German developer OnlyMac Software has released MacFamilyTree 4, an upgrade to the company's genealogy application. The update adds integration with .Mac for one-click publishing of family trees to your .Mac Web site, an Export to HTML option for publishing to other Web sites, a redesigned interface, drag-and-drop of images from iPhoto, CD and DVD data burning within the software and more.
Quoting from the producer's Web site:
MacFamilyTree offers all you would expect from a modern genealogy application, it has been completely re-developed from scratch by using the programming tools from Apple. With MacFamilyTree you can create in a fast and elegant manner, a general view of all relations and kinship and show it in impressive, graphical views. Extensive print options are also offered, as well as the option to publish your family tree on the Internet or burn it directly to a CD. MacFamilyTree is fully based on the GEDCOM-standard for international exchange of genealogical data. All features make full use of the modern, graphic capabilities of Mac OS X.
Simultaneously editing of several trees is no problem, nor is it to connect or merge several family tree files. Photos from iPhoto can be imported using Drag-and-Drop and the finished family tree, including the photos, is uploaded to your .mac iDisk on the Internet with one click.
The use consists of three fundamental parts: Editing, Browsing and Publishing.
In Editing you create new persons and families, add children to the families and define the relationship of the parents. In three configurable lists with additional information, located below the names, further data can be entered. With the icons next to the person, people are created or removed from the Family card, the Information window is opened, or you may go directly to the parents of the person.
The Drawer, containing the list of all persons in the current tree, lets you add or remove persons. In addition to this, the Information window which contains the general information about events and photos of the selected person can be opened. At the very bottom of the Drawer you will of course see the usual Mac OS X search field, which makes it easy to find the persons you look for.
From here you can place persons in the Family card by the use of Drag-and-Drop, such as husband, wife or child. Creating relations between people of the same sex is also possible.
View options of your ancestors
In Browse you'll find multiple and extensive options to view your entered data. The Heritage Chart, the Descendant Chart and the Genogram - each of them highly configurable - can be viewed including photos, offering a graphical view of your ancestors, by using the possibilities of Mac OS X to their full extent. Infinitely variable resizing and rotation of the view will show you what possibilities lie in your Mac. A timeline gives you a good overall view, and the age statistics shows you how old the persons in your family tree are and calculates the average. The list of persons shows you all the persons in your tree, well sorted, and the resume shows all data in the current Family card. You can edit the resume when viewing it, by choosing that option. All the views can of course be printed, with additional options at your disposal to optimize the print.
Publishing your data
What's the most beautiful Heritage Chart worth, if you can't show it to somebody? MacFamilyTree 4 brings you the option to burn your complete tree to a CD, with all information and photos included. This offers you the possibility to easily backup your data, but of course also to create presents for your relatives. Finally, you can export the entire tree as a HTML file, to be published on the Internet. You can configure how it should appear on the Internet and include the appropriate photos. MacFamilyTree automatically creates small thumbnails of your photos, to optimize the browsing on the Internet. If you have a .mac account, your tree can even be uploaded automatically from MacFamilyTree 4 to your Internet hard disk - the iDisk - with no effort for you or the need of particular technical know-how.
Need more information?
Just download the current Demo Version from the Download page at http://www.onlymac.de/html/download_all.html. It is fully functional, but no entries can be saved.
MacFamilyTree 4 sells for $45.00 (U.S. funds). Upgrades for registered users of earlier versions are $20.00 U.S. Mac OS X v10.2.6 or higher is required. More information may be found at: http://www.onlymac.de/html/stammbaum4en.html