There are actually a lot of new things in this new version. It could almost be named 1.1, but I won’t do that since it would require another submission to Winqual for Behold’s Window’s 7 Certification - which i’ve actually achieved, but recognition of such is being delayed by something on Microsoft’s side - but that’s another story for later.
Please upgrade your beta or 1.0 Version to this 1.0.1 version. It fixes a number of issues that were in 1.0. The main one was that only a few of the dates and places were being shown on the event references. Now they’re all there again.
The major improvement is handling of dates. Behold only used to read in the date as it was given, and then display it out again for you. But now that I’ve been convinced that it’s important for Behold to display events and children and marriages in order of earliest to latest date, it suddenly became important to be able to read and understand dates internally.
As I studied how GEDCOM wants this to be done, which was IMHO very well thought out and quite flexible, I discovered how poorly other programs exported their dates. Some of my recent blog posts were about this problem.
So now Behold will check all your dates for GEDCOM compliance and put a message in the log file for those that are not compliant. You’ll need to know this, because some programs may not be able to read those dates correctly. Behold will also ensure the dates actually exist, and will indicate to you a data problem if, say you stated a date is 31 Nov 2011. I’ve also included a **Check your date** flag in the Everything Report next to these bad dates. Try your GEDCOM on the new 1.0.1 version and see what bad dates you’ve got in your dataset. You might be surprised.
Behold now understands Gregorian, Julian, French Revolutionary and Hebrew dates - the four that are defined in GEDCOM. It also handles and checks double dates (when the Gregorian calendar was partially adopted), and B.C. dates for those of you researching your Pharaoh or Caveman ancestors.
Just for fun, I’ve added the day of week which now shows in the Everything Report before every valid day/month/year.
You can now customize the names of the months, weekdays and date modifiers (e.g. about, from/to, estimated) with settings in Behold’s Organize Reports page. This will now allow you to change the dates so that they are in the same language as your data. The language translation files on Behold’s download page have not been updated for these yet. Any volunteers?
I also found out that there was a GEDCOM 5.5EL (Extended Location) extension in use by a few programs from Germany. With this version, I’ve included support for that.
For a complete list of the changes in this version, see the Behold Version History page.