Drawing a family tree in LaTeX using TikZ

I defined a LaTeX environment tikzfamilytree that facilitates drawing a family tree with TikZ. Here is a small working example (in XeLaTeX). The code provides further documentation. Note that the way people’s names and partnerships are displayed is controlled by commands that fall outside the environment definition. For instance, in my example I use colored Webdings symbols to indicate gender.

Using the uncovering method I described earlier, you can also draw a family tree in a Beamer document and uncover it piecewise. This requires no alterations to the tikzfamilytree environment, but just some customization of the aforementioned displaying commands. The same example looks like this in Beamer (XeLaTeX source):


TilePic reader

Already some years ago, I made some applications to extract images from a TilePic file (TilePic reader) and to download images from a TilePic web interface (TilePic stitcher).

What a TilePic file is (*.tpc, *.tjp, *.tpg, *.ttx), was once explained on the currently missing homepage of TilePic’s authors:

“TilePic is a file format developed by the Berkeley Digital Library Project that is designed to store tiled data of arbitrary type in a hierarchical, indexed format in order to provide fast retrieval. This format was influenced by the Kodak FlashPix format and is based in part on the GridPix format developed by the Tertiary Disk Project at UC Berkeley.”

The reason that I made these programs, was that this format was used by many sites of Dutch regional archives for their large and detailed scans of original documents. As they often did not provide functionality to download the entire image at its highest resolution, I decided to find a way to do that myself, by stitching the image together from its highest resolution tiles.

TilePic stitcher 2.4 GUI screenshot

The applications are open source and available at SourceForge, where the project’s website offers more information and additional screenshots.