PedigreeMaster

Using the PedigreeMaster Data Entry System

Pedigree Master Manual version 4.0 – Revised June 2019

The manual is also broken out by chapter here:

Chapter 1 — Introduction
Chapter 2 — Downloading, Installing and Customizing
Chapter 3 — PedigreeMaster screens
Chapter 4 – Data Input
Chapter 5 – Submitting data
Chapter 6 — Receiving Data
Chapter 7 – Changing computers
Appendix A – Terminology and abbreviations
Appendix B – Using a Mac
Appendix C – Character sequences
Appendix D – Top Ten FAQs

Recording Orphan and Foster Lambs – Updated Dec 2020

Spreadsheet Upload Template for Pedigree Master

This PM-Quick-Help guide was developed by SheepGenetics and contains more information on using the software.

If the above manual doesn’t answer a question, you can also browse the Lambplan help page at the link below (see its menu on the left-hand bar for help topics). You can also find a download of the latest version of Pedigree Master there.
Lambplan Pedigree Master Help Page
Note that Pedigree Master is the newer application provided by Lambplan for NSIP data entry. It works on both 32 bit and 64 bit Windows computers. There is not a version offered for Apple/Mac.

Pedigree Wizard
For those still using the older NSIP data entry application, Pedigree Wizard, below is a link to its instruction manual.
Pedigree Wizard instruction manual
If the above manual doesn’t answer a question, you can also browse the Lambplan help page for Pedigree Wizard at the below link. You can also find the most recent version of Pedigree Wizard for download there.
Lambplan Pedigree Wizard Help Page
NSIP encourages members to update to Pedigree Master as soon as possible. There is no longer technical support for Pedigree Wizard, whereas Pedigree Master gets continual updates. Note that Pedigree Wizard only works on 32bit Windows computers, not on 64 bit; nor on Apple/Mac computers.

 

Use of Pedigree Master if the Primary Computer is a Macintosh 

The originators of PedigreeMaster designed it to work with computers using the Windows operating system.  However, this does not preclude Mac users from working with Pedigree Master.

Currently no standalone program exists for either Macintosh or Linux systems. Users who are running an operating system emulator can use Pedigree Master under Windows normally. All guest operating system options require you to purchase a license for Windows.

Options for operating systems emulators include Bootcamp, Parallels, VMWare Fusion and VirtualBox.

Bootcamp
Bootcamp creates 2 totally separate operating systems on your hard drive. Users choose to either boot up their computer in  Mac OS or in Windows. Advantages is that it’s faster and more responsive since only one operating system is running at a time. Disadvantages are that you cannot share data among the 2 systems easily.

Parallels
Parallels runs 2 operating systems on your hard drive simultaneously. Advantages are that allows for sharing of data and files easily between the 2 different system by drag and drop. Disadvantages are that the entire system will have slower performance. It is suggested that if you use Parallels that you only run it and Windows when you require it and do not leave it up all the time.
Parallels Website

VMWare Fusion
VMWare Fusion runs 2 operating systems on your hard drive simultaneously. Advantages are that allows for sharing of data and files easily between the 2 different system by drag and drop. VM Ware is also higher performance and will make the guest operating system be more responsive compared to Parallels. Disadvantages are that the entire system will have slower performance. VM Ware also allows for many guest operating systems and is more flexible in the virtual systems you can run. It is suggested that if you use VM Ware that you only run it and Windows when you require it and do not leave it up all the time.
VMWare Fusion Website

Virtual Box
VirtualBox runs 2 operating systems on your hard drive simultaneously. It is similar to VMWare Fusion in capabilities however it is free to use so the only cost is the purchase of a Windows License. VirtualBox itself can run on Macintosh, Windows, Linux and Solaris computer so it the most flexible solution.
Virtual Box Website

Pedigree Master Manual Appendix for Mac Users

Appendix B – Using a Mac

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