Terry's TMG Tips

Creating Charts

This page updated 28 Dec 2007

Applies to Versions 8 & 9

TMG has powerful chart creation and editing capabilities. You can create a a variety of highly customizable charts, and then further customize them by editing the resulting chart. You can print them on your own printer. Or, charts up to three feet wide or tall, by many feet in the other direction, can be printed at reasonable cost by Wholly Genes' Chart Printing Service.

Different users will, of course, have their own favorite chart styles. I like simple Ancestor tree "road maps" to help me keep all the branches of my family straight in my mind, so that's the type of chart I discuss here. An example is shown in the photo on the right. Hopefully the ideas here will be helpful in creating your own favorite chart styles.

An Overview

Charts are created using Reports menu in TMG. Just select one of the "Box Chart" reports to open the Report Definition Screen for the type of chart you want to make. Once you select the options you like and click the Generate button, the chart will be created.

Your new chart appears in Visual Chart Form, which is actually a separate program supplied with TMG. VCF is a chart editor, which allows you to make changes to the chart as you might desire, including changing, adding, or removing items on the chart, or even cutting and pasting parts of one chart to another. In VCF you can save your chart for use later, and print it with your printer if you like.

If your chart is larger than can be printed on a single sheet by your own printer, instead of printing it in sections and taping them together, you might consider having the Chart Printing Service print them for you. They do a nice job, using a heavy grade of paper that's 3 feet wide, and ship the chart off promptly. The chart in the photo, which is nearly six feet tall, costs about $30 plus shipping. For details, see the Chart Printing Service website, or use the Reports > Chart Printing menu to open the chart printing screen.

Some Charting Tips

For some ideas on choosing options to make the best use of chart space, see my Ancestor Chart Tips.

For some tips on editing your charts in VCF, see my Chart Editing Tips.

Check out my Chart Framing Page for some ideas on hanging your chart for display.

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