I hate to harp on this issue, but I still think that there is a problem with the GEDCOM export from Family Tree Maker 2012, at least for some program options. See Exploring Family Tree Maker 2012 - Post 5: Importing and Exporting Media Files with GEDCOM and Exploring Family Tree Maker 2012 - Post 6: Understanding Media Items for the background. In those posts, genea-bloggers Russ Worthington (Family Tree Maker User) and Caroline Gurney (Caro's Family Chronicles), tried to educate me on Media items and how they work with FTM 2012, and also made helpful suggestions while trying to understand my problem. I appreciate their help!
I have done a lot more testing today on this, and I think I have figured it out. In the previous tests, I used a large Ancestry Member Tree, synced it to FTM 2012, and then created a GEDCOM file for selected individuals (only to make it faster to do the test). When I imported that GEDCOM file into FTM 2012 or into RootsMagic 4, links to the Media items in the file folders on my computer were not included.
In Post 6 comments, Caroline noted that:
"I have replicated your Scenario 2. I created a small new tree on Ancestry, to which I added 2 media. I then imported the tree from Ancestry into FTM 2012. The 2 media were attached and showed up correctly. I created a GEDCOM and checked the box to include media files. In the Export to GEDCOM box I chose Other and UTF-8. After exporting the GEDCOM to my Desktop, I looked at the file in Wordpad and the media file links were there. I then imported the GEDCOM back into FTM 2012. The Import Complete window showed that the import included two multimedia files and the media showed up correctly in FTM 2012."
Okay, so maybe I'm wrong about this? Let me try to replicate Caroline's GEDCOM exploration with one of my own Ancestry Member Trees. I have a small tree there with 18 attached Media items. Here are the FTM 2012 actions on this tree:
1) The Ancestry Member Tree was imported into FTM 2012 and synchronized:
2) The Person screen for one of the persons in this tree, with icons showing Media for four Facts:
3) The Media workspace for the entire database shows 18 Media items:
4) To start the GEDCOM download, I went to File > Export:
On the "Export" screen, I kept the "Entire file" for export, selected Output format for export = "GEDCOM 5.5", and in the "Export to GEDCOM" menu I selected Destination = "Other" and Character set = "UTF-8."
After clicking OK, I named the file with a unique name (call it "Entire"), and the resulting GEDCOM file was created.
5) I went to the Plan workspace, and imported this "Entire" GEDCOM file into FTM 2012, naming it "Entire." The screen below told me that I had 18 Multimedia items in the imported GEDCOM file:
6) The Media workspace for the imported "Entire" GEDCOM file also shows 18 Media items. So far, so good!
7) I then created another GEDCOM file (named "Selected") from the synced Ancestry Member Tree in FTM 2012. The only change I made was to click on the "Selected individuals" (instead of the "Entire file") and included everyone in the file, selected "GEDCOM 5.5," "Other" and "UTF-8," and exported the GEDCOM file.
The resulting "Selected" GEDCOM file import into FTM 2012 showed:
The Multimedia count for this imported GEDCOM, using Selected individuals rather than the Entire file, shows 0 items. The Media workspace is empty, and there are no media images in the Media file folder for the "Selected" database.
When I worked in Post 5 and Post 6, I used the "Selected individuals" option rather than the "Entire file" option in the FTM 2012 GEDCOM export. When I use the "Entire file" option, I get the Multimedia items, just like Caroline did.
I've done this twice just to make sure I did it consistently and obtained the same results both times.
It looks to me that we are both right, doesn't it?