Visually create your Family Tree
With MacFamilyTree 6, we rethought the way you enter your family data. And right now, there is no more intuitive and more practical way of entering your information that we know of. The new Family Tree Editor, a much enhanced version of the former Family Assistant, gives you both the structure, as well as the details. You'll see who is related to whom without searching lengthy lists, while editing a person's information is just a click away. That way, whether you are an experienced user or a genealogy novice, you will find the right person to edit in no time, so you can dedicate more of your precious time to research.
You can learn more or even download the new beta version at http://www.syniumsoftware.com/macfamilytree6/
New User Interface
MacFamilyTree's user interface received a major overhaul for version 6. Choose from four distinct categories when working with MacFamilyTree - Edit, Views, Reports, Export. That way, you'll always know what you can do in any window at any given time and you'll find the feature you'd like to use more quickly. Either add new persons to your family tree, dive deeply into diagrams and reports or exchange data with other genealogists. The greatly enhanced navigation bar above the main window allows you to move forward and backward through the last windows you opened or conveniently jump back from a Person Editor to the Person Overview List with a single click. The modern interface safely guides you through all required steps so you can keep a record of your family’s history and explore your own past.
So does the family data you'd like to visualize span over 10, 50 or even 100 generations? MacFamilyTree 6’s charts scale up to a virtually unlimited number of persons and can be exported or printed, of course. New in MacFamilyTree 6: as soon as you click a chart type, that chart will open immediately and show the data of the first person in your family tree. Simply select a different person in the right-hand person list and the chart will refresh automatically with that person's data. Click a person within the chart and a context menu will open, providing shortcuts to other chart types with that person automatically selected. Be up to date with a person's context and ultimately with your entire family in no time. We listened very carefully to our users and starting with version 6, all charts in MacFamilyTree can be aligned left to right, right to left, top to bottom or bottom up. Use charts the way you like. Completely new: the Hourglass Chart which combines the Ancestor Chart and the Descendant Chart, as well as the Relationship Chart, which shows all the related persons who link person A to person B. If you work with one of Apple’s more recent MacBook or MacBook Pro portable Macs, conveniently use multi-touch gestures on the track pad to zoom in and out of charts, just like on the iPhone.
New and improved Reports
Compared to the reports introduced with version 5, MacFamilyTree 6 has a lot more to offer. Use the Narrative Report, for example, as a staring point for your own written family chronicle. MacFamilyTree will provide you with whole sentences summarizing a person's facts, taking away the problems of not knowing where to start and then having to go back and forth to turn lists of facts into a compelling story. Another addition to the reports will compile marriage lists and the existing reports about birthdays, distinctive persons, places as well as the Family Group Report have been greatly enhanced.
"New FamilySearch" integration
Research your family members online by accessing one of the largest databases in the world - with several million entries, FamilySearch.org is one of the leading resources for genealogists. By using this service, you may be able to gather information about relatives you didn't know anything about but their birth name, birth date and their parents’ names. If you want to collaborate with other genealogists or family members, simply choose data to upload to FamilySearch.org so anybody who researches the same person can make the connections which turned up during your research. Please be aware that FamilySearch is currently in the beta phase. During this phase, go to new.familysearch.org to sign up to the waiting list for immediate access. FamilySearch is expected to be widely available to the general public by the end of 2010.
New Places Management
In MacFamilyTree 6, places are handled in a completely new and more approachable way, you don't have to give up the workflow you're accustomed to, though. Every place name you enter for an event is memorized and offered by the auto-completion feature the next time you start to type that name again. But places aren't just names anymore - the Places Editor allows you to merge duplicate entries, see all events that took place there, take a shortcut to edit any event and the geo-coordinates you determine are overlaid on a 2D-world map.
New Media Features
MacFamilyTree has been very well equipped to handle photos and video files for quite some time, but what MacFamilyTree 6 does with that data is in a class of its own. Quickly browse your collection of files in the CoverFlow view or have your Mac display a fullscreen slide show. And the new Narrative Report can even be included in that slideshow. See the photograph of Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt Penny in her 19th century dress entering the ferry while MacFamilyTree overlays her biographical data. Sometimes, the best features are the ones you didn't even know you were missing.
Research Laura’s date of christening, try to get your hand on Sarah and George's certificate of marriage and scan grandma’s birth certificate. Oh and what about the group shots from Pauline's confirmation? Once you get started, you'll always face a large number of tasks waiting to be performed and who doesn't forget something every now and then? Let MacFamilyTree help you keep track of your tasks with the To-Do-List feature. Prioritize and categorize anything that comes to mind and make sure you get to the most urgent matters first but don't forget about the small details along the way.
MacFamilyTree doesn’t restrict online research to FamilySearch.org and the integrated FamilySearch feature. Other services like Ancestry.com, EllisIsland, FindAGrave, FootNote, WorldVitalRecords or Google Search can be accessed from within MacFamilyTree with the new Web Research tool. Instead of opening these websites in Safari and manually entering search data, simply open the Web Research pane, select a person from your list, select the service you'd like to search and click the search button. If one of them comes up with new information in their search results, right-click a name and add it as a person’s family name or right-click a date and add it as a person's birth date.
Greatly improved performance
Name any feature in MacFamilyTree - we improved its performance tremendously. Especially when dealing with very large family trees, you'll notice charts and diagrams are created instantaneously. Some areas that we paid extra attention to are the media file handling, the Virtual Tree and the data import/export process. On any recent Mac with Mac OS X 10.6 installed, MacFamilyTree 6 is executed as a 64-bit application, squeezing out even that last bit of performance so you have to wait less and will spend more time being productive.
GEDCOM importer and exporter greatly improved
The GEDCOM format is the one standard format which allows exchanging genealogy data between different genealogy applications. MacFamilyTree 6 greatly improves the GEDCOM import and export. To name just a few: version 6 now supports ANSEL encoding, as well as UTF-8, UTF-16, Plain ASCII, Mac OS Roman and Windows Latin export. Media exported along with the GEDCOM file can optionally be compressed. Partial export from single persons up to entire branches can easily be accomplished. What this means for you is maximum interchangeability with other genealogists across different applications and platforms.
Several more improvements…
MacFamilyTree 6 introduces countless other improvements of small to big magnitude which we can't possibly list here. The more prominent of them are:
- A new startup window gives easy access to demo movies and support material
- Multi-selection in Person-, Families-, Sources-, and Places Overview Lists
- Faster response times in almost all charts
- Set the name formatting independently for the Editor and the sorting order for names in person lists
- Enter married names directly in the new Family Tree Editor