MacFamilyTree 6 – 50% Off Through Weekend

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X Offer at 50% off has expired

If you have an interest in MacFamilyTree and have tried the demo, MacUpdate Promo, which is a site that runs daily and weekly specials on Mac OS X software happens to be featuring this Mac genealogy application for 50% off of the normal of $49, for a total of $24.50 US. The offer expires Sunday night.

It looks like there is an 8-day extended discount price of $39.20 if you pass on buying it this weekend.

Link: MacUpdate Promo – MacFamilyTree 6

MacFamilyTree 6 does require Mac OS X 10.5 or later.

MacFamilyTree 6.0.9

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X Last week, Synium Software released the MacFamilyTree 6.0.8 update to it’s Mac OS X genealogy application, and this week MacFamilyTree 6 has another update – version 6.0.9.

This is mainly a few bug fixes, the addition of married names showing up in all lists, and performance/launch improvements.

Changes/Updates to MacFamilyTree 6.0.9
* Married name is now shown in all lists
* Fixed a bug which prevented notes from showing correctly in charts
* Several bugfixes when printing charts
* Bugfix saving a fan chart
* Launch time improved

Download: Synium Software or through the automatic update for MacFamilyTree 6.

PAWriter version 96 (PAW2U)

PAW2U (PAWriter) has received a large update. Version 96 of the free Mac OS X genealogy application has been enhanced in several areas, including census handling, among several other things.

* Validity checking for the Census window is now performed only when the Insert button is clicked.
* Micropublication of census records was discontinued starting with the 1940 census and replaced with scanned images. So entry of microfilm and roll numbers will be invalid for those censuses. Dwelling number does not appear in those censuses and will be invalid for those censuses. Household number in those censuses will be accepted in the Family field.
* The extension .paw is now permitted for PAWriter data files. If the extension is used, the backup file will end in -bkp.paw (not .paw-bkp).
* A preference item “Format RTF reports one-sided” was added to format RTF reports for one-sided page printing. By default, RTF reports will be formatted to print left and right pages for two-sided printing.
* An error has been corrected which caused PAWriter to freeze (actually, to loop indefinitely) when the width of the picture in pixels exceeded the width of the screen (minus some pixels for borders).
* The advent of Snow Leopard required changes to window open routines in order to properly draw the windows’ background color.
* File menu > Write HTML > Descendants of This Person now asks for the number of generations to be included.
* A link to the PAWriter forum was added to the Help menu.
* Note: When emailing a larger PAWriter data file, zipping it (aka compressing it and archiving it) will result in a file about one-fifth the size of the unzipped file.
* Note: When a file is transmitted through a public folder from another computer in a network, the receiving user should move the file to a location in the receiving user’s computer. Then the permissions for that file should be accessed and changed if necessary to allow the receiving user to read and write the file. The permissions for that file can be accessed by selecting that file and choosing File menu > Get Info. The Sharing and Permissions section of the Get Info display, when unlocked, allows the access privileges to be changed to Read and Write for the receiving user.

Download: PAWriterU.dmg (direct download)
More information (main site):

Skype 5 Beta for OS X

Skype, which is a cross-platform instant messaging (IM) and Voice-Over-IP (VOIP) application has released beta 5.0 of the Mac OS X client.

Your eyes are not deceiving you. While the previous versions of Skype for Mac were 2.8 and below, the new 5.0 number reflects a couple of major updates and is now at the same version number as the Windows client.

The first major update is that Skype for Mac now supports group video calling, a feature that is present in Apple’s iChat client, but has’t been available to Mac Skype users. In order to use this feature, everybody on the video chat needs to be using version 5.0 or newer. I’m not sure about this feature when using an iPhone.

There is another major update, but it’s overshadowed (in my opinion) by the group video calling. The user interfaace has been overhauled and is now a single, unified window. You’ll no longer have your chats, video calls, etc., in different windows. I’ve got mixed feelings about this, but there is a “call control bar” that can sit on top of other windows you have open. With the unified interface though, it makes for a larger overall window. I understand the reasoning behind it though, and I’m going to use it – I’ve been really looking forward to the group video calls. A lot of us use Skype to keep in touch with family and friends.
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iPhoto 11 Update with Calendars

Apple has released iPhoto 9.1, which is actually iPhoto 11 9.1. iPhoto 8.0 is the version number of iPhoto ’09, so iPhoto 9.1 is iPhoto ’11 . Anyways, it’s an update for Apple’s iLife ’11 that resolves a few issues, and adds some additional letterpress holiday greeting card themes.

The major addition is that the ability to create and order calendars is now back in iPhoto. It was in iPhoto 09, and it didn’t ship for some reason when iPhoto ’11 came out with the release of iLife ’11. It was weird that it was removed, but it’s back. The update is recommended for all iPhoto ’11 users.

Link: or through Software Update.

* Provides the ability to create and order calendars in iPhoto.
* Additional letterpress holiday greeting card themes are now available.
* Fixes an issue that prevented videos downloaded from MobileMe or Flickr from importing correctly into iPhoto events.

I have no idea if this is a reflection of the popularity with calendars or what, that it wasn’t present in iPhoto ’11. I know plenty of genealogists who have made personal calendars through iPhoto for family members as gifts, with genealogy information (birthdays, etc.) and photos.

More Information about Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac

Yesterday, I mentioned the differences between the two Mac versions of Family Tree Maker for Mac that are for sale on both and on online retailers such as,, etc. – it came down to the versions (aka the retail versions) had a 6-month subscription to with them, while the cheaper version sold at does not. In everything else, they are the same.

I asked several more questions and am grateful to the staff for answering them. The answers will end up in the Family Tree Maker for Mac FAQ, which is a part of the main Mac genealogy software FAQ. Without further ado, here they are (answers received are in bold and with numbers preceding them, my comments follow):

1) Family Tree Maker for Mac is basically Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac. It is based on Family Tree Maker 2010 for Windows. It does not include the updated features of Family Tree Maker 2011 (Windows).
I had thought maybe it would be based on FTM 2011, but it makes sense to keep it on 2010. This is the first time since the 1990s that we’ve had Family Tree Maker on a Mac platform (that didn’t involve using virtualization running Windows) and it’s not the easiest thing to port between different OSes. They needed to work off of finished software, and at the time Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac was announced, Family Tree Maker 2011 was probably nowhere near being finished. Had they used FTM 2011 as a base for Family Tree Maker for Mac, we’d definitely be waiting until sometime next year.

It is on the same level as Family Tree Maker 2010 though. It’s still one of the best/easiest ways for Windows users of Family Tree Maker to make the switch to Macs and bring their genealogy data and information over.

2) There are no plans to release an Essentials, Deluxe, or Platinum version of Family Tree Maker 2010 for Mac.
3) The version priced at $99.95 is essentially the same as the Platinum version of Family Tree Maker 2010 – it comes with the 6-month subscription and Family History Toolkit.
4) Both releases of Family Tree Maker for Mac are identical, the only difference is the included subscription and the Family History Toolkit.
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