Version 5 Due Out in February
We are very pleased to say that version 5 of Family Historian,
which will be a major upgrade, is due for release in February
2012. See www.family-historian.co.uk/whats-new-in-5
to learn about the new and improved features in the new version.
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Free Upgrade Offer (how to give V5 as a Christmas
With Christmas coming up, we thought version 5 would make
a great Christmas present. But how can you give it to anyone
as a present when it hasn't been released yet? We had a think
about that and came up with this offer as a solution:
Anyone who buys a boxed copy of version 4 (full version)
from one of a list of participating stockists from 10 Nov
2011 onwards, will be entitled to a free CD upgrade to version
5 when it's released. That way, you can give friends or relatives
a copy of version 4 to unwrap on Christmas Day, with the upgrade
to follow shortly. Or you could keep it yourself of course.
For full details of the offer, including a list of participating
stockists, see www.family-historian.co.uk/v5-xmas-offer.
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Offer Applies to the Download Version
Also, from 10 Nov onwards until version 5 is out, anyone
who purchases a licence for the download version of version
4 will be entitled to a free downloadable upgrade to version
5 when it is released. Again, this only applies to the full
version. It does not apply to purchases of upgrades to version
For full details, see www.family-historian.co.uk/v5-xmas-offer.
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Version 4 Tips
you know that each picture in Family Historian can be linked
to all the people in it? Each person can even be linked specifically
to their face in the picture. Our apologies if you did know
that, but it turns out that a surprising number of FH users
don't realise that you can do that, which is a shame because
you can get a lot more value out of a picture if you link
it to all the people in it.
People who work with pictures mainly in the Multimedia Window
are less likely to fail to realise that you can link each
picture to as many people as you like. But it's more easily
overlooked if you are editing a person's record in the Property
Box and adding pictures from the Multimedia tab. Both ways
of working with pictures are fine. But if you are using the
Property Box, the trick is this: when you click on the "Add
Media" button in the Multimedia tab, don't always choose
"Insert from File..." in the dropdown menu. There's
another option there which is "Link to Existing Multimedia
Record". That's the one to use if you've already added
a copy of the picture to your project.
often over-looked feature is automatic source citations. A
single birth certificate can provide data which requires 10
or more source citations. A common strategy is to create a
source record to represent the birth certificate, and then
enter all the information gleaned from it, and add source
citations to link that data back to the source record. But
you can make it easier, once you have created the source record,
by creating an automatic source citation (using "Set
Automatic Source Citation" on the Tools menu) referencing
the new source record. Then when you enter the data, source
citations will be added automatically. Just don't forget to
cancel the automatic source citation ("Cancel Automatic
Source Citation" on the Tools menu) when you have finished
adding the data!
Automatic source citations work regardless of which technique
you use to add data - even if you are creating records by
using the click-and-drag technique to add boxes in a diagram.
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