Utility Programs

The programs listed below I'm using for working with Gedcom and other text files. It should be a short overview and an orientation guide for you.



Text editor "Notepad++"

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notepad notepad "Notepad++" is an Open-Source-Editor for various languages. The editor is free of charge with a high functionality and supports a variety of "Program Languages" by a colored "Syntax" representation.

To allow a clear and simple representation of the Gedcom files, I've created a Gedcom syntax definition where the tags and parts of the attribute text are displayed in different colors. See adjacent figures with and without syntax coloring. The colors used are:

On request you'll find

File comparison by "DiffMerge"

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diffmerge diffmerge "DiffMerge" is an application to visually compare and merge files and folders on Windows, OS X, and Linux. It can be used free of charge, but the program asks users to register the product for a small fee and it is distributed by "SourceGear, LLC", USA. The program offers 3 main functionalities:

By this very fast modifications by the Gedcom Conversion program resp. Reduction program may be checked by a comparison of the original file and the converted file. If you would like to compare 2 other Gedcom files, I recommend to resort them by the Gedcom Sorting program to get an adjusted sequence.

On request you'll find the program and further details at the Homepage of SourceGear DiffMerge . If the program is installed, the Conversion program and Reduction program have a button at the upper right area of the main screen by which the file comparison can be started directly.



File comparison by "WinMerge"

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winmerge "WinMerge" is an Open-Source program for various languages. The program is free of charge with a high functionality.

It displays the differences of 2 files at side-by-side screens colored line-by-line and allows a moving/copying of lines between the screens or a modification of text phrases within a screen.

Furthermore also 2 directories may be compared and the files moved or copied.

By this very fast modifications by the Gedcom Conversion program resp. Reduction program may be checked by a comparison of the original file and the converted file. If you would like to compare 2 other Gedcom files, I recommend to resort them by the Gedcom Sorting program to get an adjusted sequence.

On request you'll find the program and further details at the Homepage of WinMerge . This version is no longer being developed. An improved version, created by a group of programmers based on the original code, is available at this download page . The latest version can be found usually on the 2nd row with the file name "WinMerge_2011.00x.xxx_change_7z_to_exe_if_you_want_a_setup.7z" or 3rd line as "X-64" version. Download the 7z file and rename it to exe. Then you can install the setup file as usual. If the program is installed, the Conversion program and Reduction program have a button at the upper right area of the main screen by which the file comparison can be started directly.



Screenshots by "Snipping Tool"

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Snipping Tool is part of the Microsoft Windows operating system and allows to capture screenshots.
You can capture just a part of the screen or the whole screen, add notes, store the captured part or directly e-mail it.
You'll find it by clicking on "Start" > typing "snipp" > clicking on the "Snipping Tool icon".

A detailled description can be found in the Microsoft article number 13776 Use Snipping Tool to capture screenshots .



PDF-Reader "Foxit Reader"

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"Foxit Reader" is a program for viewing and printing of pdf-dokuments. It is free of charge, requires only few memory, is very fast and has a high functionality.

On request you'll find the program and further details by the Homepage of Foxit Software . After installation you can switch to different languages.



Printer driver "FinePrint"

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"FinePrint" is a program to prepare and improve printer output. Among others, header and footer lines can be defined, and e.g. date and page numbers inserted. As Windows print driver it catches the print orders, reduced and completes those by various options and finally sends them to a printer. As Shareware it is not free of charge, but can be tested as long as needed. But the none-licensed version shows a watermark text on every page.

On request you'll find the program and further details by the Homepage of FinePrint .

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