Ancestor Highlighting

Ancestor highlighting is a new feature of Breeders Assistant v5.21, accessed through a pulldown menu next to the Zoom box (above the pedigree display). The following options are available:

Option Effect
Repeat
Pedigree With Repeat Ancestor Highlights
Pedigree With Repeat Ancestor Highlights
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This will highlight any ancestors which are present more than once in the displayed pedigree.

Specifically, Breeders Assistant locates each ancestor that occurs twice or more within the displayed generations, and highlights each with a unique colour.

Common
Pedigree With Common Ancestor Highlights
Pedigree With Common Ancestor Highlights
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Similar to the 'Repeat Ancestors' option but only ancestors which are present on both the sire and dam sides of the pedigree are highlighted. Common ancestors are those that give rise to inbreeding.

Inbreeding
Pedigree With Ancestor Inbreeding Highlights [requires Pro/Commercial Edition]
Pedigree With Ancestor Inbreeding Highlights [requires Pro/Commercial Edition]
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This option requires the Professional Edition (or better).

The ancestors are highlighted according to their degree of inbreeding. Non-inbred ancestors are displayed as normal with a white background, highly inbred ancestors with a strong pink/red background, and ancestors with moderate or intermediate levels of inbreeding are shaded with a varying degree of pink/red background.

User Defined
Pedigree With User Defined Ancestor Highlight (Ancestors With Same Breeder Highlighted) [requires Pro/Commercial Edition]
Pedigree With User Defined Ancestor Highlight (Ancestors With Same Breeder Highlighted) [requires Pro/Commercial Edition]
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Pedigree With User Defined Ancestor Highlight (Colour Field) [requires Pro/Commercial Edition]
Pedigree With User Defined Ancestor Highlight (Colour Field) [requires Pro/Commercial Edition]
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The user defined options require the Professional Edition (or better).

You can set up user defined ancestor highlights to emphasize those ancestors that have a chosen field set to a particular value, or to highlight those ancestors that share a given field value in common.

Example 1. This shows a highlighting rule that will highlight ancestors bred by the same breeder. Specifically, Breeders Assistant inspects the names of (in this case) the breeders of each ancestor within the displayed generations, and whenever a breeder appears more than once for distinct ancestors, then those ancestors get highlighted with a unique colour. The mechanism is general purpose and can be used for any field or export string.

Example 2. This shows a highlighting rule that is set up to highlight each ancestor according to, in this case, the value of its colour field. This kind of user defined highlight is set up by giving a list of (field match, colour) pairs. So colour 'Brown' could be set to a light brown shade, etc.


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