The text formatting capabilities of the online MyHeritage system for notes, biographies, etc. is very handy and useful in making family stories readably. However, that formatting gets trashed when one moves gedcoms back and forth between the online MyHeritage version of a tree and the offline Family Tree Builder (FTB) version of the family tree. In fact, I can't figure out how to work with notes on FTB. I can only see the first few lines of each note.
Unless I am misunderstanding something, this looks like a bug that should be fixed.
This and other formatting problems have been there from the beginning. Some have gotten fixed since then, but by no means all and for the life of me I cannot figure out why--it can't be that hard! To see your FTB notes in their entirety and modify them, you have to double-click on the Note icon. Then be sure to click 'okay' AND THEN 'SAVE' when you get back to the tree, or all will be lost! This is very annoying but not fatal. And I agree that you should be able to see your FTB note in its entirety on the Tree page by just scrolling down, for there is always a danger of messing it up unintentionally on the modifiable page--believe me I have done it with some long and complicated ones. It would also sure be nice to have some basic functions in the notes such as italics and underlining. Synchronization between FTB and on-line tree also leaves much to be desired--e.g. the choices you have in FTB to rearrange the order of siblings or marriages are not carried over to the published tree on-line. On the whole I enjoy this program and I am grateful it even exists, but some simple (I think, but what do I know?) things should be fixed.
As a long-time premium-plus member I would be glad to send the myHeritage support team a list of long-standing problems if someone would take a good look at it and work with us to fix them!
Thanks, Ingrid. I'd be happy to work with you on this list and would be pleased to be a "beta" tester for any fixes they come up with. I'm working on our tree(s) with other more knowledgeable people that I believe would join us. -- Ben
Please let me know if there's a better way to construct this list than continuing this thread. Also let me know if there are ways to do the things I mention below. I've only been at MyHeritage.com for a few weeks but I've used quite a few other desktop and online genealogy systems. Anyway here's a start:
MyHeritage should offer an option to extract and use caption/title/description information within uploaded jpeg photos.
It should be possible to import a gedcom and photos from Family Tree Builder and have the result be an editable online tree with editable photos that have all the photo associations and tags maintained. It's fine to start with the published FTB tree being not editable online, but it should be possible for the administrator/publisher to change that and make the tree and photos editable without losing people tags and associations.
Text formatting in biographies and notes should not be undone when moving between MyHeritage online and FTB
One should be able to point out known matches in other trees without waiting for SmartMatches to find them.
It should be possible to specify matches among the trees on one site or to have SmartMatches find them. Often people maintiaining trees like to keep major branches in different trees but have the links amont the trees note.
It would be good to be able to save a crest in a form that one could go back and change just a few things in the crest without having to start from scratch.
I will be sure to forward them to the appropriate departments for future consideration.
Please let us know if you have any other ideas, either through message threads in forums or by directly mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We take your suggestions seriously and value such input from our users.