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Family Tree Maker: Tips for Making Long Names Fit

Family Tree Maker: Tips for Making Long Names Fit

If some of your ancestors have incredibly long names--Anna Katharina Elisabeth (Elise) Rauschenberg for example--there are a couple things you can do to help them fit in their allotted space. To make the chart most aesthetically pleasing normally requires employing several of these options in moderation rather than taking any one to an extreme. We normally make tweaks to a cell in the following order, but it's a matter of preference.

 

1. REMOVE NAME OPTIONS

Only you can be the judge of how far to take this one. If there are multiple name options (normally shown in parentheses), we like to start by making a determination of which name to use and removed the other one. In the situation where we're trying to shorten the name, unless you have a specific reason for choosing one of the other, we go for the shorter name.

To do this, simply stay on the main "Chart" tab in the sidebar, and then click on the cell you'd like to edit. This will pull up all of that individual's information in the sidebar panel.

edit individual's information in the family tree maker app

Then simply click in the text box showing the name and edit as normal.

2. CHANGE THE FONT SIZE

You can also do this from the main "Chart" tab in the left sidebar. Simply click on the cell you'd like to edit. 

change font size in family tree maker app

Then simply drag the "Generation Font Size" slider until the name fits. If you're zoomed in, you'll be want to zoom back out to make sure that the font is readable and doesn't look comically small compared to the rest of your chart. Adjust as needed.

3. CHANGE THE WAY THE INFORMATION IS DISPLAYED

Click on the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar, then the "Generation" tab within the Advanced settings. 

add or hide dates in family tree maker app

Click on the "Information Displayed" drop down and experiment with your options. Note: Some options display dates, some do not, and the change affects the entire generation.

add or hide date preferences in family tree maker app

ancestor's name on multiple lines

PRO TIP: For "Multiline" options, either vertical or horizontal it treats every space as the signal to go to a new line. If you want some parts of the name on the same line put a ~ rather than a space when editing the name in the Individual sidebar panel. See this tutorial for how to put names on fewer lines for more details.

4. CHANGE THE CELL SIZE

Still within the "Generation" sidebar panel, click and drag the "Radius" slider to change the cell size. You can also do this from the main "Chart" tab (NOT the "Chart" tab within advanced settings) by dragging the "Generation Width" slider bar.

change generation width in family tree maker app

5. REMOVE MIDDLE NAMES

This is just a more drastic form of (1) and works the same way.

removing portion of ancestor's name

Using a combination of these techniques you should be able to make any name fit perfectly while maintaining a beautiful chart aesthetic!

 

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Family Tree Maker: How To Change Colors in Your Family Tree Chart

Family Tree Maker: How To Change Colors in Your Family Tree Chart

Personalization is a key component of Family Tree Prints. You should be able to create a family tree chart that fits your personality and style and matches your home decor... which means you should be able to create a chart that doesn't look like a muted rainbow if you want. With Family Tree Prints it's easy. Here's how.

CHANGE COLOR PALETTE

By far the easiest and most fun way to change colors is to switch color palettes. Presumably you've already chosen a template you like from FamilyTreePrints.com to get you started, but that doesn't mean you're locked in.

To start with click the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar, followed by the "Palette" icon in the advanced settings. 

change pedigree chart color

 

This will show you a preview of your current shape in a variety of color palettes--scroll up and down to see all palette options. The palettes are divided into categories (Solid Color, Double Dark Chroma, Creamy Rings, etc.) and the preview shows only one color scheme in each category at a time.

different color choices for your family tree print

To preview a different color scheme with the category, simply click one of the colored squares directly beneath the category name. If a single square has 2 or more colors in it, clicking the square multiple times will show you different arrangements of those colors (for example purple stripe then yellow stripe vs. yellow stripe then purple stripe).

Click the preview image to change the color scheme of your chart.

Here's a little video showing changing palette color options. This video was created using the older version of the family tree maker app, but all the functionality is the same--the only difference is that you have to click the "Advanced" tab first to access the Palette tab.

 

 

CHANGE LINE COLOR

Another way to customize your chart color is to change the line color. To do this, click the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar of the family tree maker app, then the "Color" tab. Click the color swatch directly under "Line Color"

change line color step 1

This will pull up a color picker, from which you can choose from any of the color swatches that are part of the current color palette or any other color using the color chooser.

change line color step 2

Alternatively, you can change the line color from the "Chart" tab within the advanced settings, also by clicking the color swatch underneath the "Line Color" heading.

change line color step 3

change line color step 4

Voila!  

change line color step 5

CHANGE INDIVIDUAL CELL COLOR:

If that's not enough customization for you, you can also change each individual cell color.

Click the "Advanced" tab, followed by the "Color" tab within the advanced settings. From here, click on the cell in the actual chart whose color you would like to modify, then click the color swatch under the "Background Color" heading.

change individual cell color step 1

This will pull up a color picker from which you can choose from any of the color swatches that are part of the current palette, or any other color you'd like using the color picker.

change individual cell color step 2

You can change the individual cell text color in a similar way by clicking the color swatch under the heading "Text Color".

change individual cell color step 3

 

Changes save automatically.

Ready to get started? Visit FamilyTreePrints.com to choose your starting template and create your personalized family tree chart!

 

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