After watching Ed Thompson trying to use Gramps to quickly rough in a tree, I realized that I’d never used the Charts in that way. It was intriguing but the entry workflow he did was awkward.
So I wondered if a complement of Gramplets used in combination with that View mode could be used for a lot more efficiency.
Here’s the configuration I came up with:
- Navigation sidebar in drop-down mode, text labels off in the Display Preferences, and the other 2 sidebars ‘hidden’ via the Plugin Manager
- Chart View in horizontal Pedigree mode
- Right Sidebar with the Data Entry gramplet
- Bottombar with the Quick View gramplet (configure with Biography), Note & Notes
The Bottombar gramplets were the surprising part. The Biography QuickView is a great way to proofread how complete a Person is. (And it is easy to select all, copy & paste it into an eMail!) You can highlight any of the text (sources, places) and drag it to fields in the Data Entry gramplet — without hassling with the copy&paste keybindings that call up the Gramps clipboard. The Note gramplet can be used as a scratchpad in a similar fashion. You can scrape biographical or an obit info from a website, paste it into the Note, then select and drag snippits of text to fields in the Date Entry gramplet. You can also drag a Pedigree box to the Note and it will populate with the person’s name, birth date & place, death date & place. When you’ve exhausted the data, save the note and attach it to the Source. For any data that doesn’t fit in fields of the Data Entry gramplet, double-click the Pedigree box for the Person or Family and drag the data to the appropriate other types of events.
Things that could speed up roughing in a tree:
- a 3rd row of Events for Burials in the Data Entry
- clicking on a blank pedigree box redefine the relationship to active person & gender to match that of the clicked box.
- re-configuring the Sources fields to use a Sole Source but allow different Citation Date & Page fields for each Event
- vertical scrollbars for the bottombar gramplets
- a way to minimize the text decoration toolbar in the Note gramplet (It eats a HUGE fraction of the bottombar space)
- eliminating the Save & Cancel buttons in the Note gramplet (possibly by having a Clipboard icon that saves the Note object & opens the clipboard with that object. You can drop it on any object)
- separating the fields for date & place in the Event rows
- +/- controls in the View for zooming the Tree size configuration option
- being able to see the great-grandparents level, a Spouse & Offspring boxes simultaneously
- a highlighted placeholder box drawn in the position described by New Person “Add relation” in the Data Entry gramplet. (Verify the person will go where you expect!)
There are other things that would help… but would have longer lead-times because they go beyond re-arranging features that already exist.
I wonder if a new View mode that prohibits the configurable Gramplet bars might not be a good idea for something like this. Then the modules could be tied together more tightly in their own frame. (Like tab to another field and then double-click a word which copies the text to that selected field. That would eliminate the fine motor control needed for a drag’n’drop. Almost a tool like the Eyedropper in GIMP. But instead of grabbing a color from a pixel, it’d pick up the text/data. That could even pick out the object-type of data that matches the destination field from any object being clicked too.) Limiting the swapping of Gramplets would also preclude the slow-downs of resource hog gramplets from creating latency in the data-entry.
Try this combination and see if it makes a workflow that completely bypasses the learning curve. It needs a few people beating it up.