MacFamilyTree 5.7.8

I missed this update since it came out after the release of MacFamilyTree 6 and was overshadowed by that, but a few weeks back on August 10, 2010, Synium Software released an update to the MacFamilyTree 5.7 series, updating it to MacFamilyTree 5.7.8.

I’m not sure of where to download this – I discovered it when I opened up my MacFamilyTree 5.7.7 install and it was asking to update automatically. You could probably get the download information from Synium Software’s contact page or just run your auto-update feature within MacFamilyTree.

Changes in 5.7.8
* Many fixes in the Kinship Report
* Fixed an issue migrating older databases
* Smaller user interface fixes
* Improved auto update

I figured the update to 5.7.7 back at the beginning of July was the last 5.7 series update, but I was wrong. They even improved the auto update in 5.7.8 as well as user interface fixes, which could mean future 5.7.x releases for those who haven’t upgraded to MacFamilyTree 6 yet.

GEDitCOM II 1.5 build 2

GEDitCOM II 1.5 build 2 is now available from

This is a massive update. In addition to some bug fixes, it’s centered around one major new feature. It’s a format that is being called the “Address Book” format, and GEDitCOM II 1.5 Build 2 is required to use this format. In order for the new format to work, new features were added to GEDitCOM. You can down load the new format at

The “Address Book” is not just something that tracks somebody’s name and other information. It literally adds in a format to add and edit events centered around specific residences. This extends to adding and editing information on multimedia objects that are tied to a residence. You can also search for, and find, all individuals that lived at a specific residence, or have a specific residence tied to them.

For a full list, see the Changes below.

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Apple iWork 09 9.0.4 Update – Adds ePub Support

While I’ve recommended Apple’s productivity suite, iWork to to plenty of people doing family newsletters or related documents, I normally don’t mention it here except in passing, but iWork 09 9.0.4 fixes some issues in all three apps – Keynote, Pages, and Numbers, including with tables.

More importantly the word processing app, Pages, now has the ability to export to the standard ePub file format. This is a very big deal as you can now export your documents and newsletters to a format that can be read across a lot of mobile platforms, including iBooks on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, Barnes and Noble’s nook, Sony’s Reader, plus Google’s Android platform.

Keynote 5.0.4
* Addresses an issue when printing handouts with rule lines.
* Fixes an issue with the slide switcher.
* Resolves an issue when automatically resizing some images while changing slide size.
* Fixes an issue with tables.

Pages 4.0.4
* Fixes an issue with tables.
* Includes compatibility with the standard ePub file format (for use with iBooks) when exporting.

Numbers 2.0.4
* Fixes an issue with tables.

This is the official support article:

If you already have it installed, check your Software Update – it showed up on mine this morning.

If you don’t have it, but are interested, you can pick up a free trial (30 days) from the iWork trial downloads.

It can be purchased through there for $79, however it’s on sale through a retailer on for $49.

Reunion 9.0c

Reunion 9.0c has been released by Leister Productions, Inc.

The main feature of Reunion 9.0c is adding support for a new companion application – Reunion for iPad (Mobile Genealogy). There is already a Reunion for iPhone (Mobile Genealogy) application, however the Reunion for iPad offers several key differences that take advantage of the iPads hardware and software, including size/resolution as well as the iPad Photo Gallery/iPhoto implementation.

Changes/Updates in Reunion 9.0c
* New Feature: Added support for Reunion for iPad.
* Source List – fixed a problem when sorting on source type.
* iPhone – fixed a crash when sending family files with a large number of pictures to the iPhone.
* iPhone – fixed some memory problems when creating web media pages.
* Picture window – fixed a problem when using space-drag to pan a cropped picture.

This is a free update to current Reunion 9 users.

You can download it through Leister Productions, Inc.

If you are not a current Reunion 9 owner, you can also purchase it through Lesiter Productions, Inc. or through

You can purchase and download Reunion for iPad for $14.99 through the Apple/iTunes App Store – ReunionTouch – Leister Productions, Inc.

Software Deals at Amazon

Got an email pointing to some software deals at that maybe of interesting to some Mac genealogists.

Note that these prices are subject to change, since some of them are through third parties.

* Mac Box Set (with Snow Leopard) $95 (normally $169.00) Comes with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, iLife 09, and iWork 09

* Apple iWork ’09 $46.72 (normally $79)

* Mobileme Individual Box $65.02 (normally $99)

* Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 [Mac] $77.40 / $57.40 after Rebate (normally $99.99)

FAQ Added, Note-Taking Software Updated

Over the past few days, I’ve done a large update/revision of the Mac note-taking and journal software page. There was very little there before and now there is hopefully an up-to-date guide of sorts that can point you in the right direction if you are looking for information on applications to help organize and manage genealogy research. I’ll be expanding it and doing full reviews of some of the software mentioned.

More importantly, I’ve added a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to the site, which you may have seen in the navigation menu above (“FAQ”):

Mac Genealogy FAQ

It’s going to cover a lot of the questions I receive in email and hopefully clear the air on some things. We don’t directly sell or develop genealogy software is one example of a question I get asked about a lot. The overall focus of the FAQ section is going to be on helping people who have migrated from Windows or older Macs and the genealogists migrating from Windows or older Macs section will be expanded greatly in the next few days.

There will also be FAQs for specific Mac genealogy applications and questions. Here are two examples:
* FAQ – Family Tree Maker for Mac
* FAQ – Personal Ancestral File (PAF)

I’ve got a lot left to do on it, but you can see the start of what it will be from the above links.

If there is anything you think that needs to be added or expanded, please contact us.