Wholly Genes Newsletter
23 December 2009
Issue 2009, Number 11
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In this issue:
o Preview of TMG v8
o Give the Gift of TMG for HALF PRICE!
o A Gift You CAN Have By Christmas
o NEW UTILITY: Timeliner!
o NEW AND FINAL UPDATE: GedStar Pro v3.3
o RIP: Dick Pence
o TMG Companion Products
o Wholly Genes online chat
o How to reach us
=== Preview of TMG v8 ==============================
As promised in the previous newsletter, a preview of the work in progress for TMG v8 can be seen at:
Watch this newsletter for an announcement when TMG v8 is released.
=== Give the Gift of TMG at HALF PRICE ==================
Are you looking for a great last-minute gift? The gift of TMG will not only be appreciated by your family it friends, it will make exchanging family history data with those researchers so much easier for YOU!
By popular demand, registered users of TMG Gold v6.09 or later can now purchase additional copies of the program for friends and family for HALF OFF the regular retail price! At just $39.97, the price of TMG Gold Edition on CD-ROM has never been lower. Copies of the program that are purchased now won't arrive by Christmas but the recipient will be entitled to a FREE upgrade to TMG v8 when it is released.
To take advantage of this offer, simply run TMG and access the "Message Manager" from the Help menu. You'll find a message there with your private coupon code and simple instructions to use it. (Click on the "Display previous messages" box to see messages that have been sent to you previously).
Here's your chance to give TMG to your friends and relatives at a greatly-discounted price! Your private coupon code can only be used _once_ (a single invoice for up to 10 copies of TMG Gold) and this offer expires 31 Jan 2010. An internet connection is required to receive your coupon.
=== A Gift You CAN Have by Christmas ==================
"You're a hard person to buy a present for!" It is grammatically incorrect but you've no doubt heard it.
Time is running out and you have a friend or relative who is desperate for a last-minute gift idea for you! Do them a favor and suggest a gift certificate at www.WhollyGenes.com. You can apply it at your leisure toward thousands of genealogy software products, books, and data CDs so it is sure to be the perfect gift!
Gift certificates are available in a wide variety of denominations and can printed today from a color printer. A great stocking-stuffer!
=== NEW UTILITY: Timeliner! ==========================
Bryan Wetton of BeeSoft, the makers of the PathWiz! exhibit management tool, has announced the availability of a new utility which will create a timeline from the existing events in your project. The timeline can then be displayed in TMG so that you can view those events in the context of other people's lives.
For more about Timeliner!, PathWiz! or Byran's other projects, please visit:
=== NEW AND FINAL UPDATE: GedStar Pro v3.3 ===========
Doug Gordon of GHCS Software has announced that there will be no further development of his companion software, GedStar Pro for handheld computers running the PalmOS operating system. As Doug points out, the PalmOS is effectively dead with no new hardware products supporting it so the discontinuation of his GedStar product line is sad and disappointing but not surprising.
With this announcement, GHCS Software released a new and final update, GedStar Pro v3.3, which includes "no new features or enhancements -- just a collection of minor bug fixes" that are targeted towards users who rely on GEDCOM transfers. (TMG users typically use GedStar's direct import feature instead).
For users who still rely on their trusty PalmOS devices, GedStar Pro is expected to be compatible with the forthcoming TMG v8. Doug Gordon reports that he intends to continue providing support for those users "for at least as long as their now-outdated PalmOS devices survive."
For the full announcement from GHCS Software, please see:
Existing users who wish to upgrade to GedStar v3.3 should visit:
If you use a PalmOS handheld device and are considering migrating to a "Windows Powered" machine (e.g, SmartPhone, Pocket PC, etc.), then we encourage you to check out Pocket Genealogist which, like GedStar Pro, offers direct import of your TMG data (i.e., without GEDCOM):
=== RIP: Dick Pence =================================
As reported by Dick Eastman (www.eogn.com) and others, Dick Pence passed away on November 22nd. While some TMG users may know Dick as a good friend to the program, most don't realize how much influence he had on the program's development.
Dick was among the earliest advocates of using computers for genealogy -- an idea that struck many traditional genealogists in those days as somehow "cheating." Way back in 1985, Dick co-cauthored a book entitled, "Computer Genealogy: A Guide to Research Through High Technology." Considering the year, you can imagine the state of "high technology." My personal copy of the book is well-worn, however, because it included a check list of things that the authors dreamed would some day be in genealogy software programs.
In that day, it was a list of radical ideas -- like the ability to edit your data after it was entered (imagine!) -- and it was the first of many such lists that would serve as the blueprint for the first version of TMG.
By the time I met Dick, he had already retired from at least three other careers and was quickly establishing himself as a giant among computer genealogists. Attendees to national genealogy conferences will remember Dick as a very popular and entertaining speaker. He was the first person I thought of when planning our first company cruise -- and he surprised and honored me by accepting my invitation, despite being confined by that time to a wheelchair. In fact, he and his wife, Ellyn, went on our first two company cruises where he entertained us all with his folksy stories (like "Two Longs and a Short" which was also the title of one of his books) about growing up in South Dakota.
Dick was a pioneer in many ways, a talented genealogist, a generous teacher, and an inspiration to many. I was honored to call him a friend and I will miss him.
=== TMG Companion Products ==========================
The following companion products which were developed for TMG users like you:
"A Primer for The Master Genealogist"
A great new book for beginning TMG users by Terry Reigel.
"Getting the Most Out of The Master Genealogist"
The popular book compiled by Lee Hoffman - now available in electronic form.
Video training for TMG on DVD
Getting Started, Intermediate, Advanced, or Expert
Web site construction tools for your TMG data.
The TMG companion program for Pocket PCs and other Windows Powered devices.
The TMG companion program for PalmOS users.
The research advisor that reads your TMG data directly.
Map My Family Tree
Exhibit management utility
An inexpensive chart printing service
For the full list of companion products, please visit the Wholly Genes Community forum (http://www.WhollyGenes.com/forums.htm) and click on "Companion Products."
=== Wholly Genes online chat =======================
The next online chat with Wholly Genes will be Saturday, 23 January 2010, at 2pm and again at 11pm Eastern Time. Don't miss this opportunity to "talk" online with Wholly Genes representatives, as well as with other TMG users around the world.
Remember that the Wholly Genes chat room is available to you at any time. Just go to http://www.WhollyGenes.com and click on Public Chat in the Support menu. When you see the security warning, click on <Grant this session> or <Grant always>. Then be patient because it could take 30 seconds or more (especially on a dial-up connection) to load the necessary chat tools. When prompted, simply enter a chat nickname and then click on Connect. That's all there is to it. We hope to see you there!
=== How to reach us ==============================
For tech support, please access the Wholly Genes Community message board at:
or write to:
Please be sure to note what version of the program you are using.
You can also reach us at:
Wholly Genes Software
5144 Flowertuft Court
Columbia, Maryland 21044
Wholly Genes Newsletter, 23 December 2009, Issue 2009-11
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