Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Improving Charting Companion with GDI+

A Windows program uses GDI (Graphical Device Interface) to create graphics. GDI is a great invention that enables the programmer to easily mix text, raster (photos) and vector (drawings) graphics in the same output. GDI is what allows a Windows program to display the same thing to a screen and a printer (know as WYSIWYG, or "What you see is what you get").

GDI was introduced in 1985 with Windows 1.0. Windows XP was released in 2001 and featured GDI+, an improvement over GDI including anti-aliasing, gradients, built-in support for image files (JPG, GIF, PNG), transparency & color blending, and better display of text characters.

Antialiasing is a software technique for diminishing jaggies - stairstep-like lines that should be smooth. Jaggies occur because the output device, the monitor or printer, doesn't have a high enough resolution to represent a smooth line.

Antialiasing reduces the prominence of jaggies by surrounding the stairsteps with intermediate shades of gray (for gray-scaling devices) or color (for color devices). The pixels that surround the edges of the line are changed to varying shades of gray or color in order to blend the sharp edge into the background.

Raw vs. Antialiased vs.line





 Here is a before & after example:








Antialiasing makes smoother and better lines


 Here is what it looks like at scale:







Un-aliased & antialiased letter




  This what it looks like for text:






Antialiased text is smoother and looks better


You can see how the un-aliased text is jagged and crotchety:




We are improving Charting Companion by converting the GDI graphics to GDI+. Users will see an improvement in the quality of the text and lines. Displaying photos with GDI+ will also free us from a third-party library whose licensing model has become exorbitant.

We hope to bring you these enhancements soon, so you can tell the story of your family ever so attractively.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

How to prune a family tree

Pruning your Family Tree
Have you ever needed a customized version of your family tree? For example, you want to show how two distant relatives are connected? Or you want to show only one branch of the family?

Charting Companion's Pruning feature enables you to "prune" or trim the branches of a family tree.



Here are Queen Victoria's descendants, shrunk 95% (click to enlarge):

Queen Victoria
5%.png


Elizabeth II + Philip 25%.png



When displayed with Charting Companion, you can right-click and select Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, click on "Prune", and you will see their parallel lineage all the way back to Queen Victoria. Elizabeth and Philip are third cousins (click to enlarge).



Save your tree as a an image, share with family and friends, or publish on the Internet. Pruning is also available for the Ancestor chart.


Charting Companion reads all genealogy databases:

  • Family Tree Maker
  • RootsMagic
  • Personal Ancestral File (PAF)
  • Legacy
  • Family Historian
  • Ancestral Quest
  • GEDCOM for all other programs


Get Charting Companion today and "prune" your tree!



Note: the pruning applies only to the image, your database is not changed in any way.

Pierre
                                                        Clouthier
Pierre Clouthier
President, Progeny Genealogy Inc.
progenygenealogy.com

New chart: Dandelion chart


NEW CHART: DANDELION CHART
 
Progeny is pleased to introduce a new type of genealogy chart: the Dandelion Chart.
 
The Dandelion Chart lays out your ancestors and descendants like a web. It is possible to display everyone in a family, including the parents of spouses who are not in the bloodline.
 
All the usual options are available: color, number of generations, output to PDF for a large printer at the print shop, photos, tiling, etc.
 
Watch the boxes flow fluidly as Charting Companion dynamically slides the boxes for best fit.
 
Click for an example and more information.
 
Click to download Charting Companion with the Dandelion Chart.
 
Enjoy seeing your ancestors in a whole new different way!
 
Let us know what you think of the Dandelion Chart.
 
Interesting Image
Pierre Clouthier
President, Progeny Genealogy
 
 
Dandelion chart preview
The Dandelion Chart
 

New chart: Fractal Tree


NEW CHART: FRACTAL TREE
 
Progeny is pleased to introduce a new type of genealogy chart: the Fractal Tree.
 
The Fractal Tree lays out your ancestors in a repeating pattern, in the shape of the letter 'H'. The Fractal Tree is compact and uses less space than other charts, while displaying the names in a novel way.
 
All the usual options are available: color, number of generations, output to PDF for a large printer at the print shop, photos, output to HTML for a Website, tiling, etc.
 
Click for an example and more information.
 
As a valued customer, we are offering you a free pre-release of the latest version of Charting Companion, and giving you an opportunity to try it out early. Click to download Charting Companion with the Fractal Tree.
 
Enjoy seeing your ancestors in a whole new different way!
 
Let us know what you think of the Fractal Tree.
 
Interesting Image
Pierre Clouthier
President, Progeny Genealogy
 
 
Ancestor Fan chart preview
The Fractal Tree