Thursday, August 28, 2008

Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 20: Adding Media I

I installed FamilyTreeMaker 2008 in early July and uploaded a large database to see how it worked. I also started a new database to test other program features. Please see the list at the bottom of this post for the earlier posts.

In this post, I want to demonstrate how to add pictures to my database using the Media menu icon in FamilyTreeMaker 2008. For this post, I'm using my great-grandfather, Frank W. Seaver (1852-1922), in my database as a starting point for these posts. Here is the Family screen in the People menu for this family.

When you click on the [Media] icon on the top menu, you get the "Collection" tab on the Media page. There is an index list in the left panel (empty for now). As you can see in the screen below, I have already added two photographs to my media collection. Now I want to add another photograph to the media Collection. I am going to click on the "Add" button in the upper right-hand corner to add another media item (Note that I could have clicked on the "Media" menu item in the second menu row down also):

After clicking on the "Add" button, a "Select media item" box opens and I find the photo that I want to add to my media collection. I highlight it, as shown below:

After clicking on the "Open" button, the photograph is added to my Media Collection. In the right-hand screen panel, I added a Caption, a Date, and a Description of the photograph. Here is the screen shot after I have added that information:

Note that the photograph File Name and File Folder location on my computer are included at the bottom of the right-hand panel. The photographs are stored in a separate Media folder rather than within the FamilyTreeMaker 2008 database.

I haven't added any photographs to my FTM 16 databases, so this was a new experience for me. The process of adding a photograph, adding a caption, date and description are very straight-forward and intuitive. I like the fact that the photographs are in a separate folder.

Previous posts in this series:

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 1: Loading. Installing the program and uploading an existing database file.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 2: Exploring. Looking around the uploaded database file to see what the different views look like.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 3: The Menus. Most of the menus were itemized and described.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 4: Starting a New Tree. I started a new tree and added some people demonstrating the program options to do this.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 5: Adding a Source. I added sources to the Facts that I previously entered.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 6: Adding Children to a Family. I added children to a family.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 7: The Person Menu. I described the items in the Person menu and attached a spouse to a person.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 8: Finding a Person in the database. I described three ways to Find a person.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 9: Places I. I explored the vagaries of the Places icon.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 10: Places II. The different map types are discussed and displayed.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 11: Places III. The method to Resolve many places with standardized place names is explored.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 12: Charts I. Introduction to Charts and examples of pedigree and descendants charts.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 13: Charts II. Examples of Hourglass, Relationships and Vertical Pedigree Charts.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 14: Charts III. Examples of large wall charts created by FTM 2008.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 15: Genealogy Reports. Description and display of Register (descendant) and Ahnentafel (ancestor) Reports.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 16: Person Reports. Description and display of 5 different reports, including Individual Reports and Custom Reports.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 17: Relationship Reports. Description and display of Family Group Sheet, Kinship Report, Marriage Report, Parentage Report, and Outline Descendant Report.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 18: Place Usage Reports. Description and display of the Place Usage report.

* Using FamilyTreeMaker 2008 - Post 19: Source Reports. Description and display of the Source Usage reports.

The next post will continue the series on Media - the photos, audio, video, and document images that you can add to your database.

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