Apple’s Back to the Mac Event – Live Coverage

I’m going to provide updates here. If you’d like to watch it yourself and are on a Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard with Safari or an updated iOS device (iPhone, iPad, etc.), you can view it through

For details, please see the article I posted earlier this morning.

It’s started!
* Discussion of developers.
* There is a discussion of Apple retail stores, Mac sales (50% are new to Macs)

* iLife ’11 officially announced.

iPhoto ’11 Enhancements/updates:
* New full-screen modes
* Facebook enhancements
* Better emailing support for photos
* New slideshows themes
* “Big leap in books”
* “Letterpress cards”

Very impressive demonstration of iPhoto ’11 from Phil Schiller, including holiday-related slideshows and templates. He is showing how you can create emails from within iPhoto rather than jumping over to Mail.

Now doing a demonstration of creating a new book. Full-screen mode for book creation if you want. If you select a set of photos and tell it to create a book, it’ll auto-populate the book with photos. iPhoto picks up information (EXIF) plus your ratings and key photos, as well as the time photos were taken, and it groups photos together by time, it uses highly-rated photos as the larger photos, it used the key photo as the book cover, etc. Very cool so far.

There is an incredibly cool new full-screen mode with “Project View” which is a bookshelf-like view that stores your photo books and projects on the bookshelf.

The Letterpress Cards are being demonstrated. Incredible. They are embossed/printed. It’s like they are combining older methods with digital methods.

iMovie Changes
* Better audio editing (and easier)
* One Step Effects
* People finder – looks for people in a movie
* News and Sports Themes
* Ability to create movie trailers from your movies.

iMovie demonstration showing audio editing, and the new movie trailer feature. There are 15 movie trailer themes. Face detection has been added to iMovie. The trailer demonstration has gone on for a while, but it’s actually kind of interesting. I can see myself using it.

GarageBand ’11 is being demonstrated. I’m going to bow out for a few minutes.

I swear I saw a new iChat icon.

iLife ’11 will retail for $49

Facetime is being discussed by Steve Jobs.
Facetime is being supported by Macs now, including full-screen. There is a demonstration. Looks like what I thought was iChat was Facetime. A beta is being released today. You’ll be able to call people on their iPhone 4 and iPod touches (that have cameras).

Sneak Peak of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
Preview of the 8th major Mac OS X release. “Back to the Mac” refers to 10.7. “Mac OS X meets the iPad” – features in iPads and iOS will be brought back into Mac OS X 10.7. Things they like on iPad/iOS:
* Mult-touch gestures
* App Store
* App Home screens
* Full screen apps
* Auto saves

Apple is sticking to horizontal touch surfaces – no touchscreens on Macs.

“Mac App Store” announced. Similar to App Store on iPhone or iPad. Apps will be licensed for all Macs in a home. There will be a “Launchpad”.

Discussion of Expose, Dashboard, Full screen apps, Spaces and how to unify them. “Mission Control” is going to handle all four of those.

Really emphasizing the full-screen view, which I like.

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will be available for purchase in summer of 2011. Mac App Store available within 90 days. Developers can start submitting apps in November. Discussion of Lion is now over.

One More Thing!!!
Looks like it’ll be an iPad + MacBook. New MacBook Air. 13.3-inch display, 1440 x 900, Core 2 Duo, NVIDIA Graphics, flash storage instead of a hard drive. Incredibly tiny.

11.6 MacBook Air is starting at $999, and it’s very impressive. 1366×768 display, 64GB of storage.

That brings this to a close.

Apple’s Back to the Mac Event Today

Today, at 10 a.m. Pacific/Noon Central, Apple will be holding their “Back to the Mac” event. As you can see from the invite above, there is a Lion in the background.

It’s pretty much a given that we’ll find out the details of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion today.

I’ve got a good feeling about today in addition to finding out about 10.7. A lot of us understand that Apple’s focus up through September of this year has been on the iPhone 4, iPods, and the iPad. The event at the beginning of September was focused on new iPods plus Apple’s new AppleTV as well. I think we’ll see some good stuff that is of particular interest to people who come across

From the invitation, plus all of the rumor sites, Amazon leaks, forum “accidents”, I think this is close to a list of what we’ll see:

1) Mac OS X 10.7 – 100% Guaranteed. Look at the invitation above. I’ve not been keeping up on Mac OS X rumors. I’ve hard that some of the things that people like in iOS might make their way into it.

2) iLife ’11 with GarageBand ’11, iPhoto ’11, iMovie ’11 – 99% Guaranteed. This is based on an “accident” on the forums where forums for the three components I mentioned were listed in the forums index. I’m giving it 99% since it’s not official yet, but it’s time for an iLife update. I really liked iPhoto ’09 with the new features, and one thing I’d like to see, and maybe this is more appropriate for Aperture, is more photo editing features that are normally found in Adobe’s Photoshop and other stand-alone editors. I know that iPhoto ’09 is first and foremost a photo manager, and it does an admirable job of that. I would like to see more photo editing features such as layers, good cloning features, and a few other things. Given that I do a lot of photo restoration, I’ll still be popping into Photoshop, but there are a few little things that could cut down on the instances of that. iMovie ’11, I’ve heard that iDVD has been merged into it. It makes sense.

3) 11.6-inch MacBook Air – 99% Guaranteed. Apple sees the iPad as the answer to netbooks, but CPUs and chipsets in the ultrasmall or ultraportable market have really come down in size while increasing in power, and a lot of people have been wondering when Apple would offer something smaller than the 13-inch MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. People miss their 12″ PowerBooks, and at this point the 13-inch MacBook Air is large compared to the offerings of the competition. A lot of companies have ultralight 11.6-inch and 12.1-inch notebooks that are packing quite a bit of performance in a small size. I’m giving it an 99% because it was mentioned in a forums listing, there have been so many leaks lately about specific components, and because Apple needs to do something with the MacBook Air. I love our 13-inch MacBook Pro, but something a little smaller and with a good resolution on the display would be great.

Apple has been building a huge datacenter in North Carolina that will soon be complete. There are a lot of guesses as to what it’s for – an expansion of their online content, a “cloud” style setup for people to store their music and videos, etc. I think it could be all of that. If it’s setup properly it can easily handle just about everything that’s been speculated about it.

Mac minis and iMacs have received good updates this year, as have the Mac Pros. I don’t see them being updated at this event. I still want a little server that can function as backup machine for our Macs and iOS devices in the house. I don’t see that happening though.

I think some of the recent gaming software that’s come out for the Mac, Valve’s Steam platform, will probably be highlighted. Valve has been very successful with it. I also think AutoCAD will be highlighted since its return to the Mac is a big deal.

A part of me thinks Family Tree Maker for Mac will show up somewhere. I doubt in Apple’s or Steve Jobs’ presentation, since Mac users have had a solid and healthy selection of genealogy software since FTM didn’t make the transition to Mac OS X a decade ago, but FTM for Mac is a big deal and the theme is “Back to the Mac”. It would certainly be a good time for to announce more details about it.

Apple Insider will provide live coverage, and I’ll be following a few websites and posting about it as it happens. As I said, I’m excited about it. I’ve been very happy with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and I look forward to seeing where things go next.

MacFamilyTree 6.0.7

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X MacFamilyTree 6.0 has been updated to version 6.0.7. It’s definitely a recommended update for users running Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5 ‘Leopard’ as there are stability improvements in 64-bit mode. If you frequently use the web upload function for uploading your family tree/genealogy data, it’s also highly recommended as it includes several fixes for that area of the software.

Changes/Updates in MacFamilyTree 6.0.7
* MacFamilyTree now reopens the function pane that was open prior on startup
* Fixed a bug that prevented assigning labels and bookmarks to media
* Several fixes for the web upload function
* Stability improvements when running MacFamilyTree in 64 Bit mode in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
* Minor user interface enhancements

We skipped over MacFamilyTree 6.0.6, so here are those changes:
* Many bugfixes in editing panes
* Crash bug fixed when adding existing persons to a family
* Fixes in the family group report

The update can be downloaded automatically, or manually through Synium Software. If you are not a registered user, you can still use MacFamilyTree in a demo mode.

MacFamilyTree 6.0.5

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X Version 6.0.5 of MacFamilyTree 6.0 has been released.

The web research function has been upgraded, with support for MyHeritage added.

If you are MobileFamilyTree user (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), this is of particular interest to you since there were some MobileFamilyTree synchronization issues fixed.

* MyHeritage added to web research function
* Several crash bugs fixed
* Improved Performance
* MobileFamilyTree sync fixes
* Localization updates

As always, if you are an existing user it can be downloaded through the auto-update or manually from Synium Software. There is a demo available through Synium Software.

You can also purchase it through Apple’s Mac App Store – MacFamilyTree 8 – Synium Software GmbH

iScrapbook 3.0.5

Chronos has released a new version of its Mac OS X scrapbooking software, iScrapbook, version 3.0.5. It’s mainly performance improvements with some bug fixes.

* Improved speed of opening new pages by optimizing the way background images are saved internally
* Fixed saving problem with the “/” character in page names
* Fixed problem that occurred when opening new document with Layers inspector already open
* Fixed a problem that occurred under Leopard when an exceptionally large project was loaded
* Fixed a problem that could potentially cause random crashes

Requires Mac OS X 10.5.8. It is $49.99 for a single-user license. A fully functional 30-day trial can be downloaded at the links below.

Official page: iScrapbook (Chronos)
Download/Update: iScrapbook download

Mac Genealogy FAQ updated for iPhones and iPads

I’ve updated the Mac Genealogy Software Frequently Asked Questions page and added a new page, in response to a question that was asked of me.

The question was in regards to iPhone and iPad versions of Mac OS X genealogy software. Right now there are basically two dedicated iOS/iPhone OS genealogy apps that are tied to Mac OS X genealogy software. Reunion for iPhone/iPad that works with Reunion 9 and MobileFamilyTree which connects with your MacFamilyTree genealogy data. Keep in mind that these mobile applications require you to have the desktop or laptop Mac OS X versions of that particular software. They will not allow you to synchronize with other applications.

If you don’t use Reunion or MacFamilyTree, or even if you do, there are several other options for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users as far as mobile genealogy applications. You can check the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad genealogy software listing at Those allow you to export your genealogy data as GEDCOM files and then import them. It adds a few steps and is not as elegant as the two programs mentioned above, and you might not be able to export/import everything, but they work for the most part, and they aren’t tied to specific genealogy programs, allowing you to work with either Mac or Windows genealogy programs.

New FAQ page:
* iPhones, iPod touches, iPads, and Mac Genealogy Software