PAWriter version 96 (PAW2U)

PAW2U (PAWriter) has received a large update. Version 96 of the free Mac OS X genealogy application has been enhanced in several areas, including census handling, among several other things. Changes/updates: * Validity checking for the Census window is now performed only when the Insert button is clicked. * Micropublication … Read more

More Information about Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac

Yesterday, I mentioned the differences between the two Mac versions of Family Tree Maker for Mac that are for sale on both and on online retailers such as,, etc. – it came down to the versions (aka the retail versions) had a 6-month subscription to with them, while the cheaper version sold at does not. In everything else, they are the same.

I asked several more questions and am grateful to the staff for answering them. The answers will end up in the Family Tree Maker for Mac FAQ, which is a part of the main Mac genealogy software FAQ. Without further ado, here they are (answers received are in bold and with numbers preceding them, my comments follow):

1) Family Tree Maker for Mac is basically Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac. It is based on Family Tree Maker 2010 for Windows. It does not include the updated features of Family Tree Maker 2011 (Windows).
I had thought maybe it would be based on FTM 2011, but it makes sense to keep it on 2010. This is the first time since the 1990s that we’ve had Family Tree Maker on a Mac platform (that didn’t involve using virtualization running Windows) and it’s not the easiest thing to port between different OSes. They needed to work off of finished software, and at the time Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac was announced, Family Tree Maker 2011 was probably nowhere near being finished. Had they used FTM 2011 as a base for Family Tree Maker for Mac, we’d definitely be waiting until sometime next year.

It is on the same level as Family Tree Maker 2010 though. It’s still one of the best/easiest ways for Windows users of Family Tree Maker to make the switch to Macs and bring their genealogy data and information over.

2) There are no plans to release an Essentials, Deluxe, or Platinum version of Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac.
3) The version priced at $99.95 is essentially the same as the Platinum version of Family Tree Maker 2010 – it comes with the 6-month subscription and Family History Toolkit.
4) Both releases of Family Tree Maker for Mac are identical, the only difference is the included subscription and the Family History Toolkit.

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MacFamilyTree 6.0.8

Synium Software has updated their Mac OS X genealogy software, MacFamilyTree 6.0, to MacFamilyTree 6.0.8. If you need to export a GEDCOM file, such as sharing with a family member or important into online genealogy software, then this update is highly recommended as there are several fixes in the GEDCOM … Read more

Family Tree Maker for Mac – Pre-Order, News

First off, thanks to Gary and J for emailing me about it. Family Tree Maker is now available for pre-order through a few places (links below). We did know that it would be available before the end of November, and that looks to be accurate. The pre-order information says early … Read more

MacFamilyTree 6.0.7

MacFamilyTree 6.0 has been updated to version 6.0.7. It’s definitely a recommended update for users running Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5 ‘Leopard’ as there are stability improvements in 64-bit mode. If you frequently use the web upload function for uploading your family tree/genealogy data, it’s also highly recommended as it … Read more