Quick Note on the Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac Review

I mentioned earlier this week that I would be posting the first part of my Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac review.

I apologize for the delay, I was under the weather for most of the week, but I’m doing better, but the bigger problem I had was posting the review in such a manner that there were enough screenshots of a large enough size to cover everything. I’m also tossing in comparisons to other genealogy programs for Mac (and will be posting full reviews of those later this month and next), and finally I’m doing a comparison between Family Tree Maker for Mac and Family Tree Maker for Windows.

Needless to say, there will be a lot of screenshots, and that was going to be a problem – it would really hammer this website and potentially slow it down. I’ve now got a solution that will work just fine, and will be getting part one of the review up later this weekend.

Thanks for your patience.


MacFamilyTree 6.0.10

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X MacFamilyTree 6 has been updated to version 6.0.10.

Highlights include better performance when importing GEDCOM files and working with fan charts. The Family Tree editor has been improved, and if you’re Dutch, there is a complete Dutch manual now.

Changes/Updates to MacFamilyTree 6.0.10
* Vastly improved Fan Chart rendering and performance
* Many fixes in the Family Tree editor
* Performance and stability improvements when importing GEDCOM files
* Fixes for calculating Kekule numbers
* Complete Dutch Manual added
* Localization updates
* Smaller other bugfixes

If you are an existing MacFamilyTree 6 users, you can download the update through the automatic update feature of MacFamilyTree 6, or if you would like download it manually (or are a first-time users), you can download it from Synium Software.

Family Tree Maker 2010 – Any Questions?

I received a copy of Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac last week and am preparing an in-depth review.

One of the areas I’m focusing on is for people migrating from Windows genealogy applications (including Family Tree Maker for Windows) with a walk-through of how to do it.

Many people have been asking me questions, and I’m going to hopefully be able to answer most of them.

If you have any questions that you’d like answered, feel free to contact me through the order form or through a direct email – macgenealogy @ gmail.com.

Apple Event – Tuesday, November 16, 2010

This is currently the front page of Apple.com

Speculation is either Apple will have their North Carolina data center online and will be announcing some kind of cloud service where you can access the content you buy through iTunes through any device or the web easily, or more likely the Beatles catalog will be coming to iTunes after all these years.

The Wall Street Journal as well as Billboard seem to think

Arguments for a Beatles release through iTunes
* “Just Another Day” is a lyric from a Paul McCartney song
* “You’ll never Forget” is apparently a lyric from a Ringo Starr song
* Some are pointing at the clocks as representing the four Beatles, or representing the cover to “Help!”
* EMI needs the money
* Steve Jobs is a huge Beatles fan

I actually hope it is a Beatles announcement, because that would stop people from immediately assuming that future music or iTunes-related announcements are Beatles-related.

I think it probably is Beatles-related. We are coming up on the holidays very quickly, and it’s not a good time for Apple to be announcing any new products that would be sold through retail channels. It also isn’t a good time for software-related announcements since Apple would have made them last month, or held off until January, in order to keep the focus on what’s currently available. Something that is sold online/through iTunes on the other hand is very believable.


GEDitCOM II 1.6 has been released and it is a massive update.

Among the changes – an upgrade to the GEDitCOM Editor, which is part of an effort to make it an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for genealogy interfaces and scripts. This was a major undertaking.

There was an enhancement to family trees and the data display and customization, a new memo/note feature which allows you to attach a quick note to any field, along with many more changes.

Changes and Updates in GEDitCOM II 1.6
* Tree charts were upgraded to be more powerful and have more customization:

    o The boxes that display each individual now dynamically adjust in height to accomodate the text for each person. This change fixes the previous overflow of long text that did not fit in a box with the specified width. It also provides more compact trees because those with little information can optionally display in smaller boxes.
    o Trees have some new preferences to set line styles and colors for the lines around boxes and between boxes and a new preference to select to preferred height for portraits in boxes.
    o Trees used to always be centered; now the alignment uses the alignment setting for each column in the outline view. A new preferences sets the alignment for the name.
    o Tree boxes for those with unknown sex are now filled with a gradient of colors between male and female fill colors.
    o The rulers were improved to align better with cells in horizontal trees.

* A new “Memo” feature lets you add a short note to any text editing field:

    o To add a memo, click in a field and use “Tree?Attach?Memo…” command (or control click on field and choose “Attach/Edit Memo.”)
    o A field with a memo while show a pencil icon that a memo is available and you can hover the mouse over the field to see the memo in a pop-up window.

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Mac OS X 10.6.5 Released

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.5 for Snow Leopard today. For a full list of fixes, updates, and additions, see the links below.

Some of the Mac OS X 10.6.5 highlights
* Addresses performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture.
* Addresses stability and performance of graphics applications and games.
* Resolves a delay between print jobs.
* Improves Bluetooth pairing with Magic Trackpad.
* Improves reliability of Ethernet connections.
* Adds RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras.
* Security improvements (see link below)

* Full Apple Support Article
* Security updates found in 10.6.5

As always, you should back up your system, preferably through Time Machine if you have the capability, before installing the update.

The quickest/easiest way to get it, is through the Software Update feature available through the Apple (?) menu.