MacFamilyTree 6.0 – Public Beta

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X MacFamilyTree 6.0 has recently entered public beta with beta 3. This is major overhaul and upgrade of the MacFamilyTree 5.7 series of genealogy software for Mac OS X.

The FamilyTree Editor is much improved and enhanced – it’s replacing the Family Assistant. Details are easy to see just by hovering/clicking, rather than going to a list view in the past.

The User Interface is based on four categories/views – Edit, Views, Reports, Export. Place management is much improved and is managed in a new way. Media management has also been improved, including a CoverFlow-style view as well as fullscreen slide show. There is a feature to overlay biographical information on top of media.

A major addition and improvment is the ToDo Management, which allows you to make to-do lists, as well as prioritize and catalog everything and anything you can think of when doing research.

Web research has been added –, FindAGrave, FootNote, World Vital Records, and other services (including Google Search) can be directly accessed from within MacFamilyTree using the Web Research tool.

Major changes and updates:
* New user interface with enhanced navigation bar.
* More, improved charts and integration
* To-Do Management
* Integrated web research
* Eventual integration of “New FamilySearch” for line research (closed beta, open towards end of 2010)
* Printing charts – no limit on persons or generations. Alignment of charts can be changed around – left or right, to or bottom.
* Multi-touch on newer MacBooks or MacBook Pro laptops can be used to zoom in an out of charts.
* More, improved reports, including information about marriages, dates, distinct individuals, etc.
* Performance enhancements, especially when dealing with large trees and GEDCOM/genealogy data files.
* Executed as a 64-bit application under Mac OS X 10.6 on 64-bit Macs.
* GEDCOM import/export has been improved.
* New startup window
* Multi-selection in person, family, source, place view lists

Free Demo:

* Has mobile support through the iPad and iPhone 4 (native resolution) and iPhone and iPod touch (see MacFamilyTree 6 page)
* Support was dropped for Mac OS X 10.4 and below. MacFamilyTree 6.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later (10.6 Snow Leopard).
* MacFamiyTree is a $25 upgrade from MacFamilytree 1.x – 5.x, otherwise it’s $49.