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Subject: Re: [TMG] Descendant Indented Chart - why not the data optionsas Descendant Box Chart?
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 23:28:01 +0100
Lee and Terry,
Thanks for your comments. It looks like I will have to take the route of
asking for improvements.
In the meantime I have found a workaround, albeit cumbersome. I'll repeat in
case it is of help to others.
Preamble - As TMG does not have what I call a "sideways" tree option
(All-in-one tree), for some time I have exported my GEDCOM of individuals to
Family Tree Maker (FTM), from there I can produce an All-in-one tree that
exports nicely to a 1 page PDF chart. Great for the big overview (just zoom
to view). In order to overcome some of FTMs limitations I restrict some of
the PLACES on TMG export so as to make the chart more manageable.
For my descendant chart - I use a similar export from TMG and then import to
FTM and use its outline descendant tree, including those items I want. A box
chart of 12 pages is reduced to 3 pages with more detail and a lot easier to
stick together. Not as pretty. FTM is not as flexible in its output as TMGs
Descendant indented narrative but FTM does allow Spouse's Father and
Spouse's Mother and it gives all their details.
Don't for one minute think that I am trying to sell FTM over TMG, it is far
far less flexible. For instance although you can save an FTM outline
descendant tree as a view(Template) and reuse it, you cannot change the
"root" individual, so you have to recreate the view and all its options for
each individual. What a time waster! If anyone has a method for that I would
be pleased to know. While I was at it I looked at Legacy, very few
data/event options. I know its horses for courses, but I can't understand
why it gets such brilliant reviews.
If anyone wants more specific detail just ask. The irony is that for my
purposes, FTM needs the output from TMG in order to produce the
charts/reports I want.
Hope that helps