Export Gedcom File ~ Frequently Asked Questions

Why are all GEDCOM and Media files exported to the same folder?

If GEDCOM files need to be exported to several different target products, then usually they all share the same Media files. So by using the same folder, these Media files only need to be copied and converted once, saving time and space.

This is why Max height, Max width, Use JPEG file format…, Apply the settings above… and Export Folder Basic Options are shared by all export modes.

If different settings are needed for different target products, either change the Export Folder or use the Empty Export Folder button.

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Why do some records seem to take longer to export than others?

This is most likely to apply to Individual (INDI), Source (SOUR), and Multimedia (OBJE) records, because these are often linked to Media files, which need copying and Face/Detail Frames require extra processing.

As explained above, this should only affect the first GEDCOM export, unless many Multimedia files have changed in the original Project requiring them to be copied and converted again.

Choose the FULL~LMO or FULL~ABS Basic Options for quicker processing, since Face/Detail Frames do not need converting, or FILE~REL or FILE~ABS where files are not copied at all.

If the target genealogy product does not require Media images, then exclude them using the WIPE~ALL Basic Option.

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What is the purpose of the 'Use JPEG file format...' option?

By default each exported file uses the same format as its original file, because that is quickest.

However, in some cases the exported file has the wrong attributes, e.g. negative colours.

The Use JPEG file format… option forces exported files to use JPEG format, which always works.

So by deleting any files with the wrong attributes, changing the option, and running the Plugin again should cure the problems.

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How are the exported Multimedia file names derived?

Each Media file created in the Export Folder uses the same file name as its original file, but with a prefix to identify its associated Multimedia Record and Face/Detail Frame, which also ensures its name is unique.

Each Face/Detail Frame has a unique sequence id number held in its _ASID tag.

Full frames and non-image files use the pseudo sequence id number 0.

Each Multimedia Record has a unique record id comprising the letter O and a number.

However, local Media Objects have no record id and use the pseudo record id O0.

So prefix 5O29 identifies a Face/Detail Frame with _ASID 5 for Multimedia Record with id O29.

Prefix 0O32 identifies a full frame or other file for a Multimedia Record with id O32.

Prefix 0O0 identifies a media file for any local Media Object and requires the original file name to be unique.

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How can a subset selection of records be exported?

Use the File > Import/Export > Export > GEDCOM File command to Select a subset of Individual records.

Ensure the Exclude options are all unticked except Unconnected Records and review the other options. Usually Destination: Default, Format: UTF-8, and Media Records: Use Full File Paths will work well.

After saving in the Public folder fh will ask Do you wish to view the exported file? so say Yes and run the Plugin in the new fh that opens.

A similar technique can be used with File > Split Tree Helper but the current Project must be copied first.

Exporting a Family Tree with/without Media has much more detailed advice for various scenarios.

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What causes "The Internet appears to be inaccessible" message?

This Plugin checks the Plugin Store for a later version via the Internet. If there is no connection, this message is produced.

While there is no connection, the message is inhibited by all Plugins with this feature, until none of them have been run for 10 hours, or one of them detects the connection is restored.

Also the online Help & Advice pages will be inaccessible.

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