Wholly Genes Newsletter
26 January 2005
Issue 2005, Number 2
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In this issue:
o TMG Utility 6 released
o GedStar PRO v2.0 released
o PathWiz! discussion list
o Special Offers end January 31st
o Developer Chats
o CD Shipment Status
o TMG Meeting in Dallas, Texas
o TMG Companion Products
o Wholly Genes online chat
o How to reach us
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=== TMG Utility 6 released ======================
UPGRADE ANNOUNCEMENT: TMG Utility Version 6.0 is now available. TMG Utility is the essential companion program for The Master Genealogist (TMG), and it's free! Among other things, TMG Utility makes bulk edits to TMG datasets. It is very useful for people moving their genealogy database from another product to TMG. After using GenBridge, TMG's excellent direct import technology, use TMG Utility to manipulate your data to take advantage of some of TMG's advanced features.
TMG Utility Version 6.0 works with both TMG Version 5 and TMG Version 6.0 projects.
You may download TMG Utility from this page:
List of changes:
Other TMG companion programs:
=== GedStar PRO v2.0 released ====================
The following update announcement is from GHCS Software, one of our development partners:
GHCS Software has released V2.0 of its "GedStar Pro"
application for PDA devices running the PalmOS
operating system. This program extracts almost all
of the data directly from a PC-based genealogy program
and formats it for quick and easy viewing on the user's
handheld device. This design allows GedStar Pro to
operate without the need to export a GEDCOM file, making
it very easy to use. Currently supported genealogy
programs include The Master Genealogist, Legacy Family
Tree, Family Tree Maker, and Personal Ancestral File.
"With V2.0 we have added a number of often asked-for
features to the handheld program," says Doug Gordon,
developer of the GedStar line of products. "This includes
a more powerful name-search feature with Soundex support,
several new lists of resources, a data export function,
and even an "On-This-Day" feature that shows events that
occurred on a particular day of the year."
GedStar Pro v2.0 is available as a free update for existing registered users of GedStar Pro v1. Note that after installing the update, you will have to re-convert any databases that you are using because the internal format on the handheld has changed. You can get the update from:
For more information or to purchase GedStar PRO v2.0, please visit:
=== PathWiz! Discussion List =====================
PathWiz! is an exhibit management tool that was developed by Bryan Wetton for TMG users. Bryan has announced the start of a mailing list for PathWiz! users.
To subscribe, you need to be a member of Yahoo Groups. Both the PathWiz! list and Yahoo Groups are free.
To learn more about the Pathwiz! discussion group, please visit:
Or to learn more about the PathWiz! product, please visit:
=== Special Offers End January 31st ==============
The following two special offers end in a few days:
GenSmarts at HALF PRICE:
TMG v6 includes some powerful new features for
users who also own a copy of the popular research
advisor, GenSmarts. To help you take advantage
of these great new features, your TMG v6 upgrade
or full product order can now include a copy of
GenSmarts for just $10.97 more! That's more than
HALF OFF the suggested retail price of $24.95 for
But to take advantage of this very special price,
you must order TMG v6 and GenSmarts at the
_same_time_. Subsequent orders do not qualify for
the bundle discount.
For more information about how GenSmarts can help
your research, please visit:
Give the Gift of TMG at HALF PRICE:
Now you can make it easier to share data with other
researchers and introduce them to the power and
flexibility of The Master Genealogist v6(*) for
HALF OFF the regular retail price. For a limited
time, registered users of TMG v5 or v6 can purchase
additional copies of the program at a 50% discount!
What better way is there to help your fellow
researchers than to encourage them to upgrade to
TMG? At the same time, you'll make it easier on
yourself when exchanging data with them. At $39.50,
the price of TMG Gold Edition has never been lower.
A valid TMG v5 or v6 serial number is required.
Your serial number uniquely identifies you and must
not be shared with other researchers. Copies
purchased at this promotional price may not be
resold. Unlock codes for each additional copy will
be mailed to the purchaser. Gift recipients may
unlock the product with their own name and email
address. Quoted prices include a printed Users
Guide and CD-ROM but exclude shipping and handling.
To take advantage of this offer, please visit:
(*) Note: some previous versions of this announcement mistakenly indicated that the half price offer was for TMG v5.
=== Public Chats =================================
Over the next few weeks, there will be a series of developer online "chats" in the Wholly Genes chat room. This is a great opportunity to meet the developers of some of the most popular TMG companion products. Find out what their products can do for you, learn how to use them, and lobby for the features that you want in the next release.
The first chat is just a few days away so please mark your calendar!
Pocket Genealogist - developer Kevin Phillips
Jan 29th (2pm and 11pm EST)
Second Site - developer John Cardinal
Feb 5th (2pm and 11pm EST)
GedStar PRO - developer Doug Gordon
Feb 12th (2pm and 11pm EST)
The Master Genealogist v6 - developer Bob Velke
Feb 26th (2pm and 11pm EST)
Notice that each developer is hosting TWO chats on the same day in an effort to make themselves available to users in a variety of time zones. All times above are Eastern Standard Time.
To attend the online chat, please go to this address at the designated time:
For additional login instructions, please see the regular "Wholly Genes online chat" section below.
=== CD Shipment Status ===========================
The shipments for TMG v6 CDs are nearly finished. All backorders for TMG v6 CDs (upgrades, full product, and "Give the Gift of TMG"), as well as "Getting the Most Out of TMG," video training tapes, and other materials, should be shipped by the end of the week. We appreciate your patience.
=== TMG Meeting in Irving, Texas =================
Bob Velke, the president of Wholly Genes Software, will be the featured speaker at the North Texas TMG Users Group in Irving, Texas (a suburb of Dallas) on February 19th, 2005, from 1-4 pm. Tables will be available for users who want to bring their laptops to follow along with the demonstration and discussion about TMG v6.
Space is limited so please RSVP by email or phone as shown on this page:
The North TX TMG Users Group is a special interest group of the North TX PC Users Group. NTPCUG membership is not required to attend the TMG SIG meetings.
=== TMG Companion Products =======================
Don't miss these helpful products that are specifically designed for TMG users like you:
"Getting the Most Out of The Master Genealogist"
The popular book compiled by Lee Hoffman.
Video training tapes for TMG
Getting Started, Intermediate, or Advanced.
Web site construction tools for your TMG data.
The TMG companion program for Windows CE handheld users.
The TMG companion program for PalmOS users.
The research advisor that reads your TMG data directly.
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, 26 February 2005, at 2pm EST 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 Chat in the 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: email@example.com
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, 26 January 2005, Issue 2005-2
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