PAW2U (Personal Ancestry Writer II, aka PAWriter)

Name: PAW2U – Personal Ancestry Writer II aka PAWriter
Current Version/Last Updated: Version 100, 2 September 2011
Developer/Publisher: Howard H. Metcalfe
Type: Mac Genealogy Software
iPad / iPhone / iPod Touch Support? No
Price (Upgrade): $0 / Free

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Compatibility: Yes, although does not take advantage of full-screen mode.

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Developer’s Description:
I have written a freeware genealogy program, Personal Ancestry Writer II (PAWriter II), for MacOS X. It combines most of the features of the LDS Personal Ancestral File program (PAF) for the Macintosh (for which all development stopped a few years ago after release 2.3.1), with additional features that generate web pages (in HTML), word processing files (in RTF for, e.g., AppleWorks) and desktop publishing files (in MML for FrameMaker). The generated report files include genealogical dictionaries, registers, ahnentafels and lineages—such as appear on this site—as well as some interesting text files and pedigree charts.

Consider PAWriter to be a possible next step in the development of Macintosh PAF had its develpment not been discontinued after release 2.3.1, i.e., “what might have been.” PAWriter is not meant to have the bells and whistles that are in the current crop of genealogical programs. The emphasis is on maintaining a genealogical database from which the user can write books and/or post web pages about a family. Note:
I consider it to be a successor to MacPAF as well as Personal Ancestral File for Mac.

It has comprehensive support for LDS/TempleReady Work.

Software Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger (older versions support 10.3)
Hardware Requirements: PowerPC G4 Mac or Intel, 1024×768 display, 1MB of hard drive space per 1,000 people.
GEDCOM Support: Yes
Web Page/HTML Creation and Support: Yes
Supported Languages:

Notes and Features:
– PAW2U is the universal binary version of Personal Ancestry Writer II, PAWriter or PA Writer II
– PAW2 (Mac OS 9 version) and PAW2X (older OS X version) will no longer be updated
– Supports generation of word processing files and desktop publishing files.
– Very few limitations – one data file can contain more than 2 billion people, and each note can contain 2 billion characters, assuming you have the hardware.
– Individuals limited to 10 spouses/partners, each limited to 30 children

Other useful links:
PA Writer Forum
Explanatoin of why PA Writer was developed

PAW2U, Personal Ancestry Write II (PAWriter) Version 100 (Sep 2011)
-The appearance of the PAWriter application icon was improved.
– The FrameMaker MML report features have been deleted. The Write MML menu item in the File menu and all its submenu items have been removed. FrameMaker for the Mac is an MacOS 9 application and has not been supported by Adobe Systems Incorporated for many years.
– Most of the desktop publishing capabilities of FrameMaker now appear in Nisus Writer Pro (see the Nisus website at, and in some cases the capabilities in Nisus Writer Pro exceed those in FrameMaker. RTF files generated by PAWriter using the Write RTF menu item in the File menu are opened in Nisus Writer Pro by default (as well as being readable by other Mac word processors such as Microsoft Word, Pages, TextEdit, Tex-Edit, AppleWorks and Quick Look).
– A bug in version 99 dated 1 July 2011 which affected the wallet window was fixed by removing the Close Wallet button. A wallet is still closed by clicking on the red close button in the upper left corner of the wallet window, by choosing Close Wallet from the Pictures menu or by pressing command-W.
– PAWriter was compiled using Real Studio 2011 Release 2 — technical change only.
Tip: You can open the last data file you saved by choosing Apple menu > Recent Items and selecting the data file from the Documents list.

Previous Versions:
PAW2U Verison 96 (5 Nov 2010)
PAW2U Version 95 (3 Sep 2010)
PAW2U PAWriter 94 (6 Aug 2010)
-PAW2U PAWriter 93 (2 July 2010)

PA Writer II Version 92 (26 March 2010)
– PAW2U is the universal binary version of Personal Ancestry Writer II, aka PAWriter.
– Remove any earlier version of PAW2U.
– Remove or archive any version of PAW2X and its Reference folder. PAW2 (the OS 9 version) and PAW2X the (previous OS X version) are deprecated, and will no longer be updated.
– In the PAWriterU disk image, please read the Read Me First file in your browser. Then drag the PAW2U file over the Applications folder alias to install it in the Applications folder. Eject the disk image.
– Then you may also drag PAW2U from the Applications folder to the Dock to install it in the dock.
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(From the PAW2U Website)

This page last updated: February 20, 2012