Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Charting Follow Up - Lesson Learned

Yesterday I posted this blog post:

Time for a Chart

There were some details that I overlooked, that I would like to discuss, in case you are interested in creating a Chart by a 3rd Party Vendor.

In this case, I am using Family Chartmasters

Two suggestions:

  • Read the details of what you are buying

  • Read the Chart Screen with the Chart Size.

Here is a piece of an email I received this morning:
The chart you sent is 62 inches wide by 16 inches tall.  Normally we would print that on 62 inches of 24 inch paper. 

But what you paid for was 42 inches wide and 12 inches tall.  
Oops. The size of my Chart is wrong.

Here is the screen capture from the Family Chart Master's website:

I had selected 42" wide, but my chart was 62" wide. So, It's important to be aware of the size of the Chart you create and the size of the Chart you are purchasing.

The wonderful folks at Family Chart Masters were willing to make an adjustment, but I wanted to see what it would look like, as I had liked what it look like, which is where my focus was.

Going to the Publish Workspace, Charts again. Since I saved this, I was able to open the Saved Chart. It opened and I selected the Advanced Option and made the adjustments with the sliders on the Top and Left.

My chart is now 61.14 by 23.94 and should fill the Chart just find.

One issue that may be an issue, is the Placement of the Title. It's in the Center of the 2nd of 6 pages, although the setting in FTM2012 says "Center". It will be interesting as to where the Title will appear on the Chart.

Lesson Learned: Verify the Chart Size against the Size of the Chart you are having printed by a 3rd Party.

Copyright © 2012 by H R Worthington

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