Clipart included with the Generations packages

Tip version: 36.2

Modified date: 13 May 2001

Software versions: Generations Grande Suite versions, Millenium Edition


1 - Clipart with the Snapshot SE program (several releases)

2 - Clipart with the Millenium Edition release

3 - Clipart with the Generations Grande Suite v8 release

4 - Creating libraries for other releases

Section 1 - Clipart with the Snapshot SE program

The Snapshot SE CD in the Generations Grande Suite packages has clip art files which can be used with the Easychart program with some manipulation.

The files consist of both clip art images in Tagged Image File Format (.tif) files and borders and frames with masking elements in Micrografx Picture Publisher 5 format (.pp5) files.

These files are in the subdirectories under the data/content/clipart directory. Neither of these file formats may be opened directly in Easytree or Easychart. The .tif files may be opened with Snapshot SE or with most standard graphical programs, but are not directly supported in the Easytree program. The images may then be copied into Easychart by selecting the image and copying it, which puts a copy on the graphical part of the Windows clipboard. One then proceeds to the Easychart program and selects the "paste picture" option to add the image stored on the clipboard to the chart. If one wants to use these files with Easytree one would have to use the "save as" function of a graphics program to save the file in a different format which is directly usable by Easytree, such as the .jpg or .bmp formats. The .pp5 files must be used with a program which supports the Micrografx Picture Publisher 5 file format. This includes Snapshot SE (originally a Micrografx program), Micrografx Picture Publisher (v 5 or above), or the new Micrografx iGrafx Image program (a successor to Picture Publisher). Other graphics programs may support the .pp5 format but I do not have information on this point. Examination of these .pp5 files show that they are generally borders or masks meant to be combined with the clipart or other images. Once this is done, then they image may be copied to the Windows clipboard and pasted as above. Note that if you just want to use the border by itself you can copy it without an image (i.e., a blank image file).

Section 2 - Clipart with the Millenium Edition release

The Millenium Edition collection includes one CD full of Windows bitmap (.bmp) files of genealogical clipart. These files are arranged in a number of directories and subdirectories. The number of files are rather overwhelming, and one needs to use some sort of indexing or thumbnail viewing program to effectively use these files. The need for this was rather obvious once this edition was released, and Sierra provides a solution in the scheme used in the Generations Grande Suite v8 release. This is the inclusion of the Sierra iCollect software in the package (this software is also available seperately). A similar technique may be used by the end user with the clipart CD in the Millenium Edition release.

The user will have to do more work in constructing the index (iCollect "library") with that release. See the next section for more details. There are any number of other programs which may be used to create thumbnail indices of the clipart. The files on the clipart CD are all in Windows bitmap (.bmp) format. This format may be directly viewed with the Easytree program. Windows Paint or any other graphics program may also be used to view these files and they may be copied from any of these programs (including Easytree) to the Windows clipboard. The file in the clipboard may then be pasted into charts in the Easychart program.

Note that if you establish a link to one of these images on the CD as the "preferred" image for an individual, then the clipart CD MUST be in your CD drive when you create any output including that individual and the Pictures option is selected. These include Family Group Sheets and Person Sheets sent directly to the printer or to Internet output. This also includes charts created with Easychart with the v8 software. A simpler solution is to copy the image to a standard location on your hard drive.

Section 3 - Clipart with the Generations Grande Suite v8 release

The clipart included with this release is roughly twice as extensive as with the Millenium Edition release, and most of the comments in the section above are directly relevant. They will not be repeated here.

The Generations Grande Suite v8 release includes the Sierra iCollect program. This program allows one to capture the various pages at a web site by following the various links. It then saves these pages in an album. This latter feature also allows the program to act as a rather good indexing program for collections of clipart. Sierra uses it in the latter mode in the GGSv8 release.

Two pre-compiled indices are included in the release and are placed in the Sierra\Gen8 directory when the software package is installed. These are large files as there are many images on the clipart CDs. Each index (iCollect "library") file is about 12 Mb in size.

The Readme.txt file for the GGSv8 package includes instructions on updating the links in the index file to reflect your own computer's disk drive arrangement. This must be done to effectively use these indices in iCollect. There is no way for Sierra to know in advance what drive letter is used for your CD-Rom drive on your computer. So these indices have been compiled using drive D: as the CD drive. If that is the drive letter used for the CD on your computer, nothing needs to be done. If it is not, you will get an error message when you select an image from the iCollect library. Updating the library is not particularly difficult. It only needs to be done once and is best done systematically at that time. (If the drive letter for your CD drive is changed, it does need to be updated again.) These operations are done in iCollect. For each folder (section) of the library file, click on the Browse button and navigate to the folder of the same name on your CD drive (this uses the "Look In" drop down box). Select the "Open" button, click Okay, click Modify All. This will update all links to the actual files on the CD. Repeat this for all folders and save the modified library file. You may use the iCollect program (available seperately or in several other Sierra combination software packages) to construct other libraries of images (see the Millenium Edition section above). This is done in a similar manner to the updating of the libraries we have just mentioned. The process is rather slower as when one creates the new library as the thumbnail images must be created for each image file, rather than just updating the link to the file location on disk.

Section 4 - Creating libraries for other releases

One may follow the techniques outlined in the section above to create libraries for art included in other releases. Examples of these are the Generations Liberty Edition and both of the Generations v8 U.K. Editions. The technique of creating an iCollect image library index may also be used with CDs or other collections of images beyond those produced by Sierra or Heritage Quest.

Regards, Mike Hobart

Copyright © 1999-2001 Michael A. Hobart, commercial reuse restricted.

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