Friday, December 23, 2011

Getting a GEDCOM file onto your Android

Perhaps one of the first questions ezGED users will face is: "How do I get my GEDCOM file onto my Android phone or tablet, so I can view it?"

The steps you will take will vary depending on the source of the GEDCOM. For this walk through, I'm going to use as the source.

The process is straight-forward, but at the risk of being overly detailed, the sequence goes like this ...

Once you export your tree from, the GEDCOM file will be sent to the email address you used for registration. I am assuming that your phone or tablet will receive this email. Clicking on the Download link in this email will open the download page.

Clicking on the "Download my GEDCOM file" button will start the download. You will see a notification icon in the upper left hand corner of the screen indicating that a download is in progress.

Swiping down on the notification bar at the top of the screen will list all of the notifications, the one at the bottom tells me has now been downloaded to my device. It is a zip file which contains the GEDCOM.
We are not quite there yet. We need to extract the GEDCOM file from the zip file. To do this, you will need a utility app. I use ASTRO File Manager, which is a zip file extractor and compressor (and a lot more).

Tap or click on in the notification view above and ASTRO File Manager will open the zip file and show its contents: export-BloodTree[.ged]

Do a "long press" on export-BloodTree to bring up the context menu and select the Copy command to prepare for the Paste we will do next.

Now click the "Up" button to move out of "zip file directory" and into /mnt/sdcard/download

... and then Paste

Launch ezGED and enjoy ...


Thursday, December 22, 2011

GEDCOM Viewer for Android Released

I'm very happy to start this blog with the announcement that ezGED Viewer v1.0.0 was released today on Android Market (here).

The market blurb sums it up like this:

  • View GEDCOM files exported from current genealogy applications and Internet services.
  • View by individuals, families, sources, database info, or descendants tree. 
  • Top level views are linked to additional detail views. 
  • GEDCOM versions 5.5 and 5.5.1 supported. 
  • ASCII, UTF-8, UTF-16, and ANSEL character sets accepted.

It is the first genealogy app that I have developed for Android devices. If I have chosen the name of this blog correctly, then more apps should follow.

In the near term, my plan is to post end-user tips about using ezGED, talk about future enhancements to it, and hopefully get some feedback on how it can be improved.


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