Reunite 3.0 Reunion Software Released

Reunite 3.0 has been released, and with it comes improvements to take advantage of Mac OS X Lion 10.7.

Reunite is software for planning reunions – family, school, etc.

Updates in 3.0
* Support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
* Excel Open Office (.xlsx) Import/Export
* New parchment background theme
* New larger custom designed icons
* New Fix Maiden Name file tool added
* Fixed potential bug when adding Tickets and Purchases
* Fixed page count on Task Reports
* Improved Budget reporting
* Improved alphabet filter in Directory list
* Improved Directory photo display
* Improved overall printing

For more information, see the Minutia Software website

MacFamilyTree 6.1.3

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X MacFamilyTree 6.1.3 has been released.

If you have updated your Mac or recently purchased a Mac, and are running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, then this release is definitely for you. It takes advantage of Lion’s full-screen mode, and sees some performance increases under Lion.

Version 6.1.3 Updates
* Major performance enhancements for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
* Improved Family Tree edit mode
* Now supports Fullscreen Mode in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
* More options added exporting GEDCOMs
* Greatly improved compatibility importing GEDCOM files
* Several bugfixes

If you are already a MacFamilyTree 6 user, you can download and install the update automatically through MacFamilyTree 6’s automatic update. For manual downloads, use this link: Synium Software.

If you are not, it’s on sale today through MacUpdate Promo for %25 off, $44.25, or you can purchase it or download it through the Mac App Store – MacFamilyTree 8 – Synium Software GmbH.

MacFamilyTree 6 does require Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later.

GEDitCOM II 1.6 and Mac OS X Lion

If you are a GEDitCOM II user, you may have had a minor issue with Mac OS X Lion and GEDitCOM II, specifically the Media Browser.

GEDitCOM II itself is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7, but there is an issue with the framework used for the Media Browser, and it will not launch without doing one of the following (these are directly from the GEDitCOM II developer’s website):

Method #1
– In your Finder, choose menu command “Go To Folder…” enter the folder name “~/Library” and click “Go”. This step will open the Library folder in your home directory. The menu command is needed because Apple has choosen to make this folder a hidden folder.
– Find and delete the “Icons” folder in your home Library folder. I think this “Icons” folder must be associated with the Media Browser and thus it is safe to delete even if Apple support (as they have been known to do) tell you not to. Note: I can vouch that GEDitCOM II 1.6 Build 2 would not work until I did the above. I tried to launch it, nothing, then did a Force-Quit Applications and terminated it. Once I deleted the Icons folder, all was well.

Method #2
Alternatively, you can download this Lion fix of GEDitCOM II. After downloading, drag the GEDitCOM II application to your Applications folder replacing the version installed before. This fixed version should run fine in Lion. The fix is to update the “Media Browser;” to a newer version. Note: I can also vouch that the above worked as well.

More Information:

MacFamilyTree 6.0.12

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X MacFamilyTree 6, a Mac OS X genealogy application, has received another few updates, and is now at MacFamilyTree version 6.0.12

Version 6.0.12 Update
* Stability improvements
* Localization updates

As usual, if you are a current MacFamilyTree 6 user, you can download the 6.0.12 update through MacFamilyTree 6’s automatic update and have it update automatically. For manual downloads, use this link: Synium Software.

MacFamilyTree 6 requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, or later, and it can be downloaded through Apple’s App Store for Macs. If you have purchased it through there, you can also update through the App Store.

Original Apple Macintosh launched on this day in 1984

Today, January 24, 2011 marks a birthday of sorts, and we genealogists are fond of birthdays. It’s the birthday of the original Apple Macintosh, the Mactinosh 128K. It launched on January 24, 1984.

As Wikipedia points out, this marked the first successful launch of a personal computer with a graphical user interface (UI) and a mouse. Prior to this, personal computers, including the Commodore 64, the TI-99/4A, even the IBM PC Jr (Which launched a few months later than the first Macs) were all command-line based.

Some Numbers:
Price in 1984: $2,495
Price adjusted for inflation: Roughly $5,000
CPU: 8MHz Motorola 68000
Memory: 128KB
Storage: 400KB single-sided Floppy
Display: 9-inch 512×342 black & white CRT
Printer: Apple ImageWriter
Software – OS: System 0.97 and Finder
Software – Other: MacPaint, MacWrite

It even came with an audio cassette tape to guide you through using a mouse, since the vast majority of buyers would have had no experience using a mouse or graphical interface.

Just a few days before launch of the first Macintosh, quite a few people saw the infamous Ridley Scott-directed 1984 Commercial. According to Wikipedia, there are two interprations of the commercial:

Adelia Cellini states in a 2004 article for Macworld, “The Story Behind Apple’s ‘1984’ TV Commercial”:

Let’s see – an all-powerful entity blathering on about Unification of Thoughts to an army of soulless drones, only to be brought down by a plucky, Apple-esque underdog. So Big Brother, the villain from Apple’s ‘1984’ Mac ad, represented IBM, right? According to the ad’s creators, that’s not exactly the case. The original concept was to show the fight for the control of computer technology as a struggle of the few against the many, says TBWA/Chiat/Day’s Lee Clow. Apple wanted the Mac to symbolize the idea of empowerment, with the ad showcasing the Mac as a tool for combating conformity and asserting originality. What better way to do that than have a striking blonde athlete take a sledghammer to the face of that ultimate symbol of conformity, Big Brother?

However, in his 1983 Apple keynote address, Steve Jobs made the following comment before showcasing a preview of the commercial to a select audience:

It is now 1984. It appears IBM wants it all. Apple is perceived to be the only hope to offer IBM a run for its money. Dealers initially welcoming IBM with open arms now fear an IBM dominated and controlled future. They are increasingly turning back to Apple as the only force that can ensure their future freedom. IBM wants it all and is aiming its guns on its last obstacle to industry control: Apple. Will Big Blue dominate the entire computer industry? The entire information age? Was George Orwell right?

The Macintosh team was led by Steve Jobs, and less than a year and a half after the launch of the Macintosh 128K, he would be forced out of Apple, and would not return until the end of 1996, taking over CEO duties in 1997. And the rest is history.

Images of the party hat and Macintosh: Wikimedia Commons

Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac Version

Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac has been updated to version I was checking some stuff over tonight and on a whim checked for updates, and low and behold, there it was.

I was currently running Yes, the version numbers are interesting (long).

* “This update will resolve a number of reported issues from the community.
* Numerous stability fixes were made
* Child sort order is shown correctly in reports
* Added support for GEDCOM 5.5.1
* Numerous other fixes and enhancements

I’ve got another Mac with the running on it, I’ll see if there is anything visibly noticeable, since I’m curious what other fixes/enhancements there are.

If you are an existing FTM for Mac users, you can download/update it by selecting Check For Updates from the Family Tree Maker for Mac menu. If you have bought it through Apple’s App Store for Mac, you might check it tomorrow. I didn’t see it tonight.

As for my review..sorry for the long delay, you’ll see in the next few days.