- GEDCOM files:
Our Family Storybook accepts the industrial standard GEDCOM file format.
GEDCOM stands for Genealogical Data Communication. The GEDCOM file, with an extension of .ged, is a universal file “text only” format for sharing genealogy files and is a common language for computerized genealogy. Any genealogy program can create a GEDCOM file containing all your family researched data.
For your GEDCOM file to be uploaded properly, the file extension must be .ged. If your program created a compressed .zip file, it must be unzipped first. It is recommended that you save your GEDCOM file to your hard drive and scan it for viruses, then create a backup copy. It is best to upload one complete GEDCOM file instead of several smaller files, as you will be able to filter the information you want for each project within Our Family Storybook’s web application.
You may also import your GEDCOM file if you have it stored on the Cloud or on another website. Simply use the same GEDCOM upload function provided.
If you do not know how to create a GEDOM file from your software program, please contact us, telling us what program you use, and we will send you instructions.
- Web image resolution and dpi:
Imagery used for display on a web site have to be both optimized and sized properly for fast loading of your web pages. Images designed for use on the web have a screen resolution of 72 dpi (Dot per Inch). All images used on your web site must be at a resolution of 72dpi and no larger.
- Web color mode:
Imagery for computer graphic uses a color mode called RGB, which stands for Red, Green, and Blue. All images used for your web site must be in a color mode of RGB.
- Web optimization:
Optimization is the term used to define the reduction of an image or video file size as small as possible without sacrificing quality. If you don’t have image editing software like Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or Fireworks there are free options available online.
Some optimizing tools to consider are:
Always use an image-editing program to make your image the desired size, do not use a large image and then scale it down to fit a smaller area as it will create slow load times. Also, consider using smaller image formats such as .JPG and .PNG whenever possible.
Some free online photo editors to consider are:
Image Tricks Lite
Video and sound files must also be optimized for the web. There are many free video optimizers on the web. Start your search by visiting:
For help with image resolution and optimization, Our Family Storybook can provide optimization and photo editing services for an additional fee. See our Services page for more detailed information about all our services.
- File formats for Web:
We accept all the following image file formats: .BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, and PDF.
We accept all the following video formats: MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV. Please be aware that Flash video will not play on iPads, iPhones or newer Android 4.1 phones.
We accept all the following sound files: WMA, WAV, MP3, AAC.