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Wholly Genes Newsletter

22 August 2005

Issue 2005, Number 10


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In this issue:


o Age [A] variable change

o Space Available on the 2005 Cruise

o PathWiz v5 released

o Terry's TMG Tips expands

o TMG Companion Products

o Wholly Genes online chat

o How to reach us



=== Age [A] variable change =====================


This is a notice of an intended change to the interpretation of sentence structures in the next release of TMG.


In TMG v6.01, the age variable, [A], returned no value when the age could not be precisely calculated (e.g., b. 1900, d. 1985). If the [A] were was bound by conditional brackets like this:

then the sentence variable was ignored and no age was output. An unconditional use of the variable like this:


would return "at an unknown age."


In TMG v6.02, in response to user suggestion, such age calculations return an approximate age (e.g., "~85").


After further consideration at the urging of users, however, it is clear that some lifespans (e.g., b. bef 1900 d. aft 1985) could produce misleading approximate ages. For that reason, the next release (TMG v6.03) will revert to the previous behavior. We will make that release available for download as soon as possible.


This notice is intended to discourage users from changing their use of the [A] variable in sentence structures in order to conform to the behavior of v6.02.



=== Space Available on the 2005 Cruise ===========


The 2005 Genealogy Conference and Cruise to the Caribbean (6-13 Nov 2005) has been sold out for many months but health or schedule conflicts have caused a few cancellations. We therefore have two cabins available and at least one male looking for a roommate. Prices start at about $849 per person, including food, port fees and taxes, shipboard entertainment, and attendance to lectures by such notable genealogical speakers as:


Robert Charles Anderson, FASG

Dick Eastman

Cyndi Howells

Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS

Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, CGL, FUGA, FASG


There will also be a number of TMG-specific presentation by Bob Velke, John Cardinal, and others, as well as a TMG Users Group meeting and a limited number of hosted breakfasts and scheduled one-on-ones with the speakers. All this and eight days and seven nights in the Caribbean with exotic ports of call at the Cayman Islands, Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Belize City! Prices do not include travel to/from Tampa, alcohol, tips, or optional guided shore excursions.


Interested parties should contact the travel agent ("The Cruise Web" TODAY at 1-800-377-9383 extension 269. Available space won't last long.


For more information about the cruise, speakers, or presentations, please visit:




=== PathWiz v5 ==================================



Bryan Wetton, the developer of TMG Exhibits utility, PathWiz!, has made the following update announcement:


I am very pleased to announce Version 5, the Multi Language Version, of PathWiz! New features in PathWiz! 5 ( in response to a number of requests from users )


With the help of users of German, Dutch and Norwegian origin, PathWiz! is now fully renderable in these languages including built-in tag types.


The [strings] and [Tags] buttons allow non-English users to change PathWiz! supplied translations.


Additional languages not yet supplied may be added in the strings.csv file (the changed file can also be sent to BeeSoft for inclusion of the added language in future versions).


In addition a number of detail features have been added to enhance your experience in using PathWiz!


A short test of MSWord capability is available on the main screen of PathWiz!


The [Contacts] window allows the user to easily get in touch with us in various ways from within PathWiz! (Internet connection required).


PathWiz! now finds the location of the TMG Sample Project and presents it in the Path Chooser box to allow you to 'investigate' the program quickly on other than your own data.


MSWord is now forced to run in Print Layout view with smaller top and bottom margins and is visible when reporting by default (you can turn visible off).


Three types of MSWord reports are available:

1 Condensed - only prints fields that contain data.

2 Default - prints all related fields with a precis of Description fields and Internal Text exhibits. 3 Full - contains the full entries of the Description fields and of any Internal Text exhibits.


Two new filters are incorporated :-

1 Find and report on all external exhibits that are not on their correct paths on your Computer. 2 Find and report on all 'Primary' images together - images may be changed and exhibits annotated in a very convenient fashion.


The Filter is included in the filename for MSWord and CSV reports. For example: SAMPLE_ExhibitCatalogue__Exhibit_Int_i_PE_Pr_Cond.doc (= a condensed MSWord catalogue filtered for internal primary person exhibits) - thus reducing the need to rename the report. This, plus the sort chosen are now shown on the cover of the MSWord Exhibit Catalogue.


Filtering can be repeated as many times as you like to investigate your exhibits file without proceeding to a [Commit] step.


The Global [Edit/Modify] and the Filtered [View/Edit] windows now contain thumbnails of image exhibits which may be viewed in different sizes.


The exhibits in the Global [Edit/Modify] window are now colour coded by the type of attachment (eg Person, Event, Source etc) and may be filtered accordingly. The screen may also be 'stretched' in width so that long paths are shown in full.


Deleting a number of no longer wanted exhibits is made easy by simply selecting them in a grid (list) environment.


With the help of PathWiz! the user now has the ability to rearrange exhibits to change the order in which they appear (eg in TMG Exhibit Log, reports and, to some extend, SS created websites) if there are multiple exhibits for that person or event.


In line with the concept of path management, PathWiz! can now assist the TMG user using different computers with different storage needs (drive letters and storage locations). The array of paths used by TMG can be saved and new ones entered. These new setting can be Saved and Loaded back to TMG at anytime using PathWiz! facilitating the use of different paths in different situations.


As a convenience the user of PathWiz! can now open TMG to reindex without leaving PathWiz! - directly in the project that has been edited.


Exiting from [Commit] now allows a return to select a new project.


For your convenience the following settings are saved and 'set' when you next use PathWiz! :- 1 Language 2 Project Path 3 MSWord Zoom size



=== Terry's TMG Tips expands ======


Terry Reigel's TMG Tips website has continued to expand. If you don't know about Terry's site, or haven't visited it for a while, you might want to stop by. It now contains over 75 articles covering a wide variety of topics of use to TMG users. No matter what your experience level with TMG, you'll likely find something of interest here. The topics include:


- A "basic concepts" series that seems to help some users conceptualize how TMG works, so it's easier to grasp such basic ideas as tag, flags and sources.


- A step-by-step tutorial on entering sources, with several examples.


- Articles on TMG basic functions, like Importing from another program, working with Layouts, understanding Projects and Data Sets, and merging Projects, Data Sets, and People.


- Articles on intermediate topics, such as using Accents, modifying Sentence Structures, working with Roles, Customizing Tags, and copying people between Data Sets.


- Suggestions on how to deal with common situations, like managing census data and dealing with conflicting information, and some examples of custom Tag Types and Source Types .


- A section on sharing your data with others, including some thoughts about what to share with who, and how; creating Wall Charts; and using the TMG companion program Second Site to create web pages to be posted on the Internet or burned to CDs.


- In the more advanced area, an article on the use of TMG's alternate language features.


The site can be found at http://tmg.reigelridge.com ­ remember don't use "www."


The newest addition to the site is the availability of some of the articles in German, for those readers more comfortable in that language. Terry is working with German TMG user Vera Nagel to translate the site. An initial group of pages is now available at http://tmg.reigelridge.com/de ­ more will be added as the work progresses. Articles that have been translated also have flag icons at the top of the page so readers can easily switch between the English and German versions.




=== 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.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/gettingthemost.htm


Video training for TMG on DVD

Getting Started, Intermediate, or Advanced.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/videotapes.htm


Second Site

Web site construction tools for your TMG data.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/secondsite.htm

Latest version=1.8 Build 7


Pocket Genealogist

The TMG companion program for Windows CE handheld users.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/pocketgen.htm

Latest version=2.95


GedStar PRO

The TMG companion program for PalmOS users.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/gedstarpro.htm

Latest version=2.1



The research advisor that reads your TMG data directly.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/gensmarts.htm

Latest version=


Chartform Delivery

An inexpensive chart printing service

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/wallcharts.htm


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."


The Wholly Genes web store also offers among the lowest prices you'll find for standard research works such as "Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian" (Elizabeth Shown Mills), "Producing a Quality Family History" (Patricia Law Hatcher), "The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual" (Board for Certification of Genealogists), and others. For the full selection, please visit:




=== Wholly Genes online chat =====================


The next online chat with Wholly Genes will be on Saturday, 27 August 2005, at 2pm EDT 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 or . 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


410-379-5424 (fax)


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