After more than a year, GenealogyJ (GenJ) has been updated to version 2.4. GenealogyJ is a cross-platform genealogy application written in Java.
GenealogyJ is a viewer and editor for genealogic data, suitable for hobbyist, family historian and genealogy researcher. GenJ supports the Gedcom standard, is written in Java and offers many views like family tree, table, timeline, geography and more.
Download it from here (SourceForge) if you are curious.
* Added typing [ and ] for first and last person.
* Added typing < (or comma) and > (or period) for previous and next person.
* Note: Command-arrows are still available but the new alternatives seem simpler to type.
* Corrected rollover help.
* Added a descent window to complement the pedigree window. This simply allows navigating descendants without changing the current person.
* The reference guide was updated to reflect these changes.
Reunion Planner X 6.4 is available. It’s exactly what it sounds like – a reunion planning application. It runs on either MacOS or Mac OS X (there is a Windows version available). It’s $59.95 with a demo available for download. They also have a service to translate reunion information from a spreadsheet.
* Added a new Comments label for printed Memory Books
* Added MapQuest address search for the Directory
Genealogy Pro 2.0 Pre-Release 5. That’s right, a 10th Mac genealogy application that is being actively developed (and since the Intel transition was first announced, I believe all 10 have seen or will shortly see new releases, and while they may not be Universal Binaries, they still should run just fine under Rosetta).
This pre-release should be the final pre-release version. It requires Mac OS X 10.2.8, and sells for $20 (with a 30-day free trial).
Quick screenshot gallery:
A bit of history, from the developer’s website:
* Added larger typeface for zoomed notes as a preference.
* In both the navigation window and the pedigree window (in addition to typing F, M, P and B), added up-arrow for father, down-arrow for mother, right-arrow for partner and left-arrow for back.
* Corrected the generation number in the pedigree window when using these keyboard actions. As a result, it was necessary to change next/previous/first/last person in the navigation window to use command-right/left/up/down arrow.
* Updated Reference Guide to reflect above changes.
Macworld has a “First Look” at the new MacBook Pros, that some maybe interested in looking, if you are interested in the first of Apple’s Intel-based notebook offerings.
They have some good benchmarks in relation to apps on PowerPC vs Intel, including Photoshop. Considering that a lot of non-multimedia software that genealogists use don’t necessarily rely on a speedy processor, they had good news as well, to quote Jason Snell from the article, Several of my bread-and-butter applications, most notably Eudora and Microsoft Office, arenâ€™t currently available in versions that run natively on Intel processors. But I honestly havenâ€™t perceived any slowness in those applications.