On Saturday 02 April 2005 15:24, Daniel Durand wrote:
> Comparison Gramps - Legacy (about my personnal experience)
I took a look at the Legacy www-site, it has quite nice tour of the program:
> First, excuse my poor english writing (from a French genealogist...)
> I'm using Legacy since three years : it's a nice, robust and ergonomic
> soft. It's the only reason for me to keep until now a double boot
> Linux/Windows on my computer.
> Since three years, I also looked at the Gramps development and fully
> appreciated its growing qualities. It's the only linux genealogy soft
> which can be compared in a near future to famous windows genealogy softs
> as Legacy, TMG, FTM, PAF, CFT and so.
> Since now, the only problem with Gramps was the lake of database : I've
> 18 000 people in my base so Gramps was unusable. By now with the
> implementation of the Berkekey database, I'm hoping that I'll nearly use
> the nest stable relase of Gramps 2.0 in April or May !
> To prepare my future migration from Legacy to Gramps, I'm checking some
> nice features that I love in Legacy basic fonctions : input, output,
> report, sources. Below are my remarks about this. I hope that this list
> could help to improve Gramps !
> I would like that Gramps have some nice ergonomic features as well as
> Legacy :
> Input data :
> - given name : the ability to choice the appareance of given name :
> capitalize, uncapitalize, first letter capitalize and an automatic
> formatting of the input
> - surname : idem, with an automatic completing in capitalize wording or
> - birth input : Ok for Gramps, but to add a source, it's better to have
> completion instead of a popup menu
> - baptism : it's better to have another input window opened
> Marriage : not very intuitive !!! I had some difficulties to correctly
> enter the wife because I forgot to indicate the sex F to add a wife !
> It seems necessary to modify the mariage input.
> When we add a spouse, why the marriage windows doesn't appear
> automatically ? We need it for 98 % of the situations in our genealogic
> researches : it could easy to cancel it if we have a moderne partnership
> as in France PACS or other situation.
Inputing marriages is also one of my gripes...
> Events input : OK
... although I had a thought that maybe it could be done more conveniently
than now from the event editing. E.g. by having sensible defaults for given
context in which the event editor is launched.
> Reports : two mains problems : I like in Legacy the ability to have a
> preview in ALL the reports, to have an PDF output in ALL the reports, to
> have strong customization choices specially the choice to add sources
> and sources citations in individual report, in family goup reports, in
> detailed ancestor and descendance reports. The Legacy reports are in
> general too poorless customisabled.
In next Gramps version you can preview and output all reports as PDF if you
just select the print option. This is a feature of the Gnome print dialog
and works for all reports that use Gramps output classes. (relationship
chart is about the only exception)
Btw. Legacy seemed to have one nice report that Gramps is missing, the
I think a Gramps version of such could be expanded to list all the events
chronologically for all people matching a given filter, instead of being
limited to events for a single person like the Tour page seems to be saying.
> For Ahnentafel report, it could be nice to have generations indentation.
> the FTM ancestor and descendance reports are the best reports but they
> haven't enough customization features : regrettable...
> Features like to-do list for researches for lacking dates or sources :
> Legacy has a very stong research or to-do features, but... I think that
> it's too complex.
> for Gramps, I thinks that we need two features :
> - a basic one : a case aside every event that we can mark if we don't
> have it and the ability to create a liste with these marks : name, type
> of act, date, location.
> - eventually a more complete one eventually, with more informations,
> research notes and so.... to help the genealogists in their thoughts
> I'm hoping that these remarks'd be useful...
> I'm sure that the next 2.0 version will be an event and help more
> genealogists to permanently leave windows and migrate to linux.
> bravo for your good work !
> Daniel Durand
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