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IBM AND MAC GEDCOMS - BY Ben H. Lashbaugh at email@example.com:
My nephew and I both work in Family Tree Maker -- he on a PC and I on a MAC -- and the method of transferring gedcom files is MUCH simpler than you describe, at least on the MAC end.
In Family Tree Maker, in order to convert an .ftw file to a .ged file, all you have to do is Copy/Export Family File and save it in gedcom format --that's one of the selections you get. The file can then be sent as an e-mail attachment. (I have never tried incorporating it into e-mail because it
would lose most or all of its formatting.)
Then, after receiving the file as an e-mail (Eudora) attachment, all I have to do to open it is to have Family Tree Maker open and go to the File menu, select Open Family File, and locate the new gedcom file which I now find in
the Eudora Attachments folder. It's that simple. FTM automatically converts the gedcom file and you can save it wherever you want as an .ftw file.
A LESSON PLAN ON GEDCOMS - submitted by Russell Sias at SiasR@ldschurch.org:
1) Make a brand new (test) gedcom
2) Add ONE person to the file
3) Open the file in a word processor & look at it. Actually see the format of the file (that THEIR program creates)
4) Make another gedcom, add a family to it.
5) Look again, see the links, notice the header, source, links, trailer, etc. Describe each section of the gedcom so they understand what they are, & how they are "tabbed" by the line numbers, etc.
6) Now, go to the file they want to get into gedcom format, review it for the same items. See that there is no text above & below the gedcom, and teach them to save as an ASCII file, named "*.ged" and them import into their genealogy program (in a new file, of course), etc., etc.
If you make a simple gedcom, they you can compare with the real thing, and (usually) get it into the right format for your program to use.
MAC AND IBM:
From: "Patrick J. Eagan"
Regarding your comment: "Important to remember is that if you are going to receive these via e-mail , the person sending must send in the same format that you use (for instance IBM-compatible PCs use MIME while Macintosh use Bin-Hex" - - Your step-by-step description of exchanging GEDCOM files was excellent. However, the warning that you included is somewhat off. MIME and Bin-Hex are not equivalents and serve two separate purposes. The Multi-format Internet Mail Extension (MIME) specification is used by all e-mail systems whether it be PC or the MAC. Bin-Hex is the MAC (and some PC's) method of converting binary files to a seven-bit format that can be sent using the Internet mail specification. PC's to do the same job generally use Base64 but can use the combination UENCODE/UUDECODE and most PC mail programs support both. In both the PC and MAC, it is a combination of MIME and a conversion technique.
Another option from John Nairn for working with GEDCOM files for Power Macintosh users is to get a copy of the new genealogy application called GEDitCOM. This applications can be downloaded from
http://www.mse.utah.edu/~nairn/geditcom.html; it is available free as a GEDCOM file viewer and shareware as a GEDCOM file editor. Unlike most commercial packages, GEDitCOM uses GEDCOM as its internal data standard. Thus you never "import" and "export" GEDCOM files, you simply read them,
make changes, and save them again. GEDitCOM is 100% compatible with all feature of GEDCOM. Thus, there is never any possibility of GEDCOM data getting lost or corrupted. Note, although many commercial programs claim to
be GEDCOM compatible, they actually are only partially compatible. It is common for importing procedures to ignore GEDCOM data, misinterpret unusual GEDCOM data structures, or misfile data in generic note records.
Besides GEDitCOM by 100% compatible with GEDCOM, the entire user interface of GEDitCOM is customizable by the user. No one has to settle for the rigid forms and data entry methods provided by typical commercial packages. You
can create your own genealogy interface and you can even switch interfaces at will depending on your needs that day.
See Randy Winch's page for:
GEDCOM UTILITIES The following utilities are available for download:
GEDSplit.exe - Windows 95 program to split any GEDCOM file in useful ways GEDSplit help file .
Analyze.exe - Windows 95 command line program to display the unconnected individuals in any GEDCOM file.
GEDPlace.exe - Allows editing of places in a GEDCOM file.
Addnote.exe Windows 95 Beta version - addnote.exe -
Adds a user specified note to each individual in a GEDCOM file.
Addsour.exe Windows 95 Beta version - addsour.exe -
Adds a user specified source to each individual in a GEDCOM file.
Gedcaps.exe Windows 95 Beta Version - changes the capitalization of names and/or places in a GEDCOM file.
gedcaps.exe - Changes the capitalization of the surnames in a GEDCOM file. Can convert to/from uppercase.
GEDLivng.exe Native Windows 95 version 16 bit gedlivng.exe (runs in a dos box or at the dos prompt) 32 bit gedlivng.exe (Must run in a Windows 95/NT dos box) Privitizes a
GEDCOM file. (beta testing)