* Export Gedcom File plugin new features

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Re: Export Gedcom File plugin new features

Post by Mark1834 » 22 Nov 2021 17:01

OK, I paraphrased slightly - it actually says that Local Media Objects are a "feature that although allowed by FH is not well supported as it prefers to use Media Records in most Media dialogues". Either way, I took that as an indication that most FH users won't be familiar with the term so might struggle with selecting the correct option.

I would probably leave image handling to the specialist apps (such as IrfanView), but it's an individual author's judgement over where to put the balance between features and complexity. Once allowed in, it's certainly harder to remove! :)
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Re: Export Gedcom File plugin new features

Post by satyricon » 23 Nov 2021 00:26

I'm not going to go over most of the points being discussed here, but I did want to add that the media manipulation section is an absolute must for me and it is hugely convenient to have it in the GEDCOM export plugin. Yes, it could be argued that it is scope-creep from merely exporting a GEDCOM file, and yes, it could be done elsewhere if necessary, but I find it most convenient where it is.

There is a lot of complexity in the plugin, and it took me some time to understand the different options and which ones were pertinent to what I wanted to do. There was some trial and error involved. I believe most of this complexity has arisen because Mike has responded to user requests over time and built many add-ons. Also, the large number of export target products means there will always be a lot of options. It is sometimes it is worth taking a step back and seeing what can be simplified, but it doesn't necessarily mean taking an axe to things. For example, the media scaling options can just be ignored by people not needing them.

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Re: Export Gedcom File plugin new features

Post by tatewise » 27 Nov 2021 11:11

I have revised the plugin dialogues, mostly on the Basic Options tab, in response to recent comments.
It is difficult to change the drop-list architecture because the legacy users 'sticky' settings are saved in that form.
However, the wording tries to follow FH more closely where possible or is more explanatory.

Preliminary changes have been made to allow some Character Set Encoding options to be eliminated in a later version.

It also fixes some minor issues and now reformats the _UID field to suit destination products.

See the attached Export Gedcom File plugin Version 4.6.7 Date 27 Nov 2021 ZIP file.
Download then right-click and Extract All... before installing into FH.
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Re: Export Gedcom File plugin new features

Post by Mark1834 » 28 Nov 2021 10:56

It's more verbose, but definitely clearer without the reference to Local Media Objects. I was scratching my head for a moment about the button label "Reset these Str+ Options" until I realised that it was a reference to the GEDCOM Destination code.

IMO, it might be clearer to have a fixed label along the lines of "Reset Options to Destination Defaults" so you don't need the pop-up to tell you what it does. It's also simpler code for future maintenance!
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