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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many events can be displayed in a date square?
  2. Where are event photos shown on the calendar?
  3. What type picture files can be used?
  4. How do I save the calendar as a picture file and why would I want to?
  5. What about background pictures?
  6. How do I translate the calendar into other languages?
  7. How do I change the words that appear on the calendar?
  8. I get an error message that "MSVBVM50.DLL" is missing.
  9. If I upgrade to Family Picture Calendar from the older Family Calendar program do I have to re-enter my events and dates?

How many events can be displayed in a date square?

There is no set limit.  The program gathers all the event information for a date square and computes the total height needed to fit all the events in the square. If the date square is too small then the font size of each event is lowered and a new calculation is made.  This process continues until the information either fits or the font size has become too small to read and an overflow occurs. If an overflow does occur, a warning message appears telling the user which date has overflowed and that the date square will be left blank.  

Hint: Always "Preview" before printing to save paper and ink.  The Preview feature allows the user to check for overflow's, color combinations, background pictures, etc. 

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Where are event photos shown on the calendar ?

Event photos are entered at the same time you enter the description and date of an event.  Later the event photos are automatically placed into the empty date squares on the calendar in the same month as the event.

Depending on the month, the number of squares available ranges from 9 to 14.  If used, the small last-month and next-month calendars reduce the number by 2. Printing the small calendars is a user selectable option. 

If there are more event photos than empty date squares, a warning message appears indicating that some photos were excluded.  The user can then return to the edit screen to select which photos to include.

Hint: Always "Preview" before printing to save paper and ink.  The Preview feature allows the user to check for overflow's, color combinations, background pictures, etc. 

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What type picture files can be used ?

The event pictures can be most any size and type. Picture file formats supported are : bmp, jpg, gif, wmf, and emf. The program scales the pictures to fit the current cell size. It also adjusts the dimensions of the picture to maintain the aspect ratio of the source picture.

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How do I save the calendar as a picture file and why would I want to?

On the "Preview" screen click on the "Save as Picture" button, enter a file name for the picture and then "Save".  Calendars can be saved in .bmp, .wmf or .emf format. In the BMP format the longest dimension of the picture is set to 1000 pixels and the other dimension is scaled appropriately to maintain the aspect ratio of the calendar. Pictures in the BMP format are saved in 24 bit color.  

The saved picture file can be imported into many other applications such as word processors, graphics programs or used as  wallpaper for your computer desktop.

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What about background pictures?

Background pictures are stretched to fit the current height and width of the calendar. Therefore, best results are obtained by selecting background pictures that are roughly in the same aspect ratio as the calendar. Since the event descriptions will be printed on top of the background picture, light colored backgrounds usually work better. However, using a darker background picture with lighter colors for event text also produces some interesting results.

To select background pictures first click the [Bakgrd Pics] button on the main screen. From this screen the user can assign 12 background pictures to the calendar. One for each month of the year. 

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How do I translate the calendar into other languages?

Clicking the [Translate] button on the main screen brings up a screen allowing the user to modify all canned words on the printed calendar including the names of the months and the days of the week. This feature provides the user with the ability to self translate the printed calendar into any language that he or she is familiar with. or to simply modify or abbreviate some of the words appearing on the calendar. The user can also modify canned words such as anniversary, birthday, etc. as well as the footer appearing at the bottom of the calendar.

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How do I change the words that appear on the calendar?

Use the translation feature mentioned above to simply modify or abbreviate some of the words appearing on the calendar. The word anniversary, for example, could be changed to "anniv" or eliminated all together. The footer appearing at the bottom of the calendar can also be modified.

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I get an error message that "MSVBVM50.DLL" is missing.

MSVBVM50.DLL is a runtime file that is required to run Family Picture Calendar and many other applications.  Most computers already have this file install so it is not included with distribution file that installs Family Picture Calendar.  An installation file msvbvm50.exe is available from this web site that will install the missing file for you.

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If I upgrade to Family Picture Calendar from the older Family Calendar program do I have to re-enter my events and dates?

No. Although Family Picture Calendar uses a different calendar file format it is compatible with the .cal files from the older Family Calendar program. It will read the .cal files, make a copy of the file and then convert the copy to the new file format.  i.e. name.cal is converted to name.fpc and name.cal remains unchanged.  

Family Picture Calendar also supports long filenames.  Therefore, rather than dougshar.cal,  file names can be now be more descriptive. i.e.  Doug and Sharons Family Calendar.fpc.