Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TMG Direct Import Coming Soon

From RootsMagic September 2014 Newsletter comes another big announcement!  TMG Direct Import Coming Soon!
On July 29th, Wholly Genes Software announced that they would be discontinuing "The Master Genealogist" (TMG).  Since then quite a number of TMG users have contacted us directly and on our message boards asking what their options were for converting their data to RootsMagic.
While their data could be transferred via GEDCOM, there are quite a few things that TMG doesn't currently export to GEDCOM, so those data types would be lost.  Among those: witnesses, roles, source templates, etc.
We have made the decision to add a direct TMG import to the next RootsMagic update which will preserve that information as best as possible.  Of course no import can be 100% clean just because of different data models, template languages, etc., but we are making every effort to minimize the amount of "clean up" needed when moving from TMG to RootsMagic.
If you are a TMG user, or know a TMG user who is contemplating moving to another genealogy software, feel free to let them know that we expect to have this direct import available in the next couple of weeks.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Next MCGS CIG Meeting

MCGS COMPUTER INTEREST GROUP MEETING

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Topic: Pot Luck - Open Discussion - Note: No meeting facilitator will be there so Members are on their own to introduce themselves, cover topics of interest, and share research successes and brick walls.

Location: Villa Marin, 100 Thorndale Drive, San Rafael - The Meeting will be held in the Auditorium, which is to the left and down the hall from the entrance.

Villa Marin has wireless Internet access! If you have a laptop, iPad, Tablet, or SmartPhone with Wi-Fi, you can bring it with you so you can follow along with the presentation. Note these devices are optional and are not necessary for you to attend our presentations.

Contact Gene Pennington if you need more information.

These meetings are free to the public.

Visit the MCGS website to see the 2014 schedule, topics, locations and directions.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Next MCGS CIG Meeting

MCGS COMPUTER INTEREST GROUP MEETING

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Topic: The Genealogy Cloud - What is this "Cloud" all about and how can I use it? - Presented by Gene Pennington

Location: Villa Marin, 100 Thorndale Drive, San Rafael - The Meeting will be held in the Auditorium, which is to the left and down the hall from the entrance.

Villa Marin has wireless Internet access! If you have a laptop, iPad, Tablet, or SmartPhone with Wi-Fi, you can bring it with you so you can follow along with the presentation. Note these devices are optional and are not necessary for you to attend our presentations.

Contact Gene Pennington if you need more information.

These meetings are free to the public.

Visit the MCGS website to see the 2014 schedule, topics, locations and directions.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

TMG to be Discontinued

Message from Bob Velke, owner of TMG

Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:28:36 -0400

From: Bob Velke <bvelke@whollygenes.com>

Subject: [TMG] TMG to be discontinued

To: tmg@rootsweb.com

ANNOUNCEMENT

I am sad to report that the decision has been made to discontinue The Master Genealogist ("TMG").

While thousands of TMG users appreciate the program?s many powerful features that are unmatched in other software, the market for those advanced features has proved to be insufficient to support the infrastructure that is necessary to support it and continue development.

  A variety of my own health issues have also contributed to this decision as I have fewer opportunities to focus on the things that would be necessary to develop and market the program.

There is every reason to believe that TMG will continue to work for existing users for the foreseeable future but official support will end at the end of 2014, although we may release some more bug fixes (but no new features) before that.  In the interest of those who may want to communicate their data to family members or upgrade to the latest release, we will continue to sell the full product and updates through September with the understanding that product development has been discontinued.

After the end of the year, I expect to maintain the support forum which would be available for user-to-user support. Other online support forums, including the TMG-L mailing list, are also available to users.

For 25 years, TMG has repeatedly pushed the boundaries of genealogical software and promoted the highest principles of scholarship in record-keeping and reporting.  It has encouraged users to expect more from their family tree software, especially in the area of source citations, and the industry has responded by setting new and higher standards in its suite of ?standard features.?  To lesser degrees, programs have begun to emulate some of TMG?s other innovative features, including its powerful filtering/searching functions, flags, customizable screen layouts, shared events (i.e., witnesses), and narrative output options.

As genealogical data has become more sophisticated, researchers have been increasingly confronted with the many limitations of GEDCOM in transferring that data.  For more than two decades, our GenBridge technology has demonstrated that much more complete and accurate transfers can be achieved through direct imports.  Other family tree programs have implemented the GenBridge technology or developed similar direct-import strategies, resulting in the preservation of precious data for countless researchers.

I am proud of the leadership role that TMG has played in the evolution of genealogical software and I encourage TMG users to continue to press developers to raise their standards and implement features that allow researchers to do the same.

In the interest of preserving users? data, I have released a document that details TMG?s internal file structure and I will make GenBridge available for free to developers who wish to produce a direct import from TMG insofar as their programs support the same features.

It goes without saying that this has been a painful decision and is a significant milestone for me.  TMG has been a major part of my life for more than 25 years and it is not easy to let it go.  I recognize too and regret the degree to which it may leave researchers uneasy about the future of their data and the prospects for their research tools.  I am taking a necessary step back from the genealogical community but with the hope that my contribution to it has left researchers better equipped to accomplish their research goals.

Bob Velke

Owner

Wholly Genes, Inc.