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Subject: Re: [TMG] Creating Full Size Charts
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2009 20:19:26 +0100
In-Reply-To: X-Scanned-By: MIMEDefang 2.65 on 10.14.1.46
Dear Belgian Contatcts,
Any chance of sharing your method as it also interests me and possibly
others, either through these pages or at .
I gave this response (slightly updated) last May for my method:
I like to produce large PDF tree reports on one page as they are great
to peruse/ search in PDF reader. I find a multi page PDF file is
difficult to follow.
I'm not sure if it resolves your problem but these are my 2 methods.
1. This might be a little expensive and another learning curve (but I
think there are lots of cheap FTM2006 about now):
Export GEDCOM to FTM2006
Any tree reports you do there can be "exported to PDF", you
subsequently get the option of single or multipage PDF. I should warn
that when you get about a 1000 people the odd character at the end of
a line gets clipped (known problem). You also need to use the zoom as
the print size get very small.
(strong aside - don't even think of FTM2008/9, it still lacks many of
the best features of FTM2006, the re-write is all bells and whistles
and missing some of the best reports, e.g. to get a LARGE [as opposed
to a few pages, which I suppose might work for you] all-in-one tree
print, it creates a massive jpg file which is not searchable).
2. Not as easy, or as pleasing on the eye.
- if you don't have adobe acrobat, install a PDF printer (TMG has one
included, I think you have to click on something to install it), but
there are many free one's out there including "PDF redirect v2",
progeny PDF writer. Check the latest.
- Make your chart and make a note of your report's dimensions.
- in VCF go to File > Page setup > printer.
- select a PDF printer > OK
(N.B. different PDF writers have different methods for changing the
paper size, but you may not need to worry about that as if you follow
the instructions below, VCF might forward the size, you'll just have
to experiment. My TMG-Whollygenes writer does not work, but the "PDF
redirect v2" is great and very flexible for other PDF jobs).
- for Paper size select one to match your printout. "A0 1189x841mm" is
on the big side, you might even be able to do custom. Different PDF
writers may allow different sizes.
- back out and do a PRINT PREVIEW, check it looks OK
- repeat if reqd and when OK print to PDF file.
- then peruse in any PDF reader. Not forgetting you may have to zoom.