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.
|Developer/Publisher:||Howard H. Metcalfe|
|Current Version:||PAWriter version 103|
|Last Updated:||26 February 2014|
|Platforms:||Mac OS X|
|Requirements:||OS X 10.6.6 - 10.9.x
PAWriter version 100 runs under OS X 10.4.x - 10.7.x and can run on PowerPC Macs
1MB Hard Drive space per 1,000 people.
|OS X 10.10 Yosemite Support:||Runs under Yosemite, no special features.|
|Unicode GEDCOM (Explanation):||It will handle UTF-8 GEDCOMs, but not full Unicode GEDCOMs.|
|LDS Ordinance Support:||LDS Baptism
LDS Sealing to Parents
LDS Sealing to Spouses
Tag people with any LDS Ordinances
Tag people with all LDS Ordinances
“Write TempleReady Status of Tagged People”
|Web Page/HTML Creation:||Yes - Register, Ahnentafel, Lineage from..., Pedigree of This Person..., Descendants of This Person..., Dictionary/Citations in Tagged People, Website of Tagged People...|
|iPhoto / Photos Support:||Photo support|
|Features:||Aimed at writers (genealogy books, etc.)
RTF Support for Word Processing
MML support for FrameMaker/etc.
Supports higher resolutions when drawing for various printing methods.
Allows for a flexible selection of subsets/groups of people in a file through the use of tagging.
Comprehensive support for LDS/TempleReady Work
Very few limitations in theory - with a powerful enough machine, one data file can contain more than 2 billion people, and each note can contain 2 billion characters.
Individuals limited to 10 spouses/partners, each limited to 30 children
|Links, Articles, & Reviews:||Why PAWriter Was Developed (by the author)
PAWriter Official Forums
|Series History:||Dates back prior to 2007, to the OS 9 days.
PAW2X - Early OS X versions
PAW2 - OS 9
|Release History:||Note: some releases are not listed below
Older MacGenealogy.org page (Classic/OS 8/OS 9)
Version 100 supports Power PC G4 Macs or Intel, older versions support OS X 10.3.
PAW2U Verison 96 (5 Nov 2010)
PAW2U Version 95 (3 Sep 2010)
PAW2U PAWriter 94 (6 Aug 2010)
PAW2U PAWriter 93 (2 July 2010)
PAW2U/PA Writer II version 92 (26 March 2010)
(From the PAW2U Website)
This page last updated: February 19, 2015