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Old 09 February 2018, 01:43 PM
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Often, when I'm adding comments to photos, I'd love to be able to have certain words stand out, via a different font style, or a separate color. For example, in identifying the people in a group photo, maybe I'd like the names of relatives to stand out in red, or the names of people whose identity I'm unsure of to be in italics.

Is there any way to do this in Reunion 12?! I have checked the manual, etc. but I don't see anything that would indicate that it's possible.

I could have sworn I was able to do this very thing in earlier versions of Reunion, but I'd begun to think it was all in my head. However, I recently opened my old Reunion 9 application (!), and sure enough, I could, and did, use styles and colors in the Multimedia Detail field, back then.

Is there some reason this option was taken away (if it, indeed, was)? And/or is there any chance of getting it back?

Alternately, does anyone have any clever workarounds? I'd been hoping colors/styles in Multimedia comments would be one of the new features in Reunion 12 -- and Reunion 13 is probably a long way away!

Thank you!

Laurie
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Old 10 February 2018, 03:10 AM
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You don't need to do everything within Reunion: I would recommend that you treat yourself to an image editor. I use Pixelmator, but there are many others. Of any valued photo, keep your original and work on a copy. Not only can you add all the multi-coloured captions you want, but you can usually make big improvements to the image itself in terms of cropping, definition, contrast, colour balance, etc.
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Old 10 February 2018, 06:56 PM
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You don't need to do everything within Reunion: I would recommend that you treat yourself to an image editor. I use Pixelmator, but there are many others. Of any valued photo, keep your original and work on a copy. Not only can you add all the multi-coloured captions you want, but you can usually make big improvements to the image itself in terms of cropping, definition, contrast, colour balance, etc.
Thank you for the suggestion! I WAS actually hoping to be able to do this within Reunion -- just for the time and convenience -- but you've given me something to think about, down the line.

(I have used Pixelmator, for non-genealogical matters, but I'm not adept at it at all, and I think it would take me more time than it would be worth, at this point, just to be able to use colors and styles.)

It would be one thing if this feature had never been available within Reunion -- but it definitely was, once. I can't understand why the "downgrade," in that respect. (Leister...?)

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Old 11 February 2018, 05:06 PM
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I always download an image (census, documents, birth/marr/death certs.) to my desktop and then open them in Preview. Using this app. I can then crop, annotate, enlarge etc using varying fonts & sizes, colours to your photo etc.

As a matter of interest I always d/load in the .png format. Crop/annotate & do whatever I wish and then export to .jpg before filing away in my ancestry records folder.

From that folder I can then drag the image to the multimedia window of the person concerned in Reunion. All the colours, fonts seem to be maintained by Reunion.

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Old 13 February 2018, 11:50 AM
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Laurie Sherman Thank you for the suggestion! I WAS actually hoping to be able to do this within Reunion -- just for the time and convenience -- but you've given me something to think about, down the line.

(I have used Pixelmator, for non-genealogical matters, but I'm not adept at it at all, and I think it would take me more time than it would be worth, at this point, just to be able to use colors and styles.)

It would be one thing if this feature had never been available within Reunion -- but it definitely was, once. I can't understand why the "downgrade," in that respect. (Leister...?)

Another option is to use Preview app. You can open a photo in Reunion, click on the Hammer icon (tools) at the bottom & select 'open in Preview', do your editing & text etc then save & close image. I only wish preview would allow one to straighten a 'cocked' image!
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Old 14 February 2018, 03:31 AM
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"I only wish preview would allow one to straighten a 'cocked' image!"

I quite agree. It would be great if Preview allowed this. I don't know of any simple apps that would enabling straightening of images that have been downloaded.

I've d/l many census returns that are 'cocked' at any angle with the surrounds completely black that need to be 'cut-out'

Does anyone know of such a facility or app??

Alan
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Old 14 February 2018, 04:26 AM
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"I only wish preview would allow one to straighten a 'cocked' image!"

I quite agree. It would be great if Preview allowed this. I don't know of any simple apps that would enabling straightening of images that have been downloaded.

I've d/l many census returns that are 'cocked' at any angle with the surrounds completely black that need to be 'cut-out'

Does anyone know of such a facility or app??

Alan
Can you show us an example?
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Old 14 February 2018, 07:43 AM
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"I only wish preview would allow one to straighten a 'cocked' image!"

I quite agree. It would be great if Preview allowed this. I don't know of any simple apps that would enabling straightening of images that have been downloaded.

I've d/l many census returns that are 'cocked' at any angle with the surrounds completely black that need to be 'cut-out'

Does anyone know of such a facility or app??

Alan
Yes, I recommend GraphicConverter, something of a swiss army knife of graphics. It has so many features, and I so little time I know how to use but a few, but there are two things it makes easy:
1) Straightening , and
2) 'unskewing', which can square up images taken at odd angles

Straightening allows freehand rotation, but particularly helpful is to Rotate -> other value with line... which lets you draw a straight line along some straight features and it straightens the graphic along that line.

'Unskew' lets you take a photograph that was taken off-angle - typical of headstones or pictures on a shelf, etc. You put each of four boxes in what you wish to be the corners of the photo, and it 'distorts' the image to the shape you specify. The result is as if the photo was taken head-on, although there are sometimes artifacts.

Another useful GC feature is white point, which adjusts colors based on a spot in the photo your mind's eye 'knows' should be white.

[Update... Preview 10.0 has a whitepoint feature, via Tools -> Adjust colors. The eyedropper icon to the left of the Tint setting does this like GC.]

I prefer the simplicity of Preview for sizing and simple brightness, sharpening, etc., so I'll often straighten, unskew, and crop, in GC, then tweak size and sharpness in Preview.

Preview can also 'whiten' old documents; they almost always need temperature shifted toward cyan, and tint shifted slightly toward pink. The results can be pleasantly surprising.
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Old 14 February 2018, 11:01 AM
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Yes, I recommend GraphicConverter, something of a swiss army knife of graphics. It has so many features, and I so little time I know how to use but a few, but there are two things it makes easy:
1) Straightening , and
2) 'unskewing', which can square up images taken at odd angles
I was also going to suggest GraphicConverter although I am more often using Photoshop but I wanted to see the kind of picture Laurie Sherman wanted to edit before making a firm recommendation.
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Old 14 February 2018, 05:10 PM
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"I only wish preview would allow one to straighten a 'cocked' image!"

I quite agree. It would be great if Preview allowed this. I don't know of any simple apps that would enabling straightening of images that have been downloaded.

I've d/l many census returns that are 'cocked' at any angle with the surrounds completely black that need to be 'cut-out'

Does anyone know of such a facility or app??

Alan
The latest Photos app has that ability. Click on Edit, then click on Crop at the top of the screen and you will see a protractor to the side of the photo that will assist you with straightening the photo.
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