Step-By-Step Guide - Obituary Transcriptions
Step 1 - Photographing Obituaries
There are copyright issues involved with directly
scanning information from the newspaper. A simple
way to avoid the copyright issue is to take a
picture of the entire obitituary with your
camera. If you are worried about the legality of
using the information either ask for permission
or research to find a legal way to use it. The
ObitEditor can hold three pictures per entry.
Step 2 - Create a new database and folders.
How to create a new databases.
Step 3 - Transfer Photos to your computer.
Consult your camera or scanner's manual.
Step 4 - Copy photos.
The photos may be transfered directly to the
"IMAGES" folder from your camera in Step 3 or
copied to this folder if they were transferred to
another folder. The ObitEditor will allow files
to be copied into the correct folder
automatically using drag and drop.
Step 5 - Rename Pictures
- Open the ObitEditor and click on the "First
- Click on the "Rename Files" button.
- See Help -
Step 6 - Add, Edit, or Import Data
This is the step where the transcribing begins.
Step 7 - Back up your data.
- The ObitEditor currently has no "built-in
backup function" other than backing up database
before importing. To back-up your data file copy
the access file with the "DB" file extension to a
floppy drive or CD. Back up the pictures
separately since they will change less frequently
than the database file.
Step 8 - Printing the "Edit Reports"
The "Edit" reports are designed to be a printable
draft copy of your obituaries. There is room to
pencil in notes and corrections to your
information. Use these reports to the check the
accuracy of your information. These reports are
not designed for publishing. For publishing
options see step 10.
Step 9 - Make corrections
See Step 6 to 8 above
Step 10 - Publishing The Obituaries