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Change History for Family Book Creator

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Build 412 (Available soon)

  • Fixed: Under some very rare circumstances, an error might occur during the initialization phase of the plugin. This issue has been fixed now.  
  • Fixed: The limitation to just include seventy families of the FBC Trial Edition did not work as expected for books about ancestors. The result was that always less than seventy families where included. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: If a Source Citation found in the FTM database is unreadable, you might receive an error message. This issue has been fixed and now invalid or malformed Source Citations are just skipped.
  • Fixed: Irish surnames (like O'Connor or O'Neill), used as middle names, did cause trouble in case ‘Handling of preferred given names’ was enabled as well. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Change: The default setting for Name fact types has now been changed to not include Source Citations.
  • Fixed: Under some very rare circumstances it could happen that it was not possible to include person notes. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Improved: The PDF rendering engine used to create PDF documents has been significantly optimized. Now the created PDF documents are smaller than before.
  • Fixed: The endnote line used in PDF output was thicker than the line used in other formats. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In case double quotes are used in names it happened that these names were not include in the Index of Individuals. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In case of Ancestor books it could happen that just the preferred partner/spouse was shown and not the biological ancestor of the starting individual. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Enhancement: Some additional Title and Headline name format options are now available from the drop-down lists found on the ’Preferences’, ‘Name Formats’ tab page. It is now possible to select format options which allow including name suffixes as well.
  • Fixed: In case of multiple relationships, were the details of a partner has not been recorded in the FTM database; the name for the unknown partner was omitted. This issue has been fixed and now always 'unknown partner' is used in case the partner has not been entered into the database.

Build 398

  • Fixed: The update notification dialog was not properly shown. This issue has been fixed now.

Build 396

  • Fixed: In case of Kinship books (Relatives of the starting individual), with a huge number of individuals involved, it could happen that the Family Book Creator application hangs and no progress was seen. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: An issue related to multiple pairs of natural parents for a single individual has been fixed. Now always just the first couple is used as natural parents.
  • Fixed: There was an issue, related to memory usage during the initialization phase of Family Book Creator 2017, which leads to a message box stating that FTM needs to be closed. This issue has been fixed now.

Build 392

  • Fixed: In case the plugin has had trouble reading text for default text elements (like title page, colophon, dedication, foreword or introduction) from notes attached to individuals an error message was shown. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: If documents are created in DOCX file format and also spitted into Master and Subdocuments, the plugin may crash in case you limited the output to start from generation one as well. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In case individuals have multiple relationships, but the data structure in FTM is wrong and no relationship has been marked as preferred, you may receive an error message. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In case the plugin has had trouble reading text from person or research notes an error message was shown. This issue has been fixed and now invalid or malformed notes are just skipped.
  • Fixed: In some very rare conditions, on systems where the plugin is not able to detect the amount of total physical memory installed, it could happen that you get the error message "Input string was not in a correct format". This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: The option 'Use single sections per relationship' should only be used, if all relationships are going to be included in your book. Otherwise you may get broken links (Error! Bookmark not defined) in your documents if the option 'Include only preferred partner' is used as well. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In case notes had been created or modified with Family Tree Maker on Mac OS it could happen that the output of those notes included unwanted characters and line breaks did not work as expected. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Enhancement: The "Henry System" has been added as additional numbering method. It is now possible to select on the 'Preferences', 'Style/Format' tab between the following descendant numbering methods: "Register Style", "NGSQ Style", "Henry System", "Modified Henry System", "D'Aboville System", "Modified d'Aboville System" and "Descendant Lines System"
  • Fixed: Depending on the selected Name Style it could happen, with Family Book Creator 2017, that two space characters were used between given names and surnames. This issue has been fixed now.

Build 388

  • Fixed: In case you have individuals without a name fact in your tree it happened, that you got an error message during startup of Family Book Creator (Build 387). This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: Individuals sharing same names, but using different name suffixes, were not properly sorted in the list of individuals on the 'Individuals to include' tab of FBC (Build 387). This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In case document creation was canceled by the user, it could happen that a wrong message was displayed inside the status bar. This issue has been fixed now.

Build 387

  • Fixed: In case you are working with a family tree with more than 62 generations it could happen that you get the error message "Value was either too large or too small for an Int64." This issue has been fixed.
  • Fixed: In case no file associations to word processing applications could be found on your system, it happens, that you receive the error message "Object reference not set to an instance of an object". This issue has been fixed.
  • Fixed: In case the plugin has trouble reading notes attached to individuals it could happen, that the plugin just hangs and "Not responding" was displayed in the title bar. This issue has been fixed and now malformed notes are just skipped.
  • Fixed: In case the file format "Word Document format (DOCX) " is used together with the option to automatically update all fields, it could happen, that some page numbers at the end of the Table of Contents were not correct. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: Options specified for descendant styles on the 'Preferences', 'Style/Format' tab for "Show generation indicators in italics" and "Show names in italics" had been saved, but not restored when reopening the plugin or reloading saved settings. This issue has been fixed now. Additionally these options are now only enabled in the user interface in case superscript generation indicators or parenthetical lineage lists are used.
  • Fixed: In the first release of Family Book Creator 2017 the list of individuals on the 'Individuals to include' tab was not alphabetically sorted and the find feature did not work as expected. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: The font settings used for notes attached to media elements did not work as expected. This issue has been fixed now.

Build 383

  • Enhancement: Support for Family Tree Maker 2017 has been added. Existing Family Book Creator customers are allowed to upgrade for free. The licensing information (Name and serial number) you received before is going to work with Family Book Creator 2017 as well, but you need to download and install Family Book Creator 2017.
  • Enhancement: Now all installation packages are digitally signed. This proves the software is legitimate, comes from a known software vendor, and that the package has not been tampered with since being published. To make the installation easier the password protection has been removed. Now no installation password is required.
  • Enhancement: Dutch is now available as additional output language. Which means that it is now possible to create, with the help of Family Book Creator, comprehensive family history books in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish or Spanish language directly from data stored inside your Family Tree Maker database.
  • Enhancement: Support for legal separation has been added. Now "legally separated" is used for married couples, in case the relationship type for a couple is set to "Spouse" and the relationship status is set to "Separated" or a Separate fact type is present.
  • Fixed: If documents are created in DOCX file format and spitted into Master and Subdocuments the endnote numbering style could be wrong. This issue has been fixed and now, even in case of Master and Subdocuments, Arabic numbering is always used as numbering style for endnotes.
  • Fixed: There was a large delay when the user wants to cancel the book creation process while a large amount of images was processed for families. This issue has been fixed.
  • Fixed: If kinship books are created it could happen (in case of pedigree collapse) that wrong kinship terms are used. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: Sentences created for the Religion fact type did not always use the correct tense. This issue has been fixed.
  • Changed: The English version of the User Guide has been updated. The document covers now the most recent enhancements as well.

Build 375

  • Change: The previously separated installation packages for 32-bit and 64-bit systems were combined into one installation package. Now a single installer package of Family Book Creator 2014 is used which supports 32-bit and 64-bit target systems.

Build 374

  • Enhancement: Support for marked surnames surrounded by backslashes inside 'Also known as'-facts has been added. For example from the character sequence 'Jack \Black\' the marked surname segment 'Black' will now be recognized as surname and the entry is placed correctly sorted into the "Index of Individuals" section and the backslash characters are omitted from being shown in your book.
  • Enhancement: It is now possible to decide, if statements about same-sex couples should be included inside narratives or not. You may enable these statements by selecting the "Identify same-sex couples" checkbox on the "Book items", "Main part", "Options" tab.
  • Enhancement: If the list of children is going to be included inside family sections, it is now optional to include or omit sentences with the number of children known inside partner paragraphs. You may decide to include these statements by selecting the "Show number of children" checkbox on the "Book items", "Main part", "Options" tab. Additionally you may now decide, if you would like to include or omit the sentence if no children are known.
  • Fixed: There was a crash (Object reference not set to an instance of an object) in case the "Index of Places" did not contain geographic information or information about individuals.  This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In case an individual was only mentioned as a child, inside his or her parents paragraph, and the individual did not have its own family section, then the index entry for this individual was missing. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: It could happen that the plugin never completes creating the book document while processing media elements. This issue was caused by invalid or unsupported media elements and has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In case OpenOffice Writer was used as target word processing system, it could happen that index entries for individuals did not work as expected. The result was, that it was not possible to let OpenOffice Writer fill the "Index of Individuals" section by inserting a 'Alphabetical Index' field. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: Hyperlinks inside the "Table of Contents" section for documents in E-Book format (EPUB) did not work as expected. This issue has been fixed now and now you may use hyperlinks to jump to the selected headline inside your electronic publication.
  • Fixed: In some very rare situations it could happen, that it looks like the ‘Creating document’-phase never completes. In reality the plugin has already successfully created the book document inside the output folder. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In case 'Word 97-2003 Document (DOC)' was used as file format it could happen, that Microsoft Word complains about a potential security issue while opening the generated file. This issue inside the binary file format has been fixed. Now the security feature from Microsoft Word (Office File Validation) does allow you to open and modify the document by default.

Build 364

  • Fixed: There was a crash related to places with more than ten place segments. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In case the option 'Update all fields' is used to automatically update the indexes, it could happen that the sort order did not fit to the expected sort order for the selected output language. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In case the option 'Update all fields' is used to automatically create the Table of Contents it could happen that page numbers at the end of the Table of Contents are wrong. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In case books about relatives are created and the documents are split into Master- and Subdocuments, it could happen that only one family was included inside each subdocument. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In some rare situations, while processing high resolution images, it was possible that the FTM application stopped working. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Changed: (Swedish output): The translation used for "1st Cousins 1 Time Removed" inside kinship books has been changed from "Kusinföräldrar" to "Föräldrars kusiner" and "1st Cousins 2 Times Removed" is now translated with "2:a gen föräldrars kusiner".
  • Changed: (Swedish output): The translation used for "Granduncles/aunts" inside kinship books has been changed from "Far- och morföräldrars syskon" to "2:a gen föräldrars syskon".
  • Fixed: In case the ”Reset Settings“ button was used, to reset all settings inside Family Book Creator to the installation default values, the option 'Update all fields' was not disabled. This option needs to be disabled because PDF file format is the default and the user should have no control about the option 'Update all fields'. This issue has been fixed now.

Build 359

  • Enhancement: Handling of error situations (for example “not enough disk space available”) has been improved.
  • Fixed: If no back matter elements (like Bibliography, Index of Places, Index of Individuals or Endnotes) were included inside the generated book document, it could happen that an additional blank page was added at the end. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: There was an unwanted newline before the headline of the Bibliography section. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: When you tried to include only a single generation in your book document using Build 354 or 356 it could happen that you are facing a NullReferenceException-Error message. This issue has been fixed now.

Build 356

  • Enhancement: It is now possible to specify the quality used for images inside generated PDF-Documents directly on the 'Preferences', 'General' tab.
    You may select between:
    - Smallest File Size (72dpi, 50%)
    - Standard Quality (150dpi, 50%)
    - Press Quality (200dpi, 50%)
    - High Quality Print (300dpi, 80%)
    - Image quality as specified (... on the 'Preferences', 'General', 'Images' tab)
    Note: Higher quality requires longer processing times and much more physical memory is needed
  • Fixed: There was an issue related to missing family sections in case Master- and Subdocuments are used. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed (French output): The translation of 'Figure' has been changed to 'Image'.

Build 354

  • Enhancement: Now it is possible to specify the file format you would like to use during book creation. You may select between word processor file formats, platform independent file formats and image file formats.
    File formats for word processors:
    You may create the following file formats without the need of having Microsoft Word or any other word processor application installed:
    - Word Document (DOCX),
    - Word 97-2003 Document (DOC),
    - OpenDocument Text (ODT) or
    - Rich-Text Format (RTF).
    Note: You may need to install the free Microsoft Word Viewer for Microsoft Windows to properly display and print Microsoft Word documents if you do not have Microsoft Word installed on your system.
    Platform independent file formats:
    It is also possible to automatically create book documents using the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) without having a PDF creator application (like Adobe Acrobat) installed. For archiving and long-term preservation of electronic documents it is possible to select PDF/A-1b format as well.
    You may even create electronic publications in E-Book format (EPUB) and have a look on your family documents on an E-Book reader. EPUB is an open standard supported by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) organization.
    Image file formats:
    If you like you may export every single page of your book document in Image file format (JPG- or PNG) with a resolution of 600 dpi. This may allow you to put together the pages inside a photobook and get it printed in very high quality.
  • Enhancement: It is now possible to automatically create proper table of contents and index pages without the help of your word processing application. Depending on the selected file format it is possible to specify if all fields (Table of Contents, Cross-References, Index of Individuals etc.) should be automatically updated while the document is being created or not. The option 'Update all fields' can be found inside the user interface on the 'Preferences', 'General' tab inside the 'Document creation' area. Updating all fields on document creation is optional in case the file format is DOCX, DOC, ODT or RTF. Updating all fields is still possible with the help of your word processing application.
    Note: Updating always all fields may take a lot of time during the document creation phase and in case of a huge number of individuals included the memory consumption might be very high.
  • Enhancement: Family Book Creator now lets you break a long document into smaller documents in order to work on these individually. A master document is created that contains links to individual subdocuments containing the family data. Microsoft Word is able to combine these subdocuments into a larger document. In Microsoft Word use Outline view. Once you’re in the Outline view, go to the Master Document toolbox and click ‘Show Document’ or ‘Expand Subdocuments’. Please consult Microsoft Word documentation for more information about working with Master- and Subdocuments.
    Only in case Word Document format (DOCX) is used it is possible to work with Master- and Subdocuments. The option 'Create Master- and Subdocuments' can be found inside the user interface on the 'Preferences', 'General' tab inside the 'Document creation' area.
    Note: It is not possible to update automatically all fields while the document is being created using Master- and Subdocuments, but you can later use Microsoft Word to update all fields. To update all fields at any time just mark the whole document (click 'Select All' on the Edit menu or use CTRL+A), and then press F9.
    Note: The subdocuments get automatically the suffix "-subdocument-" followed by a subdocument number assigned to the specified filename of the master document.
  • Enhancement: The new book type "Alphabetical family register" is now available inside the drop down box on the "Book items", "Main part", "Individuals to include" tab page. You may select this book type to create a book about all individuals found in your database. The individual families are arranged in alphabetical order according to the husband's surname and receive an order number.
    Note: If you have a huge amount of individuals creating the book documents may take a very long time and you will get very large documents. So you may need to limit the output used. For example you may exclude Family Charts, Portraits and Photo Album sections. Also using the new Master- and Subdocument feature might be a good option if you are going to create output in Word Document format (DOCX).
  • Changed: In case the selected output language is French, German, English or Spanish and the Index of Individuals is grouped by first letter of the last name the first letter used in the index is now always the base letter without any diacritical marks. For example is case of the first letter is 'Ä' just 'A' is used. Note: The same behavior is used to create proper section headlines in case the report type is "Alphabetical family register".
  • Changed: Now the last selected target word processing system is reselected when the plugin is restarted.
  • Changed: By default now the option 'Try to shorten place names' is selected.
  • Changed: By default now the option 'Include geographic coordinates' for the Index of Places is selected.
  • Changed: The internal usage of temporary files during document creation has been changed.
  • Fixed (English output): Inside the statistics section the wording used has been corrected. The "which" has been corrected to "whom".
  • Fixed (Swedish output): The sentence regarding the relationships had a grammar issue. This issue has been fixed. Now "…förhållande med" is used.
  • Fixed: The 'Cancel' button was enabled before the user had specified a filename. This issue has been fixed now. The button is enabled after specifying the filename.
  • Fixed: There was an issue regarding detecting ancestral loops. Right now this issue is not fixed, but ancestral loop detection is disabled now.
  • Fixed (English output): Add missing word 'by' in default text used inside foreword section "… close resemblance for relatives separated by generations."

Build 340

  • Enhancement: Spanish (Español) and French (Français) are now available as additional output languages. Now it is possible to create, with the help of Family Book Creator, comprehensive family history books in Danish, English, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish or Swedish language directly from data stored inside your Family Tree Maker database.
  • Enhancement: Support for Person ID facts has been added. Now it is possible to include values from Person ID facts right at the position of the first appearance of the individuals inside a narrative reports. You just need to specify on the proper 'Preferences', 'Name Formats', 'Family chart' tab page the Person ID style you would like to use. To do so, please specify the 'First used style' inside the Primary, Partner and Children subtabs. You may select to add the Person ID following the individual’s name either in square brackets or by using superscript.
  • Changed: In case the gender of all children is equal, the sentence with the number of children inside the partner section is now specific to the gender found. This means you get now something like "They have three sons" or "They have two daughters" if the gender of their kids is equal, or you just get "They have two children" in case they have different gender. The same is true for the introduction section on top of the list of children.
  • Changed: Family Book Creator tries to use past tense inside narrative reports in case individuals are deceased. But in some cases where no Death facts are given, present tense might have been used, even if you know that the individuals are deceased. To find out, if an individual is death or alive, Family Book Creator now checks additional fact types to be able to create proper sentences. Note: Please add a death fact for the individual to indicate that the individual is deceased, if still the wrong tense is used - even if you do not know the date.
  • Changed: The algorithm to suppress equal segments from the location information (Try to shorten Place Names) has been changed. Now the place context inside the list of children is handled in a different way. If a child has a given place of birth this place is used as context for the next child mentioned in the list. Before it was jut the last place mentioned inside the previous child entry.
  • Fixed: There had been some unwanted space characters inside some sentences generated in Danish or Norwegian language. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: Under some very rare conditions it could happen, that Family Book Creator tried to add unsupported media types to photo album sections and just hangs. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: It could happen that the bibliography list was not properly sorted. For example 'Census 1920' was shown before 'Census 1860' inside the bibliography list. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In case Word Document format (docx) is used together with Microsoft Word 2010, and a lot of large footnotes on the same page needs to be rendered, it could happen, that Word was not able to render the text properly across multiple pages. This issue has been fixed now.

Build 316

  • Fixed: There was an issue inside the Ancestral Lines numbering format. If the format used had a space character inside it could happen that you get the unwanted sequence of "<NBP>" instead of just a space character. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Enhancement: Family Book Creator is now also available for Family Tree Maker 2014.1 which has been recently released by The Software MacKiev Company. More details might be found in the FAQ: "Does Family Book Creator work with FTM 2014.1 from Software MacKiev?".

Build 313

  • Fixed: In some rare cases, if no names are stored for an individual, a null pointer exception occurred. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: The number of media items linked to a source citation was only shown if a Photo Album was included as well. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: It could happen that the bibliography list was not properly sorted. For example ‘Book 11’ was shown before ‘Book 2’ inside the list. This issue has been fixed now. So now ‘Book 2’ is shown before ‘Book 11’ inside the list.
  • Fixed (Norwegian language): There were some spelling issues inside the Norwegian translation "Her finner du tilgjengelig informasjon" which have been fixed now.
  • Changed: In case of multiple relationships each family section of the primary individual has an introduction sentence. Previously this sentence stated the relationship number of the primary individual and was followed by a sentence only with the page number as back reference to the section showing the details about the primary individual. Now the sentences also include the name of the spouse or partner and the back reference list the given name of the primary individual as well. Hopefully this is less confusing for your readers.

Build 306

  • Fixed: In case the family chart did contain more than eight children the connection lines to the lower part of the children were incomplete. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In case only biological children should be included and non biological children are known as well the sentence with the list of children names inside partner sections were wrong. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Enhancement: The sentence with the list of children names inside partner sections may now list the children’s timespans as well. You may enable this behavior by selecting the "Show timespans in addition" checkbox on the "Book items", "Main part", "Options" tab.
  • Changed: There is a change regarding the image used inside the center of a family chart. In case of multiple images before this update it was required to mark the wanted image by adding it to the media category "FBC_FamilyChart_Center". This is now no longer required. If no image is marked just the first image found is going to be used.
    The following rules are used to select the image now:
    If there is only one single image linked to the marriage fact this image is going to be used, but if there are multiple images linked to the marriage fact the system looks for an image belonging to the media category "FBC_FamilyChart_Center". If no image belongs to the media category just the first image found is used.
    If the marriage fact does not contain images the search is continued inside the image store for the couple’s relationship. If there are multiple images, but no one belongs to the image category "FBC_FamilyChart_Center" again the first images found is going to be used.
  • Fixed: A relationship status (married) was shown inside family charts for individuals with children also in cases were no partner or spouse are known. This issue has been fixed now and now the status is only included when both partners are known.
  • Fixed: It could happen that the information from non preferred facts was used to display the relationship status inside family charts. This issue has been fixed and now only preferred facts are used.
  • Changed: The relationship status (engaged, married, divorced …) of the current couple is now also visible for privatized couples inside their family chart. But because the data has been privatized no dates are shown.

Build 302

  • Changed: Swedish output: Now modern style ordinal numbers are used in headlines of kinship books.
  • Fixed: If the starting individual had multiple sets of parents (for example adoptive parents) it was not possible to create a kinship book for this individual. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: There was an issue related to duplicated fonts which caused the plugin to crash on some Windows 10 systems. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In case of books about descendants (sorted by families) it could happen that an unwanted additional page break was inserted after the headline of the second chapter. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Enhancement: The "Include family headlines" checkbox on the "Book items", "Table of Contents" tab allows now to include or exclude family headlines from the table of contents. (Note: Right now only if you are using MS Word!)
  • Changed: The output of family charts for individuals marked as "Newer Married" (inside the date field of the marriage fact) has been improved.
  • Enhancement: The relationship status (engaged, married, divorced …) of the current couple is now also visible inside their family chart.
  • Fixed: In case of kinship books it could happen that you got an "Error! Bookmark Not Defined" message inside your word document. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Changed: Swedish output: The wording used for sentences regarding AKA fact types and alternate name facts has been improved.
  • Fixed: The sentence showing a child's relationship to the parents did not correctly use present or past tense. This issue has been fixed: Now if the child or the parents are deceased past tense is used.
  • Fixed: When a relationship type is set to "Partner" the tense used inside the sentence about the relationship might have been wrong. Now past tense is used if one of the partners is deceased or if the couple is separated.

Build 297

  • Fixed: After using the 'Reset Settings' or the 'Load Settings' button to go back to default settings or to load previous used settings the user interface did not always reflect the current settings for fact types. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In case of individuals with multiple sets of parents (for example in case of adoptions) it could happen that only reduced information (no family chart and no list of children) for the individual’s family was included in the book. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In case the notes from fact types used to store text for the book items title page, colophon, dedication, foreword and introduction are missing it was possible that the plugin hang in an endless loop during the initialization phase. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Change: The visual appearance of the language selector drop-down lists has been enhanced. The lists are now sorted alphabetically and flag symbols are used inside the language selector drop-down lists of the user interface.
  • Fixed: Swedish output: There was a punctuation/spaces issue inside the Swedish translation for Adoption, Military and Census fact types. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: Swedish output: The relationship group terms used inside kinship books have been improved.
  • Fixed: Multiple issues inside the Swedish version of the user interface have been fixed.
  • Fixed: The settings used for civil law or canon law inside books about individuals related to the starting individual was not restored on restart of the plugin. Also this setting has not been saved inside and restored from book creator setting files. This issue has been fixed now.

Build 291

  • Enhancement: You may now change on the 'Preferences', 'General' tab the language of the user interface. Please choose between English, German and Swedish.
  • Enhancement: An ddditional book type is now available. It is possible to select from the top left drop down box on the "Book items", "Main part", "Individuals to include" tab page from the following types:
    • Ancestors of the starting individual
      Creates a book about the ancestors of the starting individual. It is possible to limit the number of generations shown.
    • Descendants of the starting individual
      Creates a book about the descendants of the starting individual. It is possible to limit the number of generations shown.
    • Relatives of the starting individual
      Creates a kinship book about individuals related to the starting individual. It is possible to limit the degree of kinship shown and you may decide to use civil law or canon law rules for calculating the degree of kinship. More details might be found in the FAQ: "How do families get sorted inside kinship books?".
  • Changed: Depending on the currently selected book type some options which are not applicable for the selected type of book are now disabled.
  • Fixed: In some rare situations it could happen that the plugin hangs inside an endless loop while processing unsupported media files. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: Numbering figures did not work in case of duplicating images was allowed. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: In some rare situations it could happen that an image file was not included even when the file exists on disk. This was related to missing thumbnails of images and has been fixed now.
  • Changed: The trial limitations are changed. They are now:
    • only the data of seventy families are shown
    • once in a while instead of the lifespan for an individual just the text "Free - Trial" is show inside family charts
    • from time to time the month of an event is replaced with "trial month" inside narrative sections
    • every page contains a watermark on the background
    • the button "Save Settings" is not enabled
  • Enhancement: The "Include private" checkbox on the "Book items", "Main part", "Items to include", "Family chart" tab allows you to include privatized images inside family charts.
  • Enhancement: It is now possible to include privatized person portraits inside narrative report sections as well. The "Include private" option can be found next to the "Include portraits" checkbox on the "Items to include" tabs for the "Primary", "Partner", "Children" and "Children (no main section)" of the user interface.
  • Fixed: If there are fonts installed on a system that do not work properly or are just missing it could happen that FBC crashed during the initialization phase with the following error message: "Font 'Verdana' does not support style 'regular'". This issue has been fixed now.
  • Enhancement: Family Book Creator 2012 and 2014 are now aware about place detail information coming from values inside place fields (A FTM feature available since FTM 2012). A place name may also include a place detail, which is a more precise location that probably does not appear in the places database (place authority). In the past and now by default this place detail information is handled by Family Book Creator like an additional place segment. Depending on your usage pattern for place details inside place fields in FTM this may or may not be the best for your needs. It all depends on how you are using the place details inside FTM.
    If you do not use them at all or if your place details just contain historical place names or cities which are not know by FTM’s place authority this default setting might be fine for you. In case you always use the place details for hospital names, church names, cemetery names, addresses etc. you may like to change this default.
    If you disable the "Use place details always as place segments"-option (This check-box can be found on the "Book items", "Main part", "Options" tab) Family Book Creator is aware of this place detail information and creates proper sentences. Also note that only the place part that could be resolved by the place authority is going to be used to create proper index information, but the place detail information is going to appear inside the generated sentence using the following format: "at <place detail> in <location>".
  • Fixed: If only the father or mother of an individual is known and stored in your database the sentence regarding the kinship of the individual to the father or mother was missing. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: Inside ancestor books it could happen that details about siblings of the starting individual were missing. This issue has been fixed now.

Build 267

  • Fixed: Swedish output: There was a spelling issue inside the generated sentence in case of unknown relationships of children to their father or mother. The word "Släktskapet" was spelled wrong. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: Gender-symbols ("" or "") to indicate the sex of individuals inside the list of children did not show up for females if Danish, Norwegian or Swedish were used as output languages. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: It could happen that inside a family headline the name of the primary individual with multiple relationships was included twice. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: If the option "Include only preferred partner" was used it could happen that paragraphs for primary individuals with multiple relationships were missing inside the report. This issue has been fixed now.

Build 265

  • Enhancement: Norwegian (Norwegian Bokmål) is now available as additional output language.
  • Enhancement: The age at death of an individual is now also calculated in cases without given exact birth or death dates. So now the age is calculated even if the day or month of the birth or death event is missing. Or if about or calculated dates are used. Note: The age is still not calculated in case of date ranges or if before or after dates are used.
  • Fixed: The feature to calculate family names did not work as expected for primary females without children in Family Book Creator (Build 261). This is fixed now. If there are no descendants from a relationship the surname of the male person from the relationship is going to be used as married name for the couple.

Build 261

  • Enhancement: The new option 'Include grandparents for starting person' on the 'Book Items', 'Main part', 'Items to include', 'Family chart' tab page allows to include grandparents for the family of the starting person without the need of showing grandparents for all other families inside family charts.
  • Fixed: Pictures set as person portraits had been included in family charts and narratives even if they had been marked as "Private" inside FTM. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Enhancement: In the past releases of FBC enlarged images were always shown before smaller images. The media size shown had an impact on the sort order. This prevented users from showing the images sorted chronologically in case of using the media category FBC_PhotoAlbum_FullWidth. The default behavior has been changed now and it is now possible to select if you would like to sort enlarged images first in your Photo Album paragraphs or not. Please find the option 'Show enlarged images first in Photo Album' on the bottom of the 'Book Items', 'Main part', 'Items to include', 'Photo Album' tab page.
  • Change/Enhancement: The order of names in family headings can now be specified. By default always the name of the primary individual is listed first. Optionally it is also possible to list always the name of the male first and the name of the female last by enabling the option 'Name of the man in front' on the 'Book Items', 'Main part', 'Options' tab page.
  • Enhancement: It is now possible to select on the 'Preferences', 'Style/Format' tab between additional descendant numbering methods. Now the following styles are available: "Register Style", "NGSQ Style", "Modified Henry System", "D'Aboville System", "Modified d'Aboville System" and "Descendant Lines System"
  • Enhancement: In case of multiple relationships of primary individuals now always cross-references to the pages of the partners are listed in parenthesis. (Only the first partner receives no cross-reference, as this person is always to be found in the following section)
  • Enhancement: The usage of the media category FBC_PhotoAlbum_FullWidth allows showing your important images very large. But in some cases there is not enough room left on the page to show also the text from descriptions or notes under the image. In those cases you may now use one of the new media categories to get the image a little bit smaller:
    FBC_PhotoAlbum_90%OfFullWidth -> 90% of text width
    FBC_PhotoAlbum_80%OfFullWidth -> 80% of text width
    FBC_PhotoAlbum_70%OfFullWidth -> 70% of text width
    FBC_PhotoAlbum_60%OfFullWidth -> 60% of text width
    FBC_PhotoAlbum_50%OfFullWidth -> 50% of text width
  • Fixed: It could happen inside family sections of non-biological children (Example: adopted children or stepchildren) that the family chart and photo album sections were not included. This issue has been fixed.
  • Fixed: In case of having just the place of death without a given death date the wrong tense was used inside the generated sentences. For example "She is the daughter of" instead of "She was the daughter of". This issue has been fixed now.
  • Enhancement: Geographical coordinates may now be included inside the Index of Places. The given geographical coordinates from your FTM database are listed inside parenthesis in the form of geographic coordinates in decimal degrees.
    Note: If the coordinates for a place are missing open the Places workspace in FTM. Select the place and add the coordinates to the location field. You may enter directly the coordinates or use the pin button.
  • Enhancement: Descendants can now be either shown "Organized by families" or "Organized by generations". If organized by families, the tables of contents of your books get structured like the "Outline Descendant Report" known from FTM. The table of contents is then a kind of multilevel list. There is an indentation done with points for every generation and individuals having multiple relationships are indented with additional spaces. The result is a proper breakdown showing the complete family structure.

Build 253

  • Enhancement: The option 'Include reference numbers' on the 'Items to include', 'Family chart' tab allows reference numbers to be shown inside the boxes of the family chart. Please note that you can specify the font settings for this reference numbers on the 'Preferences', 'Fonts' tab as well.
  • Enhancement: It is now possible to use generation indicators. Generation indicators appear inline with the text of the narrative report and they are used to indicate the number generations the person is away from the primary person of the report or oldest paternal ancestor. They are shown as superscript numbers following given names. They refer either to the starting individual or to the oldest paternal ancestor.
  • Enhancement: It is now possible to include parenthetical lineage lists as back references to the starting individual. They may help you to identify, with absolute assurance, each descendant in each line inside your books about descendants.
  • Enhancement: Alternative numbering and sorting systems for ancestors are now available on the 'Style/Format' tab inside the Preferences area. You may choose between three different systems:
    1. "Sosa–Stradonitz System"
      This popular numbering method is worldwide most used and has been named after the genealogist Jérôme de Sosa and Kekulé von Stradonitz. The numbering system was first published by Michaël Eytzinger in 1590. When using this method the individual reference numbers are based on their respective Kekulé numbers (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahnentafel). The order of individuals or families is always in ascending order by generations.
    2. "Ancestral Lines Pairing System"
      In this relatively new system for organizing lineages, developed and patented by Capers W. McDonald, the individual reference numbers used consists of a combination of a calculated line number and a generation number followed by a number indicating the birth order. In case of multiple marriages an additional pairing number might be used. (For more information about the system you may also look at http://www.ancestrallines.net/ or http://admin.americanancestors.org:8080/uploadedfiles/media/american_ancestors_magazine/ancestral_lines.pdf) The output order is according to the lineage numbers. And additionally it is possible to choose between ascending or descending sort order by generations inisde those lineages as well. In case of father lines priority this patrilineal system follows the line of the fathers. In case of mother lines priority the lineage of women (mothers) is followed.
    3. "Patrilineal/Matrilineal Lineages"
      This system is a modified Ancestral Lines Pairing System. The lineage numbers used are not calculated they are just assigned by sequence to prevent the usage of very large line numbers.
  • Changed: The drop down style has been changed for all drop-down lists inside the FBC user interface.
  • Changed: It is now possible to really use the full available width for images inside the photo album.
  • Fixed: Missing formatting control tags inside label fields like <b> without </b> did result in invalid documents which could not be opened by the text processor used. This issue has been fixed.
  • Fixed: Processing of preferred given names was not correct for names inside the book title and page headers. This issue has been fixed.
  • Fixed: AKA-Names are only shown if they are included in the index as well. This has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: The current setting for the option to include user-defined short place names in the index was not preserved on restarts of the plugin. This issue has been fixed.

Build 241

  • Fixed: In case only control characters or non-printing characters are found inside a description field of a fact it could happen that the plugin stopped working with an index out of bounds exception. This issue has been fixed.
  • Fixed: Inside ancestor reports with more than 31 generations the person reference numbers where wrong. This issue has been fixed.
  • Fixed: Settings for the fact type Ordination for Children (No main section) had been not properly initialized, saved and restored. This issue has been fixed.
  • Fixed: Settings for the fact type Burial of the Primary Individual and for Children (No main section) where not properly initialized. This issue has been fixed now and by default only preferred and not privatized burial facts are included.
  • Enhancement: It is now possible to specify if default book items like title page, colophon, dedication, foreword, table of contents and introduction should be part of the book or not. On the respective tab pages are now check boxes available to determine whether the item should be included in the document or not.
  • Enhancement: It is now possible to activate the usage of automatic hyphenation inside Microsoft Word for names inside family charts. You find the 'Use automatic hyphenation'-checkbox on the 'Preferences', 'Name Formats', 'Family chart' tab page. Without automatic hyphenation long names just break at the edge of the box. The automatic hyphenation feature of Word now helps to resolve this issue.
  • Fixed: The find/search functionality on the "Individuals to include" tab did not work properly. This issue has been fixed now and the user may now again use the find/search functionality to find the wanted starting individual.
  • Fixed: When using "English (UK)" as language for the generated document, the language setting for the spell checker within the generated document was incorrect. This bug has now been fixed and it is instead of 'English (USA)' now 'English (United Kingdom)’ set as the language within the generated document.
  • Fixed: If a fact description style is used which shows the words from the description as additional sentence it could happen that punctuation marks (".","!" or "?") where followed by an additional period. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: It could happen that cross-references in cased of duplicate families (due to common ancestry) were not properly shown in descendant reports. This issue has been fixed.
  • Fixed: When creating documents for post processing with OpenOffice figures inside the photo album sections were not numbered correctly. This issue has been fixed.
  • Fixed: There was an unwanted comma inside the current date on the title page and inside the foreword when using "English (UK)" as language for the generated document. This issue has been fixed.
  • Fixed (German User Interface): A spelling issue inside "Inhaltsverzeichnis - Ebene 1-4"  has been fixed.

Build 226

  • Fixed: In case of non-bitmap images (for example images in Windows Meatafile Format) it could happen that the user gets the error message "Unable to cast object of type 'System.Drawing.Imaging.Metafile' to type 'System.Drawing.Bitmap'". This issue has been fixed.
  • Fixed: There was an issue regarding the mouse pointer: When Family Book Creator is open the mouse pointer moves to the upper right corner of the screen and it is almost impossible to control the cursor. This issue has been fixed.
  • Enhancement: If your trial edition has expired it is now possible to start another free trial period by just entering "Try-Now" (without the quotes) into the serial number field.

Build 224

  • Fixed: In case of CMYK images it could happen that the plugin stopped working with an Out Of Memory exception. This issue has been fixed.
  • Fixed: Sometimes it could happen that images are not scaled properly. This issue has been fixed.
  • Enhancement: The person selection list on the 'Individuals to include' tab is now initialized in a background task. This allows considerably faster startup of the plugin in case of large databases. All features of the plugin are usable while the person selection list gets initialized. Of course the find/search functionality is only available after the initialization is done and the spinning wheel on top of the list control is gone.
  • Enhancement: The fact item lists are now also initialized and updated in a background task. While the lists are initialized or updated spinning wheels are shown on top of the fact type lists inside the 'Items to include' tab pages and a wait cursor is shown if the cursor hovers of the 'Supported Facts' group box of the 'Book Items', 'Main part', 'Options' panel.

Build 220

  • Fixed: On some systems a crashed happened when the user tries to open the font selector drop down box inside the 'Preferences', 'Fonts' tab. This issue has been fixed.
  • Fixed: The privacy settings where handled too strict. Even when a death date was known it could happen that individuals with death dates older than the used setting had been privatized. This issue has been fixed.
  • Fixed: The find/search functionality on the "Individuals to include" tab did not work in Build 216. This issue has been fixed now.

Build 216

  • Enhancement: If you are running Family Book Creator inside Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac and have Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 installed it is now possible to open the created RTF document automatically inside Word on your Mac. Note: This requires that you save the document in a folder that is shared between Mac OS X and your virtual machine.
  • Fixed: There was an issue regarding mixed languages inside the user interface if Family Book Creator runs on Dutch, Spanish or Polish Windows Operating Systems. This issue has been fixed and the User Interface is now in English language only on those systems.
  • Enhancement: Support for marked surnames surrounded by slashes inside 'Also known as'-facts has been added. For example from the character sequence 'Jack /Black/' the marked surname segment 'Black' will now be recognized as surname and the entry is placed correctly sorted into the Index of Individuals and the slash characters are omitted from being shown in your book.
  • Enhancement: Support for multiple 'Also known as'-names delimited by comma has been added.

Build 213

  • Fixed: If settings are loaded from a Book Creator Settings file (*.bcs) it could happen that the options used for including notes, index of individuals and index of places are not loaded properly. This issue has been fixed now.
  • Fixed: It was not possible to use the keyboard to select fact types inside the fact type controls found inside the ‘Items to include’ area. This issue has been fixed now and the user can now navigate by using the keyboard or the scrollbar on the right side of the control. The user can place a check mark by hitting the space bar or pressing the left mouse button on the currently selected fact type to include this fact type.

Build 212

  • Fixed: If there are fonts installed on a system that do not work properly it could happen that FBC crashed during the initialization phase with the following error message: "font '<FONTNAME>' does not support style 'regular'". This issue has been fixed now.
  • Enhancement: Inactive or hidden fonts are now no longer listed inside the "Font" tab of the "Preferences" area.
  • Enhancement: Some small enhancements inside the About/Licensing dialog which should make it easier to enter or paste valid licensing information into the given fields.
  • Fixed: The image manipulation border option ‘Circle corners’ found on the "Images" tab of the "Preferences" area leads to wrong results for images in landscape format. This issue has been fixed now. Please also have a look at the FAQ: "What cropping and image manipulation options do I have?".
  • Fixed: If given names included a single quote or an underscore character it could happen that the user gets the following error message: 'startIndex must be less than length of string'. This issue has been fixed now.

Build 210

  • Changed: Support for different licensing types has been added.