Family Tree Maker for Mac 2

Last week, Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 has been updated to version Welcome news for those who were having issues connecting to through Family Tree Maker for Mac 2.

I may have missed an update or two, as my last update showed 21.2.1.

Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 Release Notes:
This update fixes internet connection issues that prevented integration features such as Web Dashboard, Web Search, and TreeSync from working correctly.

Additional details were posted on the blog:

We are pleased to announce that the Internet connection issues people have been experiencing with Family Tree Maker for Mac have been resolved. To get the update, close out of Family Tree Maker; then reopen the application. You’ll be notified that an update is available. Click Install Update. When the installation is complete, you may need to log in to your Ancestry account again. You can do this in the Web Dashboard on the Plan workspace. If your connection still doesn’t seem to be working, make sure the software is set to go online. You can do this by selecting Go Online from the File menu.

If you aren’t prompted to install an update, please go to the Family Tree Maker menu and select Check for Updates.

We thank you for your patience during this situation.

The Family Tree Maker Team

It was a pretty big deal for a lot of people. Ben Sayer at Genealogy Tools said the issues have been present since last weekend. Before I updated, I was getting the message that I was offline.

You can click on the Family Tree Maker 2 menu and then “Check for Updates” if you have it installed. It can also be purchased/downloaded through

MacFamilyTree 6.2.15

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X MacFamilyTree users who are testing out OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be interested in today’s update, MacFamilyTree 6.2.15. It corrects a critical bug dealing with date parsing under OS X 10.8.

There are other fixes, including some UI improvements for the My Tree pane, as well localization improvements.

Changes in MacFamilyTree 6.2.15
– Critical bug fix for date parsing when using OS X 10.8.
– My Tree pane improved.
– Many fixes publishing Web Sites.
– GEDCOM Export problems fixed concerning place coordinates.
– Several memory leaks fixed.
– Localizations improved.

Current MacFamilyTree users can update from within MacFamilyTree. It’s also available from Synium Software directly (including a trial download), or through Apple’s Mac App Store.

MacFamilyTree 6.2.14

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X MacFamilyTree has been updated by Synium Software to MacFamilyTree 6.2.14.

If you happen to have one of the 15-inch MacBook Pros with the high resolution Retina display, you’ll want this update, as it adds support for Retina displays.

MacFamilyTree 6.2.14 Changes
– Enhanced for Retina displays
– Several bugfixes and minor user interface improvements

MacFamilyTree is available from Synium Software directly, or through Apple’s Mac App Store.

PAWriter version 101 (universal)

PAWriter version 101 (Universal) has been released by Howard Metcalfe. PAWriter (PAW2U aka PAWriter II) is a free Mac OS X genealogy application. This is the first update in a while.

PAWriter Version 101 Changes
– PAWriter has been code signed for OS 10.8 Mountain Lion.
– PAWriter was compiled using Real Studio 2011 Release 3 — a technical change only.

You can download PAWriter here at the official site.

Reunion 10.0.3

It seems to be a trend – every few weeks, a massive update to Reunion 10, which was a complete rewrite of the popular Mac OS X genealogy software. This time it’s version 10.0.3 and it brings with it a major upgrade to Reunion 10’s “Search the Web” feature, with 47 websites now available

Among some of the highlights:
– You can create custom web search groups with drag and drops.
– Numerous interface changes
– Improved compatibility with the Firefox web browser
– LDS Ordinances window has been reinstated.
– Numerous bug fixes

If you haven’t tried it yet, you can download it here. In addition to being avalailable for purchase through the Reunion website, it’s also available at If you have tried it, or purchased or upgraded it, you can select the update feature built into Reunion 10.

Full list of Reunion changes below.
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ohmiGeneLITE 5.30.5

ohmiGeneLITE has been updated to version 5.30.5, with quite a few changes. The last public update back in April with the 5.24 series, and it looks like there is a lot of work being done for future updates/revisions, including a new organization

There is also a new picture/media management module.

ohmiGeneLITE 5.30.5 Changes
– Mandatory update going forward
– New organization for ohmiGene.
– New logical for the future updates.
– A new module to manage the pictures.
– Possibility to merge two genealogies directly.
– The calculation of the statistics was largely optimized.

Keep in mind that this is the free “Lite” version which is restricted to 509 individuals, and outputs a watermarked PDF.

If you are interested in the full version, it can be purchased through the ohmiGene website for $40.

There is also a companion iPad application, ohmiGene – iTunes App Store, available for taking your ohmiGene data on the go.