I’ve gotten questions from some of you about when Family Tree Maker for Mac would be available, now that Family Tree Maker 2011 for Windows/PCs has launched. Back in May, official word from Ancestry.com was that it be released before the end of 2010. Now it looks like it will be before the end of November, 2010. It makes sense, since that will be before the major holiday season.
Earlier today, an Ancestry.com representative made the following post on one of their blogs:
What is happening with the Mac version of Family Tree Maker?
The Mac version is on schedule to be released within the next two months.
There you have it. That’s still within the time frame that Ancestry.com had established back in May.
That really didn’t take long – just a day or two for a new update to MacFamilyTree 6.0, to MacFamilyTree version 6.0.4.
This time around, nothing as major as the database changes in MacFamilyTree 6.0.3 to improve performance, however the media loading performance has been improved, and some of the changes are due to the database changes.
* Assigning labels to families or media fixed
* Media loading performance improved
* Database migration fixes
* Other bugfixes
It’s a free update for existing MacFamilyTree 6 users and the udpate or trial can be downloaded here (Synium Software)
A new update for MacFamilyTree 6.0 is now available, bumping the version number up to 6.0.3. With version 6.0.2, support for Apple’s Aperture imaging software was added. There are now some fixes supporting some issues with Aperture.
More importantly, there are, and I quote, “major database changes” which were implemented to increase performance. This probably means that once your genealogy database is updated/upgraded, you won’t be able to use it in an older version of MacFamilyTree. There are also some interface fixes, and improved image handling within MacFamilyTree.
* Major database changes for increased performance
* Fixes for the Apple Aperture image picker
* Several user interface bugs fixed
* Images can now be rotated directly in MacFamilyTree
* Fixes and performance improvements for nearly all charts
Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6 are required, and this is a free update for existing MacFamilyTree 6 users.
Howard Metcalfe has released a major update to PAW2U (Universal), a free Mac OS X genealogy application. This is Version 95 (3 Sep 2010) and the focus is being placed on generating genealogical books and articles, with a major update to the RTF format handling.
* In line with a primary objective of PAWriter to produce for publication genealogical books and articles, the following changes to RTF reports were made:
* RTF files can be opened by a number of word processing and desktop publishing programs. By default, RTF files will launch Nisus Writer Pro ($79 download at the Nisus store web page). Nisus Writer Pro is a fully functional desktop publishing program for MacOS X. Macworld awarded Nisus Writer Pro four and a half mice (out of five) in December 2009, and William Porter said in their review that “Nisus Writer Pro competes with [MS] Word better than any word processor I’ve seen in a very long time.” Nisus Writer Pro was also the winner of the Reader’s Choice Awards of 2010 for word processors, with Pages ’09 and MS Word 2008 as first and second runners-up.
I’ve posted my thoughts about Apple’s September Event that was held earlier today over at MobileGenealogy.
I thought it was a pretty good event. We knew going in that it would be focused on mobile devices, and that’s exactly what happened. iTunes 10 adds some new features that I think they will be useful to a lot of people. The iPod nano, shuffle, and touch updates were really good if you are in the market for a new iPod.
Keep in mind this wasn’t a Mac event or a developer’s event, it was a music-related event with TV and movies thrown in, and the vast majority was focused on portable devices.
Anyways, if you’d like to read my comments and how the new devices/updates relate to genealogy, head over to Mobile Genealogy.
Apple has sent out an alert stating that they will be directly streaming tomorrow’s event live:
Apple.com – PR
Live video stream of Apple’s September 1 event
Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 10:00 a.m. PDT
* Apple Mac running Safari on Mac OS X 10.6
* Also can be accessed on an iPhone or iPod touch running iPhone OS/iOS 3.0 or higher or an iPad.
Basically it’s going to be streamed over HTML5, showcasing the standard that Apple chose for the iPhones and iPads over Flash.
Meanwhile, this week it was confirmed by Financial Times that Autodesk would be bringing AutoCad back to Macs. It’s a big deal since it dominates its market and is the first time AutoCad has been seen on Macs since the early ’90s. This is on par with Family Tree Maker for Mac 2011 coming back to Macs.
Update: I’ve posted my thoughts about the September Event over at Mobile Genealogy.