Personal Ancestry Writer II (PAWriter II)

Note: this has been replaced by PAW2U

Personal Ancestry Writer II
Personal Ancestry Writer II (PAWriter II) Product Page
Publisher: Howard H. Metcalfe
Type: Genealogy Application
License/Cost: Free
Last Updated: PAWriter II Version 72 (3 August 2007)
GEDCOM Support: Yes

Hardware Requirements: Recommended G3/300Mhz with 32MB free memory
MacOS Requirements: Mac OS 8.6+/9 and Mac OS X (two different versions)
Note: PAWriter will run adequately on older 604E processors for smaller files
Download: (developer’s homepage)
Download Version 67: See this post at the author’s forums for Mac OS X and MacOS 9 downloads.

Official Description:

It combines most of the features of the LDS Personal Ancestral File program (PAF) for the Macintosh (for which all development stopped a few years ago after release 2.3.1), with additional features that generate web pages (in HTML), word processing files (in RTF for, e.g., AppleWorks) and desktop publishing files (in MML for FrameMaker). The generated report files include genealogical dictionaries, registers, ahnentafels and lineages—such as appear on this site—as well as some interesting text files and pedigree charts.

PAWriter also provides flexible selection of subsets of people in a file by “tagging” them (marking them as members of the subset) using a host of selection criteria. Selections include inclusion (+), exclusion (-) and intersection (*) of the set of people meeting the criteria with those already tagged.

Consider PAWriter to be a possible next step in the development of Macintosh PAF had its develpment not been discontinued after release 2.3.1, i.e., “what might have been.” PAWriter is not meant to have the bells and whistles that are in the current crop of genealogical programs. The emphasis is on maintaining a genealogical database from which the user can write books and/or post web pages about a family.

Importantly, the use of PAWriter differs from other programs in that each statement given in a person’s vital statistics should be based on the evidence given or referenced in the notes for that person and/or for his or her relatives, and should represent the researcher’s best current conclusions as to the true facts. For this purpose, the notes should contain all of the evidence, substantiation, documentation, background information, clarification, interpretation and/or other relevant commentary. It is in these notes that source citations are referenced through footnotes inserted at the appropriate points in the notes’ text, as is normally done in books. (The footnotes will be included at the end of the printed notes in the generated reports.)

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* Macworld – May 2007 four out of five mice!

Version History:
Version 72 – August 3, 2007
Version 68 – March 30, 2007
Version 67 – March 1, 2007