Computer Users Group

November 16, 2011

At our last meeting. Lisa asked if we could put a name over the heads of people in the image and I said that a spot could be created above the head that when clicked on would produce a name. However, a better way that would permanently add the name to the image is to use a graphics program such as Paint. There’s clearly an advantage to doing so when there are not too many people and there is plenty of space to add the names. We’ll look at two examples.


In one picture there are so many people close together that there is no place to permanently include a name without covering some other feature. In the other showing only four people there is ample room to permanently add names. Let’s do it.


Open an image in Paint and immediately save it with a new name in the format that you want. (Whenever you have something that you want to keep as is but also create a modified version, save it with a new name as soon as you open it. Then you won’t accidently replace the original). Then click on the Color 1 box and select a foreground (type) color from the color palette. Choose Opaque if you want a second color as a background behind the type and choose a second (background) color; otherwise click Transparent to have no background color. Click on the “A” that represents the Text Mode, place the cursor where you want the text to start and click. Then type the name that you want. If the text box is larger than the name, you can point the cursor at the right edge until it becames a horizontal arrow and drag the edge up to the end of the name. If the postion is incorrect, point the cursor near a corner of the box until it becomes crossed arrows and drag the box to where you want it. If you decide that the font is the wrong size, delete it as soon as you recognize that and increase the size until you get what you want. To add another name, double click where you want the name to start and repeat.


In creating a Single Archive Image, I could find no way to get either Firefox or Internet Explorer to save the text files that we added as part of the image although everything that I read about .MHT files says that’s what will happen. I copied each of the text files and pasted them into the main file and got a mailable Single Archive File. You need to make the following changes to make it work

If you already have created a Text file, open it in a Text Editor (Notepad) and swipe across it and press CTRL-C to copy it and then open the main document in a Text Editor and paste in the text after </map>. Then you have to add two lines and delete two lines. After the <html> tag, add these lines:

<a name =”name”></a>

id+”name”

Delete the last two lines:

</body>

</html>

Add additional text after what you’ve just added. You can modify the Text template to add these changes and use it to create text that you can paste in for each person in the photo. Or, you can paste it in as many times as necessary and fill it in as part of the main document.


When you are done, open the file in your browser to make sure everything works and then save it as a Snngle Archive File MHT. In Firefox, you’ll have to download an add-on in order to save it that way. Testing it on the computer that made it is no assurance that it works; copy it to a flash drive and try it on another computer or email it to someone and have them check it out.


It is possible to include sound and video files and we’ll add a few to our image. These are just demonstrations so they don’t have to make any sense.


To add a video, use the video template at the end of this document. Locate where it is on your disk and enter that location inside the quotation marks after Data=.


Does your start page keep changing from what you want to use? Open your Browser and go to the page that you want to use as a start page. You can use a page from the Internet or a page stored on your computer. When you have it open, click on Tools/Internet Options (Options in Firefox) and click the General Tab if you are not already there. Click on Use Current The next time you start, your chosen Home Page should appear. Be careful when you go to other sites as they will always try to get their page to be your Home Page.


You can easily create your own page of places that you want to visit by creating what you want in your Wordprocessor and then saving, publishing, or exporting it as an HTML program depending on the program that you use. Create a two or three column table with the number of rows that will handle all of your favorite sites. Type in the name of the site, swipe across it to select it and select Insert and choose Hyperlink. (In some programs, Insert amy be under tools.). Open your browser and go to the site that you just named. Swipe across the URL and press CTRL-C to copy the link and re-open your wordprocessor and paste in the URL you just copied. Repeat for all sites that you want and then name it and save it as an HTML file. Click on the name in the directory where you saved it (you do remember where?) And then click on the file name you just created. It will open in your browser. Use the procedure above to make it your Home Page.


The Next Generation Genealogy (TNG) is a very complex program designed to run on a server. But as complex as it is, you don’t have to know much about it to have it hosted on a TNG friendly hosting site. Simply Hosting is such a site and it offers hosting for $4.95 a month. There are many other sites as well. You need to upload a GEDCOM file and in most cases, the host will do the rest but check with them before you start.

 

But having to have a server to host it on does not mean that you cannot install it on your own computer. Server software can be installed and the program hosted on your own computer. The Wamp server is free and it allows you to install the TNG program and run it locally. It is not, however for the faint of heart. The instructions are fairly long but it’s just one step at a time.


You can go here to learn more about it and if you decide to try it, you can download it for $29.95.

http://lythgoes.net/genealogy/software.php . You can see what other sites look like by clicking on Visit other TNG sites. Wamp server can be read about and downloaded here http://download.cnet.com/WampServer/3000-10248_4-10797035.html . There is a load of information out there on both topics so search the Internet for TNG or WAMP and read what others have to say.


If your goal is merely to place your genealogy on the Internet as I believe everyone should, you can do it several ways on Rootsweb: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ . On the start page, click on Family Trees at the top and on the right, click on Start Here and follow the instructions to register and upload a GEDCOM file. That will post your data on the WorldConnect Tree Site. If you want your own site, click on Web Sites at the top of the Start Page and scroll down and in the left column click on “Request Free Web Space” and then follow the instructions to register, create a password and upload a GEDCOM file. It’s that easy. When you’re done, you can register your web site to make it easy for others to find. You can see registered web sites by going back to the Start Page and clicking on Web Sites and scrolling down to Surname Web Sites”, find the letter of the name you want to see and scroll down until you find the name that you want. Even if you are not interested in posting a web page, you can see who else has done work on your family.


I have posted the web page that shows the wedding party and adds video to it . Point to a face to see the name and click on it to see more. If you want to see the code that made that page, in IE, go to View and scroll down to Source. In Firefox, go to Tools/Web Developer/Page Source.  You can swipe over and copy any code that you want and change the images and names to suit your needs. go to Wedding.htm to see the image. Consider it a work in progress It's different depending on your browser and the plug-ins installed.