ohmiGene 0.90 b34 (beta)

There is a new beta of ohmiGene, version 0.90 b34 , now available. As mentioned before, the author strongly suggests that this is to be used only for beta testing, and not for actual genealogy research.

You can download the beta here.

This time around, I’m not too sure on what’s changed. I believe that work with some LDS features was done, among other things.

If you speak French and English, the author would love to hear from you – they do need assistance (and it would be great if you provided us with translated version of this page.

GedWise 6.3.3 (Mac OS X Installation)

GedWise, a Palm OS-based genealogy application from Battery Park Software has been updated for Mac OS X to version 6.3.3 (beta).

The update can be downloaded here – batteryparksoftware.com.

GedWise is one of only a few PDA-based genealogy applications with Mac OS X installation support.

* Improved: user now allowed to select destination of GedWise database if Hotsync manager not present.
* Improved: better error handling.
* Fixed: 5-way navigation buttons now work properly in the Detail View windows.

MacPAF Preview Release Draws Near

MacPAF is close to seeing the light of day, Logan Allred posted this message today:

I have made excellent progress over the last week. I’ve fixed the last of the problems with deleting families (that I know of), and got the individual and family list tab views working. I just have to finish off a few more things on the pedigree view, and then get the bug reporting workflow finished, and it should be good to go. Importing still has some issues, but mostly when working with multiple files at the same time, so I’m going to figure it out later since I have to revamp several parts of the code anyway. I was really hoping to be done today, but for everything I fix, it seems a new issue comes up. So many little details to worry about.

I’m thinking about releasing a little mini-preview tomorrow. If there are a few of you that can spend several hours over the next few days testing out the app and reporting all the significant issues you find to me, let me know. That should highlight any major bugs right off the bat so the majority of people don’t have to suffer through them. I can then release a more stable general preview release over the weekend. If it turns out there aren’t that many major issues, then I’ll release it right away.

If you are interested, you can contact him through this page (click on the Feedback link under the first post).

Report on Intel-Powered Macs, Rosetta

Ars Technica has posted a review of the new 17-inch Intel Core Duo-powered iMac.

There has been discussion about older Mac OS X applications that are not Universal Binaries, running on the new Intel-powered Macs, especially genealogy applications. I don’t think we have too much to worry about, going by this review.

Of particular interest to us, is page four:

As Hannibal pointed out, Rosetta has a few advantages that earlier translation and emulation technologies lacked. First and foremost is an extra processor core. That allows the translation to run on one core while the application thread executes on the other core, meaning that the translated code will have a short distance to travel. In addition, it’s integrated into the operating system, so there’s no need to emulate drivers. Graphics and UI elements do redraw quickly.

Overall, I’m very impressed with Rosetta. Aside from Unreal Tournament 2K4, I’ve not run into a single application that was unusable on the iMac. Some were definitely slower on the Core Duo iMac than on the iMac G5. Launching typically took a bit longer, and I would usually get the dreaded spinning beachball for a couple of seconds once the application launched. Afterwards, it was smooth going.

Some tasks like Photoshop filters were definitely slower going on the Core Duo iMac than on the iMac G5. But using applications such as Microsoft Office felt so smooth that I really didn’t get the feeling that there was some sort of translation at work.

Something like Photoshop filters are going to be fairly hardware intensive, because they need the CPU power, while things like Microsoft Office, or in our case, genealogy applications, once they are launched, are going to be as fast as we are, because they will be waiting on input from us. If you are using an older Mac genealogy application, that was not written to run under Mac OS X, you will be out of luck – the Classic/MacOS 9 environment no longer functions under Intel versions of Mac OS X. Somebody may write an emulator or something else to change that in the future, but for now, it’s a no-go.

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FTLCtimelines X and

FTLCtimelines X and were released over the past week. FTLC stands for “finite time lines and circles”, and FTLCtimelines X is a Mac OS X program that allows you to generate and work with timelines. Version fixes a bug where printing could not take place after version

Version was a major upgrade – among other things, the database engine was upgraded, it now requires Mac OS X (an older Classic version is still available), added control over axis display in timelines, and support for iCal importing added. For a full listing of changes in version, please see the Release Notes.

Mac Friendly Genealogy Magazine: Your Family Tree

I came across an imported genealogy magazine (from the UK) that caught my eye (and my wallet). Depending on location, it is either called “Your Family History” or “Your Family Tree” – in the US it’s available through Amazon.com (link to Your Family Tree) however it’s a bit pricey – $93 for 13 issues (keep in mind it is an imported magazine with genealogy software and records), but in some of the chain book stores in the US it runs for $15 an issue, so $93 is not necessarily a high price (and like I said, it comes with software).

The thing that caught my eye (besides it being large with a bold cover) was that they made a very good attempt at being Mac-friendly, something that most genealogy magazines don’t try to do, at least those that come with genealogy software CDs/DVDs. This issue included Mac genealogy software and utilities, as well as records that could be searched on a Mac (of course the software and records vary from issue to issue – not every issue will have software or records you can use, and it benefits Windows genealogists more than Mac genealogists just because the majority of included software is Windows-based).

In the December issue, the Mac-compatible software/shareware (not all is free) and information included:
* Readiris Pro for Mac, a nice Optical Character Recognition (OCR) application
* Oxfordshire Parish Magazines and Trade Directory Sample Data
* Date Calculator
* Gene 4.3.4
* Heredis X
* MacFamilyTree 4.1.3
* Tree Tracker

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