Thursday, April 19, 2018

FTM2017 - Media and Task List Categories

Earlier today, I posted a Poll in the Family Tree Maker Suggested Innovations Face Book Group.
"Working on a Feature Request. Please indicate your use of Categories. Please choose ONE (1) option"
I did this to see if I should do a blog post or two on this topic. That is the Use of the Categories in the Plan Workspace or Task Tab in the People Workspace, Person View. These two features are a must for me, keeps me focused, on track, and can figure what I have or have not done. I wanted to see IF I should share my use of the two (2) categories and if so, what all should I share.

There are 756 people in that Facebook Group and the poll was open for 11 hours. Here are the results:


I set the poll so that those responding would only be able to select ONE response.


  • Media Categories Only: 28
  • Task List Categories: 0 (zero)
  • Both Media and Task Categories: 12
  • Neither; 6
and the bonus was "What are Categories?"

I think the Media Only and the "use both" were what I expected. The use of ONLY the Task List is also not a surprise to me. 

The majority of those responding, it appears, know the usefulness of putting the Media files into Categories. So, my focus, for a couple of future blog posts will be on the Task List / ToDo List Categories. The file I have open now had 3,500 Tasks / ToDo items in it.

I will attempt to explain why and how I use this feature. The hint for my use is "B.S.O." or Bright Shiny Objects.

If you, as a reader, responded to that poll. Thank you.


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