Optional program operations can be controlled by applying settings as described below.
Tree Options are available to define how the directory tree behaves. The options are self-explanatory. You can experiment with these settings to get the tree behavior that suits you best.
Menu Options allow you to choose between using menus that are always visible or pop-up menus that are visible after a right-click on a directory or document. You can also choose to use both types of menus.
The Tree Color Key explains the highlighting scheme used by VyTräd to display selected family directories or directories related to the selected family.
Use Compact Directory Names
This defines whether the default directory naming convention for parents’ directories is used or if the compact naming convention is used. The naming conventions are shown on the dialog.
File Name Length Reserve
This is used when importing a family tree to determine the number of directories that are available before the path and file name length limit is reached.
Make Directories for All Children
If this is selected, a directory will be created for each child in each imported family. The import process currently will not create directories for spouses (or children) of imported children or for children’s spouses’ ancestors.
Make Notes File in Each Directory
If this is selected, a Notes text file will be created in each directory. Known information about the imported people in the family will be placed in the Notes file.
Pedigree Collapse (Duplicate Families)
These settings define how duplicate family directories will be handled in a family tree import. The options are described on the dialog. This option defines how many directories are created (and how long the import process will take) for very large family trees. For example, for the British Royal Family (which goes back over 70 generations) with Prince Charles as the Root Individual, the number of directories would be about 350 for the first option, about 1,000 for the second option and about 28,600 for the third option. Depending on your computer’s resources and memory, a practical limit on the number of directories is probably no more than 1,000. With directory numbers greater than this, the Directory List becomes unmanageable and program operations, such as Searches, can become very long and use up computer resources. You can experiment with different settings and import very large trees multiple times to determine what works for you.
For most family trees with say 20 generations or less, any of these Import Options are workable. You can also limit the number of directories by selecting the number of generations you want to import. You can also choose Root Individuals from anywhere in the tree to create multiple directory trees of manageable size. The system is completely flexible based on your needs.
Click the Save Settings and Close button to save and apply your choices. Program behavior will be updated immediately. Click Cancel to exit the Settings dialog and revert to your previous choices.