Genealogy Filing: Taking Inventory, Part 1

by JL Beeken on 1-22-2011

As I read through other genealogy blogs, I often come across talk of disorganization, ideas and plans for organization and wishes for family members who will care about it after we’re gone. … [continued]

Auto-Import & Making Tables For EverNote 2

by JL Beeken on 1-16-2011

EverNote 2I’ve been using EverNote 2 for years, and never noticed this before.

Under File is an option called Import Wizard. This imports individual files if they’re text, HTML or images. This can be done once or set for Auto-Import on a continual basis. … [continued]

XnViewWhat I’d like is a reliable multifaceted universal file search option with an option in the context menu that will take me to whatever it is I want to know when I want to know it. And some quick editing functions at the same time. In other words, I want everything and I want it immediately. A workable alternative to Windows Explorer. … [continued]

MRIN Filing System: Renumbering MRINs

by JL Beeken on 5-15-2010

This is a dubiously-useful way to spend a week, but I’ve been away from Legacy for a long time and I had to start somewhere. … [continued]

Searching Files

by JL Beeken on 3-01-2010

For those still floundering in genealogy file overload and general disorganization—

The general file challenge breaks down into 3 parts: naming your files, organizing your files and searching your files. And then, if you have any time left over, linking them to your genealogy database. And if you’re really far ahead of the game, doing creative projects with them.

Today, I’ll revisit searching files and see what’s new. … [continued]

New Year’s 2010

by JL Beeken on 12-30-2009

This is my New Year’s 2010 present to myself, a humongous pile of paper and four brand-new two and a half inch binders. A bystander at the cash register agreed that anything larger will break my wrists. When was the last time I had a Christmas that didn’t involve genealogy? I can’t remember.

The other day I was looking for an old vaccination certificate so I could get the address of where I lived when I was 11 years old to add to some old photos. When I was returning the box (where I did not find what I was looking for) to the shelf, the bottom fell out of it and a cascade of compressed paper splashed to the floor leaving me stunned.

I’m used to computers where there’s a Back button, an Undo option, a keyboard shortcut for it and of course, our favorite – Delete. I stood there for a full minute trying to decide which of those buttons would solve my sudden dilemma. None of them. Welcome to Earth & Gravity. … [continued]

Canto Single User | MediaDex Upgraded

by JL Beeken on 7-25-2009

Canto Single UserIt’s official. Canto Single User is the same insanely complex software as MediaDex.

It has the same help file with the same uselessly-small graphics.

They changed the icons, shape and color, on the main menu. Whoopdeedoo. They removed the most important one (add assets) and added one for configuring the screen layout. (That’s nice.)

The new ‘photo editor’ can hardly be called an editor. It can crop and re-size photos and change brightness levels.

The slideshow works now without crashing the program. That’s nice.

The search options in MediaDex were simple to access from the menu bar; this is a pain.

You can create and play QuickTime movies from your pictures. Big deal.

It’s still missing a simple way to rename files.

If you’re an organizing junkie you’d probably like it, but be prepared for a long hard slog to learn this software.

If you’re determined, please read my post called MediaDex Primer.

Don’t get me wrong. I liked this software, having made it past the intense learning curve to a basic level of usability. But it cost me $80 a year and a half ago. I don’t see what suddenly makes it worth $400. Because they changed the color of the icons?

(Update: Apparently the form of IPTC they use/used is/was all messed up as well. I found out after I moved to GeoSetter. So, nix on this product. Entirely.)

MediaDex Becomes Canto Single User

by JL Beeken on 7-24-2009

MediaDexMediaDex is no more. Convoluted, but I think the story went like this. In the beginning was (still is) Canto Cumulus, corporate-level digital asset management system with a price tag so high they don’t quote it on the website. Then they came up with a single user version called MediaDex, organization minus the worldwide sharing part. Horribly abstruse piece of software with a support forum full of frustrated users. Nevertheless, potential to salivate over.

Apparently, someone else thought so, too. Now it’s become Canto Single User, being sold and supported through partners in Germany, France and Australia. So far I see there’s an image editor, watermarking and a modernized interface added. It will take more than that to impress me. Going by the price tag, I’m expecting all the bugs to be fixed and a good dash of user-friendliness added. Fortunately, there’s a trial version so I can find out.

User datasheet PDF

$400 USD or $200 for the upgrade from MediaDex.

Windows and Mac compatible.

All Ye Faithful,

Back in April I applied for a U.S. passport since I’m still a citizen there and the government has made it so that we can’t go across the border without one. This is a mind-boggling process. Here’s the short version: If you don’t live in the U.S. don’t try to get a U.S. passport.

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ThunderbirdWhile I’ve been not working on my genealogy, I came across something that delights me to no end. Lightning calendar and to-do list plugin that integrates with my Thunderbird email.

I get around 200 emails a day so I spend a lot of time there. It was so long ago I don’t remember why I switched from Outlook Express but it works well and I’d never go back. Having a calendar and t0-do list alongside my email is the perfect place for them.

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