Heredis for Mac – Recent Updates

If you are a user of Heredis Mac X.2, you know that it’s no longer available, in favor of a new version of Heredis that is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, taking advantage of 10.7’s new features. While it is commercial software, it’s not available through the Mac App Store – there is a link to the demo below.

A lot of improvements and additions were made to Heredis for Mac, including a redesigned interface that is simplified and more accessible. It allows you to customize the interface to fit your needs. Drag-and-drop is available in all areas of the software such as dragging and dropping data, images, and individual entries into the entry fields, as well as iPhoto and Finder integration. This includes easily adding photos from iPhoto.

There is a single-screen function to work with all members of one family, which speeds up certain areas, such as data entry. This was the result of a collaboration with Jean-Louis Beaucarnot, a genealogist. There is also a Personal Mode that allows you to customize what you are working with or searching for.

The duplicate management feature has also been upgraded to make it easier when working with multiple genealogy files, or information you’ve acquired from elsewhere.

It takes advance of 64-bit Macs, and is in written in Cocoa. This means no more PowerPC support, but it allows you to more easily manage larger files and images. It only runs on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

The Demo version is not time-limited, and you can import GEDCOM files of any size or from previous version of Heredis. It has the following restrictions:
* Creation limit of 50 individuals
* When working with files/GEDCOMs of over 50 individuals, you will not be able to print, publish, or edit data.
* There are sample files available that contains all data types that you can managed and edit with Heredis, including events, media sources, notes, etc.

* Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 – 10.7
* 165 MB Hard Drive Space
* 1024×768 Display
* Internet connection for online research/publication

The site is in French, and the software is not free however you can download a demo Here (

There is a lot more to the new Heredis for Mac that I’ll be covering over the following weeks.