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Looking beyond 2.18

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Posted Sunday, September 03, 2006 - Post #12857
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Now that 2.18 is out, the main feature set for 2.0 is finished, although there is still a lot of programming to complete in the background. In speculating how GenoPro might develop I started thinking what we have at present.

The GenoPro display provides a window onto a multi-dimensional database. In V.1 this was used to show time in the y-direction and relatives in the x-direction. V.2 introduces the third dimension with GenoMaps but this is normally used to extend and simplify the display of relatives. However other options are possible and I have used different GenoMaps to show places, which works with few problems.

So the thought that I had was that it would be useful if the GenoPro display could be configured to work on the same underlying set of data but to display it in alternative views. Looking at the sort of data that I have the z-direction could be used to show variations in relatives, place or time. As the database is extended, other options could be used such as occupation and of course the medical information - which I do not use.

An extension of the idea of using place is to use it to demonstrate migration. In the mid nineteenth century some of my ancestors emigrated to the USA but returned after a few years. I have constructed a small demonstration of this at
http://familytrees.genopro.com/appleshaw/Migration/
The different GenoMaps show how the family changed over a decade in England and also the American connection. With macros a possibility in V.3 you could set up a slide show, moving through the ages.

To create this display I copied the marriage lines to succeeding GenoMaps and then linked the individuals. Where individuals, part of a family, had died for that time, the display is reduced in size and the name colour (Bottom Label) changed to magenta.

The gno file shows all of this information without problem. The Report is confused by the multiple ‘marriages’ and reports each separately. It also can not change the colour of individuals, possibly because they are also all hyperlinks. However these are minor points.

The present GenoPro does allow you to select information from the underlying database and set up alternative displays. However this is not an easy task and takes time. I know next to nothing about database design but I suspect that this is partly because an ind record includes both genealogical information and display data.

For me the big advantage of GenoPro is the ability to inspect visually the genealogical data. This has often helped to sort out linkage problems. Any way to extend the flexibility of this feature will be an advantage. Has anyone else got thoughts of this kind?



Edited: Sunday, September 03, 2006 by GenoProSupport
Posted Sunday, September 03, 2006 - Post #12871
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For me the big advantage of GenoPro is the ability to inspect visually the genealogical data. This has often helped to sort out linkage problems. Any way to extend the flexibility of this feature will be an advantage. Has anyone else got thoughts of this kind?

I have found this especially usefull as many gedcom files sent to me, made with other software, containted erroneous connections such as double marriage links and even one with one valid link with wife and kids and five other marriage links with no wifes or children to them!

There have also been multiple marriages where the children from both marriages were connected to both marriage lines making quite a mess and I had to check the dates to sort it all out. Crazy

Most other softwares have this problem as it is easy to make an extra link by mistake and this will not be visible, but with GenoPro it is! Wink

I had tried Brother's Keeper, PAF, TreeDraw and finally Legacy which was the best up till then.

Then I discovered GenoPro 1, and as primitive as it was there was no going back even though I had to copy and paste the birth, marriage and death places in by hand into each html source code after generating the report! Blink

But I still bought GenoPro Gold and then discovered the Beta programme and WOW! Hehe

GenoPro has made amazing advances by leaps and bounds with the very valuable help of Ron and his fabulous SVG facility.

I have recommended GenoPro to several family members and quite a few other researchers and all but one are delighted, the only one with problems has a Mac and inspite of trying Virtual PC couldn't get it to work Crying

I would like to find a solution for him as he has contributed to my tree. Wink

Edited: Sunday, September 03, 2006 by GenoProSupport


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