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From: "Cheri Casper" <>
Subject: RE: RE: [GENBOX] Uneven Data Entry
Date: Mon, 19 May 2003 21:18:01 -0700
Wim - Well I think that GB is for advanced or experienced users is malarky.
TMG is far more complicated to use (although I still think GB is better
program) and, while it promotes itself for the serious and professional
genealogist, it still attracts a lot of newbies. From the basis of some of
the questions asked, I am not so sure that some of these folks should even
be using a computer let along using TMG.
I THINK GENBOX IS THE PROGRAM FOR ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN GENEALOGY . .
. NEWBIE TO ADVANCED. And that is what I tell people. Why start them on
something else and then try to persuade them to purchase another program?
Let's nab them in the beginning so they only have to make one purchase. Get
them hooked and help them along as they use the program. Heck, there are
still a lot of us who need help ourselves. Let them see how responsive Bill
is to users and how they have an opportunity to influence the direction the
program takes. And if they are advanced users sell them on the features
that aren't found in other so-called top-of-the-line progrms -- features
such as the truly navigable List View (what TMG's project explore only
aspires to be) . . . the ability to source at the fact level . . . Projects
. . . Correspondence Log . . . slick reports . . . fabulous media features .
. . directional templates and customizable secondary links . . . ability to
see everything linked to a place or source without having to run a report .
. . LIVE .rtf reports . . . ability to back door in through Access.
Wholly Genes prides itself on being responsive to customers . . . to a
degree. Nothing to compare with GenBox. This is another selling feature.
Multiple languages will only be an enhancement to an already great--no, I
take that back--terrific program that can be used by anyone and not just the
advanced user as long as the list members are willing to mentor and tutor
the newbies to both the program and genealogy.
From: wim prange [mailto:]
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2003 1:26 PM
Subject: RE: RE: [GENBOX] Uneven Data Entry
If we take the active subscribers to this list as indicative, GB could
indeed do with more users. I have decided to wait promoting this program on
a couple of genboards untill the international versions (i.e. Dutch) is
released. I've dropped the name a couple of months ago but I noticed that
some of them, who have taken a look, are waiting for a Dutch version.
I agree with Jim that GB is not a "starters" program: one has to have some
basic knowledge of genealogy, genprograms, databases etc. In promotion for
this program I suppose the more 'serious' or 'professional' genealogist
should be targeted.
From a couple of reactions I also noticed that some of them who were
interested, were disappointed in the 'producing gen-website' capabilities:
the web-reports are plain html-versions of the printable documents. They
would like to see a website with more navigation-capabilities etc. Bill, do
you have any plans in that area?
What I would like to see in the future is the ability to put the entire
access-database on an asp-server on the web, together with some 'interface'
> -----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
> Van: Denise L. Moss-Fritch [mailto:]
> Verzonden: maandag 19 mei 2003 2:34
> Onderwerp: RE: RE: [GENBOX] Uneven Data Entry
> > -----Original Message-----
> > I am concerned, however, by the
> > small number of people who appear on this list. I hope that
> > this is NOT indicative of how well GB is doing in the
> > marketplace as a whole. If the user base is truly as small
> > as the number of users on this list would seem to indicate,
> > this could be a bad sign for those of us who want to use this program.
> Good Evening Cheri,
> Will you, someone else on this list, or even Bill be attending
> the National
> Genealogical Society's annual conference week after next? If so, might I
> suggest leaving marketing materials describing Genbox on the
> handouts tables
> at the conference. Also, there are other conferences at which materials
> could be made available. While I will have to skip the NGS conference this
> year, I will be attending the Northern California conference scheduled for
> mid-October and will certainly be happy to distribute Genbox materials at
> that time.
> Otherwise, reviews in various publications may help. Anyone have any other
> Denise L. Moss-Fritch
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