Heredis 2017 World – 50% off Ends Tomorrow (Feb 28, 2017)

Heredis 2017 World is still 50% off until tomorrow. This is a very significant upgrade, and well worth it if you are already using Heredis. If you’re not, you have still have a chance to purchase it at the upgrade price, and if you’re curious, you can download a fully functioning demo at the link below (Heredis.com).

There are far too many changes in Heredis 2017 to cover here, but I will be doing so in the coming weeks. If I had to sum it up, the upgrade is very much focused on helping you with your genealogy research, and tracking how much information you have, or need.

You can read more about it and see the features in action at the New Features of Heredis (Heredis.com) page.

It can be purchased at the Mac App Store: Heredis 2017 World – BSD Concept

After the 28th, it’ll be back up to its regular price of $49.99 (US).

You can download a demo at Heredis.com (Downloads)

Requirements:
– OS X 10.9 – macOS 10.12 (and beyond)
– 300 MB disk space
– Minimum 1366×768 resolution
– 64-bit Mac
– Internet required for research, publishing, integrated maps & Dashboard.

Reunion 11 Released

Reunion 11 I’m running way behind on a lot of things, and have not had the chance to check out the new Reunion 11, but it’s out, and it’s a massive update.

Along with Reunion 11, there is a new mobile/iOS app, ReunionTouch that takes the manual work out of carrying your Reunion genealogy data with you, by moving to using DropBox as its cloud storage solution. I had hoped that Reunion would gain iCloud support, but Reunion is not available through the Mac App Store, and it is most likely easier to use DropBox.

ReunionTouch requires iOS 5.1.1 or later, works with iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch, and is optimized for iPhone 5 and above.

You can download a demo version of Reunion 11 here.

I’ll be talking a lot more about Reunion 11 (and ReunionTouch) in the next few days, but for now, here are some of the major updates for Reunion 11 (for more information, see the download link above).
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Ancestry.com Celebrates April 23 with 20% off DNA Test

Ancestry DNA I normally don’t run sales deals on MacGenealogy.org that aren’t tied directly to software, but this is a good deal, and doesn’t happen too often – Ancestry.com is running a 20% discount on AncestryDNA, their DNA test. It started yesterday, April 23, 2015, Ancestry’s “DNA Day”, and it runs through April 27, 2015 (Monday).

Link: DNA Day 20% off AncestryDNA 4/24-4/27

If you are curious about how Ancestry.com’s DNA test stacks up, and whether it will be useful to you (just about any of the DNA tests have the chance of helping you these days), then I suggest you read this very in-depth comparison at The Legal Genealogist:

2015 – Most Bang for the DNA Buck

As the article points out, Ancestry’s strong point is the integration with your family tree.

In general, even if you don’t want to test, or have already tested, you should be following Judy’s DNA articles on her blog, as they are among the most informative, and not just from a legal or medical point of view.

Heredis 2015 will be out in April

Heredis 2014 Heredis 2015 will be out on April 8, 2015. I don’t have any specifics yet (those will be released on April 8)., but I can tell you that should you purchase Heredis 2014 between now and April 7 (through Heredis.com), you’ll receive Heredis 2015 for free.

Heredis is cross-platform, both Windows and Mac, and also has a free mobile/iOS version for iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches.

The announcement video is below (and it’s in French, and doesn’t show Heredis itself):

Apple Spring Forward/March 2015 Event

Apple Spring Forward Apple’s “Spring Forward” event for March of 2015 is set to start in about 10 minutes (10am Pacific, noon CST, 1pm EST).

Of course, the Apple Store is down ahead of the event.

Obviously, Apple’s Watch is going to be the main focus, with pricing, new apps, and release information making up the main part of the presentation.

There is a lot of speculation about additional hardware being introduced (MacRumors has a good summary), and the thing that’s of interest to me (and to Mac-using genealogists) concerns non-Watch hardware. Not that the Watch isn’t cool, but I don’t consider it a must-have for myself. Anyways, the speculation is focused around new 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs, with a move to Intel’s Broadwell CPUs, with most of the other options remaining the same. The same holds true for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

The one rumor I find very interesting, is about a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air. It’s been several years since we had a 12-inch portable Mac offering (going back to the G4 PowerBook days I believe). It’s supposed to be a completely redesigned Mac laptop, with fewer ports and with a much thinner build than current Macs.

In the realm of “probably not happening” are updates to the iPad mini (the iPad mini 3 was disappointing due to the lack of major improvements outside of the fingerprint sensor), and the release of a new iPad size, the fabled “iPad Pro”, which I’ve seen mentioned as being anywhere from 11 to 13 inches.

You can watch the event through AppleTV, or point your web browser to:
http://www.apple.com/live/2015-mar-event/