Some comment about data entry flow from our U.I Designer:
Many people like the easy flow of entering and editing information from the Family view of Family Tree Maker 16. As nice as it is, many also complained about having to open the “Edit Individual” dialog multiple times to enter common facts such as AKA, title, christening, baptism, and burial. While some aspects of using the Family view were nice, the requirement to repeatedly go in and out of the “Edit Individual” dialog box for some common facts made for an inefficient process in many cases.
Family Tree Maker 2008 addresses this issue in its Family view by allowing the right-hand edit panel to be customized. For instance, if you frequently enter burial information, you can add “Burial” to the right-panel and then you won’t need to go to another screen to enter that information like you did in Family Tree Maker 16. If you have a lot of Jewish ancestry, you might frequently add Bar Mitsvah and Bat Mitsvah information, so you may want to add those facts to the right-hand panel. You certainly don’t want to add every fact you might ever use to the right-hand panel, but those that you frequently use. This makes it possible to add most of your information from one screen without the need to go to another view or open another dialog box.
But what about flowing through your data entry without using your mouse? Family Tree Maker 2008 has fairly extensive support for keyboard navigation.
From a selected person in the pedigree or family panel, press the Tab key to move your focus to the edit panel on the right. Then tab through the fields and enter information for that person. To add or edit another family member, press Ctrl + Tab to return to the family panel. Ctrl + Tab is a common standard way in Windows to move from panel to panel. Once your focus is back in the family panel, use your arrow keys to move between parents or children where you can add new family members or edit existing ones by pressing the Tab key and repeating the process just described.
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