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6 Jun 2015

iPad and Mac Diacritical Marks

Today’s topic is iPad and Mac diacritical marks. If you’re using your iPad (or Mac) for genealogy, you probably need to add diacritical marks to names and places. If you’re a native English speaker like me, getting your keyboard to produce these characters may be an unfamiliar process.

A diacritical mark is a glyph (mark) added to a letter that changes how words are pronounced. These marks may appear above, below, within a letter, or in some cases between two letters. Ø, ü, è, ñ, ß, ÿ, ī, å are all examples of diacritical marks added to letters.

There are several ways to add diacriticals to individual letters on your iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac.

  1. Press lightly and hold the keys any vowel or C, L, N, S, Y and Z, then select the accented versions from the menu. (Shortcuts to legal and financial symbols appear by pressing and holding characters on the numerical keyboard.)
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17 Jan 2015

Choosing Image Management Software

My good friend and fellow genealogist Judy Webster has started the new year with some resolutions about organizing her research using a “source-based incremental fix,” rather than a giant do-over approach. Makes sense to me!

Choosing Image Management SoftwareOne of her steps is choosing image management software to better organize her family photos. This is an essential step, and one that I cover in more detail in my e-book, Cataloging Family Photographs & Records.

But let’s take a look in this blog post as some of the software options.

Image management software is used by genealogists to:

  • Create high-resolution master scans
  • Edit photos to resize, crop, and alter master digital files
  • Make changes to many photos with a batch edit
  • Add information to digital images using metadata
  • Search for images and retrieve them using keywords
  • Use special functions, such as creating albums, employing facial recognition or adding GPS linking

Adobe Photoshop is the leader in this category, but it’s extremely expensive and complex to use. It also has a lot of sophisticated features geared to graphic designers that genealogists will probably never need or learn to use. So an alternative to Photoshop is a good idea.

Fortunately there are several lower-cost image management applications available that are easier to use. Alternatives to Photoshop include:

  • Photoshop Elements ($80-$100) – think of it as Photoshop Lite. Has powerful image editing capabilities, including GPS and facial recognition; easier to use than Photoshop but still has a learning curve. Many free tutorials available. Also has scanning feature. Mac or Windows. A 30-day demo is available for download by clicking here. Tip: Adobe releases a new version of Photoshop Elements every year, usually with only small changesbetween versions. The current version of the software is 13. Earlier versions are available for sale online at big discounts.

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7 Feb 2014

My Favorite Genealogy Things

These are a few of my favorite genealogy things (no, I’m not going to sing and you don’t want me to) from my presentation at Rootstech 2014 this morning on using Macs and iPads for genealogy.

Dashlane

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Dashlane is the password manager that I recommend. But it’s so much more than that. It’s available in an iPhone and iPad app and on your desktop. The Dashlane app also:

  • Stores your passwords using military-grade encryption
  • Syncs them automatically across all your devices regardless of platform
  • Notifies you when a website has been compromised
  • Creates online purchase receipts
  • Shares passwords with other designated users through encrypted email
  • Generates strong passwords

The Dashlane Security Dashboard evaluates how safe you are online, based on passwords that are weak, used across multiple sites, or from a site that’s been hacked.

If you want to take Dashlane for a spin, use this link to download and get the first six months of Premium free courtesy of Sassy Jane.

Sassy Jane Genealogy Guides

Using Macs and iPads for Genealogy helps you choose, organize, and use applications for your family history research. Learn how to master the great features of Macs, iPads, and iPhones to streamline your research and find new ancestors.

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6 Feb 2014

Using Macs and iPads for Genealogy at Rootstech

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I’m presenting Easy as Apple Pie: Using Macs and iPads for Genealogy at Rootstech 2014 tomorrow. If you’re interested in making your Mac, iPad and/or iPhone into a genealogy research ally, this session is for you.

Learn about the latest apps for your iPad and iPhone for mobile genealogy; Mac family tree and photo editing software; Mac backups; and tips and tricks for your Apple product(s). Easy as Apple Pie: Using Macs and iPads for Genealogy is filled with links, screenshots, and tips that will help you make the most of your Apple devices.

We’ll talk about some cool productivity and utility apps that can actually reduce the need for apps on your iPad or iPhone. Other topics include the top ten free iPad apps for genealogy, adding and organizing apps on your iPad, setting up folders to keep your apps organized, and choosing Mac family tree software.

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