Review: GedScape – GEDCOM Utility for OS X

GedScape came to my attention back when I was writing some articles about GEDCOM files, and the conversion of Unicode/UTF-8 GEDCOMs on Macs. Actually that’s only partly true – I had been aware of it for a while, but I didn’t have the time to fully explore it and get … Read more

MacFamilyTree 6.2.8

MacFamilyTree has been updated to version 6.2.8. It’s mostly bug fixes, although the document closing and saving behavior has been improved. Recommended for all MFT users. MacFamilyTree 6.2.8 Updates * Several bugs fixed editing notes and source text * Improved behavior saving and closing documents * Several other bugfixes Current … Read more

Adobe Photoshop CS6 – Open Beta for Mac & Windows

Adobe has posted a public beta of ADobe Photoshop CS6 – March 21, 2012. The Photoshop CS6 beta covers both Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended – keep in mind that Extended has additional features that the normal Photoshop doesn’t have, such as 3D image editing.

Update – it is a 60-day trial edition.

Just over a month ago, I posted about a video that Adobe posted concerning Photoshop CS6’s Content Aware features. That’s one of many new or upgraded features.

Features of Photoshop CS6
– Aforementioned Content-Aware upgrades, such as “Content-Aware Patch”
– Increased performance from the “Mercury Graphics Engine”
– Upgraded User Interface, a “modern UI”
– “New and re-engineered design tools.”

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New Heredis for Mac – 2012, A Few Details

If you were a Heredis Mac X.2 user, you were probably wondering what Heredis is up to. They’ve went back to the drawing board to design a completely new Heredis for Mac, that takes advantage of, and works with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. It is being designed for the … Read more

MacFamilyTree 6.2.7

MacFamilyTree has been updated to MacFamilyTree 6.2.7 today. It’s most improvements (GEDCOM Exporting, UI), but new websites have been added to the Web Research function. Previous Web Search/Research Websites in MacFamilyTree 6.2.6: – – – – – – – – – … Read more

GEDitCOM II 1.7 Build 2

This week, GEDitCOM II was upgraded to GEDitCOM II version 1.7, Build 2 (14 March 2012). This is another major update to GEDitCOM II that follows Version 1.7 (released at the start of last month), and the developer notes:

Whenever a new version comes out (such as Version 1.7) some features do not make it or some great ideas arise due to user feedback on using that version. Sometimes urgent bug fixes or needed. Fortunately, no serious bugs are know in version 1.7, but some good ideas came in and this upgrade responds to some of them.

I’m going to list highlights of the changes, but if you want to read the full release notes, please see the GEDitCOM II Release Notes (

Changes and Updates in GEDitCOM II Version 1.7 Build 2
Two new scripts for mapping are included
1) “Places in This File” – will generate a map with pins for all of the places listed in place records that have a known bounding box. Can be the entire world or select continents.
2) “Events Places for Windows Records” – will draw a map with pins for all events that occurred at an address or place with known latitude and longitude. CAn be for: an individual, a family and its individuals, or all individual and family records listed in the current front window.

As noted, for the mapping feature to work fully, you need to have latitude and longitude coordinates for places and events. In Version 1.7 Build 2, you can now attach latitude and longitude to any address in your genealogy file.

A “Visit” event has been added to individuals and families that can map travels.

The Place Advisor coverage now covers the entire world down to, and including, the city, town, and village level.

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