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Quick Start Guide

Thank you for choosing Family Book Creator. Family Book Creator has been successfully installed on your computer: The Family Book Creator plugin is now available from the plugin menu of your Family Tree Maker application.

Creating a family book is a simple, six step process:

  1. Create a document containing the information you would like to see in your book
  2. Save the document from your word processor as docx or doc file
  3. Automatically create proper table of contents and index pages
  4. Preview your pages, proofread your document and get all issues fixed
  5. Print the document. (We recommend sending the document to a PDF printer)
  6. Get beautiful books

1.   Create a document containing the information you would like to see in your book

  • Open Family Tree Maker and select the starting individual of your book as current individual
  • Open the Family Book Creator plugin from the Tools menu
  • Specify which individuals are going to be included in your book on the 'Individuals to include' tab. Select 'Ancestor of', if you would like to create a book about ancestor of the selected starting individual or select 'Descendants of', if the book is about his or her descendants.
  • You may customize, which facts and details should be included, on the 'Items to include' tab page or just use the default settings.
  • Click the "Create Document" button and specify the location and filename used to create a book document. When finished, the proper application will launch automatically and open your document.

2.   Save the document from your word processor as docx or doc file

In case you created book documents in Rich-Text file format (RTF), please save the document first in Microsoft Word document format (with either docx or doc extension), before you start any processing or printing in order to prevent possible memory issues inside the Word application at a later time. Do not save the document as RTF file from your Word application, because this will increase the file size drastically. Instruction on how to save your document in Word document format might be found here.

3.   Automatically create proper table of contents and index pages

By default the plugin automatically does proper page pagination, rendering, TOC generation and indexing by updating all fields inside the document. If you decided to do this step manually, you may use your word processor to update all fields inside the document. To update all fields in the document, please mark the whole document (click 'Select All' on the Edit menu or use CTRL+A), and then press F9. The word processor now automatically generates or updates all fields for you. Save the document again from your word processor after the update is done.

Please note: Cross-references, such as page or figure numbers, do not update automatically when you make changes to your document. 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.

4.   Preview your pages, proofread your document and get all issues fixed

Please review the content of your book before publishing. You should make changes in the FTM file and regenerate the document until the document looks fine. The changes should not be done inside the word processor. The goal of the plugin is, to generate the book document from information found inside your Family Tree Maker database. If you need to add individuals or fine-tune information, it should be done inside Family Tree Maker and not inside the generated document.

5.   Print the document

We recommend sending the document to a PDF printer before wasting real paper. You may later decide to print the document on your own printer or search a DTP shop near your site to get your document printed and bound as a book. It might be also a good idea to use a print on demand service.

6.   Get beautiful books

You need to decide how you would like to publish your book…