Heredis 2017 for Mac – $11 through Sunday, October 8, 2017

Heredis World 2017 for Mac, a cross-platform genealogy application is 78% off through tomorrow, Sunday, October 8, 2017. Normally it’s $49.99, but right now it’s $10.99 – a great bargain.

This is only for the Mac version – the Windows version is still at it’s regular price.

You can download a free demo from Heredis.com.

Available through the Mac App Store: Heredis 2017 World – BSD Concept

Family Tree Maker 2017 – Video Tutorials

For those of you who are using Family Tree Maker 2017, “Cousin Russ”, a genealogist on YouTube, has been releasing a lot of video tutorials.

While he is using the Windows version of FTM 2017, the information he presents is relevant for Mac users.

Some of the more interesting videos:
FTM2017 – What is a Workspace
FTM2016 – Workspaces – an Overview
FTM2017 – Media Workspace
FTM2017 – People Workspace

If you have upgraded or purchased FTM 2017, it’s a good series of videos to get familiar with it.

For all of his FTM videos, see his YouTube channel.

Reunion 11.0.12 Released

Reunion 11 Reunion 11.0.12 has been released. It’s a macOS/OS X native genealogy application (requiring OS X 10.6 or later), and 11.0.12 includes mainly bug fixes, including one pertaining to those genealogists using macOS High Sierra.

There is a new feature – you can drag URLs from either Firefox or Chrome to create a new source record.

If you would like to try Reunion for free (demo mode), or just download Reunion 11.0.12, please visit Leister Productions, Inc.

Changes in Reunion 11.0.12
– High Sierra – fixed a problem where the names of children wouldn’t appear when the family view was showing children in a list
– Book – marriage places will be properly included in the Place Index
– Multimedia – fixed a problem that could sometimes cause a crash when modifying the Memo field
– URLs can now be dragged from Firefox or Chrome to create a new source record
– Fixed a minor problem when syncing the marriage memo field to ReunionTouch
– Fixed a rare problem where citations occasionally couldn’t be deleted
– Fixed some cosmetic issues with reporting

Gramps 4.2.6 for Mac Released

Gramps 4.2.6 for Mac has been released, and it’s a very hefty update. Gramps is a free and community-driven project, normally available for Linux and other Unix-like systems, but there is a port for macOS/OS X that is eventually released (4.2.6 was released for other OSes a month or two ago).

GRAMPS stands for Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System, and it’s a very mature (and popular) genealogy program.

To download Gramps, visit:
Gramps Project – Download

For a full list of changes, see below:
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Family Tree Maker 2017 – 24 June 2017 Update

Quite a bit of progress has been made over the past few weeks. If you look at the FTM 2017 Release Page, you will see that they are currently in the midst of the Test Drive 2.0 release, and are looking at a July 15, 2017 release date for everybody, as in it will be out of beta.

Note/Commentary: MacKiev (and Ancestry.com by proxy) continue to receive a lot of criticism in regards to the delayed release/launch, and the length of the beta testing. If you remove the synchronizing of the family trees with Ancestry.com, I believe Family Tree Maker 2017 could have been released in March of this year. However, that synchronizing is exactly why a lot of people use FTM. A lot of people do not realize that FTM 2017 is using a new synchronizing service that Ancestry.com rolled out (to replace the older service), and it could not be tested until the older synchronizing service was shut down. Additionally, because it was a new service from Ancestry.com, it had to be debugged and had to be checked to guarantee that people would not lose data when synchronizing between their local family trees and their online trees hosted through Ancestry.com. It became especially difficult the larger your family tree is (getting into the tens of thousands and above), and this new service was found to have some issues, including negatively impacting the performance of other Ancestry.com infrastructure. Those issues are very nearly worked out, and we are reaching a point where people can be comfortable with synchronizing their genealogy information and not worrying about losing data.

While there has been criticism/noise about the lengthy beta-testing, the amount of outcry that would have ensued had FTM 2017 been rolled out without adequate testing of the new Ancestry.com services would have been tremendous if people started losing data, or were unable to fully synchronize (as in, during the actual process, the services timed out and stopped synchronizing). And keep in mind that Ancestry.com has not only had to improve/fix the new service multiple times just for FTM 2017 syncing, they are facing the fact that RootsMagic will also be synchronizing genealogy data with Ancestry.com for the first time in an upcoming update, putting more load/stress on the Ancestry.com infrastructure.

All of this is not helped by the fact that there are plenty of people who do not use FTM and/or Ancestry.com, and felt the need to jump in and criticize the companies involved without knowing the issues involved. This is reminiscent of the Mac vs PC flame wars, Intel vs AMD, etc., and it’s something the genealogy community has always had (FTM vs RootsMagic vs Legacy, etc.).

Back to the update: MacKiev posted this message earlier this week, discussing the improvements that have been made as far as synchronizing your Family Tree Maker 2017 database and Ancestry.com:
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Heredis 2017 – 50% Sale Through May 28

Heredis 2017 World is 50% off through Sunday night, May 28. Heredis is a cross-platform genealogy application, complete with macOS, iOS, and Windows versions. Heredis 2017 is a major upgrade, focused on tracking your genealogical research and progress.

If you’d like to try a demo version, you can download it through Heredis.com.

Available through the Mac App Store: Heredis 2017 World – BSD Concept