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Wholly Genes Newsletter

2 September 2005

Issue 2005, Number 11


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o TMG v6.03 is now available

o VHS training video clearance sale

o Using the Support forum

o Email notifications

o Users Group news

o TMG Companion Products

o Wholly Genes online chat

o How to reach us



=== TMG v6.03 is now available ==================


The Master Genealogist v6.03.000 is now available. This free update includes a collection of bug fixes and a few new or changed features as follows:




o As described in the last issue of this newsletter, the behavior of the [A] sentence variable has been changed to conform to that of TMG v6.01.


o Exhibit Log - Right-click menus were added to the Topic and Reference fields on the exhibit Properties General tab.


o Exhibit Log - The exhibit Properties Description tab was updated to re-proportion the two fields and to add a label to the Description field.


o The DNA Log Relative Genetics links were updated to reflect a change in the website.





o Working with the Expanded Picklists or Master Event List in some contexts could cause the program to appear to lock up.


o Using the expanded memo field (F7) in some contexts could cause changes to the memo field to not be saved.


o Prompts were not being centered in the program workspace. This could result in some or all of the prompt being hidden from view.


o Fixed some problems associated with customizing the Add Person screen.


o Circa dates with only years, or with only month and year, were printing in reports with the underscores for the missing months and days.


o When the tag type of a name tag was changed, the output of the tag sentence in narrative reports would include unwanted characters such as [R=Principal][C= ,0 ,0 ]--$!&[R=Witness]. Note that the cause of this has been fixed. If you see this problem in a report, edit the appropriate tag, edit the sentence, select the sentence text and delete it, and, then, save the sentence and tag. The output problem will be corrected.


o If a project name included periods ('.') and the project was merged with another project, Open dialogs occurred during the merge process and the merge was not successfully completed.


o The Preferences settings for the Family View and Tree View font sizes were broken.


o In some circumstances, the Tag Box could show incorrect check marks in the exhibit, witness, or sources columns


o Tag Entry screen - If the cursor was in the memo field, F5 did not open the selected or first listed exhibit.


o Editing a Name-Marr tag and adding a citation surety for the memo when the memo field was empty would result in the name being mis-sorted in the Project Explorer and Picklists.


o If you 1) created a new tag with data in only the Memo, or 2) edited an existing tag, changing only the Memo text, then pressed Esc, there was no "Are you sure you want to lose the changes on this Screen?" prompt.


o If you had a person with no primary parents but with one or more non-primary parents... If you edited and saved one of the non-primary relationship tags, it became primary.


o In one context, the F4 key from the Tag Entry screen brought up the Tag Type List instead of the Citation screen.


o On the Relationship tag Citation screen, the date (D) surety field was not grayed as it should have been.


o A delay could occur when changing flags while the Project Explorer was filtered.


o Fixed some cosmetic problems associated with the Data Set Manager, Master Repository List, and Exhibit Log.


o Research Log - The F4 (Add), F5 (Edit) and F6 (Delete) shortcut keys didn't work.


o Fixed some problems with the new design of prompt windows.


o UFT import - Exhibit captions were being imported to the Description field rather than the Caption field.


o FTM import - Multiple parents for a child were all marked primary after import.


o GEDCOM import

- The citation TEXT tag is now imported to the Citation memo field.

- Illegal QUAY values (4 and above) are now sent to the .LST file for the import.

- A certain data pattern in a GEDCOM created by Embla Family Treasures would result in erroneous relationship links after import.


o GEDCOM export - The Export Wizard Step 7: Option screen 3 choices for places were redesigned to clarify the selection options.


o Backup

- The .SQZ file comment was updated to reflect the correct TMG program version number.

- The CUSTOMIZATIONS ONLY backup filename was corrected to reflect the correct TMG program version number.

- Under Win98, Win98SE and WinME, backups which included the project inadvertently omitted most of the project data files.


o Fixed a handful of more obscure bugs that were reported by users.



This free v6.03.000 update requires a previous installation of v6.00.000 or later. (Users with a prior version must first apply the update to v6.00.000). To download and apply the update, run TMG, access the Help menu and choose "Check for an update." Alternatively, you can choose "Check for a Program Update" from the Windows Start menu > The Master Genealogist group. The update will be applied automatically. Upon restarting, the startup screen will reflect a version number of "v6.03.000."



=== VHS training video clearance sale ============


Some VHS training videos are still available under the 30% discount offer:


Due to the overwhelming popularity of the DVD format, The Studio, the manufacturer of the TMG training videos, will no longer be producing them in VHS format (i.e., for a VCR). When existing inventories of the VHS format are gone, these popular training videos will only be available on DVD.


The Wholly Genes web store has limited supplies of the "Getting Started" and "Intermediate" TMG training videos in VHS format. ("Advanced" and "Expert" are not available in VHS format).


To make room for more DVDs, those remaining VHS tapes are now offered for just $10.95 each plus shipping/handling. That's more than 30% off the regular price of $15.95.


Please use the following special links to get one of the few remaining copies of these products in VHS format:


Video Training for TMG - Getting Started:

Teaches the new user of The Master Genealogist about basic concepts, including the main display elements, navigation, creating a new project, simple data entry, accents, searching for people, and simple reports.



Video Training for TMG - Intermediate:

Introduces the intermediate user to a variety of concepts and features, including custom screen layouts, the Image window, the Project Explorer, Focus Groups, filtering, timelines, the multimedia (exhibit) log, the Research Log, Advanced Data Entry mode, and report options.



(Note that your local dealers may have their own limited supplies of the Getting Started, Intermediate, or Advanced training videos in VHS format.)



=== Using the Support forum ======================


The Wholly Genes Community forum is the best way to get questions answered directly from Wholly Genes technical support and experienced users. With the help of a powerful search feature, the message board also serves as a valuable knowledge base of previous questions and answers - so it is a great place to start when you have a question that is not covered in the Users Guide or Help file.


The forum is also the home for a variety of other important TMG resources, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's), users groups, sample reports, TMG-related web sites, Tips & Hints and much more.


Accessing the Wholly Genes Community forum is free and easy. Just go to


and then click on "Register." After a simple validation process, you'll be a member of the new forum with access to all of its features. ("Guests" have restricted access).



=== Email Notifications ==========================


Did you know that you don't have to keep checking the Wholly Genes Community Forum in order to keep up-to-date on support topics that interest you, program tips and hints, and other news and information?


Here are some handy hints to keep you informed:


1) Keep current with the "View New Posts" link. Click on that link in the upper-right hand corner to get a chronological list of every topic that has been updated since your last visit.


2) Be notified by e-mail of new topics. The message board has many categories for news, information, and support. Click on any forum that interests you (e.g., "The Master Genealogist v6") and then click on "Subscribe to this forum" on the right side. Thereafter, you will be notified by email of the subject of every new topic that is posted to that forum! If you are interested in that topic, you can click on a handy link in the e-mail to go directly to that section of the message board.


Hint: Don't forget to subscribe to the "Frequently Asked Questions" and "Tips and Hints" forums!


3) Be notified by e-mail of new responses to existing topics that interest you. Subscribing to a forum (as above) will notify you of the _first_ message in each new topic. But if you read a topic and decide that you are interested in it, just click on "Track this topic" on the right side. Thereafter, you will receive an email notification whenever a response is posted to that topic. (You can also choose to receive just one e-mail every day or week with all such notifications.)


If you post or reply to a message, then tracking the topic is almost automatic. Just make sure that "Enable email notifications of replies" is checked when you compose your message. If you want that box to be checked by default, then click on My Controls in the top-right corner of any screen, click on Email settings on the left, check "Enable Email notifications by default" and set the notification type to "Immediate."


On the same screen, you can specify that email notifications should include the full text of the response (not just a notification that a response exists).


If you use these powerful features, you can stay up-to-date with all of the developments on the Wholly Genes Community forum without having to go online periodically to check for new messages!


It is all free, of course, and you can cancel your email notifications at any time through My Controls > Subscriptions.



=== User Group news =============================


You can check for a TMG Users Group in your area by accessing the Wholly Genes Community Forum


and then choosing

News and Information > Other Resources > Users Groups


Note that Users Group Coordinators are authorized to edit the Users Group listing so that you can be kept up-to-date with schedule changes, speakers, or other User Group news. They can also update the Wholly Genes Calendar (click on Calendar in the top-right corner) to reflect meeting dates and other events and information.



=== 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, Advanced, or Expert

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, 22 October 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: support@whollygenes.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


410-379-5424 (fax)


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