MacFamilyTree 6.0.2

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X MacFamilyTree 6.0 was released just a few weeks ago, and we are now see a major update with some new features with version 6.0.2.

Apple’s Aperture software, which is photo/digital asset management software along the lines of Adobe’s Lightroom, is now supported from within MacFamilyTree. iPhoto support has been enhanced from within MacFamilyTree as well, allowed for easier/better importing. There are also some user interface improvements as well as web research additions.

If you are a Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard user, there are several fixes for MacFamilyTree under 10.5 and it is recommended.

Changes/Updates in 6.0.2:
* Support for Apple Aperture added
* New and greatly improved iPhoto import sheet
* Support for new web sites in the Web Research pane added
* Family Tree edit mode can now display a maximum of 6 generations instead of 4
* Several other enhancements for the Family Tree edit mode
* Kinship report fixes
* Date parser improved
* Several fixes for Mac OS X 10.5 users
* Smaller user interface improvements

Earlier this month, Version 6.0.1 was released (August 2, 2010):
* Fixes in the Narrative Report
* Married name is now shown in all charts
* French quickstart guide added
* Timeline and Fan Chart are now saved and restored correctly in the graphics editor
* Sorting fixed for the Web Site Export
* Larger source selection window


PAW2U – PAWriter Version 94 (6 Aug 2010)

Howard Metcalfe has released a new version of Personal Ancestry Writer II, aka PAW2U (Universal), a free Mac OS X genealogy application. Version 94 was released today.

It mainly concerns improvements to working with tagging people who may be living as well as automatically determining whether they may be living. There are some additional changes involving HTML web site generation and a bug fix.

* Two menu items removed to eliminate confusion:
— More Tag menu > Tag People who May be Living
— More Tag menu > Mark Tagged People as Living
* Menu items Analyze > Set and Tag Living People replaces both menu items.
* Algorithm for determining whether a person may be living has been improved in the above menu item change.
* Suppression of birth and baptism dates for living people in generated HTML web sites.
* Warning for adding or first showing a picture in a wallet which has a problematic character can now be suppressed by holding down the option key when adding or showing the picture.
* Bug fixed: Infinite loop can occur when writing a text file with a list of surnames for tagged people (when not all were tagged)

MacFamilyTree 6 Released.

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X I said two days ago that things had to be getting close to either Release Candidate versions of MacFamilyTree 6.0, or we would be exiting the beta, and that day has arrived. The Mac OS X genealogy application has been officially released and is no longer in public beta.

If you haven’t been following along, you can read the major changes between MacFamilyTree 5.7.x and MacFamilyTree 6.0 in the original Public beta release.

You can download the free demo version here (

Apple Magic Trackpad Announced

It’s been speculated about for a while, due to FCC filings and the like, but it’s finally here. Today, Apple introduced the Apple Magic Trackpad. It’s based on the same multi-touch technology behind current MacBook Pros and can either replace or simply compliment your existing mouse. It has a glass surface similar to the MBPs and is 80% larger than the touchpads on MBPs. It connects through a Bluetooth wireless connection.

From Apple’s PR:

The new Magic Trackpad is the first Multi-Touch trackpad designed to work with your Mac desktop computer. It uses the same Multi-Touch technology you love on the MacBook Pro. And it supports a full set of gestures, giving you a whole new way to control and interact with what’s on your screen. Swiping through pages online feels just like flipping through pages in a book or magazine. And inertial scrolling makes moving up and down a page more natural than ever.

Why would I bring that up here, you might ask.

Simple, anybody who has played around or used any of the current iOS genealogy apps for iPhones and iPads (iOS / iPhone / iPad Genealogy Software at, knows how easy it can be to navigate around some of them using a touch interface. Obviously those apps are built for such an interface, and I’m not sure how/if genealogy applications running on regular Mac OS X based systems can really take advantage of this in the same way that iOS-based apps do – there maybe a way for developers to build it into their software to allow you to navigate visual family trees.

Even if that’s not the case, we all do a lot of scrolling and zooming in and out and might benefit from this. Using the Virtual Tree in MacFamilyTree as an example, it would be easy to zoom in and out and move around it.

I may pick one up in the next few weeks, and if so I’ll post a review here. I am going to have to try one out in a store, but having used a MacBook Pro extensively, I think I might just be able to use it.

MacFamilyTree 6.0 Public Beta 8

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X Synium Software has released the Public Beta 8 of MacFamilyTree 6.0. This definitely feels like we are nearing a Release Candidate (RC), assuming that Synium won’t skip the RC cycle, even more than the other public betas released so far. It appears they even put in some time over the weekend working on it, since Beta 7 was released this past Friday.

This time around, there have been some small tweaks (user interface, PowerPC Macs, localization) and most importantly, a full user guide is now accessible from the Help menu or in the Startup Window.

* Full featured User Guide now available from the help menu or the startup window
* Several localization updates
* Fixed issues on PowerPC based Macs
* Smaller user interface fixes

You can download Public Beta 8 at (direct link).

MacFamilyTree 6.0 Public Beta 7

Genealogy Software for Mac OS X Another day, another public beta for Synium Software’s MacFamilyTree 6.0.

This time it’s MacFamilyTree 6.0 Public Beta 7 and some of the updates make me think that we are getting close to a Release Candidate (RC), since this is focused mainly around improving several areas and not adding anything new or making substantial changes. Among the improvements: user interface, GEDCOM importing, event displays, the startup window, and launch time. The last two especially make me think we are getting closer.

* Several User Interface improvements
* GEDCOM Importer now handles census and age tags correctly
* After a GEDCOM import, the document was incorrectly marked as having changes
* Date Parser improved for date ranges
* Description of events are now shown in all charts
* News and Tutorials improved in the startup window
* Improved launch time

Public Beta 7 is available for download from