TMG to GEDCOM News #001

7 October 2019

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TMG to GEDCOM Version 1.01 Released

TMG to GEDCOM exports a TMG dataset to a GEDCOM file. It is designed to maximize the transfer of data from your TMG project to any program that reads a GEDCOM file.

TMG to GEDCOM has several advantages over the GEDCOM export feature in TMG.

  • It's fast.
  • It supports UTF-8 exports using GEDCOM 5.5.1.
  • It filters people using flexible criteria.
  • It includes dozens of options for fine-tuning GEDCOM output to match what the GEDCOM reader expects.

TMG to GEDCOM has dozens of options to allow the GEDCOM output to be optimized for different GEDCOM readers. TMG to GEDCOM supports Templates to help users set those options. Users may create their own templates, and there are also system templates designed by experienced users. The system template library is small now, but more system templates will be added in the coming weeks and months. System templates are stored in the cloud so that users may take advantage of new templates without updating the program.

Some programs support "direct import" from TMG, including RootsMagic and Family Historian. For those programs, it is usually best to use the direct import option and avoid using GEDCOM. Even for those programs, however, you may want to use a GEDCOM file written by TMG to GEDCOM if you encounter an issue with the direct import option.

For the hundreds of programs that read a GEDCOM file and do not provide an option to read a TMG project directly, you should use TMG to GEDCOM to export a GEDCOM file.

TMG Tag Type Issues

The Tag Type Definition window in TMG that opens when you add or edit a Tag Type includes a setting, "GEDCOM export as". For several standard TMG Tag Types, the GEDCOM values specified in a new TMG project are invalid, and remain invalid unless the TMG user corrects them. You can see a list on the GEDCOM Tags help page.

For best results, I suggest that you adjust the GEDCOM tag settings using TMG's Tag Type Definition window and enter valid GEDCOM tag values as described on the GEDCOM Tags help page.

Beta Testers

A small group of beta testers spent five months working their way through 28 beta versions to help improve TMG to GEDCOM. They found bugs, and suggested and evaluated new features.

Thank you TMG to GEDCOM beta testers!

How to Buy

For purchasing information, see the Purchases page.

Prices and policies mentioned on this page were current when the page was published. Prices and policies are subject to change. See the TMG to GEDCOM home page for current version and price information.


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