Current users of Evidentia will get a message to install a patch for their software today. The end users have spoken, and developer Ed Thompson has listened! (I know – it’s a first for me too!)
So what exactly does this patch include?
What caught my eye first were the new reports. We can now have a list of all the claims and subjects associated with a specific source, or a list of all the sources and claims for a specific subject.
The Review by Source tab allows you to choose your source from the list, and then select whether you want to see all the claims associated with it, or all the subjects.
This is what these 2 new reports look like:
In addition to the ability to create the new reports, we now have additional ways to view them. Instead of HTML being the only option, Ed has added PDF and RTF (rich text format) to the mix. I have tried out these new report formats, and I am quite pleased.
The RTF feature will make it easier to format the report the way I need it (or include it as part of another report if necessary) because it automatically opens in my word processor.
The most noticeable changes occurred on the Catalogue Claims and Options screens.
When entering your claims, after you double-click on the subject field to select your subject and claim type, you will notice the difference too. The fields have been reversed. You will enter your claim type first, then your subject. It makes more sense when you look at the sentence provided: “The claim xxxx is relevant for the [claim type] of [subject]. If you’ve been using the software for a while, it takes some getting used to, but not too long.
From the Options screen, if you click on the “change database” tab, you’ll notice that the drop-down menu to switch databases has been replaced by a table format. If you are working from multiple databases, this makes it so much easier to switch back and forth. The most recently selected database will appear at the top of the list.
It’s also easier to create a new database, copy your database, and add descriptions to existing databases.
As far as the reports go, there has been some tweaking done there, too. The wording is updated to more closely adhere to the Genealogical Proof Standard. It also clarifies the number of claims and the number of sources used. (I also asked Ed to put the bold back in the reports. For me, it’s easier to see what I have at a glance).
I would like to give credit where credit is due … a special thanks to DearMYRTLE and Russ Worthington for hosting the webinars and Google+ Hangouts on Air so the genealogy community can get a feel for this software. Also to developer Ed Thompson for taking such an active role in making sure that he addresses any concerns that we have, either by explaining his vision for a particular feature, or by updating the software accordingly (or both).
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