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Pages 4 to 6
Images for John Doe (blue) and Sally Smith (pink) At the End of the Document
If you have too many images in your GEDCOM or just don't want full page images, you can specify a different number of images per page. The thumbnails below show what it would look like with four images per page. (Click here to see the GEDCOM Image dialog settings.)
Gallery At End of Report, With Four Images Per Page
If desired, you can put the first image for John Doe directly next to his name in the report. (Click here to see the dialog with this setting.) This works particularly well if the first image is a picture of John Doe, or a picture of something that is directly relevant to his life. It doesn't work well if, for example, the first image is a picture of his wife, or one of his children. This setting applies to everyone in the report, including Mr. Doe's wife. An example of what this would look like is shown in the thumbnails below.
Placing the First Image Next John Doe, Rather Than at the End
There is one caveat that should be kept in mind. Placing the first image for a person next to her name in the report can look quite good if there aren't too many images. On the other hand, if everyone in the report has an image, but not much text to flow around the image, it can look crowded. Experiment to see what looks best.
Importing Images and Text
Sometimes it's useful to include chapters of written text in your document (acknowledgements, prefaces, research ideas, etc). Ancestral Author Plus allows you to import text files for this purpose, and to include images in the text. A simple example is shown below:
Image In Upper Left of Text Area
Text and images are imported using the Import Files document item. If you click on the 'Import Files' document item in AA, you'll see this dialog (click to view).
A single text file and any number of images can be imported. Each image can be placed in one of the following locations on the page:
- Upper Left - Upper Left Quadrant of the Page Text Area
- Upper Center - Top Half of the Page, Centered
- Upper Right - Upper Right Quadrant of the Page Text Area
- Center - Center of the Page, Scaled to Fill the Page
- Lower Left - Lower Left Quadrant of the Page Text Area
- Lower Center - Bottom Half of the Page, Centered
- Lower Right - Lower Right Quadrant of the Page Text Area
Ancestral Author Plus will automatically merge the images with the text, causing the text to wrap around the images.
If two images overlap each other, for example they're both in the Upper Left, then the second one will be put out on the next page. AA will not overlap two images on the same page.
On the other hand, AA will put as many images on a page as it can - as long as they don't overlap. And it will put those images on the first possible page where it will fit. This is best illustrated with a few pictures.
Suppose you are importing two images with some text. The first image is placed in the Upper Left, the second in the Lower Left. The Import Files dialog would look something like this:
Two Non-Overlapping Images, Upper Left, Lower Left
The result would look like this. Both images are on the same page, because neither overlaps the other.
Non-Overlapping Images On Same Page
What if you want both these images to appear on a different page? This is where the Page Break item comes in. Placing a Page Break between the two images will force the second image onto the next page. The graphic below shows the Import Files dialog with a Page Break added after the first image, and the resulting output pages. You can see that the second image was forced onto a new page.
Import Files Dialog With Added Page Break, And Resulting Output
Creating Image Galleries
If you have lots of pictures that you want to add to your document, an Image Gallery is probably the easiest way to add them. An Image Gallery is series of images with optional captions that appear as multiple images per page, usually spanning multiple pages. A quick example is shown below:
Six Page Image Gallery
To create an Image Gallery, press the Image Gallery document item button. This will invoke a dialog which allows you to add images to the gallery, and to organize them in specific ways:
- two images per page, top to bottom (page 1,3 above),
- two images per page, side by side (page 4,5 above),
- four images per page (page 2 above),
- centered on the page (page 6 above).
Images will always appear in the gallery in the same order that they appear in the Image Gallery dialog. An example of an Image Gallery dialog is shown below. This was used to create the six page image gallery shown above. Note that some images are not visible in the dialog without scrolling down the list.
Image Gallery Dialog Used to Create 6 Image Gallery
It usually takes some experimentation to get the right layout. Tall images want to be next to each other, in a side by side layout (vs. top to bottom). Similarly, wide images want to be in a top to bottom layout (vs. side by side). It may take a few trials to get it right.
There are a number of ways to add images to documents. Each has it's own benefits. This article gives you a flavor of what can be done. Experiment and see what works best for you.
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