As of a few days ago, Google Earth Pro is now free. Google Earth Pro is a mapping/virtual globe/geographical application and service which used to cost $399 per year, and is obviously the “pro” version of the popular and free Google Earth.
Google Earth is a popular (and useful) application for those conducting genealogy research. It can help you in situations where you can’t physically visit an area, say a farm or a house tied to an ancestor, and it can also help you plan genealogy-related trips.
Another bit of sad news to bring you – TUAW, The Unofficial Apple Weblog, is ceasing publication this coming Tuesday, February 3, 2015. The parent company, AOL (yes, that AOL) is folding TUAW and the video games-oriented Joystiq into their larger properties (Engadget and Tech Crunch):
We have a large, loyal following of readers and we still have the fire in us when it comes to our passion for Apple products. However, TUAW is a small cog in a big machine — AOL — and our niche offering did not fit in with the corporate direction for larger content providers such as Engadget and TechCrunch.
The corporation is doubling down on all of the large properties, and the resources — however meager — being expended on sites like TUAW and Joystiq are being reallocated to fuel that big machine.
First off, AppleInsider has a few new details about the current Photos for OS X beta. Manual image zoom controls have been added to iCloud.com, as well as email sharing. Photos for OS X will launch sometime later this year, and will bring iPhoto and Aperture together, along with full iCloud integration.
Next, OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 has been released, with quite a few fixes and some updates/new features. iCloud Drive can now be browsed from within Time Machine, which could mean that you can go back and look at previous file versions stored in iCloud.
This is kind of a Big Deal for Mac users who are using older Macs running OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and 10.5 (Leopard), particularly those who are still using PowerPC-based Macs.
As of May 18, 2015, Dropbox will end support for both OS X 10.4 and 10.5. What this means is that users of those OS X versions will not be able to use the desktop application on those Macs.
NOTE: You will still be able to use the Dropbox website to upload/download files, and will still be able to use your iPhone/etc. clients, and other compatible devices/computers.
Family tree Builder 7.0 for Mac was made available last week. You can read the announcement here, and I’ll be doing an in-depth look at it later this week.
It’s exciting news, as many people use MyHeritage.com. It does Sync with MyHeritage, and has all of the normal features that Windows users of MyHeritage.com have in Family Tree Builder, with a few exceptions: maps, note formatting, book reports (offline), and right-to-left languages. These are most likely due to compatibility issues with the underlying Windows system files (see my notes below).
I’ve said it before, but it’s happening, the site is about to undergo a major redesign over the next few days, and all information will be updated and better organized, along with quite a few new features to be added.
2015 is going to be a great year for those genealogists who use Macs as their main desktop/laptop platform.
A couple of large projects are finished, and I’m able to better manage a very long-term project (a two-year old toddler), well at least as able as any parent.
I will be putting a lot of time into the the website, and will reach out to those who have had questions.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me – chad @ macgenealogy.org