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From: Gordon Adshead <>
Subject: Re: [ET] design feedback - TNG
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2007 14:51:14 +0100
At 23:46 27/06/2007, wrote:
>Thanks for replying. Several reasons why I have developed my own:
>1) I did look at PhpGedView sites, and I find the interface somewhat
>confusing. It may just be that I'm not familiar with it. I do believe
>mine is more intuitive. (But again, I'm biased).
>2) I like to have 100% customizability, so that I can make it do what I
>believe it needs to do, rather than working with what someone else has
>done. An example... I have integrated Google maps into several areas of
>the site (and I don't see anything in PhpGedView about this integration)
>-- descendant charts, pedigrees, search results, etc. Besides wanting to
>customize each of these to show the map, this also requires enforcing more
>validation on the place formatting, so that Google Maps or other systems
>can work with the place name. Without this validation, it could be a
>free-form jumble of what anyone wants to type in, and this creates much
>3) I can't speak to PhpGedView specifically, but with many other sites and
>programs I have used seem to be developed by people who don't use them,
>and used by people not involved in the development. This can result in a
>disconnect between what a system is designed to do, and what a system
>needs to do. This disconnect is eliminated with what I have setup, as I
>have been using the same setup for my own extended family research for years.
>4) My goal in the site is to have all researchers who contribute
>information to be stored in the *same* tree. So if my tree leaves off
>where yours begins, the results will be one larger tree. From what I see
>in PhpGedView, it still encourages everyone to have their own isolated
>tree. My inspiration comes out of a frustration of browsing around to
>different sites and finding conflicting information, and trying to figure
>out who has it right. In my setup, there are intended to be *no*
>duplicated people across the entire system.
>I hope this clarifies...
>----- Original Message from Gough, Martin on 06/27/07 -----
>I have not had a lot of time to review your site in any detail but would
>be interested in understanding why you decided to develop your own
>system rather than use something like PhpGedView?
I am very interested in these arguments pro & con
and would appreciate any views on whether TNG (The Next Generation) is a
better bet that PhpGedView
Best Gordon +Z
Peter Walker told us:-
Yes, I have experience of this program and am very impressed. If you are
going to keep your records online, this is the best package in my view. I
tried PhpGedView (which is free) but this was not so useful for descendant
trees and for a One-Name Study, these tend to be more important than
ancestral pedigrees. The support for TNG is brillaint, both from Darrin
Lythgoe himself and the user forum.
You can see my information here:
You can set the program to prevent GEDCOM downloads, so avoiding anyone
taking your entire data. Users can sign up to be allowed to see data on
living people in their family branch, not others. If you want to collaborate
with others, you can grant editing rights as well.
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