Wholly Genes Software releases the UK Edition of The Master Genealogist
New options for family history researchers in the United Kingdom
COLUMBIA, MD, 25 July 2004 -- Wholly Genes Software is proud to announce the release of the "UK Edition" of its popular family history project manager, The Master Genealogist (TMG). This special edition of TMG is configured for people whose principal research interests are in the United Kingdom. It supports new UK-style drop-line charts* and a long list of special customisations designed by UK researchers.
While it naturally uses UK spellings and phrases in its menus and screens, this special edition is also pre-configured with UK-oriented field labels, event types, sentence templates, source types, citation output templates, and historical timelines. Abbreviations and web searching features automatically support Chapman codes. UK editions of the spell-checker, help file, and electronic Users Guide are also included.
With its exclusive GenBridge™ import technology, researchers can upgrade to TMG and convert their data directly from a long list of popular programs (including Family Tree Maker™, Personal Ancestral File™, Generations™, Ultimate Family Tree™, and Legacy™) without many of the problems typically associated with GEDCOM transfers.
The UK Edition supports all of the standard features of The Master Genealogist that set it apart from traditional family history software, including:
Witnesses and people in other roles in an event;
Customisable name and place styles to accommodate other cultures;
Colour-coding of names that match user-defined conditions;
Integrated timelines to see family data in the context of history;
Extremely powerful searching and sorting functions, including simple queries or detailed user-defined conditions using AND/OR;
A built-in research/correspondence log to stay organised or plan a research trip;
Multiple independent data sets (e.g., from different researchers) in the same project;
The most flexible working environment, including user-defined screen layouts, screen font and colour control, and a custom toolbar.
Data entry supports Beginner and Advanced modes, as well as wizards, cue cards, and other learning tools for novices. TMG supports not only unlimited custom event types but also custom name types, relationship types, source types, and flags. The flexible data-entry features encourage the researcher to record all of his evidence, not just his conclusions.
Sources are strongly emphasised in The Master Genealogist with predefined templates to encourage consistent record-keeping and scholarly citations. Source templates for the long, short, and bibliographic form of each citation (and optional ibid.) can be completely customised. Data-entry fields vary by source type, serving as a guide to the appropriate data types to record for each source.
Multiple citations are allowed for each name and relationship, as well as for each event. Researchers can even distinguish the source of the date of an event from the source of the place. The additional ability to evaluate the reliability of the data encourages researchers to track candidates, pursue theories, and record conflicting evidence with the peace of mind that less reliable data can be excluded from the output.
Project management tools include the ability to view and compare names from many independent data sets in one alphabetical list. The exclusive "Project Explorer" is a powerful navigation and organisational tool. For shared projects, The Master Genealogist is multi-user and network compatible.
Web integration supports one-click searching of popular online databases for multiple people and/or name variations at the same time. Predefined and customisable links allow automated searches for place information and detailed maps from around the world.
Presentation tools include multimedia slideshows that can be distributed to family members. The Master Genealogist also comes with an integrated copy of Visual Chartform™, the powerful charting tool. It supports elaborate wall charts and fan charts in a wide variety of formats. Dozens of predefined box styles are provided, or the user can design his own. Box charts are fully customisable, including the ability to add, edit, delete, drag, or change the properties of any box, line, or group of chart elements.
Reporting features support dozens of formats, including standard charts, forms, analytical reports, and narratives. Every sentence can be customised individually or by type so that narrative reports actually reflect the researcher's writing style. Dozens of customisation options provide maximum control of the output. Custom report configurations can be saved by name and used again later.
Advanced publication features include the ability to output to the native format of more than 50 word processors (including Word and WordPerfect), plus Rich Text (RTF) and other formats. Multiple indexes, master documents, endnotes/footnotes, and a book manager are supported. Acrobat (PDF) output supports optional watermarks. Extensive personal web pages can be constructed with hyperlinks, embedded pictures, source citations, indexes, bibliography, and table of contents.
Its extensive list of features and attention to the highest academic standards has given The Master Genealogist the reputation among experienced researchers as "the one that does it all."
Users with a standard installation of The Master Genealogist (v5.15 or later) can convert to the UK Edition with a free download.
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Wholly Genes Software is a privately held corporation founded in 1993 with the goal of providing professional-calibre software tools to family historians. Its flagship product, The Master Genealogist, is among the highest rated family history project managers and is in use in more than 50 countries around the world.