Civilization IV, Colonization for Mac $4.99 until Feb 29

Normally I wouldn’t talk about games here unless they were genealogy-related (as if there is a large market for them, although MacFamilyTree has a quiz feature for your family tree), but for whatever reason, Aspyr Media is running a couple of really good deals on some classic games for Macs – Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: Colonization, and the big one: Civilization IV.

The sale runs through February 29, 2012, and both are currently on sale (as of Monday night, February 27, 2012) for $4.99 USA and Canada (I believe), £2.99 in the United Kingdom, $5.49 in Australia, 3,99 € in France and Germany.

Civilization IV: Colonization for Mac:
$4.99 Sid Meier’s Civilization® IV: Colonization – Aspyr Media, Inc.

* 1.83 GHz CPU or faster
* 1 GB of RAM
* 1 GB of Hard Drive Space
* 128 MB VRAM

Supported video cards:
ATI RADEON X1600, X1900, HD 2400, HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850, HD 5670, HD 5750; NVIDIA GEFORCE 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, GT 120, 320M, 330M

* Intel integrated video chipsets are not supported.
* Apple original CPUs only, CPU upgrades not supported.
* This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)

Civilization IV for Mac:
$4.99 Civilization IV – Aspyr Media, Inc.

* Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
* 1.8GHz CPU
* 512MB RAM
* 3 GB of free hard drive space
* Supported Video Cards: Nvidia Geforce: 8600, 9400, 9600, GT 120, 320M, 330M / ATI Radeon: HD 2400, HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850, HD 5670, HD 5750, HD 5770, HD 5870, HD 6750 / Intel HD Graphics 3000
* Intel GMA 950 and GMA X3100 graphics chipsets ARE NOT SUPPORTED
Note: Expansion Packs will not work with Civilization IV from the Mac App Store

MacFamilyTree 6.2.6

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X MacFamilyTree has been updated to version 6.2.6 by Synium Software. MacFamilyTree is a Mac OS X genealogy application that has a companion iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch) app.

Release 6.2.6 is a bug fix version – it deals with problems some were having with saving databases and a few other things.

Updates in MacFamilyTree 6.2.6
* Error corrected that prevented some users from saving databases
* Wrong places count display corrected
* Several other minor fixes

If you’re currently a MacFamilyTree 6.x user, it should show up if you have automatic updates selected, otherwise you can manually download it through the normal software update. It can also be purchased through Apple’s Mac App Store.

Update: MacFamilyTree 8 – Synium Software GmbH is currently only available as a new purchase.

Genealogy Tools – Index of Family Tree Maker Tutorials

Ben over at Genealogy Tools has put together a full index of the of all of the Family Tree Maker tutorials he has assembled.

These cover Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac and Family Tree Maker for Mac 2, as well as the Windows versions – Family Tree Maker 2009, 2010 2011, 2012.

Topics include: Updating FTM, adding individuals, creating charts and reports, handling citations, and many other things.

Videos are also included in many of the tutorials.

Link: Family Tree Maker tutorials at Genealogy Tools.

Non-Genealogy Software Updates – Feb 23, 2012 Edition

Following in the footsteps of last week non-genealogy software updates (Feb 16, 2012 Edition), the following is a list of recent software updates that may be of interest to Mac-using genealogists.

VueScan Version 9.0.81 has been released.
VueScan is scanning software that supports a large number of scanners (and it’s what I use). Version 9.0.81 has fixes for Plustek, PIE, and Reflecta scanners, and addresses an issue with option changes and the scroll wheel.
More information: (VueScan website).

ExactScan version 2.19.3
ExactScan is also scanning software, however it is focused on document scanning, including as an example, support for document scanners that handle 60 and 120 pages per minute. It supports over 200 document scanners (Avision, Kodak, Oki, Visioneer, Xerox, Canon, Fujitsu, and others, including many that do not have support for Mac OS X from the manufacturer.

There are two versions, both available through the App Store
ExactScan – ExactCODE
ExactScan Pro – ExactCODE

ExactScan Pro offers the ability to do Optical Character Recognition (OCR) directly to PDF (in a searchable format), “Imprinter” to print text into the scanned image, barcode recognition to file stacks by barcodes, and batch processing of existing image files.

WordPerfect Spotlight and Quick Look Plug-ins Version 3.6 (February 18, 2012)
This is a set of two plugins that do what they describe – they enabled Spotlight search and Quick Look thumbnails/previews for documents and graphics files created by any version of WordPerfect running on any operating system from WordPerfect 1.0 up through WordPerfect 11. They will even pass information such as the document format/WordPerfect version and whether a file is encrypted (password protected).
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OS X Mountain Lion – Improved Scanning and Printing

Last week, Apple released details of OS X Mountain Lion, notice they dropped the “Mac” from the title, that was probably deliberate. Most of us will still call it Mac OS X 10.8.

Anyways, while I know I will be sticking with VueScan for my scanning needs, it looks like Apple is working to improve the printing and scanning interface for OS X.

AppleInsider has a full report on the changes, complete with screenshots. Among the changes: A more simplified interface/menu. In the Printer view, you can see a thumbnail of your current print job. You can double-click on it (or CMD-Y) and do a Quick Look for a preview of the print job.

There is also a “Sharing Sheet” in the Quick Look window, allowing you to email it, send it through Messages or use it with AirDrop.

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion’s scanning interface has also been changed, and improved. There is a simple, automated interface when you click on the scan button of supported multifunction device (MFD). When you click on Details, you see the entire scanner interface – scan mode, media type, resolution, image correction, safe location, orientation, format, etc.

For a lot of genealogists using Macs, it’ll be handy for a lot of the types of scanning they do. For the most serious, or those who are working with important film or prints, I think they’ll stick with VueScan or SilverFast for those images.

MacFamilyTree 6.2.5

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X An update to MacFamilyTree, MacFamilyTree 6.2.5, has been released by Synium Software.

It’s highly recommended for existing users – GEDCOM importing and exporting has been improved, syncing issues with MobileFamilyTree Pro, memory usage, and some minor user interface (UI) improvements.

There is a release of MobileFamilyTree Pro, also developed by Synium, that has been released with the same release notes. I believe the updates below are the proper updates since they specifically mention Mac OS X Lion.

Updates in MacFamilyTree 6.2.5:
* GEDCOM Import and Export improved
* Several Sync issues with MobileFamilyTree Pro corrected
* Memory usage reduced
* State is now correctly shown in the Person Report
* Several fixes for Mac OS X Lion
* Minor user interface improvements

For existing MFT users, you can download it through the normal software update. It can also be purchased through Apple’s Mac App Store

Update: MacFamilyTree 8 – Synium Software GmbH is currently only available as a new purchase.