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From: "Kay Schmidt" <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Individuals vs E-mail as sources
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2006 23:43:50 -0800
In-Reply-To: <000401c71fee$d54784a0$6601a8c0@jfc>

John (and Donald),

Thanks for reminding me of the TMG Utility. The kinds of changes you mention
are just what I need. I must confess <blush> that I have looked at John's
website many times, but not yet downloaded the Utility. I'll make doing that
my pre-New Year's resolution!

What really amazes me about the major contributors to this list is how they
find time to write such wonderful answers to all the questions! Just reading
everything is more than I can manage most days. And being retired doesn't
mean I have plenty of time. But I won't bore everyone with the details ;-)

Kay Schmidt

-----Original Message-----
From: John Cardinal [mailto:]
Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2006 6:15 PM
Subject: Re: [TMG] Individuals vs E-mail as sources

Kay Schmidt wrote, in part:
> (Sure wish there was an easy way to
> edit multiple CDs with the same change.)


Your wish has come true! <g> TMG Utility has two features that you can use
to change multiple CDs at the same time.

The "Find and Replace" feature can be used to make change to citations. It
is limited to text operations on the CD field only, so you can't limit
changes to a particular source unless the source has some unique text in its

The "Change Citations" feature can be used to make automatic or manual
changes to a set of CDs. THe user interface for the feature isn't very
intuitive, but it is pretty powerful. You can use it to change every CD for
a particular source, and step through those changes to manually edit or
approve the change, and you can use it to add or subtract some text in a set
of CDs. You can also use it to move CDs from one source to another.

Here's one example of how to use it. If you want to review all citations to
a particular source, and manually change some, you can set the options like

Change source #: <source number>
To source #: <same source number>
w/ Citation Detail: <leave blank>

Append new CD to existing CD: <selected, but no appending will occur because
citation detail above is blank>

Prompt before each change: <checked>

With the options set that way, TMG Utility will find each citation to the
given source, open a window that shows the "context" (the event, name, or
relationship to which the citation is attached), and allow you to modify the
source number or the CD. You can change the CD and proceed to the next
citation, or you can skip the CD and leave it unchanged.

Change Citations is a powerful tool for editing citations. Make sure you use
the "Log Only" feature before you commit yourself to making changes.


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