onto a thumb drive and goes with me in my pocket to the other machine and gets unzipped there. It does require a copy of PKZIP Command Line. For TMG only the backup/restore process would be equivalent (I use the scheme for lots of stuff - email, web site data, etc).
  3. Sorry, I goofed. I thought you were talking about a journal report. Missed the "chart"..... Dick
  4. I use a flag which I set up to include all end-of-line males. The criteria is that neither the mother nor father of a male exists, and the name is not an unknown. This gives me a drop for each surname, and only omits those females who are mothers of an end-line male's mother (e.g. a grandmother) where neither father is known. Generally these are the people one hardly ever finds anyway. Of course one could use all end-of-line people if they wish. Then, of course, I do a descendant report where the criteria is persons with the flag set. This technique avoids the need to establish an imaginary super-person. Dick
  5. List of Places report

    In the report definition screen, select options and then the output columns tab.
  6. One can use the SUBST command-level instruction to reassign drives. Pick an imaginary drive letter and reassign the real one. One can even (although this is not applicable here) assign a drive letter to a subdirectory. For example, if TMG were to be told that the data files are on drive W (a drive letter which is highly unlikely to be assigned in any system), and the external hard drive, when loaded on machine 1 appeared on drive G, then the command SUBST G: W:\ would do the job. If the external hard drive loaded on machine 2 were to appear as drive J, then SUBST J: W:\ on that machine would do it. These instructions can be loaded under run - command while the system is up and running or as a BAT command run during startup. I use a similar technique regularly (subdirectory reassignment) when changing machines and also to maintain programs on my machine which will be run on another with different drive assignments. Dick
  7. I do that using the end-of-line-males so just about everybody linked in my database is included. Sorting on surname. Dick
  8. How about a filter "ID equals a or ID equals b" where where a is the main focus person and b is the spouse that you want the other children shown? Some duplication but all in one report. Dick
  9. Is it possible that you're in the habit of using optimize on one of the computers? That should affect the file sizes. Dic
  10. I had this problem, but it went away when I upgraded to Word 2003. Dick
  11. I use pdf995. It's cheap ($9.95) so little expense to obtain and try. One output can be seen at http://www.rgcle.com/stories/The%20Nobel%20Prize%20Trip.PDF. An example of an xls printed with it is attached here. Another example, this one from a ppt presentation, is also attached. Dick Sample.PDF Sample2.PDF
  12. Here is an idea you might use. This would not satisfy your ultimate objective but may come close enough. First, for each event use the place consistently by either the current name or the original name. The latter may be preferred because the name may change yet again and later readers of your work may prefer that. Second, insert an asterisk or other symbol at the end of the city, state or country name if there are other names by which that place is known. Third, for those places with that symbol, insert, in the place record, a comment field identifying the other names of the place, perhaps identifying the date range that name was in effect. Fourth, for an appendix of your document, make one or more "list of places" reports filtered on fields containing that symbol, each report sorted by the field having one of those symbols, and include in the output the comments field. In order to have the reports look nice in the final publication you might produce each report in Microsoft Excel format, then import that as a table into a Microsoft Word document. Printing either form (Excel or Word) could make it possible for the text in the comments column to wrap and make it more readable. As introduction to your document you might point out the significance of the symbol and refer to the appendices. In the event that you opt to produce an internet site using John Cardinal's program Second Site, you wil find that a place index is produced and this should serve a purpose similar to that of the proposed appendix. I an sure that we would be most interested in learning about the technique you finally choose. Dick
  13. Just a shot in the dark, so to speak. Have you installed Internet Explorer 7 on your machine? I recently ran into a problem with scanner software that HP said was caused by IE7 (they gave me a work-around). No problem with the scanner software before IE7 and no problem with it on my laptop (which is using IE6). Dick
  14. Multiple Links to a Single Exhibit

    I took a non-TMG approach. I posted the picture separately and then pointed to it from the memo of the several people involved. The results can be seen at http://www.rgcle.com/stories/easter_group2003.htm which is the picture; mouse-over an click on any of the heads to go to the individuals to see the references. I used a witness tag for the references in the form: HID:][sS:][:CR:][:CR:]She was among those attending a pre-Easter family gathering in 2003; see <A HREF="../stories/easter_group2003.htm"><IMG SRC="picicon.gif" BORDER=0 ALT="Easter"></A> for a picture of the attendees.[:SS][:HID]||[HID:][sS:][:CR:][:CR:]He was among those attending a pre-Easter family gathering in 2003; see <A HREF="../stories/easter_group2003.htm"><IMG SRC="picicon.gif" BORDER=0 ALT="Easter"></A> for a picture of the attendees.[:SS][:HID] The form was arranged so that the references don't appear in a printed version of the data. Dick