A Trip Back in the Archives
Based on web usage reports, many Second Site users do not read the newsletters that I distribute. When I release a new version—the most common reason for me to distribute a newsletter—there are more visits to the download page than to the newsletter page. That makes sense because I provide the download page link in the email message that announces the new version and its newsletter. Many users download the program and then explore the new features via the help pages supplied with the program. If those users do not read the newsletter, however, they may miss out on important usage information.
While many newsletters provide only a basic announcement that a new version is available, some include additional information and articles. The newsletters that coincide with new major releases often include information that is not present elsewhere in the Help pages. Other newsletters include articles that explain new features, articles that were often inspired by users asking questions about those features.
The following newsletters include notable articles, most of which describe how to achieve specific results using one or more features. In contrast, most of the Second Site help pages are technical references.
|067||Using Second Site and Tag Groups to Create an Alternative to Journal and Narrative Reports
by John Lucas
|060||Subject Variables in TMG v9|
|055||Person Entry Example|
|038||Maps, Calendars, and Custom Pages|
|037||Using the New Group Feature
by Terry Reigel
|022||The (underused) Simple Text Format|
|012||Creating a Custom Index Using "Index People"
by Terry Reigel
|002||Second Site as a Data Archive Tool|
|001||Second Site as a QC Tool|
Here's a list of the newsletters that were issued for major releases.
12 September 2022 Update: The lists below now include articles released after the original release date of this newsletter (11 February 2014).
|088||Second Site 8||Interactive Pedigree Chart|
|082||Second Site 7||New Formats, GDPR Compliance, One Page Script Enhancements|
|069||Second Site 6||Mobile-Friendly, Mapping Service Links, Embedded Multimedia Exhibits|
|054||Second Site 5||Person Entry Section, Family Explorer, SubMenus|
|048||Second Site 4||Tag Groups, Flag Events, Virtual Witnesses|
|039||Second Site 3||DNA features, Slideshow, People Section, HTML Editor|
|029||Second Site 2||User Items, Layouts, Themes, Page Scripts, User Styles|
Other Notable Releases
The following newsletters were issued with "minor" upgrades to Second Site, i.e., the first component of the version number did not change. However, there were significant enhancements to the program.
|050||Second Site 4.2||Search Form, One-Person Script|
|047||Second Site 3.4||Indented Charts, other chart improvements|
|044||Second Site 3.2||Image Gallery, Lightbox, Color Picker, Chart Accents|
|037||Second Site 2.2||Maps, Calendars|
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