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Name Generator like Windows please

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:59 pm
by Tribalrose
I know this is a small thing but....

The Mac 3.0.1 Name Generator is actually less handy than the Windows 1.9.7 one (yes, I know those aren't the latest and greatest versions, but they're what I'm running) in that in Windows you can move names onto My Shortlist. That means if you go through the first bunch of names pulled up and kind of like one or two but go on looking for more names in additional searches, there is no easy way to store those first ones while looking for more. Copying them somewhere hides the whole Name Generator window and means a lot of clicking back and forth.

Also, the tabs for First Name Meanings, Import, and Restore Defaults are missing. I never used those, but they are missing. :)

IMO this is a simplification that makes the Name Generator less, not better.

I have no history of this function on Mac since I only started using the Mac program when 3 came out, but IMO this is an area where the older Windows way is noticeably superior.

Re: Name Generator like Windows please

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:41 pm
by TromboneAl
I agree that the old generator had some advantages.

Here's a trick I learned by accident:

I was looking through the names and said one out loud to get a feel for it. The name appeared in the current document, as if by magic.

Turns out I had turned on dictation by accident (fn fn).

So, display your list of names, and then speak them followed by "new line."

Re: Name Generator like Windows please

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:40 pm
by chrispavey
The Windows Name Generator tool is awesome. I've been using the Ancient Greek and Egyptian ones. Why is the Mac one so small compared to Windows? Is there a way to download the Windows one and upload to Mac? I've moved most of my writing to Mac and it's a pain having to go back to the Windows version just for this. But I do, because it's so good!

Re: Name Generator like Windows please

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:34 pm
by OpheliaBell
I recently switched from Windows to Mac and used the Name Generator for the first time today. Or rather, I tried to use it but abandoned it because it's just not at all as useful as the Windows version. It didn't even have Greek names loaded. What gives? And then when I found a list someone else created of Greek names and loaded it up, it STILL gives me non-Greek suggestions even though the Greek names are all I checked.

I just don't understand how this is supposed to be useful. I don't even see a name meanings option either. I'm so disappointed. :cry:

Re: Name Generator like Windows please

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:53 pm
by Silverdragon
As a long-time Mac user I simply don't use the name generator very often for most of the reasons cited above. Catalan names but no Mexican names? (the common Mexican forename Lupe, or Guadalupe is missing.) The results don't come out sorted. Yeah, no meanings included.

Problem is, being a Mac user, I had no idea that Windows users were blessed with a more capable version of the Name Generator. For the first time, I plead for Mac feature parity with Windows---pretty please with sugar on it.

Re: Name Generator like Windows please

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:31 am
by KB
There are no plans for this, sorry. The Windows guys went their own way with this. :)

Re: Name Generator like Windows please

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:03 pm
by Rayz
TromboneAl wrote:I agree that the old generator had some advantages.

Here's a trick I learned by accident:

I was looking through the names and said one out loud to get a feel for it. The name appeared in the current document, as if by magic.

Turns out I had turned on dictation by accident (fn fn).

So, display your list of names, and then speak them followed by "new line."


That is very very clever. I can use that for lots of things.

Re: Name Generator like Windows please

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:30 pm
by Maelduin
Very odd. There are Irish surnames, but no Irish first names, and so I clicked the + button below to add a bunch, but it doesn't seem to allow adding a section. (Incidentally, half of the very small list of 'Irish' surnames are apparently English. Not an O'Neill, an O'Donnell, a MacDonagh or a Maguire to be seen!)

Re: Name Generator like Windows please

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:10 pm
by AmberV
Custom lists are easy to make, but you would do so in a text file (or spreadsheet), and then import that file. Instructions are provided in ยง20.3.1, Managing Your Own Name Lists.