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3 March 2014            Wholly Genes Newsletter

Vol 2014, Issue 2    

TMG v9.01 is now available!

TMG v9.01 is now available and is free to users of v9.0. It includes a variety of bug fixes as outlined in the change log.

To automatically download and apply the update, select "Check for an Update" from TMG's Help menu.

The change log is visible during the update process or can be independently viewed here.

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TMG v9.01 is now available
Preparing for TMG v9.02
2014 Genealogy Conference and Cruise
TMG Companion Products
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Preparing for TMG v9.02
The following article details an important change that is planned for the next release of TMG and will affect those who use role variables, e.g., [R:role], in sentence structures.  It describes automated changes that will be made to your data and the steps that you should take now to prepare for this change.

NOTE: If you don't customize sentence structures for narrative reports or you don't use role variables, then you can safely skip this article.

In TMG v9.01 and previous, some role variables have values that vary based on where they are used. For example, in the sentence structure for a person with the role of "Usher", the variable [R:Usher] returns the name of the subject, i.e., the person whose narrative TMG is creating. However, in the sentence structure for a person with the role of "Groom" (or any role other than Usher), [R:Usher] will return a list of everyone with that role. This inconsistency made it difficult to use role variables in sentences that were designed for more than one person or context. So as of TMG v9.02, [R:xxxxx] will always return a list of everyone assigned to that role.

In order to replicate the older behavior, we recommend using the more-flexible [S] variable which was introduced in TMG v9.00.  The [S] variable always produces the name of the current subject (i.e., the subject of the current paragraph), regardless of whether he/she is a principal or witness and regardless of his/her role.  For this reason it is much more flexible than the [P], [W], or [R:xxxxx] variables.

In fact, TMG will apply that strategy when it upgrades your project to work with v.9.02.  In cases where a person is assigned a role (e.g., Usher) and his/her sentence includes a reference to that role (e.g., [R:Usher], the conversion process will change the "[R:Usher]" to "[S]".  The [S] variable will continue to produce the single name to which you are accustomed in that context.  The conversion process will similarly change other role variables such as [RG:Usher] and [RF:Usher] to their new [Sx] counterparts.

Note that if the person in the preceding paragraph is assigned any role other than Usher, the conversion process will not affect his/her sentence.  The reference to "[R:Usher]" will continue to produce the list of names to which you are accustomed in that context.

Here's where you come in....

To the extent possible, we recommend that you make the conversions (from [Rx:] to its corresponding [Sx] variable) manually whenever a sentence refers to the subject via a role variable.  You can and should do that now (in v9.00 or v9.01). That will give you an opportunity to preview/confirm each change and it will minimize the rare cases where the automated conversion may misinterpret what output you intended.

One difficult case is when a role variable is used in an event memo. This is rare: a technique used by power users. The challenge is that the event memo may appear in a variety of sentences (i.e., some principals, some witnesses; some people with the named role, and some with different roles). In TMG v9.01 and previous, the output would vary based on which person was the subject - and that makes it next to impossible for the conversion to v9.02 to predict your intentions.

For that reason, the conversion to TMG v9.02 will NOT make any change to role references in event memos. If you use that technique, you should review those event memos and decide whether you intend for the role references to output a list of people in the named role (in which case no edit is needed) or just the name of one person (in which case you may want to change the role reference to [S], [P1], [P2], or something else).

For questions or further guidance on this subject and the pending conversion to TMG v9.02, we recommend that you visit the Sentence Structure forum on the Wholly Genes Support Forum.

2014 Genealogy Conference and Cruise
Planning for the 10th Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise is underway.  While all of the details are still to be worked out (particularly with regard to speakers), here are some details to help you with your personal planning.

The 7-day cruise will be aboard the Crown Princess, Nov 29-Dec 6, 2014, and will be a round trip from Los Angeles, visiting Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and Ensenada, Mexico, with three days at sea for lectures by first-class speakers on genealogy methodology, resources, and technology.

As always, the main lectures will not be software-centric and will be targeted to researchers of all levels of experience.

Save the date!  More details will follow.

Note: Due to a number of recent health issues, I'm going to step back from the planning of the annual cruise and turn over the bulk of the planning to Craig Scott and our beloved travel agent, Julie Atkins. I'll still be involved as a consultant, however, to help preserve our successful and popular model and to continue our tradition of fun and educational cruises!

Bob Velke
Wholly Genes, Inc.
TMG Companion Products

The following companion products which were developed for TMG users like you:

A Primer for The Master Genealogist
A great new book for beginning TMG users by Terry Reigel.
See http://reigelridge.com//press/primer.htm

Getting the Most Out of The Master Genealogist
The popular book compiled by Lee Hoffman - now available in electronic form.
See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/gettingthemost.htm

Video training for TMG on DVD
Getting Started, Intermediate, Advanced, or Expert
See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/videotapes.htm

Second Site
Web site construction tools for your TMG data.
See http://www.JohnCardinal.com/ss
Latest version=5.1.1

Pocket Genealogist
The TMG companion program for Pocket PCs and other Windows Powered devices.
See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/pocketgen.htm
Latest version=4.08

GedStar PRO
The TMG companion program for Android users.
See http://ghcssoftware.com/android/index.php
Latest version=4.4.11

The research advisor that reads your TMG data directly.
See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/gensmarts.htm

Map My Family Tree
See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/mapmyfamilytree.htm

Exhibit management utility
See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/pathwiz.htm
Latest version=v9

TMG Utility
Database modification tools
Latest version=v7.3 Build 1

Chartform Delivery
An inexpensive chart printing service
See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/wallcharts.htm

For the full list of companion products, please visit the Wholly Genes Community forum and click on "Companion Products."


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