Source references are important if you take genealogy seriously. But more interesting than just a reference is a scan of the source itself.
If you want to place scans of sources at events on a large scale, a system with clear rules for the naming of folders and files is indispensable. It helps to keep everything organized and minimize the chance of errors. ATM has a number of functions to support this.
File formats that are supported:
Note: ATM only accepts file extensions in lower case.
The following system has been chosen:
Since the name of the standard folder is determined by the names of the parents, it is advisable to first link the parents to a person and then connect files to events and facts.
The simplest procedure for linking a file is as follows:
If everything went well, the selected file is now removed from the Inbox and placed in the family folder. The file name has been changed to a name that fits the selected event. If the selected file is a JPEG, PNG, GIF or BMP a scan page has been created.
It is also possible to link multiple files at the same time. In that case they are shown one below the other on a scan page. This is of course only possible with JPEG, PNG, GIF or BMP files.
The scan page can be adjusted afterwards if necessary, see Scan page
The path to the linked file (relative to [family tree folder]/Output) is visible in the source field and the button behind the source field with which the image can be viewed is activated.
If a person's name contains incorrect characters, the following message will appear and the procedure will be aborted.
When linking a scan to birth/baptism/death/burial/facts the surname of the parents also plays a role, because the name of the folder is based on their names.
When linking a scan to marriage/marriage license/divorce the surname of the partner also plays a role, because the name of the folder is based on the name of both partners.
If multiple files are selected, including files of type PDF and/or HTML, the following message will appear and the procedure will be aborted.
The difference with the Inbox trick is that ATM does not move the file and does not change the name. Also no scan page is created.
There is also the possibility to link a file by selecting it in Windows Explorer, Linux File Manager or macOS Finder. The file can then be dragged to ATM and dropped onto a source field.
A distinction is made between the following situations:
In the first case, the file is moved, with its name and location determined according to the rules of the Inbox trick.
In the second case, the file is directly linked according to the manual linking rules.
In the third case, the file is copied, with its name and location determined according to the rules of the Inbox trick.
The file can be disconnected with the button behind the source field.
When disconnecting a file 3 situations are distinguished:
When moving the file to Inbox or Unused, the entire path from [family tree folder]/Output will be included.
By default a notification is shown about the new location of the file. This notification can be turned off in.
The Tools & maintenance.menu contains various useful functions, see