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From: "Evelyn Hendricks" <>
Subject: Re: [GENBOX] TMG vs Genbox
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2006 17:30:14 -0500
I switched from TMG to Genbox about a year ago--maybe a little more. Although I am no expert it does seem to me that Genbox is much easier to use. It is much more intuitive and I like the way it does things much better than the way TMG does it. I have not used it near as much as I should have, considering I have had for such a long time. I was sick for about eight months during which time we moved across the state. I have just recently begun to really use it. I never did quite grasp TMG although I was on my third or fourth edition of it.
Why don't you download the free version and give it try? Another advantage is that when a new version comes out yours will be updated at no extra charge. That is definitely an advantage, considering the cost of programs now.
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Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2006 4:53 PM
Subject: [GENBOX] TMG vs Genbox
I'm new to this mailing list. I've collected genealogy data on my surname for the past 3 years. I've used PAF up to this point, but have found it's features lacking for doing any serious documenting of my efforts, altho it is nice for freeware.
My family has been pushing for me to publish something (a book or on CD/DVD) of my findings. My top 3 desires in a software tool are:
1) as mentioned, a good publishing feature, both on paper as well as on CD or DVD.
2) ability to minutely document the sources of my data findings (including being able to indicate multiple sources for a given piece of data),
3) ease of use, such as being able to drag data items (files) from where they are stored on my PC into the tool such that it will then create a link in the tool to that item on my PC. I like to avoid typing where possible, especially long directory path names.
4) I'm sure other items will arise as I start to enter data into the future chosen software tool, but these 3 items above are the ones that are currently on my mind.
It appears from a brief search of the web that the top competitors of serious genealogical software are TMG 6 and Genbox 3.6. Aside from price differences, I would like to hear feedback from others regarding what key advantages/disadvantages Genbox has over TMG (Gold), as well as what key items TMG (Gold) has over Genbox. I've seen a comparison chat at the Genbox website, and I suspect it is biased on Genbox's side. I've seen comparison charts at www.mumford.ca/reportcard/, but for someone only familiar with the features of PAF, I find all the charts and data at mumford overwhelming. So, I thought hearing from the experts about the top key advantages and disadvantages would be most helpful.
Before I close, let me toss out a few observations that I've seen, just to see if they make any sense.
1) Genbox 3.6 is a lot cheaper that TMG Gold 6.0. That leads me to believe that TMG Gold has more features and is a more comprehensive tool. Is that a fair assumption?
2) The chart at Genbox says that TMG does not provide the ability to specify multiple sources for a single data item. Is that true? Or does TMG just offer a different way of accomplishing the same thing?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and suggestions,
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