The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding 10.0.2

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding Last week, a large update was made to The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (aka “TNG”) by Darrin Lythgoe, bringing it to Version 10.0.2.

TNG is a website-based online genealogy program that allows you to collaborate with others on the internet and display your family tree on the internet.

Highlights of this large update include:
– Various bug fixes, concerning branches, installation, notes, pedigree charts, places, and media
– Custom Events can be entered without a date, place, or anything in the “detail” field.
– Search message has been improved (when no results were found)
– Template fixes

If you are a registered user, you will be able to see the full list of changes through the login information provided to you.

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Circus Ponies Notebook 4.0

Circus Ponies 4 Circus Ponies Notebook 4.0 has been released, and this is a major update. The interestingly-named notebook/journaling app has been around for quite a while, and version 4.0 is available through the Mac App Store. I’ve known quite a few genealogists here and there who have used it over the years.

Among the changes:
– Cleaner / updated user interface
– Full Retina display support
– Full 64-bit CPU/processor support
– Enhanced Multidex listings and diagramming
– Clip and Annotate panel has been brought back
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MacFamilyTree 7.1.6, MobileFamilyTree 7.1.2 Released

Mac FamilyTree 7 for OS X Last week, both MacFamilyTree 7.1.6 and MobileFamilyTree 7.1.2 were released. Both releases had the same fixes/improvements, keeping them synchronized (no pun intended).

MacFamilyTree and MobileFamilyTree are two different applications, the first being for OS X obviously, the latter for iOS, however they can use iCloud to share genealogy information between multiple computers/devices.

MacFamilyTree 7.1.6
Several fixes and improvements handling databases
Requires: OS X 10.7.5 or later, 64-bit CPU
If you use MacFamilyTree and don’t see it in the Mac App Store, here is the Mac App Store link.

MobileFamilyTree 7.1.2
Several fixes and improvements handling databases
Requires: iOS 5.1 or later, iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad (optimized for iPhone 5)
It should be in your App Store update, or through iTunes, but here is the App Store link.

Mac Bundle 5.0 at StackSocial – Good for Genealogists

Snapheal 2.0 The Mac Bundle 5.0 at StackSocial, a “Name Your Own Price” bundle, is one of the better deals for Mac-using genealogists, even if it doesn’t have any Mac OS X genealogy software in the bundle.

It ends on May 7th, and it comes with several applications, including software that would let you run Windows apps on your Mac (without needing to install Windows or run Boot Camp), an application that can remove unwanted objects from photos, as well as fix damaged photos (tears, scratches, etc.), data recovery software, and PDF/OCR software.

The apps I listed above are all very handy to a lot of genealogists, and can be had for under $10 (or more deepening on how much you feel it’s worth to you). If you paid full price for all of the apps, it would be over $800, and even the apps I singled out would cost $280.
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VueScan 9.4.29 Released

VueScan VueScan 9.4.29 ($39.95 Standard, $79.95 Professional), the popular cross-platform scanner software, was released a few days ago.

Version 9.4.29 is mainly a fix for some scanners:
– Fixed problems with some Brother document feeders, Epson A3 scanners, some Image Capture scanners running under OS X 10.9.
– Added support for Duplex functionality on HP OfficeJet Pro X476 and X576.

This follows the 9.4.28 release, which added support for a large number of scanners, particularly all-in-ones. See the release notes for details.


Metes and Bounds 4.6

Metes and Bounds 4.6.0 was released a few days ago. Metes and Bounds is a long-time application that allows you to work with geographic data, including creating deed plot maps. It also calculates the area of those plots (including square feet, acreage, and hectares), and can support measurement in rods, chains, meters, yards, inches, fathoms, hands, spans, or furlongs.

It can be handy if you are doing a lot of research into plots and working with surveys, and have measurements or other data available. It does support GPS waypoints. It’s $29.95 for the basic version, $69.95 for the pro version. For more information, see the website.
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