Poyton (and Hill) Tree-Diagram Production - the Technicalities

'OpenOffice 3.4 Impress’ (or 'LibreOffice 3.6 Impress), a free-of-charge presentation application, assists with the creation and manipulation of interlinked text boxes.  It's part of OpenOffice Suite and is easily downloaded (just use Google to locate it).  Downloading, unpacking, installing, and configuring the whole office-suite - including Impress - takes about 40 minutes.  (The Writer application is compatible with MS Word.  You may never need - or want - to use Word again.  We have been using a purchased version of OpenOffice for at least ten years in preference to equivalent MS products.)

The suite occupies about 170MB of hard disc space in total.  Impress can often be frustrating to use, needing dogged perseverance to use effectively.  It's probably easiest and quickest to master the programme by initially just modifying a small, existing 'odp' family tree - contact me.  (Tip: if you're willing to start from scratch, form a 'master', basic, family-member block [comprising two identical rectangles - one above the other, then shrink the depth of the lower one], for the lower-rectangle anchor the text to its center [and possibly for the upper rectangle too], then copy the master block so that you then have two blocks next to each other, then copy the pair so that you have four blocks etc.  Create your tree by pulling an existing spare text-block roughly into position, edit its contents, then add a link [from the centre of the bottom of a text-block, say the "=" block that goes between parent-pairs] then drag the far end of the link to the centre of the top of your new text block [so that the marker-dots on the link turn red]).  As you re-position 'linked' blocks, the ends of the links should move with them - re-routing links automatically.)

Some functionality may require a Java environment to be installed on your PC.  If, during the installation, a suitable one can't be accessed, it may be necessary to download (free) and install one (by visiting: http://www.java.com/en/).

Family tree data has been transcribed into digital-format, tree diagrams using 'Impress’.

Trees are edited and saved as 'odp’-format (OpenDocument Presentation) files, then 'exported' as 'pdf’-format files and uploaded to the web.  (Files could be saved as MS PowerPoint, 'ppt’ instead of 'odp', but formatting would not be preserved).  Adobe 'Reader’ offers rapid 'Find’-ing of individuals’ names in large family tree 'pdf’ files.  (Downloading a freely available 'plugin’ will allegedly allow 'odp’ format files to be opened directly by Microsoft’s proprietary PowerPoint - but we haven’t tried it!)

Helpful detail about family members is shown in 'call-outs’.

For 'web-published’ trees, living individuals have been obscured (for their privacy) before creating the 'pdf' format file.

If you identify anything that needs changing or correcting, please 'Contact me’.