New releases to GMP are published several times per year, so updating your copy of the program should become a standard part of your routine. This lesson will describe how to install the update (it’s easy!) and some basic housekeeping to ensure GMP is running optimally.
The best place to learn about updates is in the Genome Mate Pro Facebook group.
Download and Install the Latest Version of GMP
- Open your current version of GMP and back up your database. (File > Backup Database)
- Quit GMP.
- Follow the instructions in Part 1 of this series to download and install the latest version of GMP and to get the updated “User Guide”.
- Read the summary of the features and fixes in the latest version of the program: https://www.getgmp.com/release-notes.
- Open the new version of the program. You will be greeted with a message asking if you want to open an existing database. Click YES.
- Select the database you want to use and click OPEN.
- You can now delete the previous version of GMP from your hard drive.
Update Your Import Templates
Sometimes (not always) a new release to GMP also includes updates to the built-in import templates. Such updates are required when the testing company or GEDmatch changes their data format. When in doubt, update your templates when you install a new version of GMP. It only takes a minute and can save you heartache down the line. If you are certain that the update you are installing does not have changes to the templates, you can skip this section.
- In GMP, go to the OPTIONS tab then select IMPORT TEMPLATES at the top left.
- Right-click anywhere in the right-hand panel on the IMPORT TEMPLATES subtab to see a list of options. If you have not created custom templates, select “Remove All Templates” from the list of options that appears. This doesn’t delete the built-in templates from within GMP; it just deactivates them. However, if you have created custom templates (e.g., for MyHeritage), “Remove All Templates” will delete the custom ones, so you will want to “remove” the built-in templates one by one. Right-click on a template and select “Remove Selected Template”. Repeat as necessary.
- In the center panel, select the templates you use, then click “Activate Selected Templates”. For GEDmatch, do this once for the “Regular” templates and again for the “Tier 1” templates.
Getting Started with Genome Mate Pro Series
- Part 1 — Install the Program
- Part 2 — Set Up a Profile for a GEDmatch User
- Part 3 — Activate GEDmatch Import Templates
- Part 4 — App Settings
- Part 5 — First GEDmatch Imports
- Part 6 — The Chromosome Browser
- Part 7 — More GEDmatch Imports
- Part 8 — The Relative Detail Tab
- Part 9 — Import a Gedcom
- Part 10 — Import GEDmatch Triangulations
- Part 11 — Install the DNAGedcom Client
- Part 12 — Use the DNAGedcom Client to Import FTDNA Data
- Part 13 — Merge Duplicates (coming soon!)
- Part 14 — The Relative List Tab (coming soon!)
- Part 15 — A Few Tips (coming soon!)
- Part 16 — Use the DNAGedcom Client to Import 23andMe Data (coming soon!)
- Part 17 — Import Ancestry Composition from 23andMe (coming soon!)
- Part 18 —Use the DNAGedcom Client to Import AncestryDNA Data (coming soon!)
- Part 19 — The Segment Map Tab (coming soon!)
- Part 20 — Create Custom Templates for MyHeritage (and Others) (coming soon!)
- Part 21 — Customize Genome Mate Pro (coming soon!)
- Part 22 — Update Your GMP Version