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Re: Images in UFT's Family Journal
Posted by: Elizabeth Date: November 09, 1999 at 19:06:39
In Reply to: Images in UFT's Family Journal by Bob Strock of 11492

Bob,
No stones from here just a gentle comment that researchers have different needs that might change over time depending on equipment available. Early 1980's DOS programmers probably never dreamed of affordable home scanners, digital cameras, color photo printers or large hard drives. One of my decisions is to avoid adding more than a few photos to any word processor file. My largest family file has 750 inserted pictures in a single 45 MB data file, up from the original data entry with a DOS program and several hundred names on a 5 1/4" floppy for each branch.

Ease of use is a major factor in repeat software sales. Every program has features and limitations not found in others. I did not find a detailed Family Journal Report on the UFT web site but did find a wonderful set of photos with pictures of buildings involved in my family history.

Lists of More About facts are an option in Family Tree Maker genealogy reports. Sometimes I use them like an outline to edit notes that are often 8 pages per person. My relatives do not like genealogy reports with same-generation relatives grouped together. Up to 50 facts/events can be printed in detailed outlines or selected for charts. Up to three pictures per person with the selected width can be printed in trees. Pictures can be printed 1-9 per page in scrapbooks or the chosen size in book text items without using an external word processor. Stopped counting over a year ago after the first 10,000 images with long file names when my backup set was at 3 CD-Recordables.

I'm still interested in trying some UFT features if a 32 bit version with more picture options is released. Multiple data files are a worry for sharing with relatives. The ultimate goal is to organize all available family data, source documents and pictures in a way that will survive. Any genealogy software is more advanced than the handwritten dog pedigree form I used to start the family history in 1967.

A large or complex database with "one big fat file" of linked pictures would be more difficult to pass along to younger relatives with new computers. - Elizabeth

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