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by Mark1834
14 Apr 2021 17:04
Forum: Plugin Discussions
Topic: Import of RM7 Citations
Replies: 27
Views: 483

Re: Import of RM7 Citations

but the GEDCOM posted by Mark here Re: Freeform citation in V7 ~ Sun 11th Apr 2021 20:58 does not contain any Footnote, Short Footnote and Bibliography templates. Those fields are in the Source Template definition window (off to the right of the area I captured), and are plain text fields. Unlike F...
by Mark1834
14 Apr 2021 14:15
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Unable to add source for newly-created fact
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Re: Unable to add source for newly-created fact

It was fine up until today, but it's getting worse. I now can't fix the problem by restarting FH or even rebooting, and on one occasion the program crashed completely when I added a new fact. STOP PRESS - just received the following from CP, precisely 17 minutes after raising a support ticket - Than...
by Mark1834
14 Apr 2021 12:52
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Unable to add source for newly-created fact
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Unable to add source for newly-created fact

Odd misbehaviour from FH7.0.4 this morning. If I create a new fact, I am unable to add a source for that fact, and the new fact does not appear in the drop down list in the yellow source pane. Source addition defaults to "whole record". Restarting FH fixes it, but it soon comes back again. See scree...
by Mark1834
13 Apr 2021 08:35
Forum: Plugin Discussions
Topic: Read the Citation Window by plugin?
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Re: Read the Citation Window by plugin?

I found another gotcha that tripped me up until I figured out what was happening. You define a multi-line string with something like S1 = 'Line 1\nLine 2\nLine 3' This displays each line on a new line, with no carriage return after the final line, so no blank lines in reports - all good. Copy that s...
by Mark1834
12 Apr 2021 14:12
Forum: Plugin Discussions
Topic: Read the Citation Window by plugin?
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Re: Read the Citation Window by plugin?

Thanks Mike, these are all inherited from FH6, so no links. I’ll modify it to change all citations that match the clipboard contents. It’s better than what I have now, and probably the best that is possible.

I can see now why Jane limited her excellent plugin to formatting split source text!
by Mark1834
12 Apr 2021 13:38
Forum: Plugin Discussions
Topic: Read the Citation Window by plugin?
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Re: Read the Citation Window by plugin?

Thanks folks, I feared that might be the case, and if neither of you think it can be done, it must be so. A possible refinement would be to convert all citations where the text matches the clipboard contents with a suitable user prompt (e.g. “Format FreeReg citation for John Smith BIRT at ... on...?...
by Mark1834
12 Apr 2021 12:36
Forum: Plugin Discussions
Topic: Read the Citation Window by plugin?
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Read the Citation Window by plugin?

Is there any way for a plugin to be aware of which citation is in the active Citation Window? I've got a lot of examples of lumped citations to things like FamilySearch and FreeReg that I use as temporary sources until I find the original document. The general format is paramater = value parameter =...
by Mark1834
11 Apr 2021 19:58
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Freeform citation in V7
Replies: 66
Views: 2405

Re: Freeform citation in V7

This is the (edited to strip out other irrelevant stuff) GEDCOM exported from RM for a simple one person database. I have created a custom template, as shown below, a single source from that template, and cited that (lumped) source separately for birth and death. FH imports everything but the templa...
by Mark1834
11 Apr 2021 19:06
Forum: Plugin Discussions
Topic: Backup and Restore Family Historian error messages
Replies: 32
Views: 828

Re: Backup and Restore Family Historian error messages

Compile a list of updated files to be copied in a batch file and call os.execute() just once? Sounds like there are other options though.
by Mark1834
11 Apr 2021 17:28
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Freeform citation in V7
Replies: 66
Views: 2405

Re: Freeform citation in V7

Quick experiment in RM - the full source template descriptions are exported by RM in the GEDCOM. This comprises the template name, a unique ID (TID) and a bunch of stuff for each field defining its name, label on the form, data type (text, name or date, bit like FH), and whether it relates to the so...
by Mark1834
11 Apr 2021 14:27
Forum: Plugin Discussions
Topic: Backup and Restore Family Historian error messages
Replies: 32
Views: 828

Re: Backup and Restore Family Historian error messages

Yep, it's as simple as that :). You could even use os.execute() with a robocopy rather than copy command and generate a complete mirror of the ProgramData folder in the backup location with one line of code.
by Mark1834
11 Apr 2021 13:38
Forum: Plugin Discussions
Topic: Backup and Restore Family Historian error messages
Replies: 32
Views: 828

Re: Backup and Restore Family Historian error messages

Just out of curiosity - why does the plugin use the Lua io library to copy files, rather than just os.execute and let Windows copy the files and manage memory. On the surface it seems a lot simpler and more reliable, or have I missed something?
by Mark1834
11 Apr 2021 10:12
Forum: General Usage
Topic: FH7 : Using Evidence Explained Style
Replies: 9
Views: 263

Re: FH7 : Using Evidence Explained Style

Agree - I was clarifying to the OP their GEDCOM comment and highlighting limitations for lumpers, but it's wandering off after I corrected your statement on GEDCOM. I would argue that if different citations have different assessments, they are no longer the same citation, but we won't resolve that o...
by Mark1834
11 Apr 2021 09:32
Forum: General Usage
Topic: FH7 : Using Evidence Explained Style
Replies: 9
Views: 263

Re: FH7 : Using Evidence Explained Style

Combining lumped citations doesn't work if the citation has attached media. To be fair to FH, I suspect that is a bug that can be fixed, so I'll report it to them. I was using "database" colloquially, to refer to the Project, but fair enough - lumped citations are repeated in the Project. You are pa...
by Mark1834
11 Apr 2021 08:15
Forum: General Usage
Topic: FH7 : Using Evidence Explained Style
Replies: 9
Views: 263

Re: FH7 : Using Evidence Explained Style

There are a couple of factors that you were probably thinking of. These highly structured custom sources are GEDCOM compliant, as GEDCOM permits customisations. However, they are specific to FH, and cannot be transferred to other apps. At best, the details will be saved in Notes, but not with the or...
by Mark1834
10 Apr 2021 15:03
Forum: Plugin Discussions
Topic: Import of RM7 Citations
Replies: 27
Views: 483

Re: Import of RM7 Citations

Unfortunately, there are not that many good Lua beginner's guides around in my experience. It is not a very common first language, so outside FH, most people probably come to it with some coding experience already, so the documentation can get very technical very quickly. There was talk here a few m...
by Mark1834
10 Apr 2021 08:17
Forum: Plugin Discussions
Topic: Import of RM7 Citations
Replies: 27
Views: 483

Re: Import of RM7 Citations

My advice would be to take it one step at a time. Make sure you understand what simple scripts are doing first. The basic introduction in plugin help is quite good, so use that to start building simple scripts for the Sample Project. Produce a list of all individuals, using the looping techniques de...
by Mark1834
09 Apr 2021 13:18
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Freeform citation in V7
Replies: 66
Views: 2405

Re: Freeform citation in V7

It’s what a fellow countryman of yours once described as an “Unknown Unknown”... :) There’s a very worthwhile prize at the end of this, as a plugin that converts RM templated sources to FH templated sources would be really valuable for other migrants (plus existing ones that have all that data hidde...
by Mark1834
08 Apr 2021 16:47
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Freeform citation in V7
Replies: 66
Views: 2405

Re: Freeform citation in V7

It's even less manual typing than that isn't it? It looks like the RM templated source has come across as a generic source with a bunch of UDF fields for the stuff it doesn't understand. So a plugin could read that and create the FH templated source directly, using a combination of the custom source...
by Mark1834
08 Apr 2021 14:57
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Freeform citation in V7
Replies: 66
Views: 2405

Re: Freeform citation in V7

I had a very quick look at this, creating a templated source in RM and importing to FH. FH seemed to do a decent job of capturing all the information, but it doesn't know what it means and the full defined version goes into UDFs, with a concatenated summary in the standard fields. It should be possi...
by Mark1834
07 Apr 2021 22:40
Forum: General Usage
Topic: Date Functions in Report Page Layout
Replies: 4
Views: 209

Re: Date Functions in Report Page Layout

Depending on the complexity of your report, it might be an option to save the report as a Word-Processor Document (RTF) and edit it there. I use that option for Family Group Sheet reports, where I want the name of the family in the header. The best FH can do is by using the functions =Title() =Recor...
by Mark1834
07 Apr 2021 17:25
Forum: Importing and Exporting
Topic: Import RootsMagic 7 into Family Historian 7
Replies: 31
Views: 1419

Re: Import RootsMagic 7 into Family Historian 7

I've re-imported my RM copy of the Sample Project using FH 7.0.4, and everything went smoothly. First import was without copying the media files into FH, and it simply kept all the old links without any duplication of records. To test copying the media into FH, I copied the GEDCOM file from the RM e...
by Mark1834
07 Apr 2021 14:14
Forum: Importing and Exporting
Topic: Import RootsMagic 7 into Family Historian 7
Replies: 31
Views: 1419

Re: Import RootsMagic 7 into Family Historian 7

That is well buried - it's under a different topic altogether! Another minor update to KB required - we probably ought to warn people who want to keep media in the Project, so they can minimise the damage. Purely as a learning exercise, I had a go at my own quick and dirty this morning. Loop through...
by Mark1834
06 Apr 2021 22:45
Forum: Importing and Exporting
Topic: Import RootsMagic 7 into Family Historian 7
Replies: 31
Views: 1419

Re: Import RootsMagic 7 into Family Historian 7

I've just had a quick look at this. If you maintain your media files externally and don't tell FH to copy to the project folder (both Leslie's and my preferred mode of working) it's very simple. The absolute file paths are preserved on input, there is no duplication, and the Media Records are identi...