Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3 Released

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.7.3. You can update through the normal Software Update function of Mac OS X, or manually through the link below.

Apple’s Safari 5.1.3 is also included in the update. At this time Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard does not include Apple Safari 5.1.3 – it is still at 5.1.2.

This update is recommended for all users, and improves compatibility with Windows file sharing, fixes graphic performance issues on some iMacs, resolves a Wi-Fi issue, as well as addressing other issues. The digital camera compatibility (RAW) functionality has been expanded to additional cameras.

Changes/Updates in Mac OS X 10.7.3
* Add Catalan, Croatian, Greek, Hebrew, Romanian, Slovak, Thai, and Ukrainian language support
* Address issues when using smart cards to log into OS X
* Address compatibility issues with Microsoft Windows file sharing
* Address an issue printing Microsoft Word documents that use markup
* Address a graphics performance issue after sleep on some earlier iMacs that use ATI graphics
* Resolve a Wi-Fi connection issue when waking from sleep
* Address an issue that may prevent Safari from opening before joining a wireless network
* Fix a potential issue authenticating to an SMB DFS share
* Include RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras
* Additional security content
* Additional improvements/changes to the Directory Services (see link below)

More information/full download:
* Support.Apple.com

Evernote 3.0.6 Released

Evernote is a note-taking/journaling/research software/scrapbooking application, actually there are lot more ways to describe it, but those are the main ones. It’s available on several desktop platforms – Macs, PCs/Windows, and Linux, not to mention a variety of mobile platforms – iPhone, Android, etc.

Even though Evernote 3.0.6 may not seem like a major upgrade as far as the version number, it actually is. The Evernote designers focused on clarity and simplification.

Updates/Changes in Evernote 3.0.6
* Note panel has been redesigned to be more space-efficient
* User Interface changes, including login
* Fullscreen mode on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion – view multiple notes
* Checklists are enhanced and easier ti create
* Tables are enhanced – you can add or move rows and columns in existing tables
* Icons updated
* Dropdown interface updated
* Headers improved in regards to dates and format information.
* Numerous bug fixes, including Quicklook support for notes in Spotlight and the Finder
* Stability improvements

Download (Free):
* Evernote.com
* Apple Mac Apps Store – Evernote

iFamily for Leopard 2.532

iFamily for Leopard has been updated to version 2.532 as of yesterday. iFamily for Leopard is a Mac OS X genealogy application (and yes it runs on Snow Leopard and Lion).

This is a minor release that repairs three bugs that were “introduced into the Ancestors Diagram by the internationalization in Version 2.531“.

Bug Fixes in 2.532 (Ancestors Diagram)
* Correction of the short version of Birth Marriage and Death (from c,n,e to b,m,d)
* Correction of the syntax when displaying multiple spouses
* Correction of the marriage syntax for siblings

Current iFamily users can automatically update through the iFamily for Leopard menu. For those not currently using iFamily, or who are interested in trying it out, it can also be manually downloaded iFamily for Leopard website.

MacFamilyTree 6.2.4

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X Synium Software has released a new version MacFamilyTree 6.2.4, a minor update to MacFamilyTree, a Mac OS X genealogy application.

It addresses importing media files with GEDCOM as well as improves stability.

Updates:
* Several issues importing media files from GEDCOM fixed
* Stability improvements

If you are an existing MacFamilyTree 6.x users, it’s available through the MacFamilyTree software update. If you are not, you can purchase it through Apple’s Mac App Store

Family Tree Maker for Mac Mentioned in Wall Street Journal

Katherine Boehret, writing in the Wall Street Journal, talked about using Family Tree Maker for Mac as well as the iOS (iPad/iPhone) software from Ancestry.com. I’m not sure if she was using Family Tree Maker for Mac or Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 which just came out last month.

I tested Ancestry.com, its iPhone and iPad apps and the Family Tree Maker desktop software on a Mac. I found a computer to be the best tool for inputting family information like names, birth dates, death dates and locations using Ancestry.com and the Family Tree Maker software. The iPad app was the most enjoyable way of exploring my family-tree records. The site’s pricing can be confusing given the various membership and access levels.

At the end of the article, she mentions that the Family Tree Maker software starts at $32, but that’s for the Windows/PC version. Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 is normally $69.99, but is on sale for $52.49 with the upgrade being on sale for $41.99. There is only one version of the Mac software, but it is feature compatible with the Windows versions, unlike the original Family Tree Maker for Mac.

Article: Digging Deeper Into Roots With Spruced-Up Ancestry.com (Wall Street Journal)

MacFamilyTree 6.2.3 Out, Still on Sale through Jan 17th

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X Coinciding with MobileFamilyTree 1.1.2 being released for iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch), Synium Software has released MacFamilyTree 6.2.3.

Looks like a lot of work was done on the GEDCOM importing and exporting, helpful for those moving from other genealogy software applications or taking their genealogy information with them. There are also several other improvements, both UI and performance.

MacFamilyTree 6.2.3 Changes
* Several fixes and improvements in the GEDCOM Exporter and Importer
* Sources List now shows source abbreviations
* Web Media improved
* Date parsing improved
* Descendant Chart improved
* Performance of the Tree Chart improved
* Several other bug fixes

It is still on sale through January 17th, 2012 at Apple’s Mac App Store