HoudahGeo 1.1.5

HoudahGeo version 1.1.5 is now available. HoudahGeo is a “geocoding” application for Macs – it allows you to embed latitude, longitude and altitude information into photos (“invisibly – no impact on the photo data). The photos can then be used in combination with Google Earth It requires Mac OS X … Read more

MacFamilyTree 4.4.6

MacFamilyTree version 4.4.6 has been released, with a major new feature – integration with Google Earth. MacFamilyTree is a Universal Binary and does require Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later. It can be downloaded here (discontinued, latest version) (OnlyMac.de). Changes: * Google Earth Integration: Reveal places from your family tree … Read more

Meander 0.5

It’s almost hard to categorize this free Mac OS X utility, but here goes: Meander is a way to measure things on your screen, using a piece of digital string. Shiela Dixon’s (the developer) description: How long is a piece of string? As long as you can see it on your screen, you can now find out! Meander is a little application which can measure routes, or shapes, or anything which you can see on your screen.

The major change in version 0.5: Scale can now be measured at any angle, so calibration can be made from a vertical scale, or any known distance between two points.

It’s a neat little application if you have messed around with trying to gauge distance on your display.

Metes and Bounds 1.4.1

Sandy Knoll Software’s Metes and Bounds 1.4.1 is now available. Metes and Bounds is a Mac OS X land mapping or plotting applications that turns metes and bounds data into a plot map. Genealogists might be able to us it for plotting cemeteries, homesteads, other locations or items of geographical interest, etc. Version 1.4.0 was released in January and for some reason we missed it.

Changes in 1.4.1:
* Added the decimal angle to degree converter.
* Improved manual data entry.
* New help system.

Changes in 1.4.0:

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MapMemo 2.5

Mapmemo 2.5 is available. Mapmemo is an application that allows you to drag a file or folder onto maps, charts, photos – basically graphic/image files, and then associates that file/folder with that place/location on the graphic file by creating an alias. That alias will launch the proper application associated with that file.

For a genealogist, it could be very useful if you wanted to look at migrations or locations, and wanted to associate files with a certain geographic location. As far as maps, you can use your own, maps off the internet, an exported map (such as Route 66), historical maps, etc.

Google Earth for Mac


Google Earth for Mac OS X

Google Earth: Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in — Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips. Fly from space to your neighborhood. Type in an address and zoom right in. Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions. Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings. Save and share your searches and favorites. Even add your own annotations.

It is free for personal use. Of great use to genealogists, either just researching where their ancestors lived, or mapping our directions to a cemetery. Not all parts of the earth are shown in high resolution, but enough are that it can be a neat tool to use. There are online websites with mapping (including Google Maps and Yahoo Maps), but Google Earth is different – I can’t really explain it – you’ll just have to try it out if you get the chance.


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