As you may or may not know, Apple has rolled out their iBook replacement, the Apple MacBook, which is based on an Intel CPU. This replaces the iBook series (both the 12-inch and 14-inch), as well as the 12-inch PowerBook. It starts at $1099 US, and surprisingly, it is an Intel Core Duo – that is is, it’s a dual-core CPU – the equivalent of having two CPUs inside of your machine.
They are going with only one display for the MacBook, a “glossy” 13.3-inch widescreen display. It’s also back to being available in more than one color – black or white.
It’s a very powerful machine – even the $1099 model has a 1.83GHz Dual Core CPU. Outside of Apple’s XServers and their PowerMacs (towers), their Intel transition is almost complete, ahead of schedule. These other two series will probably be switched to Intel this fall.
ohmiGene 0.97.4 was released today. ohmiGene is a genealogy application for Mac OS X. ohmiGene is geared towards working with importing and exporting standard GEDCOM files. It can be downloaded here.
This is a major version change from the previous ohmiGene we had list – I am not sure exactly what has changed. Do note that it is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.
MacFamilyTree 4.2.11 is available, with several significant updates to the chart/display interface. MacFamilyTree is a Mac OS X genealogy application, and is a Universal Binary application – it will run well on both Intel and PowerPC computers, however Mac OS X 10.3.9 is required.
* All events in the Heritage Chart, Descendant Chart and Family Chart can now be shown or hidden on an individual basis
* Backups are now saved in the Documents Folder in the folder â€œMacFamilyTree Backupâ€
* Keyboard shortcut, Command-I, opens the information window for a person
* The drawer is no more limited in the width
* The input field, â€œTempleâ€, in Relationship is now updated correctly
* The date warnings in Events is now more reliable
* Other minor problems solved
Two new versions of Family Ties/Familienbande have been released over the past month as well. The most current release is 25 April 2006. It’s a free Mac OS X (and possibly MacOS 8.6/9 with Carbon) genealogy application from Stefan Mettenbrink. It is currently only available in German, however it is useable by non-German speaking genealogists. We’ve provided a page with a list of translated features here.
A rough translation (checking against a few sites that translate text) of the changes are listed below. Please understand that any errors in the version history are a result of the translation software.
There have been several versions of Genealogy Pro for Mac OS X released over the past few weeks, and I fell behind on keeping up with them. Right now it’s at version 2.1. Genealogy Pro is a commercial genealogy application (free demo is available), that runs under Mac OS X 10.2.8 and above.
Along with the changes to GEDCOM handling (import/export), as well as interface improvements, one major change that came about was the move to being a Universal Binary – running on the Intel-based Macs without the need for emulation.
Personal Ancestry Writer II (PAWriter II) version 51, 3 May 2006 is out and adds a few user interface enhancements. The Reference guide was also updated to reflect these user interface changes.
It can be downloaded here