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Author how to customize the appearance of displayed names on GenoMap
Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 - Post #26544
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I am trying a free version of the program and I would like to display names on the GenoMap as follows:

First / Alternative "Nick" Last

I don't see this option in the drop-down menu - is there a way for me to customize and add my own options to the drop down menu?   

This is great - I am continually discovering new features and additional information... in one of the related posts below I can see that it is possible to customize an individuals name in the General screen, but I can't figure out how to select all to customize the appearance of the name globally - am I missing something? 


Edited: Friday, September 24, 2010 by GenoProSupport
Posted Friday, September 24, 2010 - Post #26546
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As you have discovered, it is possible to customise the Display Name on an individual basis, but you cannot customise the default option. However, Dan has been known to add extra default options into GenoPro in the past.
Posted Friday, September 24, 2010 - Post #26549
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Eventually the default display name will be a combo-drop down with free text.  Internally, GenoPro uses a template to format the names and this template could easily be stored as free text instead of a number.

For instance, the formatting First / Alternative "Nick" Last would be expressed as %F / %A "%N" %L

I am wrapping up the version at www.genopro.com/monica/ to be bundled in a CD for a book.  This book which is used in schools is already for pre-sale at http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0393706273/amazonbook021-20/ (The Genogram Journey: Reconnecting with Your Family)

By the way, all the features at www.genopro.com/monica/ will be available in the next version, so the work done is not wasted - I simply put a higher priority to write the code to create professional-quality genograms (such as pictures in the family tree, quality text outline, and add new genogram symbols necessary for the book).
Posted Saturday, April 30, 2022 - Post #42174
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In the twelve years since this thread began, have we gotten any closer to being able to freely choose the default name display format?

FWIW, I would like names in my tree to be displayed like this:
Title First Middle Last Suffix <line break> (Nickname)

It's frustrating that I can't get nicknames to display outside what we (Americans) would think of as the "legal" name. All the formats built into GenoPro remind me of cheesy posters in local political campaigns (VOTE FOR BERNARD "BUD" SMITH FOR DOG CATCHER!).

I realize I can manually format each person's name individually, but with thousands of people in my tree please don't ask me to do that.


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