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    1. [TMG] TMG to be discontinued
    2. Bob Velke via
    3. ANNOUNCEMENT I am sad to report that the decision has been made to discontinue The Master Genealogist ("TMG"). While thousands of TMG users appreciate the program’s many powerful features that are unmatched in other software, the market for those advanced features has proved to be insufficient to support the infrastructure that is necessary to support it and continue development. A variety of my own health issues have also contributed to this decision as I have fewer opportunities to focus on the things that would be necessary to develop and market the program. There is every reason to believe that TMG will continue to work for existing users for the foreseeable future but official support will end at the end of 2014, although we may release some more bug fixes (but no new features) before that. In the interest of those who may want to communicate their data to family members or upgrade to the latest release, we will continue to sell the full product and updates through September with the understanding that product development has been discontinued. After the end of the year, I expect to maintain the support forum which would be available for user-to-user support. Other online support forums, including the TMG-L mailing list, are also available to users. For 25 years, TMG has repeatedly pushed the boundaries of genealogical software and promoted the highest principles of scholarship in record-keeping and reporting. It has encouraged users to expect more from their family tree software, especially in the area of source citations, and the industry has responded by setting new and higher standards in its suite of “standard features.” To lesser degrees, programs have begun to emulate some of TMG’s other innovative features, including its powerful filtering/searching functions, flags, customizable screen layouts, shared events (i.e., witnesses), and narrative output options. As genealogical data has become more sophisticated, researchers have been increasingly confronted with the many limitations of GEDCOM in transferring that data. For more than two decades, our GenBridge technology has demonstrated that much more complete and accurate transfers can be achieved through direct imports. Other family tree programs have implemented the GenBridge technology or developed similar direct-import strategies, resulting in the preservation of precious data for countless researchers. I am proud of the leadership role that TMG has played in the evolution of genealogical software and I encourage TMG users to continue to press developers to raise their standards and implement features that allow researchers to do the same. In the interest of preserving users’ data, I have released a document that details TMG’s internal file structure and I will make GenBridge available for free to developers who wish to produce a direct import from TMG insofar as their programs support the same features. It goes without saying that this has been a painful decision and is a significant milestone for me. TMG has been a major part of my life for more than 25 years and it is not easy to let it go. I recognize too and regret the degree to which it may leave researchers uneasy about the future of their data and the prospects for their research tools. I am taking a necessary step back from the genealogical community but with the hope that my contribution to it has left researchers better equipped to accomplish their research goals. Bob Velke Owner Wholly Genes, Inc.

    07/29/2014 03:28:36
    1. [TMG] Thank you Bob Velke
    2. Teresa Elliott via
    3. Thank you Bob for all you have done for the genealogical community. It is hard to believe that TMG will no longer be putting out a new version, but I wanted to say how much I appreciated you implementing the role feature in 9.03 before you stopped development. I can't think any program will ever be able to do all the things TMG does as well. Thankfully it works for me in Win 8.1 so I don't see myself moving to something else any time soon. You will be greatly missed and we wish you all the best as you deal with your health issues. But maybe now you can do a little genealogy yourself. :) -----Original Message----- From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Bob Velke via Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:29 PM To: [email protected] Subject: [TMG] TMG to be discontinued ANNOUNCEMENT I am sad to report that the decision has been made to discontinue The Master Genealogist ("TMG"). he hope that my contribution to it has left researchers better equipped to accomplish their research goals. Bob Velke Owner Wholly Genes, Inc. The TMG archive is found here: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/index/TMG/ Instructions on how to subscribe to TMG: http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/other/Software/TMG.html ------------------------------- To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to [email protected] with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message

    07/29/2014 03:50:40
    1. Re: [TMG] TMG to be discontinued
    2. Dennis Lee Bieber via
    3. At 09:28 PM 7/29/2014, Bob Velke via wrote: >ANNOUNCEMENT > >I am sad to report that the decision has been made to discontinue The >Master Genealogist ("TMG"). Guess it's time for me to upgrade to v9.x from v8.x then... -- [email protected] Dennis Lee Bieber HTTP://home.earthlink.net/~bieber.genealogy/

    07/29/2014 04:16:51
    1. Re: [TMG] TMG to be discontinued
    2. Richard Damon via
    3. I would like to publicly thank Bob for all the work he has put into TMG over the years. I am sure that most of the users of TMG would echo this. I just hope that I can find a decent replacement by the time TMG starts to have problems when Microsoft finally does something that breaks Visual FoxPro.

    07/29/2014 04:40:58
    1. Re: [TMG] TMG to be discontinued
    2. Karla Huebner via
    3. I'm very sorry to hear this--as a steadfast TMG user since the early 90s, I haven't even tried other genealogy software. However, I can understand the pressures that contributed to the decision not to continue development. I plan to continue using the program for as long as is feasible, and am glad to know that many others will too. Best wishes and thanks for everything, Bob! Karla On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 9:28 PM, Bob Velke via <[email protected]> wrote: > ANNOUNCEMENT > > I am sad to report that the decision has been made to discontinue The > Master Genealogist ("TMG"). > > While thousands of TMG users appreciate the program’s many powerful > features that are unmatched in other software, the market for those > advanced features has proved to be insufficient to support the > infrastructure that is necessary to support it and continue development. > A variety of my own health issues have also contributed to this > decision as I have fewer opportunities to focus on the things that would > be necessary to develop and market the program. > > There is every reason to believe that TMG will continue to work for > existing users for the foreseeable future but official support will end > at the end of 2014, although we may release some more bug fixes (but no > new features) before that. In the interest of those who may want to > communicate their data to family members or upgrade to the latest > release, we will continue to sell the full product and updates through > September with the understanding that product development has been > discontinued. > > After the end of the year, I expect to maintain the support forum which > would be available for user-to-user support. Other online support > forums, including the TMG-L mailing list, are also available to users. > > For 25 years, TMG has repeatedly pushed the boundaries of genealogical > software and promoted the highest principles of scholarship in > record-keeping and reporting. It has encouraged users to expect more > from their family tree software, especially in the area of source > citations, and the industry has responded by setting new and higher > standards in its suite of “standard features.” To lesser degrees, > programs have begun to emulate some of TMG’s other innovative features, > including its powerful filtering/searching functions, flags, > customizable screen layouts, shared events (i.e., witnesses), and > narrative output options. > > As genealogical data has become more sophisticated, researchers have > been increasingly confronted with the many limitations of GEDCOM in > transferring that data. For more than two decades, our GenBridge > technology has demonstrated that much more complete and accurate > transfers can be achieved through direct imports. Other family tree > programs have implemented the GenBridge technology or developed similar > direct-import strategies, resulting in the preservation of precious data > for countless researchers. > > I am proud of the leadership role that TMG has played in the evolution > of genealogical software and I encourage TMG users to continue to press > developers to raise their standards and implement features that allow > researchers to do the same. > > In the interest of preserving users’ data, I have released a document > that details TMG’s internal file structure and I will make GenBridge > available for free to developers who wish to produce a direct import > from TMG insofar as their programs support the same features. > > It goes without saying that this has been a painful decision and is a > significant milestone for me. TMG has been a major part of my life for > more than 25 years and it is not easy to let it go. I recognize too and > regret the degree to which it may leave researchers uneasy about the > future of their data and the prospects for their research tools. I am > taking a necessary step back from the genealogical community but with > the hope that my contribution to it has left researchers better equipped > to accomplish their research goals. > > Bob Velke > Owner > Wholly Genes, Inc. > The TMG archive is found here: > http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/index/TMG/ > Instructions on how to subscribe to TMG: > http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/other/Software/TMG.html > ------------------------------- > To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to > [email protected] with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes > in the subject and the body of the message > -- Karla Huebner calypsospots AT gmail.com

    07/29/2014 05:52:38
    1. Re: [TMG] TMG to be discontinued
    2. Greg Vaut via
    3. Bob, I would like to add my heartfelt thanks to you to those of your legion of followers. Your work on TMG has made an important contribution to genealogy for so many of us. Your program has brought discipline to our research, while challenging us to do more. Thank you!!!! Best of luck with your health challenges. Sincerely, Greg On 7/29/2014 9:28 PM, Bob Velke via wrote: > ANNOUNCEMENT > > I am sad to report that the decision has been made to discontinue The > Master Genealogist ("TMG"). > > While thousands of TMG users appreciate the program’s many powerful > features that are unmatched in other software, the market for those > advanced features has proved to be insufficient to support the > infrastructure that is necessary to support it and continue development. > A variety of my own health issues have also contributed to this > decision as I have fewer opportunities to focus on the things that would > be necessary to develop and market the program. > > There is every reason to believe that TMG will continue to work for > existing users for the foreseeable future but official support will end > at the end of 2014, although we may release some more bug fixes (but no > new features) before that. In the interest of those who may want to > communicate their data to family members or upgrade to the latest > release, we will continue to sell the full product and updates through > September with the understanding that product development has been > discontinued. > > After the end of the year, I expect to maintain the support forum which > would be available for user-to-user support. Other online support > forums, including the TMG-L mailing list, are also available to users. > > For 25 years, TMG has repeatedly pushed the boundaries of genealogical > software and promoted the highest principles of scholarship in > record-keeping and reporting. It has encouraged users to expect more > from their family tree software, especially in the area of source > citations, and the industry has responded by setting new and higher > standards in its suite of “standard features.” To lesser degrees, > programs have begun to emulate some of TMG’s other innovative features, > including its powerful filtering/searching functions, flags, > customizable screen layouts, shared events (i.e., witnesses), and > narrative output options. > > As genealogical data has become more sophisticated, researchers have > been increasingly confronted with the many limitations of GEDCOM in > transferring that data. For more than two decades, our GenBridge > technology has demonstrated that much more complete and accurate > transfers can be achieved through direct imports. Other family tree > programs have implemented the GenBridge technology or developed similar > direct-import strategies, resulting in the preservation of precious data > for countless researchers. > > I am proud of the leadership role that TMG has played in the evolution > of genealogical software and I encourage TMG users to continue to press > developers to raise their standards and implement features that allow > researchers to do the same. > > In the interest of preserving users’ data, I have released a document > that details TMG’s internal file structure and I will make GenBridge > available for free to developers who wish to produce a direct import > from TMG insofar as their programs support the same features. > > It goes without saying that this has been a painful decision and is a > significant milestone for me. TMG has been a major part of my life for > more than 25 years and it is not easy to let it go. I recognize too and > regret the degree to which it may leave researchers uneasy about the > future of their data and the prospects for their research tools. I am > taking a necessary step back from the genealogical community but with > the hope that my contribution to it has left researchers better equipped > to accomplish their research goals. > > Bob Velke > Owner > Wholly Genes, Inc. > The TMG archive is found here: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/index/TMG/ > Instructions on how to subscribe to TMG: http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/other/Software/TMG.html > ------------------------------- > To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to [email protected] with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message >

    07/30/2014 02:47:50
    1. Re: [TMG] TMG to be discontinued
    2. Chris Sackett via
    3. Bob, Thank you for all you have done. You have every right to feel proud of TMG and the huge contribution you have made in the field of genealogy. The best tribute now would be for a successor with the necessary skills and similar enthusiasm to pick up the threads and continue with the program’s development. All best wishes, Chris Sackett On 30 Jul 2014, at 02:28, Bob Velke via <[email protected]> wrote: > ANNOUNCEMENT > > I am sad to report that the decision has been made to discontinue The > Master Genealogist ("TMG").

    07/30/2014 06:37:30
    1. Re: [TMG] TMG to be discontinued
    2. Liz Heaton Brown via
    3. Oh Bob, I don't even know what to say to you... Your health issues, of course, have to come first. Like everyone else who has written to you, I wish you a full recovery and a healthy, long and very happy life. You definitely deserve the best! You, your terrific team and TMG have made major differences in *my* life and I thank you for the consistent demand for excellence you've demonstrated through Wholly Genes. TMG has made me a better genealogist, and I can't imagine my life without it. Fortunately, I believe it will long outlive me. Thank you so very much for your years of dedication and hard work for the benefit and enjoyment of all of us! I will think of you fondly and respectfully each day as I open TMG and recognize the value it brings to my research. You and your family will remain in my prayers... Big Hugs... Liz Brown, Santa Barbara

    08/01/2014 05:11:31