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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2005-10-08 13:11
Subject: What life with me is like
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Music:Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Relax
For the past several weeks, I've been migrating genealogy information from Family Tree Maker for Windows (FTW) to GRAMPS. Last night I began comparing photo galleries for the two programs, looking for images loaded into FTW but not GRAMPS. I began with the eldest male in my line and immediately discovered that my only photograph of him is missing. After hours of fruitless search, I concluded that the next best thing would be to export the image from FTW or, failing that, take a screen shot of the page and crop it to size.

Today I brought up FTW and tried to export the image. The only way to "export" an image is to send it to the printer. Feh. That being the case, I brought up whatever program came with my scanner to see if can take screen shots. It can, and it did, but when I exited the software, the tab for the program remained present on the menu bar. *sigh*

I set aside Windows, cropped the image on my Linux box, and went to the kitchen to pour myself another glass of tea. While there, I idly remarked to the husband that computer problems like these make me want to sing Pat Benatar songs. He asked which ones, and I said I didn't know, but the one I was thinking of has "One thing or another" in it. He didn't recognize the tune, so I added the "getcha, getcha, getcha" part. He thought about it for a moment and told me that's "not 'one thing or another,' it's 'one way or another.'" And it's not Pat Benatar, it's Blondie.
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johnridley
User: johnridley
Date: 2005-10-09 01:12 (UTC)
Subject: To export images from FTM:
Go to scrapbook. Right click on desired image. Select Copy, Copy Picture/Object. Then go to Photoshop or whatever, File/New and Paste.

I'm using FTM 2006. This works there, I can't say about other versions.
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User: kevinnickerson
Date: 2005-10-09 18:27 (UTC)
Subject: Re: To export images from FTM:
BTW, does FTM 2006 allow you to extract the tiff's from their data CD's? The old free software only allows printing.
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johnridley
User: johnridley
Date: 2005-10-09 18:41 (UTC)
Subject: Re: To export images from FTM:
I don't know, I've only ever used their pure data CDs, I've never had one of their CDs with images on it. Of course, their data CDs don't have citations so I question their usefulness. Good for putting you on track but not authoritative.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2005-10-11 03:59 (UTC)
Subject: Re: To export images from FTM:
Thanks for the hint. I've got FTM 2005 and it works exactly as you've described. Although finding a program to drop the copy into turned out to be a bit of a challenge. FTM and Quicken are the only programs I intentionally installed on my Windows laptop, but the scanner came with image manipulation software and it can do what I need.

It sure would be easier if the FTM would just let me save the image as a new file. Any guesses as to why it doesn't?
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johnridley
User: johnridley
Date: 2005-10-12 12:40 (UTC)
Subject: Re: To export images from FTM:
I'm assuming that they don't save the original image data. They probably normalize the data into some internal format. Could be a BMP or even a WMF internally.

BTW you can past into Windows Paint, which is installed with Windows. That will only save in a few formats, but BMP is one of them and should be widely accepted by other programs.
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