Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 – On Sale, Should Still Launch This Month

Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 is close to being released – it should still be released at the end of November. It’s also on sale – normally it’s $ 69. 99, but it’s on sale through the 30th for $55.99 – 20% off at

Among the new and improved features is TreeSync, which allows you to easily keep your genealogy data synchronized between Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 (or Family Tree Maker 12 for Windows) and an online family tree. This means being able to check or work with your tree anywhere you have internet acess. You can also work with it on your iPhone and iPad. This also makes it easier to collaborate with family members. There are also additional features, allowing you to do many things within Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 that you would normally use the website for.

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion users now have a full-screen interface to work with.

Other features include a better family view, including a combined family view, as well as a “blended families” option for those families that have step-siblings or half-siblings. You can use an iSight to capture photos of family members and import directly into FTM.

A “New Image Collection” has been added, with a focus on photos/images for creating family trees and reports.

There are performance improvements, including the ability to choose the internet connection you are using, which can be used to determine what information should be downloaded (for instance if you are on a low-bandwidth mobile connection). Upload and download speeds have been improved, and working with large files on has been improved.

I’ll be working a lot more with FTM for Mac 2 over the coming weeks to give you an idea of what’s new and improved.

System Requirements:
* Mac OS X 10.5 – 10.7
* Intel-based Macs
* DVD Drive
* Internet access for online features

FTM for Mac 2 can be pre-ordered at

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.

Steve Jobs Biography Released Tomorrow – 60 Minutes Interview with Author

* His biography is available on iBooks – Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson as well as Amazon’s Kindle

In a few minutes, one of the first big interviews with Walter Isaacson, the author of Steve Jobs’ official biography will be on 60 Minutes on CBS here in the US. You’ll have to check your local listings – in my time zone it’s 6pm Central, 7pm Eastern.

The book is over 650 pages for the hardcover edition, and part of the official description reads:

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

The interview tonight on 60 Minutes will include audio recordings from Steve Jobs during the interviews.

The book will be available at Amazon – Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and other retailers starting tomorrow, October 24, 2011. Right now it’s listed at under $18. There is a Kindle edition available tomorrow as well (maybe after Midnight here in the US).

For those in the United Kingdom, The book is also available at starting tomorrow as well, and is heavily discounted for now.

iPhoto 9.2 Released

Just received this notification through Software Update – iPhoto 9.2 (626) has been released.

There are several issues addressed and features updated for iPhoto ’11, but for those using iCloud and iOS 5 it is highly recommended. iPhoto 9.2 supports iCloud and iOS 5.

Updates/Changes in iPhoto 9.2 (626)
* Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in Magnify (1-up) view
* Previously imported photos are now displayed in a separate section of the Import window
* Book/calendar themes and card categories can now be selected using a pop-up menu in the carousel view
* Resolves an issue that could cause some pages of books to print incorrectly
* Rebuilding a library now correctly preserves saved slideshows and books
* Addressed minor stability, performance, and compatibility issues

It’s available through Apple’s Software Update. If you need to download it, see the download link at the Apple KnowledgeBase article.

MacFamilyTree 6.1.6

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X A small update was made to MacFamilyTree today. I say small, but if the issues affected you, they aren’t small.

“Localization updates” can actually encompass quite a bit.

The changes are:
* Issues entering Additional Names and Married Names fixed
* Localization updates

As always, the MacFamilyTree automatic update system should catch it and update your installation if you are already a user of MFT 6.

It can also be purchased or downloaded through Apple’s Mac App Store – MacFamilyTree 8 – Synium Software GmbH.

It requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later. It supports Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.