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New Charting Features in Reunion 8

  • Objects in charts can be selected. Selected objects (boxes, lines, shapes, pictures) can be modified using a new tool panel.

   

  • Objects in charts can be grouped. For example, you can add a picture or caption and group it to a person or box. Grouping attaches or glues things together, so that when moving the person or rearranging the layout of a chart, the picture or caption stays with the box.
  • Objects can be aligned. If you move some boxes, pictures, or captions around, you can quickly align their bottom, tops, sides, or centers with a simple menu command.

  • Objects can be layered (including grouped objects). You can use one object to overlay another.
  • Objects can be precisely nudged.
  • Information in chart boxes can be updated with a single menu command (birth dates, places, names, etc.)
  • Pictures can be placed inside chart boxes automatically, or via drag & drop. Pictures inside boxes can be placed on the right, left, top, or bottom, lower-left or lower-right corner of a box. More than one picture can be placed inside a box.

  • Fill patterns and transparency can be applied to boxes and shapes.

  • The space between all boxes in tree charts can be precisely increased or decreased, horizontally or vertically with the new Space submenu.
  • You can add graphic objects to charts: ovals, lines (with arrows), rectangles, and rounded rectangles.

  • Eight levels of Undo for chart editing.
  • Find feature — to help you find somebody in a big chart.
  • You can zoom in and out on charts, to produce a reduced or enlarged view.
  • When you zoom out on a chart (to 50% or 75% reduction), text appears in boxes.
  • Printed chart pages can be numbered.
  • New "Right to Left" orientation. (Opposite of "Left to Right.")
  • New "Bottom to Top" orientation.
  • New "Butterfly" orientation.

  • Orientations can be combined. For example, a chart can begin in the "Top to Bottom" orientation and then, at a generation you specify, switch to a "Waterfall" orientation.

  • When you change the orientation of a chart, a "live preview" lets you see changes immediately.

  • Waterfall charts can "fall to the left."
  • Default settings for charts and chart objects can be defined and saved. For example, a default orientation for descendant charts, default shadow depth for pictures, default chart frame style, default font and font size for boxes, etc.
  • Default text objects, as well as titles in frames, support macros, enabling you to automatically include variables in text objects, such as the date, source person, number of generations, etc.
  • 10 color cycles for colorizing boxes in charts, and bars in timelines.
  • Lines can have multiple angles.

  • When dragging an object, whether it be a person box or a picture, the chart window scrolls automatically when you reach the edge of the window.
  • A new connecting line style called "Vertical Uniform." It's purpose is to keep horizontal lines together when moving a box vertically in a top-to-bottom descendant chart.
  • You can copy a branch or any combination of chart objects to the clipboard.
  • When copying a chart to the clipboard, you can include/exclude the chart's frame (or border).