Thursday, December 12, 2013

First Look at Legacy Family Tree Version 8.0 - Post 10: Left-to-Right Descendants Chart

Rather than do a comprehensive look step-by-step at Legacy Family Tree Version 8.0 - I did that for Version 7.0, and 8.0 is an improvement on Version 7.0 - I'm going to highlight new (or old) features I find as I work through the program screens.  New or updated features in Legacy Family Tree are listed in Legacy Family Tree 8.0 Now Available.

Today, it's the "Descendant Chart" feature The description of this feature is:

"Now available in left-to-right formatting."

Most of us are familiar with the top-to-bottom descendant chart, which was in previous versions of Legacy Family Tree. I want to check out the left-to-right descendant chart.  

1)  I selected the person for whom I wanted a descendant chart.  Then I clicked on the "Reports" menu item and the "Legacy Charting" button on the icon row:

2)  When I clicked on the "Legacy Charting" button, the Legacy Charting program started, and the window opened to "Select the type of chart to create:"  

I chose the "Standard" "Descendant Chart" - the one on the left of the "Descendant" choices.

3)  I clicked on the "Standard" "Descendant" chart icon, and saw (after selecting five generations and a number of other items in the "Home," "Appearance" and "Title" tabs in Legacy Charting):

The chart above is 5 generations of descendants with Isaac Seaver and his three wives at the top, and each row is another generation of descendants.  A closeup of the top of the chart looks like:

So that is the top-to-bottom Descendant Chart, which measures 161.5 inches wide and 22 inches high (19 x 2 portrait pages).

How can I find the Left-to-Right Descendant Chart?  Back to the "Select the type of chart to create:"

There is another "Standard" "Descendant" chart that shows the left-to-right chart orientation (a detail I missed at the beginning of researching and writing this post!).

I clicked on the "Left-to-Right Descendant Chart" icon and saw:

Now Isaac Seaver and his three wives are on the left of the chart above, which measures 25.5 inches wide and 66 inches high (3 x 6 portrait pages).  Here's a closeup of some of the persons.

For all of the above, I used the "Color" tab settings that existed when I opened the Legacy Charting program.  On the screens above, males have a background color of yellow, and females have a background color of blue.

4)  That doesn't seen "standard" to me, so I opened the "Appearance" menu item, then the "Color" button and the "Color Themes" dropdown box opened.  I picked the "Gender" tab and fixed the "Gender 3" theme to match the standard blue for males and pink for females.  I had to do that by choosing the "Edit Current Chart Colors" area - and ended up with the label "Male Y-DNA" color being pink and the "Female mtDNA" color being blue.  After I clicked on the "Save Color Theme to "Gender 3" link, the chart looks like this now:

The background colors are now correct, but the color labels in the "Color Themes" are incorrect.  I looked at the other two Gender color themes, and they don't reflect standard blue and pink colors either.  

I can't make Legacy Charting get the labels "Male Y-DNA" and "Female mtDNA" right and have the selected colors show up on the chart.  I've tried now several times!

The other thing I thought of was if my gender labels were wrong - but I checked and the males are the correct gender in my database and the females are the correct gender.  

Is this a bug in the Legacy Charting program?  I don't know, but I think it might be.  If it isn't a bug, can someone straighten me out on this before I mess something up more?  I checked the "About Legacy Charting" and it said it was version, created 13 November 2013.

5)  The other thing I noticed in the Chart was that the thumbnail images I had for some of the people were not shown on the chart.  As you can see in the first screen in this post, there are thumbnail images for Isaac and Lucretia (Smith) Seaver, but they do not show up in the Descendant Charts.  I have no idea why that is.  Another bug?  Or a user error?

6)  I like the Left-to-Right Descendant Chart (18 portrait pages) because it comes out significantly smaller than the Top-to-Bottom Descendant Chart (38 portrait pages).

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Copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver


Geolover said...

I appreciate your sharing your efforts with this new version.

Isn't it odd to provide for descendant charts for males only but not for females only?

Jake said...

Did you ever figure out why the pictures are not showing up in the Charts? I just upgraded to version 8.0 and the same thing is happening to me. It worked fine in 7.5.