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From: Bob Velke <>
Subject: [TMG] TMG v7.0 is now available!
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2007 22:32:03 -0500

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The Master Genealogist v7.0 is now available! This great new update
includes bug fixes and more than 50 new and exciting features that
were requested by researchers. TMG v7 now includes even more tools
to help you manage your research project, search and navigate the
program, and produce professional reports. Following is a list of
the major new changes in TMG v7.


o Beginner Buttons on the Person View make it easier to add, edit,
delete, or change the primary status of tags (events, names, and
relationships). Experienced users can deactivate these new buttons
using a new Preference setting (Program Options > Data Entry).

o The options and buttons on the Report Definition screen have been
revised as requested by users.

o The Exhibit Log contains new buttons that make it easier to add,
edit, delete, check image properties, and perform other functions.

o The method of resizing windows has been revised to be consistent
with that of most other Windows applications. When you drag the
border of a window with the mouse, the text stays the same size and
the data space increases so that you can see more information on the
screen. The base font size can be controlled by the minimum font size
settings in Preferences (i.e., Lists, Project Explorer, and
Memos). The new resizing method does not apply to the Family View
and Tree View which would not benefit from such a change. The base
fonts for those windows, however, can be specified in Preferences
(Program Options > Other). Users who preferred the scaled objects
of the older resizing method can revert to that behavior using a new
Preference option (Program Options > Other).

o New Reminder Pop-Up Windows for Tag Types, Sources, and Source
Types help you to remember how to use the fields and encourage
consistent data entry. When recording a source, for instance, the
window will remind you where to record each piece of data, how to use
split memos (when appropriate), what to reserve for the citation
detail, etc. Reminders can be customized but default reminders are
applied to existing projects which use standard tag and source types.
Reminder windows open and close automatically but this behavior can
be disabled with a Preference setting (Program Options > Data Entry).
Where reminders are available, the window can be opened and closed
with a new "light bulb" button.

o A new feature to Check for Duplicates While Adding People will
help to eliminate duplication in your project. Matching rules are
based on the name and birth date but can consider non-primary names
and other criteria. A new Preference page (Program Options > New
People) gives you control over the matching rules and thresholds
(Soundex, exact spelling, number of years, etc.). When possible
duplicates are found, a Picklist button allows you to examine those
people without losing your work on the Add Person screen.

o New buttons on the Master Source List allow you to Export and
Import Sources. Select all sources or a specific subset and send them
to an external file which can then be imported to a different
project, shared with another researcher, etc.

o New buttons on the Source Types List allow you to Export and
Import Source Types. Like sources, you can specify which source types
to export and then transfer them to other projects or researchers.
Researchers who specialize in different cultures can share source
types along with their appropriate data entry fields, output templates, etc.

o The source output preview buttons now honor formatting codes
(bold, underline, italics, etc.) rather than displaying the codes themselves.

o New buttons on the Tag Entry Screen make it easier to repeat the
previous citation or select from a list of recent citations.

o A new button on the Citation Entry screen allows you to add a new
source without going first to the Master Source List.

o A variety of new options have been added to right-click menus at
the suggestion of users. For instance, the Focus Group list has a
right-click menu option to "Select All." The Project Explorer has a
new right-click option to "Change focus to this person in other
windows." (This is handy when the Project Explorer is not linked to
those windows.) The new Associates window (see below) has right-click
options to "Add this person to the Focus Group" and "Add all of these
people to the Focus Group."


o A new Associates Window shows all people (principals and
witnesses) who share an event tag in any way with the focus person. A
person might appear multiple times, each with the date and type of
the shared event and the role that he or she played in it. This
handy new window helps you see the "big picture" by showing the focus
person's "circle of friends" all in one navigable list. By
right-clicking on the Associates window, you can filter and sort it
in a variety of ways or you can reduce it to a list of unique people,
each showing the number of events which are shared with the focus
person. The Associates window compliments other top-level windows,
can be opened along with others, and is available from the Layout
toolbar. Its size and position can be saved with your custom screen
layout. The filter and sort settings are remembered and used again
the next time that you use TMG.

o The List of Witnesses on the Tag Entry Screen now displays the
specific name variation that has been associated with that event for
each witness.

o The Picklist and Project Explorer can now be sorted by the Last
Edited Date.

o The Picklist and Project Explorer now support a variety of
multi-level sorts. For instance, if you have a dozen people with the
same given name and surname, they can be sorted within that group by
birth date or by death date. Other multi-level sorting options are
also available.

o The Research Log can now be filtered by task keyword.

o The Relationship Calculator and the Automatic Relationship Tag
now also display relationships as calculated through the spouse(s) of
one of the two people. For example:
3rd cousin of his wife
wife of her 3rd cousin
father-in-law (father of her husband)
daughter-in-law (husband of his son)

o Y-DNA templates have been added for DNA Ancestry. The
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) test now includes DNA Ancestry as a selection.


o Exhibit Highlighting allows you to "draw" on an image to annotate
it. You're actually drawing on a invisible layer above the image,
however, so the original is not changed. You can select any color,
use various drawing tools, and even specify the transparency level of
your annotations. If the highlighted image is made primary, it will
be displayed in the Image window and output in box charts and other
reports which support images. At any time you can click "reset" to
erase the highlighting and return to the original image.

o In addition to the interface changes mentioned above, a new
option on the Exhibit Log's right-click menu is Insert New Exhibit
(other). It lets you more easily link Word documents, Powerpoint
presentations or other non-standard exhibit types. The same thing can
be achieved by clicking on the new <Add> button and then changing the
file type to "All files (*.*)".

o A new Preferences page (Program Options > Exhibits) allows you to
specify whether new images that you add to the Exhibit Log will be
made internal or external by default (or ask each time).


o A new Sentence Preview helps you to predict what a sentence will
look like in a report. By being able to immediately see the effect of
your changes, you'll gain more control over these advanced features
and produce better narrative reports. (Source citations are not shown
in the sentence preview)

o A new sentence code, [+], when placed at the beginning of a
sentence will cause it to be added to the end of the previous
sentence when a report is generated. This makes it easier to output
compound sentences, including embedded source citations.

o A new sentence code, [:NP:], tells TMG to add no punctuation to
the end of the sentence. Among other purposes, it might be entered as
the sole value in a sentence in order to output an event exhibit at a
specific point without any accompanying sentence.

o You can now use characters that would otherwise have a special
meaning in TMG by "escaping" them. The escape character is a
backslash (\) and it tells TMG that the character which immediately
follows it should be output literally and not interpreted as a
special character. The backslash itself is not included in the
output. For instance "\{1820\}" will be output as "{1820}" rather
than being interpreted as sensitive data. Similarly, "\[ED\]" in a
source template will be output as "[ED]" rather than being
interpreted as a source element. The backslash itself can also be
escaped ("\\"). The escape character is recognized in memos (tag,
witness, citation, source, and repository), sentence structures,
source templates, source fields, and the citation detail.

o A new standard tag type, NarrativeChildren, can be used to
override the standard "Children of X and Y were:" text when
introducing a list of children or the "There were no children of X
and Y" text in a Journal report.

o The Options>Tags tab has a number of new options to provide more
control over the content of the list of children in the Journal
report. Among other uses, you can limit the report to 1 generation
(on the General tab) and then use the new options on the Tags tab to
limit the text for all children, thereby producing a narrative for a
single person (and optionally his/her spouse) that includes a brief
list of children.

o Embedded citations now support inclusion of the citation memo,
e.g., [CIT:]124; citation detail; citation memo[:CIT].


o A new Columnar Option on the List of Citations report allows you
to specify the fields to be included and supports export to
spreadsheets and databases for external processing.

o Likewise, a new Columnar Option on the List of Sources report
provides more flexibility than the default formatted report.

o The List of Events and List of Witnesses reports now allow you to
output the specific name variation that has been associated with each
event participant (not just his/her primary name).

o Hundreds of New Filter Options allow you to search your data by
even more criteria.


In addition to those mentioned above....

o A new Preference option (Program Options > Tag Box) allows you to
turn off the memo and source columns in the Tag Box.

o The custom toolbar can now include one or more buttons to load
specific layouts.

o New Preference settings (Current Project Options > Advanced) let
you specify the default folders for exports, report output,
configuration files, repeat files, slideshows, and timelines (among
other earlier options).

o A new Preference option (Program Options > Prompts) lets you
control whether or not to search for embedded citations when deleting a source.


o TMG v7 is native to Windows Vista. It will also run on Windows XP
and Windows 2000. (Windows 98 and NT are no longer supported).

o TMG 6 and TMG 7 can both be run on the same machine without
conflict (but not with the same project).

o The TMG installer now allows you to select the installation
language. English, German, Dutch, and Norwegian are currently supported.

o The Help File has been updated to include the new features of TMG
v7 and now uses the more modern HTML-help format, including support
for full-text search.


o Ancestry and Genealogy have been removed from the web
search because of changes to those web sites. Searching of may be reinstated but, in the meantime, the results
screen after searching RootsWeb includes a link to see results for
the same search on
o Fixed searching by Reference field on the Picklist and Project Explorer.
o Fixed subscript errors that were possible during GEDCOM export.
o Fixed primary events after an import from Family Origins.
o Fixed a problem that could cause an error while adding a married name tag.
o Fixed a problem that could cause the Exhibit Log to open when not intended.
o Fixed a problem that could cause a Picklist filter to be applied
instead to the Project Explorer.
o The Delete button on the keyboard did not work to delete a highlighted tag.
o Fixed a rare problem that could cause the program to lock up when
changing flags with a List of People report.
o The font was not being resized correctly for the "cited" column
on the Master Source List.
o Fixed a possible "array dimensions" error when editing a citation
for a name tag.
o Fixed some contexts in which the focus person would sometimes
change erroneously.
o Fixed the sorting of the List of People, Names, Events, and
Witnesses reports when sent to an Excel file.
o Fixed an error that occurred if a source template was previewed
by two different instances of the program at the same time.
o Fixed a bug that caused the default sentence to not be displayed
in one language when there was a local sentence in another language
for the same tag.
o Fixed a bug that would cause "1 NOTE" to be exported to GEDCOM
when the note was excluded.
o Fixed a bug that would cause tags with excluded sentences to be
exported to GEDCOM even though "Show excluded data" was selected.
o Place abbreviations previously would only accept alpha characters
and not, for instance, the number codes for French department abbreviations.
Fixed a bug that allowed the current language to be deleted.
o Fixed an "Array dimensions are invalid" error if the user clicked
on the <Move Up> or <Move Down> buttons on the list of citations or
witnesses if using the tabbed version of the Tag Entry screen and
those lists are empty.
o Fixed the <Go To Principal 1> and <Go To Principal 2> buttons on
the Master Event List when opened from the Master Place List.
o Fixed a problem that could cause the F1 (Help) key not work on
the Message Manager.
o Fixed a problem that would cause a non-primary tag to be
automatically changed to primary when edited.
o Filtering by repository fields did not work from the List of
Sources report.
o If a family record in a GEDCOM file had more than one divorce,
one of them was not imported.
o Fixed a problem with the import of citations from Family Tree Maker.
o When exporting an entire project to an Excel file, the memo
fields (e.g., event memo, citation detail, etc.) were not included.
o Fixed a problem with Validate File Integrity which would
erroneously report errors after importing a TMG v4.x project.
o Fixed a possible problem editing the name of an existing role.
o Fixed a variety of other more rare and esoteric bugs as reported by users.

UPGRADING USERS: For the first time in three years and after 12 free
updates, there is a small charge for this upgrade: $29.95 for a
download plus $5.00 and s/h if you want a CD. Your purchase of the
upgrade supports the staff at Wholly Genes Software and the ongoing
development and support for TMG. Thank you. Please be sure to read
the special section below for upgrading users.

Screen shots about some of the new features are available from:

To purchase your copy or to upgrade to The Master Genealogist v7, please visit:

==== Upgrading to TMG v7 ================

Users upgrading to TMG v7 should please understand the following
importing points:

o TMG v6 and TMG v7 can run happily on the same computer at the
same time. Your unlock code (aka "license" or "serial number") for
TMG v6 will not unlock TMG v7, however. Shortly after purchasing the
TMG v7 upgrade, you will receive a new serial number by email to
unlock the new program. If you do not see it, please check your spam
or junk folder for a message with a subject that begins with "Serial
Number for The Master Genealogist v7".

o Users who purchased or upgraded to TMG v6 after 17 August 2007
will *automatically* receive an email with a free upgrade to TMG
v7. Those who purchased a CD(s) during that time will
*automatically* receive a replacement in the mail. These policies
also apply to gifts of TMG that you may have purchased for
others. Please do not contact technical support unless you have not
received your TMG v7 serial number(s) in email by 11 Jan 2008 or
there has been a change to your shipping address. In the meantime,
feel free to use the trial version of the program (available from which is fully functional for 30 days.

o Although TMG v6 and v7 can be run at the same time on the same
computer, they cannot access the same project. Once a project is
upgraded to TMG v7, it cannot be read again by v6.

o To upgrade an existing project to TMG v7 you must back it up from
v6 (or earlier) and _restore_ it to v7. You cannot simply use
File>Open to access a project which was created in an earlier version.

o TMG v7 uses a new strategy for data file storage in accordance
with Microsoft recommendations. Most notably, data files can no
longer be stored in the program folder. During the restore process,
v7 data files are automatically placed in their new default
locations, depending on their type (e.g., projects, exhibits, speller
checking dictionary, layouts, report configurations, etc.). Again,
this process is completely automatic and most users will be satisfied
to just accept the default settings in the Restore Wizard.

If you are curious about the details of the new file storage system,
however, please consult the topic called "Data File Storage" in the
TMG v7 Help file. Power users who prefer to isolate multiple
projects so that they don't share configuration files, exhibit
folders, etc., are especially encouraged to read this help topic and
the linked topics for "Advanced Users."

THEREFORE, the process to upgrade your data from v6 (or earlier) to
v7 is as follows:

1) Run TMG v6 and back up your data (File>Backup). In Step 2 of the
Backup Wizard, be SURE to make a note of the backup file
location. In Step 3, be sure to include accents, filters, layouts,
report configurations, and any other customizations that you want to
move to v7.

2) Purchase and download your upgrade to The Master Genealogist v7 from:

3) Install TMG v7 and run that program with the Sample
project. Consult the "Data File Storage" help topic if desired.

4) Restore your project to TMG v7 (File>Restore), selecting the
backup file that you created in Step #1.

Since TMG v6 and v7 can peacefully coexist on your computer, we
recommend that you do not uninstall the earlier version until you're
happily accessing your data with the new program.

That's it! Thank you for using The Master Genealogist. We're sure
that you will really enjoy this major new upgrade!

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