Gramps + Wordle = Calendar 2010 cover
One gift I give to my family each year at this time is a calendar made with Gramps’ Calendar Report. You can print a subset of your family, print their birthdays, anniversaries, and even show holidays from your country, in your locale’s language. Here is a sample page from that report:
I usually put an old picture on the cover of the calendar, but this year I thought I’d do something different. I had been thinking about something similar to the Surname Cloud Gramplet:
That is a nice representation of the data, and also useful: you can double-click any of the surnames and you’ll get a list of all of the people with that surname. But I was looking for something more artistic. Then I remembered Wordle. Wordle let’s you make images like:
I noticed in the Wordle “advanced” options that one can post a list of words, and their weightings. It wouldn’t take much to make the Surname Cloud Gramplet output the right information, so I created the Wordle Gramplet. It outputs the data, you paste into Wordle, and voila:
If you’d like to make a Gramps Wordle yourself:
- Download the zip from WordleGramplet.zip
- For Gramps 3.1, take just the file WordleGramplet.py from the zip file and put it in your .gramps plugins directory.
- For Gramps 3.2 (trunk), put the unzipped WordleGramplet directory in your .gramps plugins directory.
- Start Gramps, go to the Gramplet View, right-click in an open area, select “Add”, and select the Wordle Gramplet
- You can change some of the defaults by detaching the Gramplet, and selecting the Options area:
- You can change the number of different font sizes to use, select a filter to use, and click Save.
- Go to Wordle.net/advanced and paste the output of the gramplet (just the “words: weights”) into the top box
- To add the year, put “2010: weight” in the box too, where “weight” is the number representing the size of the year. In the example above, I made it twice the weight of the most common word (eg, “2010: 10″).
- You will need to de-select “Remove numbers” under “Language” in the Wordle editor. Change the font, layout, colors, etc.
- I used the “open in window” option and made the window big, then took a screen capture.
That’s it! If you have questions, please leave a comment below. If you make a Gramps-Wordle, leave a link to it. Happy New Year!