In Better Online Citations – Details Part 1 we examined how the QuickCheck model for “Book: Basic format” from Evidence Explained was coded in Family Tree Maker 2009, Legacy 7, and RootsMagic 4. From the screens we were able to identify implementation differences between the three applications. There are also differences between the applications in how citation information is conveyed via a GEDCOM export. The individual fields shown on the template screens are lost in the standard GEDCOM export making it impossible to create a rich EE-style citation in one application, export it to GEDCOM, and import it into another application while retaining that richness. In all cases (except when the exporter and importer of the GEDCOM is RootsMagic 4), the citation is changed from a “Book: Basic format” to a generic “old-style” (pre EE) format with important details lost.
There have been a number of comments from viewers of the video, “A Better Way to Cite Online Sources”, asking about how things work behind the scenes. Being a geek by nature, I tend to be technical in my writing and so I tried to stay away from too many details in the video. The main point was to show what a solution to the online citation problem might look like.
For those who want to know more, here are the details.
We will first start with the QuickCheck models found in Evidence Explained. These models can be used by software developers as a feature specification:
Thanks again to Twitter for being my news source. Reunion, a popular genealogy application for the Mac has now been released for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Reunion for the iPhone has many features including multiple family files, 6-generation overview, family card display, multimedia, and sources. This is not just a family data viewer, you can edit data in Reunion for iPhone and then sync it with Reunion for Mac.
Here are a few screen shots:
In March 2008, I presented at the BYU Family History Technology Workshop. The topic was: 10 Things Genealogy Software Should Do. The presentation slides are now also available on SlideShare.
I can’t believe I figured it out!
In a recent post, Bruce Buzbee teased the genealogy software community by smudging the text of a mysterious 4th tab. In a way I hate to be the spoiler and steal Bruce’s thunder, but I can’t help myself. Actually it is Bruce’s fault. He threw down the gauntlet and issued the challenge. Maybe after Bruce is finished getting mad at me, he will give me a copy of RootsMagic 4 for being so clever.
Earlier this month, Bruce Buzbee of RootsMagic started his own blog. Welcome to the genealogy blogging community and the blogosphere! I met Bruce back in March of this year and he is a very nice person. I’m looking forward to reading as he shares the inside scoop on what is happening at RootsMagic.
In the last few posts at RootsMagic Blog, Bruce has leaked some new features of the upcoming RootsMagic 4. He says he will start small and progressively reveal more. The buzz is starting and you can sense the excitement as you read the comments. Some readers are trying to guess what the new features will be while others are hoping that their wishlist items will be included. Not all of the new features hinted at in the screen shots are explained by Bruce, so I thought that I would get in on the fun and use my keen eye to try and figure things out.
I honestly have no inside information myself, so don’t take my guesses as fact. I simply opened my copy of RootsMagic 3 and compared it to the screen shots of RootsMagic 4. It was almost like trying to solve one of those puzzles you would find in the Highlights magazine.