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Insert Image Metadata into Database

Add Married Name as Alternate Name

Bulk delete
Done. See Delete Many
Set Sort Dates to Natural Order

Convert Shared Facts to Individual Facts

Merge Duplicate Facts



Insert Image Metadata into database

LessTX 14 January 2012 20:56:51

This is on the RM enhancement list, but there's no reason to not do it now.

Some of us, hopefully many of us, use IPTC or XMP metadata to identify photographs and scanned jpg or tif documents. In that way the information about the image is a part of the image file, rather than in some external file that can get unlinked.

This data could be imported into the Caption, Description, and date fields of the media item, thus eliminating the need to re-enter it or leave it blank.

Would also be nice to have the ability to "refresh" the RM database from the current image file metadata.

The following equivalencies exist between the metadata fields and RM database:


ve3meo 14 January 2012 22:47:12

Great idea! I caption my photos in Picasaweb. It would be great to have some kind of comparison and merge functionality, in addition to a straight copy.

Any ideas on tools? I found this: http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/ looks really powerful, free, but written in Perl.


Individual Names

LessTX 18 January 2012 15:29:05

Copying some ideas from the TMG Utilities...

One of the most frequently used things from TMG Utilities was the ability to create Married Names for all the women in the database, automatically.

Yes, you'd really only do it once, or after adding a whole lot of people, but it was a huge time saver. Later he added capability to add and change all different types of names, for v1.0 I'd say just do the married name thing

You'd choose the alternate name type (Married) and if you wanted to put in a date or just a sort date, make it the same as the marriage date (or one day after for the sort date). Do you want to put the maiden name in parentheses in the suffix field?

Then it goes and adds a married name for every female, for every marriage, if one does not already exist.

The checks for "does it exist" would be if the surname is the same as the spouse's name.

Also another "tag date" or "tag sort" utility would fix the dates, so that married names that already existed would get the date of the marriage, or you could set sort dates for the day after the marriage - those would work on already existing marriages.

This would be an exceedingly useful thing.

ve3meo 01 December 2012 13:09:20

The query has been developed - see Names - Add Married.


Set Sort Dates

LessTX 18 January 2012 15:32:46

Another of the exceedingly popular things from the TMG Utility was the ability to quickly and globally set sort dates for all of the tags.

You could arrange the list of tags, so that existing and undated tags would be given sort dates that put them in the requested order to make viewing of the person's timeline a lot less chaotic.

It was database wide, and only modified events with no sort date, but could force burial after marriage, names after birth, etc. You can look at the TMG Utility web page for description of how it worked.

ve3meo 19 January 2012 20:10:19

Have you looked at Dates - Same Day Sort Order? Does it appear to answer some or all of wish?


Merge duplicate facts

mfseeker 24 January 2012 02:25:17

More often than is comfortable, records end up with duplicate facts that are distinguished only by one having a note or source that the other lacks. It would be helpful if we had a utility that would locate such "duplicate facts", merge their notes and/or sources, and delete the duplicate. At the very least, it would help if we had a utility that would delete any duplicate fact that had no notes or sources or, perhaps, no new notes or sources.

PJEvans1 13 February 2012 00:39:53

I think it's a good idea.
The other fact-manipulation tool I'd like is one to convert fact types at the global level. (Ancestry seems to put everything into 'Residence' that isn't birth, death, or marriage.


Global convert fact type

ve3meo 14 February 2012 02:33:30

@PJEvans1: How would you see this working?
1. Convert all facts of one type to another?
2. Convert a filtered subset of facts of one type to another?


Bulk delete

snowathlete 24 October 2012 12:48:23

So frustrating to find there is no bulk delete capabily, and that the rootsmagician has no plans to provide one.

id like to be able to delete whole trees, or branches, ancestors, descendants of an individual (with collatoral lines) and delete the members of a named group, or those with color coding. Even delete based on other data fields.

ve3meo 28 October 2012 03:16:51

Have a look at Delete Many. It answers the request to delete the members of a named group, or those with color coding. You can use the full capabilities of RootsMagic Explorer to create Named Groups or coloured sets based on other data fields. Alternatively, you could use other custom SQLite queries to set a colour code or group.